Men’s Soccer Clinches Playoff Spot

Eastern University Men’s Soccer is having a kicking season.

The Eagles are off with 12 wins and two losses. The Eagles have already clinched a playoff spot in this year’s MAC championships. With two more conference games against Desales University and Wilkes University, the Eagles hope to seal home field advantage in the playoffs. The Eagles had a very big home game last Wednesday against King’s College in which they won the soggy game on a pair of Eric Giovagnoli goals giving the Eagles a 2-1 win. That win allowed the Eagles to clinch a playoff spot.

The Eagles are dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker against Desales Univiersity on Oct. 25.

However, since conference play has started the Eagles have been a very good defensive team by only allowing one goal in five games and having four straight shutouts.

Eric Givagnoli has played a key role in helping the soccer team get to the playoffs.
Eric Givagnoli has played a key role in helping the soccer team get to the playoffs. Erica Engle | EU Sports Information
Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Stratton has been the anchor in goal for the Eagles earning defensive player of the week last week. In front of Stratton is a well-balanced back line lead by four-year starter Jair Saenz. As the Eagles have only allowed one goal in five games the team has scored ten goals in those same games. Giovagnoli leads the team with nine goals on the season and fellow senior midfielder Ben Barnhart is second in scoring with seven goals on the season.

The Eagles have looked impressive all season from defense to attack and the entire team is excited for where this season is going. With a playoff spot clinched they have two more pieces of business to handle. Those are to get home field advantage and win a conference title, both of which many people believe are very achievable.

The Eagles have one last home game which is on Nov. 1 against Wilkes University. If we would like to see another Eagle home game we must show our support and root the Eagles on as they try to make a run for a conference title.

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