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Anna Hall voted the OVC Goalkeeper of the Week

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Anna Hall voted the OVC Goalkeeper of the Week

Posted on 30 August 2016 by Bret Shroats

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky junior Anna Hall was voted the Ohio Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Hall recorded a pair of shutouts last week. Anna Hall made five saves on Thursday in a 2-0 win over Northern Kentucky, a team picked to finish third in the Horizon League. On Saturday, Hall made three saves in a 2-0 road victory at Virginia Military Institute. VMI entered the match with a perfect 2-0 record.

Hall now ranks third all-time EKU with seven career shutouts.

She is the first Colonel to be named OVC Goalkeeper of the Week since Erika Wolfer on August 21, 2012.

Hall and the surging Colonels will look to continue their winning ways this weekend with a pair of matches against The Citadel (Friday, September 2) and Charleston Southern (Sunday, September 4) in Charleston, South Carolina

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Men's Cross Country is Preseason #1 in the Southeast Region

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Men’s Cross Country is Preseason #1 in the Southeast Region

Posted on 29 August 2016 by Bret Shroats

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Richmond, KY – The Eastern Kentucky Colonels men’s Cross Country team was picked #1 in the first poll released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Colonels are positioned ahead of such regional rivals as Virginia (No. 2), Louisville (No. 3), Furman (No. 4), N.C. State (No. 5), Virginia Tech (No. 6), North Carolina (No. 7), Duke (No. 8) and Kentucky (No. 10).

The Colonels return all seven of their top runners from that squad, including seniors Jaime Escriche (2015 All-American), Amos Kosgey (2015 NCAA All-Southeast Region performer), Ambrose Maritim (2016 regional qualifier in the 5,000 meters – 14:09) and Luis Luna (2016 regional qualifier in the 5,000 meters – 14:03), juniors Jakob Dybdal Abrahamsen (2016 second team All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase – 8:34), Jamaine Coleman (2016 regional qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:55) and Sergio Mena (2015 first team All-OVC performer in cross country) and sophomore Erick Rotich (2015 OVC Cross Country Runner of the year and 2016 regional qualifier in the 5,000 meters – 14:05).

The Colonels went on to finish 17th at the NCAA Championships last fall, the second-highest national finish in program history. EKU is one of only 10 schools to qualify for the NCAA Championships each of the last five years, along with BYU, Colorado, Iona, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas and Tulsa.

EKU has only won the NCAA Southeast Region once, in 2013. The Colonels finished as region runner-up in 2011 and 2012.

The EKU women were also featured in the USTFCCCA Southeast Region rankings, coming in at No. 9.

The women’s team finished fifth at last year’s regional meet – its highest finish in well over a decade; however, the Colonels lost three of their top five runners in Julie Mathisen, Ashley Svec and Anna Reddin.

EKU does return its top runner in sophomore Charlotte Imer, as well as senior Ann Tum, a two-time first team All-OVC performer. Senior Madison Zeitz (sixth on the team, 81st overall at 2015 NCAA Southeast Regional), juniors Ciara Scott (2016 OVC silver medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase) and Haley Yost (fifth in the mile at 2016 OVC Indoor Championships) and sophomore Meggan Grams (fourth in the mile at the 2016 OVC Indoor Championships) are expected to step into more prominent roles this fall.

The Colonels are ranked just behind Kentucky (No. 7) and Louisville (No. 8) and just ahead of the likes of Clemson (No. 11), Duke (No. 12) and North Carolina (No. 13). N.C. State is the favorite to win the Southeast on the women’s side.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams open the season this Friday, September 2, at Morehead State’s Eagle Opener.

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Soccer Deals VMI Their First Loss

Soccer Deals VMI Their First Loss

Posted on 27 August 2016 by Bret Shroats

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Lexington, VA – Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels soccer team defeated Virginia Military Institute 2-0 on Saturday in Virginia. Eastern Kentucky scored both goals within the first 3 and a half minutes of the match.

Freshman Erin Torrence scored her second goal of the season in the 2nd minute to give the Lady Colonels a 1-0 lead. Senior Cassie Smith added the second goal of the game just a minute later.

Eastern (2-2) would hold the 2-0 lead throughout the next 87 minutes of play.

“Today was a good team performance,” first-year head coach Nick Flohre said. “We had a great start to the game and were able to keep control the rest of the first half. We battled pretty well in the second half but have to keep learning how to manage the game better.”

Virginia Military Institute would suffer their first loss.

Next up for Eastern Kentucky is another undefeated team in the Citadel next Friday.

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Volleyball Drops First Match to LSU

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Volleyball Drops First Match to LSU

Posted on 26 August 2016 by Bret Shroats

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Durham, NC – Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels volleyball dropped a hard fought match against LSU 3-0 at the Duke Invitational.

Eastern Kentucky (0-1) was certainly up for the challenges as they came out of the gates ready for the 2016 season. They actually led LSU (1-0) 21-20 in game 1 but LSU would score 5 of the next 6 points in the match to take game 1 25-22.

In game 2, LSU would come out dominant and easily take the game 25-14.

Game 3 however would be a different story. EKU and LSU would trade leads and keep it close throughout the game. Again LSU would win 25-23.

Eastern would have 40 kills in the match. Leading the Colonels in kills was Cassie Knutson. Mallory Maxwell led the Colonels in digs with 18 and and Rachel Woody added 15 digs.

Next up for EKU will be Duke tomorrow at 1 pm on ESPN3

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Soccer Picks Up Their First Win of 2016

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Soccer Picks Up Their First Win of 2016

Posted on 25 August 2016 by Bret Shroats

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RICHMOND, KY – Eastern Kentucky defeated Northern Kentucky 2-0 for their first win of the 2016 campaign. Eastern was lead by Emmy Carroll and Erin Torrance. With the win head coach Nick Flohre first career win.

Eastern Kentucky (1-2-0) took their first lead of the season in the 24th minute with a goal from junior Emmi Carroll. Eastern Kentucky would take the 1-0 lead into the half. However, in the 69th minute freshman Erin Torrance would add a crucial insurance goal to give the Colonels a 2-0 win.

Junior Anna Hall made 5 saves in the shutout victory. Eastern outshot Northern Kentucky(0-3-0) 23-7.

Next up for Eastern Kentucky is Virginia Military Institute (2-0-0) Saturday at 1:00 PM on ESPN3.

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Eastern Kentucky Falls to Xavier 2-0

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Eastern Kentucky Falls to Xavier 2-0

Posted on 21 August 2016 by Bret Shroats

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Richmond, KY – Eastern Kentucky dropped their home opener to Xavier 2-0 in a game that was much closer than it appeared.

The two teams both took 14 shots. However, EKU was unable to find the back of the net. Xavier found themselves up 1-0 after the 18th minute. They would add an insurance goal in the 69th minute.

Eastern Kentucky did a fantastic job of creating opportunity. Once they learn to finish the opportunities they will start gaining momentum.

Eastern Kentucky (0-2-0) will host Northern Kentucky (0-1-0) on Thursday at 5 PM.

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