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Women's Soccer - Thu, Oct. 13, 2016
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JOLIET, Ill. - - - The Lady Eagles fought back through a windy, rain soaked match to overcome an early deficit for a 2-1 win over the University of Saint Francis (IL) Wednesday night at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium. The win snapped Judson's six game losing streak and propelled the women to their first win in CCAC conference action.


The Eagles faced one of their tougher opponents in USF as the Fighting Saints came into the match with a 5-4-1, 4-2-0 CCAC record. After winning their first three games of the season, Judson was struggling to find a win dropping six straight CCAC matches including a 1-1 tie against Trinity Christian College. The resilient effort of this Judson team after dropping a hard 2-1 loss against Purdue-Northwest was evident as the Eagles upset USF in one of their best games of the season.


The match started with Judson fighting an early deficit as St. Francis (IL) used a 10th minute penalty kick to take a 1-0 lead. The Eagles would not count themselves out that early and found the game tying goal six minutes later. Cassidy DeWitt (FR/Marinette, Wis.) notched the goal in the 15th minute off a misplayed ball that was crossed in by Jesenia Rivera (FR/Belvidere, Ill.). It was DeWitt's first goal of the season and Rivera's first assist of the season, and probably the most important goal of the night that set up the game winning goal in the 79th minute. This time it was the strong leg of Margaret Rivera (SR/Lake in the Hills, Ill.) that used a late foul for a free kick just inside the midfield line. It was just a matter of time before the Eagles would connect off one of their dangerous free kicks, and it  was Alyssa Moreno (FR/Carpentersville, Ill.) that finished it with a header that put Judson up 2-1 late in the match. Moreno tallied her second goal on the week and Rivera tallied her third assist on the season.


The Eagles rode the momentum through the remaining 10 minutes and the defense shut-down late offensive surges from USF. The Fighting Saints got one final good look in the 81st minute with a shot that sailed just over the cross bar. Judson also had one last push with a late corner kick that was almost put in by DeWitt again in the 87th minute. USF ran out of answers and time as time expired for the Eagles to take home the 2-1 win.


Judson will face another tough test next Tuesday, October 18th as they host No.21 Cardinal Stritch University. Kick-off is set for 3:00pm.