Eagles Drop Season-Opener to Longwood

Eagles Drop Season-Opener to Longwood

Michaela Cowgill scored in the 15th minute to put American ahead, but a penalty kick from Longwood's Samantha Phillips in the 64th minute lifted the Lancers to a 2-1 women's soccer victory Friday at AU's Reeves Field.

The match was the season-opener for both teams.
 
Cowgill booted home a shot from 30 yards in the center of the field, knocking it in underneath the crossbar to put the Eagles ahead. It was the second goal of the senior midfielder's career for AU.
 
In the 38th minute, Lilly Payne sent an excellent pass to the right post for the Lancers, and Teresa Fruchterman knocked it in for the equalizer.
 
The Eagles held an 8-2 edge in shots in the first half, but many of the attempts went wide.
 
In the 64th minute, Phillips tried to score from inside the penalty box on a loose ball. AU keeper Sarah Dejak made an initial save, but on the rebound, the Eagles were guilty of a penalty, setting the ball back on the spot.
 
Phillips went to her right side to knock in the goal that would be the eventual game-winner.
 
American held a 16-11 edge in shots, while Longwood finished with a 7-5 edge in corners. Longwood keeper Hailey Machen had four saves, while Dejak finished with three.
 
The Eagles travel to Monmouth at 1 p.m. Sunday for their next game, and return home to face Mount St. Mary's at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28.