Archive | September, 2016

Cassie Smith

Soccer Dominant in Win over Rival Eagles

Posted on 29 September 2016 by Bret Shroats

Richmond, KY – The Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels showed no mercy in their shutout victory over rival Morehead State 4-0.

Eastern would start the scoring in the 29th minute with Senior Cassie Smith would score get first of the match to give the Colonels a 1-0 lead.

Cassie would strike again in the 53rd minute to give the Colonels a 2-0 lead. That goal would put her as the highest goal scorer in EKU history with 18 career goals.

Kayla Childs would put the ball in the net for the second time this season to put EKU up 3-0.

Emmi Carroll jumped on the scoring bandwagon in the 87th minute for the 4-0 win.

Eastern would outshoot Morehead 22-15. Out of those 15 shots allowed by EKU (8-2, 3-0 OVC) only 4 would only need to be saved by Anna Hall.

Eastern has not given up a goal in 462 minutes of action.

Colonels will return to the pitch on October 7th at 8 pm at Austin Peay.

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Volleyball Sweeps Morehead State

Posted on 28 September 2016 by Bret Shroats

Richmond, KY – The Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels volleyball team beat rival Morehead State in three straight sets.

The Colonels won by scores of 27-25, 25-14, 25-23.

Morehead State (5-11, 1-2 OVC) started off hot but the Lady Colonels, (6-9, 1-2 OVC) rallied and took the set to extra points where they won 27-25.

The second set would be all EKU as they took the set 25-14.

Morehead State rallied in set 3 but the Lady Colonels stay poised and ended the rally to win the match.
The Lady Colonels have won six straight vs the Eagles.

Next up is a match vs Austin Peay on Saturday at 2 pm inside Alumni Coliseum.


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Soccer Sweeps the Weekend in their 7th Straight Win

Posted on 25 September 2016 by Bret Shroats

Richmond, KY – For the 6th time in the last 7 games the Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels shutout their opponent. EKU just dominated Jacksonville State in a 3-0 win.

Bailly Bounds would start off the scoring. Bounds scored her first goal of the season in the 40th minute to give the Lady Colonels a 1-0 lead.

Tara Claus would add her 2nd goal of the season off a Jordan Foster assist to give the Colonels a 2-0 lead.

Kayla Childs scored her first collegiate goal of the season in the 65th minute for a 3-0 lead.

Anna Hall would record her 4th straight shutout. The Lady Colonels (7-2, 2-0 OVC) defense hasn’t given up a goal in 372 minutes. That defense would only give up 2 shots the entire game and only 1 of those would need to be saved by Hall.

On the other side of the pitch the Lady Colonels offense would put up 21 shots, 9 of those on goal.

Next up for the Lady Colonels is arch rivals Morehead State at EKU Soccer Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 pm.


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Soccer Takes Down Belmont in Nashville

Posted on 23 September 2016 by Bret Shroats

Nashville, Tenn – Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels set a new program record with their sixth straight win by beating 1-0. It was the first time EKU ever beat Belmont.

Junior Jordan Foster put the Lady Colonels (6-2, 1-0 OVC) ahead in the 79th minute. Junior Anna Hall made 4 saves to preserve the win and record her 5th shutout in the last 6 games.

Belmont (1-5-1, 0-1 OVC)  would take 13 shots but none would find the net.

The Lady Colonels return back to Richmond and will host Jacksonville State  (3-5-1) on Sunday at 1pm. EKU has never lost to JSU.

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Penalties doom Colonels in 41-14 loss to Ball State.

Penalties doom Colonels in 41-14 loss to Ball State.

Posted on 17 September 2016 by admin



MUNCIE, IND. – Penalties continue to haunt the Eastern Kentucky football team as the Colonels fell 41-14 to Ball State. The Colonels were penalized 13 times for 128 yards. The Colonel offense finished the game with 289 yards of total offense, 178 coming in the final quarter of play. Eastern would only manage three yards rushing on 27 attempts.

After getting the ball to start the game, the Colonels offense drove down to the Ball State 27 but fell short on fourth down and turned the ball over to the Cardinals who didn’t waste any time putting the first points of the game on the board.

