Eagles pick up a win in Arkansas

Daniel Waugh

Continuing Sun Belt competition, the Georgia Southern Eagles traveled to Arkansas for two conference games against Little Rock and Arkansas State.

The Eagles competed in a vicious back and forth match-up against Little Rock on Friday. Both teams were evenly matched in the first half of play, taking seven total shots each. However, there was no score going into halftime.

The second half was more of the same. Nora El-Shami took five shots in the game, with one shot on goal, and Melinda Lukas took four shots, with three shots on goal. At the end of the second half, the game was still scoreless and proceeded to overtime.

In both overtime periods, neither Georgia Southern nor Little Rock scored, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Eagles head coach Brian Dunleavey said that they defended very well throughout the game, but there were many opportunities and chances that they could not finish.

Following the tie against Little Rock, the Eagles competed against Arkansas State on Sunday.

The majority of the game was dominated by Georgia Southern. In the 23rd minute of play, Jennifer Wittick scored her eighth goal of the season with the assist from Angelica Wallerstedt, her first assist of the season. Wallerstedt would obtain her second assist of the season in the 27th minute by setting up Melinda Lukas for her fourth goal on the season, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the first half.

The Eagle’s defene dug in in the second half, holding Arkansas state to one goal, scored in the 71st minute of play. Earlier in the second half, Wittick scored her second goal of the game, and team-leading ninth goal of the season, being assisted by Nora El-Shami. The Eagles win 3-1.

Georgia Southern (2-1-1 in Sun Belt) now has some time off before going against in-state rivals Georgia State (2-1-1 in Sun Belt) on Sunday October 11 at 1 p.m.