Comeback falls short, Soccer falls 2-1 at home

The Golden Eagle soccer team opened up conference play with a loss last Sunday at home in the “Think Pink” game against Jacksonville State University.
“We led that game in every category,” head coach Daniel Brizard said. “Unfortunately we were unable to finish our opportunities, and they did.”
JSU’s Jackie Rush scored two goals for the Gamecocks, her first at 27:52 and her second at 61:27.
Tech junior forward Ellie Iaciofano scored her sixth goal of the season at 70:40, but it was too little too late as the Golden Eagles fell by a final score of 2-1.
The Golden Eagles outshot the Gamecocks 16-9, had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks and had the majority of possession time.
Junior defender Katie Phillips and freshman goalkeeper Jordan Brown have played every minute of every match this season for Tech.
Midfielder/defender Kerri Reid, defender Julie Thompson, defender Taylor Hicks and Iaciofano also played all 90 minutes Sunday.
“I believe this helps with the team’s continuity and gives them a sense of strength in the back knowing who is going to be there,” Brizard said.
Brizard said it’s important to pick up a win in today’s game.
“In conference it doesn’t matter what your overall record is or where you are playing,” Brizard said. “It’s a conference match, and it will be tough.”
Despite the on-field success, Brizard knows the final score is what counts.
“We’ll need to capitalize on our opportunities,” Brizard said.  “Otherwise, leading in the stats category will mean nothing if we are not leading on the scoreboard at the final whistle,” Brizard said.
Tech will continue conference play today by hosting Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at 3 p.m.
They host EIU Sunday at 1 p.m.