Ball State would drive 73 yards for the score when Riley Neal would find Devin Reece in the end zone for the touchdown. The Cardinals would add two more touchdowns and two field goals to end the first have with a 27-0 lead. The Cardinal drive would only take 3:39 before finding the end zone.

Maty Mauk started the game for the Colonels at quarterback and would stay in for 2 series before Bennie Coney would take his turn at the end of the first quarter. Coney would eventually throw for his first interception of the game Marc Walton would pick the pass off at the EKU 40-yard line and return it for 19 yards. Coney would return on the next Colonel series but would be intercepted again by Martez Hester at the EKU 30-yard line. Coney ended the game 1 for 4 passing with 2 interceptions and 1 yard. Mauk would finish the game going 19 for 32 with 285 yards and 1 touchdown.

Defensively the Colonels were led by Jeffery Canady with 11 tackle while Kiante Northington added nine.

The Colonels finally found the end zone in the final quarter with two touchdown passes from Mauk. Mauk first found Devin Borders for a 28-yard touchdown with 2:14 left in the game. After holding Ball State to 3 and out, the Colonels would take over again on the Ball State 40-yard line. The Colonels would then drive down to the one-yard line. Daryl McCleskey would find the end zone with a one-yard run into the end zone.

The Colonels will now get a week off before starting Ohio Valley Conference play. The Colonels will head to Tennessee Tech on Oct. 1. Kick is set for 7 pm and will be covered by ESPN3.

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EKU Soccer Makes it 5 Straight vs Chattanooga

Posted on 16 September 2016 by Bret Shroats

Richmond, KY – The Eastern Kentucky lady Colonels kept their winning streak going today defeating the Chattanooga Mocs 1-0.

Junior Jordan Foster scored the match only goal of the day in the seventh minute when she gathered a rebound from her own shot and put it in the net.

Chattanooga (2-5-1)  would take 10 shots but none would find the net. Anna Hall would make 4 saves for the Lady Colonels (5-2).

Up next for the Lady Colonels will be their OVC opener at  Belmont (1-3-3) next Friday at 7:30 pm

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Maroon Hot Lady Colonels Make It Four Straight Wins. 

Posted on 11 September 2016 by Bret Shroats

Richmond, KY – Eastern Kentucky Colonels soccer team won their fourth straight match with a 1-0 win over Western Carolina University.

Western Carolina University (2-6) dominated the first 10 minutes of the game getting off 4 shots on goal but the Colonels  weathered the storm. The game would remain 0-0 through most of the first half.

In the 42nd minute a penalty kick was awarded to Eastern Kentucky. Sophomore Tara Claus would capitalize and give the Colonels the goal they needed going into the second half.

In the second half junior Anna Hall would make 2 big saves, WCU would take 7 shots total in the second half to preserve the 1-0 victory.

With the win the Colonels now have won as much as they did all last season.

Next up for EKU is Chattanooga (3-4-1) Friday at the EKU Soccer Stadium. First kick will be at 4 pm

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Ryan Whalen Joins Colonel basketball Coaching Staff

Ryan Whalen Joins Colonel basketball Coaching Staff

Posted on 09 September 2016 by admin


RICHMOND, Ky. – Ryan Whalen has joined the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Dan McHale announced on Monday.

Whalen comes to EKU following six seasons on Kevin Willard’s staff at Seton Hall. He was the Director of Basketball Operations in 2015-16 when the Pirates won the Big East Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed.

“I am thrilled to welcome Ryan and his family to our EKU basketball family,” McHale said. “I have worked with Ryan for four years at Seton Hall and Iona, and he is as passionate about mentoring student-athletes and coaching basketball as anyone I have ever been around. We are lucky to have him and he will bring immediate credibility to our staff and program. Having won a Big East championship and been groomed under reigning Big East Coach of the Year Kevin Willard, Ryan is a rising star in this business. Our family got better today.”

Whalen was promoted to Seton Hall’s Director of Basketball Operations during the 2014-15 season, previously serving as the Pirates’ Director of Player Development and Coordinator of Basketball Operations. He primarily aided in the development of scouting reports for opponents, film breakdown and exchange, and managing the program’s extensive recruiting database.

