Eureka Drops First Match at McKinzie Field to Lincoln Christian, 9-1

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Sinople.
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Sinople.

EUREKA, Ill. -- Eureka College senior Jamie Hedges (Lompoc, Calif./Cabrillo H.S.) tallied the Red Devils' first-ever goal at McKinzie Field on an assist from junior Mecayela Monroe (Litchfield, Ill./Litchfield H.S.) in the 38th minute, but visiting Lincoln Christian earned a 9-1 non-conference victory over EC, Thursday night.

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The visitors got all the offense they would need in the first 14 minutes of the match. Abigail Crockett put LCU on the board with a tally at 2:11, followed by the match-winner from Rebekah Moore in the 14th minute. Crockett and Mikayla Greene pushed the lead to 4-0 with first-half strikes before Monroe's through-ball found Hedges on a run up the middle. Hedges finished her shot just inside the left post for her second career goal and the Red Devils' first goal of the 2017 season.

The Red Lions carried the 4-1 lead into halftime. Monroe nearly inched the Red Devils closer just 54 seconds into the second half, but LCU goalkeeper Mikayla Smith stopped Monroe's breakaway shot to keep the EC deficit at three. Lincoln Christian responded with its fifth goal in the 49th minute, sparking a five-goal outburst in the second half.

LCU outshot the Red Devils, 33-12. Sarah Domkowski (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South H.S.) and Sunshine Nowak-Wollf (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monne H.S.) combined for 10 saves.

Eureka will return to the road Sunday for a 2 p.m. match against USCAA St. Mary-of-the-Woods.