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The Golden Eagles women's soccer team looks to return to the win column on Saturday, playing host to Huntington University. Cornerstone will be looking to bounce back after losing their first game of the season when they meet the Foresters at Cornerstone Stadium. Game time for the contest is slated for 2 p.m.
A Look at Cornerstone
The Cornerstone women's soccer team faced a stiff test, Wednesday night, squaring off with No. 8 Spring Arbor at Cornerstone Stadium. The Cougar's offense posted two goals 10 minutes into the first period and capped the afternoon off with one more half way through the first period to defeat the Golden Eagles, 3-0.
Five days earlier, Cornerstone opened the 2012 season with a win, defeating Taylor University in thrilling overtime fashion at Saint Francis Stadium, 2-1. Senior Morgan Vance posted Cornerstone's first goal, Vance's first career goal, during the 9th minute of play. Sophomore Rebekah Eggelston posted the golden goal for the Golden Eagles in the 96th minute, courtesy of a Josie Litty assist.
With the victory, Cornerstone won its season opener for the second time in a row. Prior to the 2011 season, the last time the Cornerstone women's soccer team began the year with a mark in the win column occurred on Aug. 25, 2006, as Cornerstone bested Illinois Institute of Technology, 2-1.
Forward Maile Carigon and midfielder Eggleston enter Saturday's match ranked tied for No. 29 in NAIA in total game winning goals. Carigon needs only one more goal this season to tie her season stat of four goals in one season.
A Look at Huntington
The Foresters enter Saturday's matchup coming off a demanding 11-0 victory to Andrews University on Wednesday. Huntington comes into the match having faced the Golden Eagles the past two seasons. In 2009 Cornerstone came away from the game with a 4-2 win while in 2010 the Foresters tied the series with a 3-2 win over the Golden Eagles.
Huntington is coached by Ryan Burgher. Burgher enters his fifth year as the head coach of the women's soccer program. With a solid core of returning players and a host of new faces, Huntington looks to pick up where they left off last season with an overall 10-6-3 season.
The Foresters look toward senior goalkeeper, Samantha Barclay who is coming off the 2011 season apart of the MCC All-Conference team. Huntington will also be looking to continue their scoring dominance after netting 16 goals in their first three games.
Cornerstone heads back to the pitch on Tuesday, squaring off with Beltline rival Davenport University. Last season these two rivals ended in a 2-2 draw after double overtime. The Golden Eagles came out in the second half strong to even the score 2-2. Carigon and Kate Wiegman were able to score for Cornerstone. Game time for the rematch is slated for 4 p.m. at Cornerstone.
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