Whalen served as the Pirates’ video coordinator during the 2010-11 campaign, while also assisting with the program’s day-to-day operations. Over the summers, Whalen organized and served as a lead administrator for the Kevin Willard Basketball Camp.

He worked in the same capacity under Willard at Iona in 2009-10.

A 2008 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Whalen played two years of junior varsity basketball for the Hawks before being named a student assistant coach by head coach Phil Martelli.

Whalen first landed a spot as an administrative assistant and video coordinator at Towson University under head coach Pat Kennedy in 2008-09. He was responsible for coordinating game tape exchange and managing the Tigers’ student managers.

Having developed a broad basketball background, Whalen has also had stints with the Hoop Group and the Philadelphia 76ers. He served as a part of the staff for a number of Hoop Group events before being named the Assistant Director of Elite Camps in 2009. In this role, Whalen helped recruit campers, organize and run a camp that included 70 high school teams. As an intern for the 76ers in the summer of 2007, he assisted coaches, players and team executives with day-to-day operations and during the NBA draft process.

Whalen’s camp experience includes time as a counselor at the Duke University, Saint Joseph’s University and Bob Hurley basketball camps. He has also worked closely with his father, Joe Whalen, a long time area high school coach in running his own camp.
Whalen is a graduate of Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch, N.J. where he lettered in basketball (shooting guard) and football (wide receiver and defensive back). He also was a member of a Jersey City Boys Club AAU basketball team that won five straight New Jersey state titles.

Ryan and his wife, the former Amy Iuliano, were married in 2012 and have two sons, Colin Joseph, born in May of 2014, and Christopher Ryan, born in May of 2016.

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Defense powers Colonels to 55-14 win over Pikeville

Defense powers Colonels to 55-14 win over Pikeville

Posted on 08 September 2016 by admin


RICHMOND, Ky. – Forty-eight unanswered points and three defensive touchdowns helped the Eastern Kentucky University football team to a 55-14 win over the University of Pikeville in Thursday’s home opener at Roy Kidd Stadium.

The Colonels’ three pick sixes all came in the third quarter, as EKU put the game out of reach. Redshirt senior running back Jared Sanders carried the load on offense, finishing with a career-high 100 yards on 16 carries.

Eastern finished the contest with 284 yards on the ground, while holding UPike to 103 yards rushing. The Bears had eight turnovers on the night.

Thursday’s contest marked the first between the two programs. EKU has won its last eight home openers. The Colonels (1-1) return to action Sept. 17 as they travel to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent Ball State. Eastern Kentucky is 3-0 all-time against the Cardinals.

The Colonels’ defense tightened in the second half, scoring 21 of EKU’s 24 points in the frame.

Redshirt senior Kiante Northington took the pass from UPike’s Bowen Smith to the end zone for the sixth interception of his career and his first career touchdown to put EKU up 30-14 before the extra point from Lucas Williams.

Much was the same on the ensuing UPike possession, as Corey Glass stepped in front of Smith’s pass for the pick. Glass returned the interception 56 yards for the score, and the extra point gave the Colonels a commanding 38-14 advantage.

In the closing seconds of the third, redshirt junior Luder Jean Louis tipped a throw from Shannon Patrick and pulled it down in the end zone, extending the Eastern lead to 33 before Williams tacked on the extra point.

The EKU offense struck first in the game, moving 58 yards on eight consecutive runs from Henry Enyenihi and Sanders to put the Colonels at the Pikeville 13 yard line. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Swafford found junior Ryan Markush for the score with 4:11 left in the first.

UPike answered 25 seconds into the second quarter, capping a 10 play, 75-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Anfernee Brown, tying the game at seven. The Bears took a 14-7 lead—their only lead of the contest—on a 16-yard fumble return for a score by Jordan Mattingly midway through the second quarter.

Trailing 14-7, the Colonels needed just 67 seconds to tie the game at 14. Following a defensive stop, EKU regained the lead with an eight-yard scamper from James Smith Jr. The true freshman quarterback took it himself and laid out to find the pylon after leading the offense to a 75-yard scoring drive.

