Eagles Can't Take Down Cougars in Season Opener
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Eagles found themselves in an early hole in Tuesday night's season opener against the University of Saint Francis Cougars-- one that proved too much to overcome in the end.
Just 1:17 into the game the Cougars (2-1) got on the board off the foot of Jason Walcutt. From there the Eagles (0-1) would have to play catch up.
"Hats off to them for being opportunistic in the early going," head coach Ben Andrews said. "We didn't show enough urgency in the beginning of the game and they took advantage and we had to play catch up."
The hosts would stretch the lead to two midway through the first stanza as the Cougars were awarded a penalty shot at 23:26. Alexis da Silva put home his second goal of the season on the try.
The Eagles had their chances throughout the game and players Billy Congleton and Adam Howard wouldn't go home quietly. The duo hooked up for a score off the foot of Congleton in the game's 67th minute to cut into the Cougar lead. Howard was awarded the assist.
For much of the second half, the Eagles had their chances, many coming inside the box in front of Cougars' goalkeeper Austin Williams. However, the ball never made it to the net in the last 20 minutes of play and the Eagles were sent packing with a 3-1 loss.
Griffin Appel returned to the net for the Eagles after dealing with injuries during most of the preseason, collecting five saves in the loss.
The Eagles get an extended break between games to start the season as the next time they take the field will be in ten days when they play host to Kentucky Wesleyan College. Gametime is slated for 7 p.m.