September 24 at 12 noon
St. Paul Minneapolis, MN (Southfield)
The Panthers Open Summit League plays in the Twin Cities
Eastern Illinois men’s football wraps up its long way to the season opener on Saturday, September 24th when they open the Summit League Conference at St. Thomas in St. Paul Minneapolis. The Panthers head to the Twin Cities with a 1-4-1 aggregate record after last Saturday’s 6-0 loss to the Houston Baptiste while Toomes enters Saturday’s game with a 1-6-1 aggregate record, coming out of a tie against him. Green Bay on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for CT Noon.
EIU find the back of the network
Sam Eccles He has been the leader of the Panthers attack so far this season. Hofstra’s transfer leads the team with nine shots, four shots on target, and has scored two goals so far this season to go along with an assist. His five points in the season tied for sixth place in the top league. He scored a penalty kick in the 82nd minute of EIU’s opener on Green Bay for the Panthers’ first goal of the regular season, and scored his second in the 8th minute against IUPUI. He averages one point per game, and is third in the top league. Delphi Sabo He found the back of the net in the 72nd minute to help secure the equalizer against Xavier, while Julian Smith He scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 15th minute at Bordeaux-Fort Wayne from a pass from Eccles.
Smith locks it in the goalkeeper
Chad Smith He played 492 minutes with the goalkeeper this season for EIU. He played all 90 minutes in an EIU win at Purdue Fort Wayne, earning his first close of the season en route to a Panther win. His four first-half saves against Xavier single-handedly kept the Panthers in the match and his second-half friendship kept the eventual draw. He collected 13 saves in his career and allowed only two goals despite facing 51 shots in an EIU match against Dayton. Smith has topped 5.17 per game at the top of the top league and is ranked 11th in the country. His total 31 passes were recorded as number one in the conference and ranked 18th nationwide. The savings ratio of 0.689 ranked fourth in the conference. As a team, EIU leads the conference and ranks 10th in the country with 6.40 saves per game.
Spallinger, Okonny have an early effect
forward student Judd Spalinger Score in the EIU Show’s win over Parkland CC. Okonny made the assist on goal and also scored a goal of his own in the win. Spallinger also has one assist per season and four shots.
Smith and Humler are the names of the players to watch
Chad Humler And the Julian Smith Players have been selected to watch in the Summit Preparatory Tournament. Humler entered this season after making 35 appearances with the Panthers midfielder. He scored the game-winning goal a season ago in the Panthers’ win at IUPUI and scored twice in the EIU Show’s win over Parkland Community College. Humler leads all Panther Retrievers with 14 shots logged prior to the season. Smith appeared in all 15 of EIU’s pre-season games, including six. He scored the winning goal in EIU’s win over St. Thomas.
Saturday will mark the second-ever meeting between the Panthers and Tommies, where the St. Thomas is in their second year as Summit League members after moving from NCAA Division III to Division I. EIU won the first meet of the season. He accepted at Lakeside Field 1-0.
The Panthers will make their home ground debut for the 2022 season as they host the newcomer from Southern Indiana’s Summit League at Lakeside Field on Saturday, October 1.
The beginning of the Oakley era
This season is the first under the new coach Josh Oakley, who was named the 11th head coach in the program’s history on June 29. A native of Mattoon, Illinois, Oakley previously worked as an assistant coach for EIU from 2000-02, returning to Charleston after a successful stint at Lansing Common in the Midwest Premier League. Oakley also has previous collegiate training experience with hiatus at Spring Arbor University, Alma College and Asprey College.