Swafford completed 7-of-12 for 73 yards while Smith went 4-for-5 for 30 yards. Enyenihi ran for 63 yards on 10 carries.

Pikeville quarterback Sani Warren was 7-for-8 for 65 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Xondre Willis totaled 71 yards on the ground for the Bears.

Jeffrey Canady and Dwight Williams each had 10 tackles for Eastern Kentucky. Kagen Skidmore had 1.5 sacks.

Thursday’s win marked the first career victory for EKU head coach Mark Elder.

Tyler Swafford has thrown touchdown passes in two consecutive games.

Senior Henry Enyenihi, junior Ryan Markush, redshirt sophomore Raynaldy Gustave and freshman James Smith all recorded their first career touchdowns as Colonels.

Redshirt senior Kiante Northington picked up his sixth career interception and his first career touchdown with his 12-yard interception return.

Sophomore Corey Glass also recorded his first career touchdown following a 54-yard interception return for six.

Senior Devin Borders is now 62 yards from cracking the program’s top-10 in career receiving yards.

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Colonels fall to Purdue in season opener

Colonels fall to Purdue in season opener

Posted on 05 September 2016 by admin


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Eastern Kentucky entered the fourth quarter down just 10 points at Purdue, however, the Big Ten Boilermakers pulled away for a 45-24 victory on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.

The Colonels will play their home-opener on Thursday against Pikeville. The Bears are coached by former EKU quarterback Allan Holland. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Purdue took control early with two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the game and led 21-0 with three and a half minutes left in the first quarter. The second Boilermaker score was set up by a 17-yard interception return to the EKU 23 yard line. The third touchdown was the result of a 78-yard interception return.

Bennie Coney engineered an eight-play, 72-yard drive that took just 3:31 and got Eastern on the board. He got it started with a 26-yard completion to Devin Borders and ended it with a 10-yard scoring pass over the middle to Dan Crimmins. Sixty-four of the 72 yards were through the air. Neiko Creamer converted the two-point conversion to make it 21-8 with less than a minute left in the first quarter.

EKU continued to inch closer in the second quarter. Lucas Williams hit a 35-yard field goal with 10:04 left in the first half. On the Boilermakers’ ensuing possession, newcomer Nigel Bethel picked off a pass in Purdue territory.

Coney let the ground game do the work this time on an eight-play, 47-yard touchdown drive. Freshman Daryl McClesky Jr. gained eight yards after a 14-yard pass from Coney to freshman James Smith Jr. Newcomer Henry Enyenihi had an eight-yard run. Sophomore Ethan Thomas wrapped it up with a 10-yard touchdown run around the right side. The extra-point got the visitors within 10, 28-18.

Purdue drove to the EKU 27 yard line and attempted a 44-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter. The kick was wide left.

Eastern Kentucky out-gained the Boilermakers 123 to 85 on the ground in the first half.

The Colonel defense held Purdue off the scoreboard in the third quarter, but the offense couldn’t put together a scoring drive to close the gap.

After the Boilermakers scored 17 straight points in the fourth quarter, redshirt sophomore Tyler Swafford drove Eastern to a late touchdown. On fourth-and-two, Swafford kept the drive alive with a five-yard pass to Borders. Following another completion to Borders, Swafford hooked up with Ryan Markush for 26 yards. He finished off the scoring drive with a two-yard touchdown toss to Cameron Fogle.

Purdue got the ground game going in the second half, churning out 176 yards after totaling just 85 in the first half.

Thomas finished with 60 yards on 17 carries. Coney completed 13-of-23 for 158 yards. Borders caught seven passes for a team-high 77 yards.


Devin Borders entered the game 148 yards away from cracking EKU’s top-10 career receiving yards list. He finished with seven catches for 77 yards.

Bennie Coney’s first quarter 10-yard touchdown pass was the 31st of his career as a Colonel.

The second quarter 10-yard touchdown run by Ethan Thomas was the fifth career rushing touchdown for the sophomore.

Lucas Williams converted a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter. He is now 12-for-15 on field goals during his career.

Tyler Swafford’s two-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Fogle in the fourth quarter was the first career scoring toss for the redshirt sophomore.

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