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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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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


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


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


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


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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NCAA ticket information is now available

Posted on 14 March 2014 by admin


The Eastern Kentucky Athletic Department has released ticket information for the Colonels first game in the NCAA Tournament. Although the date and location is not known yet, you can still get pricing information and order your tickets.All orders must be received by 6:00 PM, Monday, March 17  You can download the order form here.

Ticket Purchase Priority:
1. Colonel Club member and season basketball ticket holder
2. Season basketball ticket holder
3. Colonel Club member
4. General public


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Colonels to face six teams that made the Big Dance last season

Posted on 16 September 2013 by admin


RICHMOND, Ky. – Six games against NCAA Tournament teams highlight the 2013-14 Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball schedule. The Colonels will play a total of eight games against teams that played in the postseason a year ago.

In conjunction with the release of the 2013-14 schedule, Eastern is asking fans to vote in the “Best EKU Team Ever” poll on this page.

Eastern Kentucky is expected to be among the favorites in the Ohio Valley Conference. Four starters and a total of 13 letter winners return from the 2012-13 squad that won a school record 25 games and posted the second best conference mark at 12-4. The Colonels advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and picked up the program’s first victory in a national postseason tournament game in 68 years.

“This year’s schedule is designed to challenge an experienced team,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said. “We will learn so much from the different styles that we will face throughout November and December. We are really looking forward to this season.”

EKU will open the 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 8 against Florida International at the Kennesaw State Invitational. The Colonels will face the host team a day later and conclude the event against Youngstown State.

Of Eastern’s 30 games, 16 will be against teams that posted a winning record in 2012-13 and seven will be against squads that won 20 or more.

Eastern Kentucky’s first home game comes on Nov. 13 against Warren Wilson College. The Owls won the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national championship last season. Both teams played Western Carolina last year. EKU beat the Catamounts 72-70 at home. WWC trailed by three with 15 minutes left in the game before ultimately losing by 25 points on the road.

The next three games will be played at home as well – High Point on Nov. 16, Alabama A&M on Nov. 19 and Brescia University on Nov. 22. Eastern beat High Point 73-70 on the road last season. The Panthers also earned a bid to the 2013 CIT.

The Colonels are 61-14 (.813) at home over the last five years and have won 16 straight home non-conference games.

EKU’s first two games against teams that played in last season’s NCAA Tournament will be on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5. The first is at North Carolina State against a Wolfpack team that went 24-11. The second will be at Virginia Commonwealth, which finished 27-9 in 2012-13.

After a road game at Longwood, Eastern will face two more NCAA Tournament teams. EKU plays at Wisconsin (23-12) on Dec. 14 and will then host North Carolina A&T (20-17) on Dec. 18 at McBrayer Arena. The Colonels close out the 2013 calendar year at IPFW on Dec. 29.

The team’s quest for the program’s seventh OVC regular season championship begins with road games at Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois Edwardsville the first week of January.

The second week of January could be called “Rivalry Week” for the Colonels. On Jan. 8, Murray State (21-10) makes its first appearance at McBrayer Arena since Dec. 2, 2010. Three days later EKU will play at Morehead State.

“It’s exciting that we’ll have the chance to host Belmont and Morehead State after EKU students return from winter break,” Neubauer said. “Our fans can make McBrayer Arena a tough place to play. Our guys feed off that energy.”

The first meeting with Belmont (26-7), the 2013 OVC Champions, will be in Richmond on Thursday night, Jan. 16. A week and a half later, Eastern will play at Belmont.

The Colonels’ final non-conference game of the regular season is Feb. 4 at home against Chattanooga. EKU beat the Mocs 63-52 on the road last season.

Morehead State comes to Richmond on Saturday, Feb. 8. After three road games, Eastern will close out the regular season at home on Feb. 27 and March 1 against Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State, respectively.

The 2014 OVC Tournament begins with first round action on March 5. The finals are scheduled for March 8. The NCAA Tournament First Four is set for March 18-19. The second round will be played March 20-21.

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