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Soccer falls at Eastern Michigan despite late goal from Kiolbassa

MSU Athletics

A late goal from Katie Kiolbassa wasn't enough for Morehead State to overtake Eastern Michigan, as the Eagle soccer team fell in a hard-luck match, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon.

For the second straight game, the Eagles were peppered with shots from their opponent, with Eastern Michigan putting eight shots on goal, but junior goaltender Michelle Jerantowski was again up to the task for most of the afternoon, tallying a season high six saves.

Morehead State had the first scoring chance of the match, when Eastern Michigan's Chelsea Abbotts stopped a Katelynn Setters shot, but the scoring opened with some controversy, as EMU was awarded and cashed in on a penalty kick in the 16th minute.

Bad luck continued to follow the Eagles for much of the afternoon, as a shot from Chelsea Elmore was stopped in the 26th minute, and a free kick in the 63rd minute resulted in another chance from Elmore that went wide.

Eastern Michigan widened its lead in the 81st minute with a goal from Jamie Lefebvre, but Morehead State countered quickly, finally breaking through when the senior Kiolbassa put her second goal of the season into the lower right corner in the 88th minute to cut the lead 2-1.

Head coach Warren Lipka was again pleased with his team's effort despite the difficult circumstances. "Sometimes the players on the field have no control of others' decisions, but they pay for it. I thought our team deserved better today."

The Eagles return to MSU Wellness and Recreation Field on Friday at 5 p.m. ET to kick off Family Weekend against VMI.

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