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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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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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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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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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