A 30-yard, bending shot over a retreating goalkeeper proved to be the difference as the SIU Edwardsville soccer team held on to defeat Morehead State 2-1 Friday (Oct. 17) at Jayne Stadium.
The Cougars improved to 8-5-1 overall and 5-1-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference, handing MSU its first home loss in seven matches this year. The Eagles slipped to 8-4-5 overall and 3-2-2 in the league.
Mariah Vollmer got the visitors on the board at the 26:22 mark. Following a flurry in front of the net, she collected a rebound and drove a successful shot to the bottom right corner. Emily Grahl was credited with the assist.
The Cougars scored the match-deciding goal at 59:47. Cassidy Sherman smashed a high-arching shot from the right side over MSU junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Floyd as she backpeddled and dove into the left side of the net.
MSU senior forward Jade Flory netted her team's goal just 1:03 later following a handball call in the box. Flory slapped a penalty kick attempt off the left post, and it slid into the back of the net for her team-best 11th goal of the season. Flory now has 25 goals in 39 matches as an Eagle.
Morehead State registered advantages in shots (12-7) and corner kicks (6-1). Jennifer Pelley turned back five MSU attempts. Floyd notched two saves. Flory took a team-best five shots.
Morehead State travels to Southeast Missouri on Sunday (Oct. 19) for a 2 p.m. match.