Aces Soccer shuts out Eastern Illinois

After a scoreless first half, the University of Evansville men's soccer team scored three goals in a 15-minute span to earn a 3-0 victory over host Eastern Illinois Tuesday night at Lakeside Field in Charleston, Ill.  The win was the second-straight for UE, as well as its second-consecutive shutout.

Despite the Panthers (2-9) taking the first shot of the match less than one minute into the contest, the Aces (6-3) gained control in the early going, taking the next five shot attempts and forcing EIU defensive to make a pair of team saves in the early stages of the 15th minute.

Evansville continued to fire away, outshooting Eastern Illinois, 11-5, over the first 45 minutes and putting seven of its shots on target.  UE also held a 5-1 corner kick advantage at the break and did not allow any of EIU's first half shots to reach goalkeeper Eric Teppen.

In the second half, the Aces began to convert on their chances, as Dylan Terry scored from close range in the 53rd minute off a pass from Jesse Sharp to put Evansville in front 1-0.

UE's second goal came less than 12 minutes later, when Joel Craig found the back of the net for the first time this year by heading in a corner kick service from reining MVC Offensive Player of the Week Faik Hajderovic in the 64th minute.  The assist was Hajderovic's team-leading fifth of the season.

Hajderovic got on the score sheet for the second time in the 67th minute, scoring on a shot from 22 yards out to seal the 3-0 victory for the Aces.  The goal was his fourth of the year and pushed his season point total to 13.

The shutout was the second of the season for Teppen, as he collected a trio of second-half saves.  Offensively, Evansville tallied a season-high 20 shots and eight corner kicks.  Eight Purple Aces attempted multiple shots with Craig, Terry and Mark Anthony Gonzalez leading the way with three each.

Evansville will return to action and look to run its winning streak to three games Saturday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium, when it hosts Marshall for a 7 p.m. match.