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Soccer to Host OVC Tournament Game for First Time Ever this Weekend

Soccer to Host OVC Tournament Game for First Time Ever this Weekend

Posted on 23 October 2017 by admin

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For the first time ever, the EKU soccer team will host an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament game this weekend.

RICHMOND, Ky. – For the first time ever, the Eastern Kentucky University soccer team will host an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament game this weekend.

No. 3 EKU will play a quarterfinal match against the winner of No. 6 UT Martin / No. 7 SIUE on Sunday, October 29, at EKU Soccer Field. First touch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.

The first-round UT Martin / SIUE game will also be played at EKU Soccer Field on Friday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m.

For the first time in league history, the OVC Tournament has expanded to eight teams in 2017. The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds host first-round and quarterfinals games this weekend. The semifinals (Friday, November 3) and championship game (Sunday, November 5) will be played at the home field of No. 1 seed Murray State.

This marks EKU’s seventh appearance in the OVC Tournament and its second appearance as the No. 3 seed (2012).

The Colonels advanced to OVC championship game for the first time ever last season as the No. 2 seed.

If EKU wins on Sunday, it will face No. 2 Tennessee Tech in the semifinals on Friday, November 3, at 12:00 p.m. ET in Murray, Kentucky.

The entire OVC Tournament will be streamed live on the OVC Digital Network.

Admission is FREE to both games this weekend.

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EKU Soccer Advances to Finals with Penalty Kicks Win

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EKU Soccer Advances to Finals with Penalty Kicks Win

Posted on 04 November 2016 by Bret Shroats

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Murray, KY – The two seeded Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels soccer team defeated the three seeded Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in penalty kicks 4-1 on Friday afternoon. The two teams battled for 110 minutes but neither team could put one in the net.

Both teams had great opportunities in regular time but with the two best goalkeepers in the Ohio Valley Conference squaring off neither team would win in regular time.

In extra time it was more of the same. Both teams struggled to put any real scoring threat on the goalkeepers.

Between the two teams in regular time and extra time both goalies made seven saves. However, Tennessee Tech outshot EKU 14-13.

With the 0-0 draw after extra time Anna Hall got her 4th straight shutout and the 11th shutout of the year.

Emmy Carroll started off the shootout by perfectly placing a ball in the upper corner of the goal to give the Colonels a 1-0 advantage. Anna Hall then patiently waited and dove to save the first PK by Tennessee Tech to give EKU a big advantage going into the second round of penalty kicks.

Kacy Eckley put the ball in the same spot as Carroll to give the Colonels a huge 2-0 advantage. With the pressure on Rachel Blow out the first ball past Anna Hall in the OVC tournament.

Allison Werner for the Colonels switched it up to throw off the TTU goalkeeper as she rolled a ball into the net to give the Colonels a 3-1 lead. Now with mounting pressure on TTU to score Anna Hall makes another diving save to keep the lead at 3-1.

Larissa Heslop put the game away with the fourth PK to give the Colonels a 4-1 victory.

This was the first postseason victory for the EKU Soccer program.

They will face the winner of the Murray State vs SIU-E game Sunday at 2 pm on the campus of Murray State.

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OVC Champions

Posted on 28 October 2016 by Bret Shroats

Richmond, KY – For the first time in program history Eastern Kentucky soccer is Ohio Valley Conference Co-champions.

It was a two step process for EKU to win the OVC and they only controlled the first step. In step one, Eastern Kentucky took care of Tennessee Tech with a goal by junior Jordan Foster in the 68th minute. Then the Colonels had to wait and watch Austin Peay tie Murray State to help the Colonels win the OVC championship.

EKU soccer is a true Cinderella story. The EKU soccer program had only won 13 matches in the past three seasons prior to the 2016 season. Eastern Kentucky was picked to finish 10th in the OVC this season.

In 2016 EKU soccer went 13-4 overall and 8-2 in the OVC.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the players and what they’ve been able to accomplish so far this season,” first-year head coach Nick Flohre said. “Today felt like a tournament game with how well both teams defended. We were fortunate to take advantage of our chance to score. The players deserve to be very proud of themselves and their teammates. They worked their tails off for today’s win.”

Since Murray State won the match vs EKU in the regular season they get the 1 seed. EKU will get the 2 seed in the OVC tournament for the first time since 2008. Eastern will get the winner of the Belmont vs Tennessee Tech Friday November 4 at 11 am on the campus of Murray State.

List of accomplishments from this EKU soccer team.
1. Most OVC wins in a season (8)
2. Most wins total (13)
3. Most goals in a season (30)
4. Shut out every OVC opponent in Richmond, KY
5. Most shutouts in a season (10)
6. Tied the Longest winning streak (8)

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Late Goals Breaks EKU Soccer Record

Late Goals Breaks EKU Soccer Record

Posted on 22 October 2016 by Bret Shroats

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RICHMOND, KY – Three late goals send Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels soccer team past Eastern Illinois and into the EKU record book. Eastern Kentucky bear Eastern Illinois 4-0 to break the record for most wins in a season for EKU.

The two Eastern schools appeared to be heading into the half tied at 0-0 but Senior Cassie Smith had other ideas. She put a cross from Tara Claus into the back of the net in the 45th minute.

The second half the Colonels would defend their 1-0 lead up until the 78th minute when Senior Mikayla Brillion put in a from 15 yards out.

Freshman Kayla Childs decided that 2 goals was not enough and put her third goal of the season for the third goal of the game.

The highlight of the game in the 85th minute. Tara Claus made the goal of the season from a corner kick. Tara Claus took the corner herself and put it in the net to give EKU the 4-0 lead.

Junior goalkeeper Anna Hall earned her eighth shutout of the season.

The Lady Colonels return to action on Sunday when they host SIU-E at EKU Soccer Stadium at 1 pm.

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Winning Streak Snapped by a Late Goal

Winning Streak Snapped by a Late Goal

Posted on 06 October 2016 by Bret Shroats

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Clarksville, Tenn – A goal in the 89th minute by Austin Peay snapped Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels soccer team eight game winning streak. It was the first goal given up in OVC play.

Austin Peay was given a late corner kick and Anna Hall made 2 great saves on the corner kick but the ball would find the upper corner of the net to give Austin Peay a 1-0 lead.

Both defenses battled all game. Austin Peaty (8-4-1, 3-0-1 OVC) got one more shot on goal and they made it count. Anna Hall saw her shut out streak end at 551 minutes but still made 4 saves on the night. EKU would put 4 shots on goal during the match.

With the loss EKU (8-3, 3-1 OVC) falls to fourth place with 9 points. in the OVC. They are three points behind OVC leader SIU-E. Murray State and Austin Peay are in second place with 10 points.

EKU returns to Kentucky on Sunday when they play at Murray State at 3 pm.

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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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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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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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