Aces outlast Morehead State, 2-1

                                                                          Lear and Portenier push Aces past Eagles
 The University of Evansville women’s soccer team scored early and held on late for a 2-1 victory over Morehead State on Sunday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

“We started out awesome with energy, intensity, and had a great finish early on to give us some confidence and that helped put them on their back foot,” said Aces’ head coach Krista McKendree. “We’re getting better and that’s what we’ve been talking about for them.”

It all started quickly for the Aces, as junior midfielder Molly Lear scored just 29 seconds into the match on a shot from 15 yards out. The goal was the first of the season for Lear and is the fastest goal for the Aces since Abby Springer scored 17 seconds in a 3-0 win over Belmont on September 13, 2013.

“It’s a great start. There’s nothing more you can ask for,” said Lear on her early score. “But then its about thinking the fact that you have 89 minutes left after that.”

Evansville added another goal in the 31st minute as senior forward Montana Portenier received the ball after a header by freshman Jayme-Lee Hunter and finished it at point blank range past the keeper.

Entering halftime, the Aces held an 8-2 advantage in shots and a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.


In the second half, the Eagles trimmed the Aces’ advantage in half with a goal by Marisa Lavatori in the 51st minute.

The Eagles fired seven more shots in the second half, but Morehead State could not find the equalizer as the Aces captured a 2-1 victory.

For the Aces, freshman forward Katie Scroeder led the way with five shots, while Portenier took four shots with a goal. Freshman goalkeeper Michaela Till earned her fourth win of the season in goal, allowing a goal and making two saves.

In the match, the Aces dominated Morehead State in shots, 19-10, and earned five corner kicks to jus tone for the Eagles.


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