YPSILANTI, Mich. – In the first meeting ever between the two teams, Eastern Michigan got the better of the Stetson women’s soccer team, winning by a score of 5-1 on its home field on Friday evening.
The Hatters fall to 2-4-1 on the season, while the Eagles, who have played a very tough early season schedule, improve to 2-4-1 on the year. Stetson will finish its five-game road trip on Sunday, taking on Detroit at 1:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan put Stetson in a hole early, scoring less than five minutes into the match. Martha Stevens beat Hatter goalkeeper Victoria Troccoli off of an assist from Angela Vultaggio to take a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles took control of the contest late in the first half. Stetson gave up two goals in the final 11 minutes of the period to fall behind 3-0 at the break. Cara Cutaia scored on an assist from Stevens in the 35th minute, and then Vultaggio finished one off from Megan Trapp and Megan McCabe to give EMU the three-goal advantage.
Unfortunately for the Hatters, it was a matter of not being able to finish their chances. Stetson outshot Eastern Michigan 19-12 in the game, and finished with a healthy 11-4 advantage in second half shots.
It was once again the Eagles, however, who took advantage of their opportunities in the second frame. They scored in the fifth minute of the second half to extend their lead to 4-0. A goal in the 74th minute made it 5-0.
Stetson finally got on the board with just over three minutes remaining when senior Alyssa Welsh scored her second goal of the season. After finding the ball in the middle of the box, she beat EMU goalkeeper McCabe to make the score 5-1 before the final whistle.
The score marked Welsh’s 13th career goal, which is the sixth most among active players in the Atlantic Sun Conference.