Aug 23, 2013
Charleston, Ill. - Serena San Cartier scored two goals, including the game-winner, while adding an assist in Oakland University's 5-1 season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois Friday afternoon at Lakeside Field.
San Cartier responded with the first of four unanswered Oakland goals in the 38th minute to give the Golden Grizzlies a 2-1 lead at the break. The senior forward then scored in the 66th minute to give Oakland a 3-1 edge.
"We came out really strong and we created a lot of chances," said interim head coach Dave Morgan, who registered his first victory as a collegiate head coach. "To get the goal and the end of the first half was important."
Alice Palmer wasted no time following San Cartier's second goal with a score of her own just two minutes later in the 67th minute.
Meghan Reynolds closed out the game's scoring in the 72nd minute with an unassisted goal. Oakland finished with a 30-9 advantage in shots, including a 16-3 mark in the decisive second half.
"We applied a ton of pressure, and eventually we wore them down," Morgan said. Our team worked extremely hard the entire second half. This win was a total team effort."
Oakland's Payj O'Shea gathered three saves in the win.
The Golden Grizzlies will next travel to the University of Michigan to take on the nationally-ranked Wolverines Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.