The SIU Edwardsville Womens soccer team came out in the second half with new purpose and scored three goals to earn a 3-1 win over the IUPUI Jaguars today in their final exhibition game of the season. The first goal was scored by Sr. Emily Grahl (#3, Borgia) as she combined with freshman Andrea Frerker (#2, Collinsville) to score in the 50th minute. Frerker started the game, one of two freshman with Myah Diekema, as an attacking midfielder in a 4-1-3-2 system. In the second half she moved out to the left wing, with Grahl playing in her traditional right wing role. Sophomoes Peyton Roehnelt (Metamora) and Becca Jostes (Rochester) shared time in the middle. Frerker started the play picking up a loose ball along the touch line before heading towards goal. Her run took her to the corner of the box before she cut left towards the end line, then turning towards goal. As a pair of defenders closed, she deftly sent a ball to Grahl who was near the penalty spot. Grahl one-timed the ball into the back of the net to set off the celebration.
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Senior Caroline Hoefert (pictured above), scored the second goal on a wonderful header in the 62nd minute to extend the lead. Freshman Angel Ikeda (#21, Howell Central) opened her scoring account when she also put a header into the net, from a corner kick in the 72nd minute. The Jaguars scored late when freshman Valentine Pursey (England) slipped a ball past substitute keeper Natalie Freeman as she found space behind the defense.
Head Coach Derek Burton played at least at least 22 players today, making regular substitutions in the first half in particular. The changes meant that the familiarity wasn’t there to maintain a crisp level of play and IUPUI were able to exploit space in the midfield during the first half when they had the better opportunities, including one shot off the crossbar that was cleared by the defense. The team responded well in the second half and the Cougars showed that they have a wide array of offensive options available, enough that finding minutes for everyone will be a challenge the team will need to manage as they chase an NCAA playoff spot again this year. With 16 area players on their roster, Coach Burton has a pool that should make this an entertaining season.
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