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Eagles Edge Cougars in OVC Battle

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Morehead State’s Macy Cobb accounted for the only scoring Sunday as the Eagles downed Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 1-0 in Ohio Valley Conference women’s soccer at Korte Stadium.

Sarah Doggendorf / Photo by SIUE Sports Information

Sarah Doggendorf / Photo by SIUE Sports Information

The loss dropped SIUE to 1-2-1 in OVC play. The Cougars are 7-3-3 overall. Morehead State improved to 3-8-1 overall and 2-1 in the OVC.

“The effort was lethargic,” SIUE Head Coach Derek Burton said. “The second half was especially lethargic. In the first half I thought we controlled the ball really well.”

Jade Flory slotted a pass through to Cobb in the 63rd minute. Cobb raced to goal and SIUE goalkeeper Jennifer Pelley came off her line to challenge the play. Cobb slipped around Pelley and finished in the empty net to put the Eagles up for good.

“We got caught ball-watching,” Burton added. “A decent ball was played through and if we’re aware of where the runner is, we can react to it. But we didn’t. That’s where the game was lost in terms of the goal, but they outplayed us in the second half.”

The Cougars, who entered the match averaging 15.2 shots a contest managed just five shots for the game and just three shots on goal. The Eagles outshot SIUE 6-5 for the game.

Pelley made a pair of saves for the Cougars. Morehead State goalkeeper Elizabeth Floyd made three saves and picked up her first shutout of the year.

“We have six games left,” Burton added. “There are still a lot of games to be won. There’s a lot of movement still to happen in the conference.”

The Cougars finish their schedule with five of the remaining six games on the road beginning with a game at Murray State Friday afternoon.

“The main thing is to be ready to play at Murray on Friday,” Burton said. “It’s tough to get over a loss on a Sunday. You have five days until you play again, which stinks.”

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