By SETH GRAHAM
The Colonels went on the road Oct. 10 and 12 to Tennessee to take on University of Tennessee at Martin and Murray State University for a match-up against the Racers.
Eastern fell to UT Martin first with a 4-0 deficit.
“UT Martin has been playing really well with people being injured,” head coach Melissa Barnes said. “Murray has been playing well as well. They put a five game winning streak together and are in the top four of the conference. If we can put a full 90 minutes together I am confident that we can get the wins.”
The game saw a total of 46 shots from both teams, but the Skyhawks (9-5-1, 3-2-1 OVC) outshot Eastern 34-12. Twenty-one of the Skyhawks shots were on frame forcing freshman goalkeeper Anna Hall to make a career-high 16 saves, the most by any OVC goalkeeper so far.
The Colonels could not hold off the UT Martin attack though, as Rianna Jarrett netted a hat trick and Abby Masters added one of her own. Jarrett started the scoring in the 27th minute when she beat a defender on the left side and scored. The forward then opened up the second half with a goal from the penalty spot and completed the hat trick and finished off the game with an unassisted goal in the 88th minute.
“We got to put a full 90 minutes together,” Junior Merrissa Vault said. “If we can do that we can compete.”
Murray State 2
Eastern could not put a full 90 minutes together as they fell to Murray State 2-0.
Murray (8-7-0, 4-2-1 OVC) notched a couple of first half goals in the 23rd and 43rd minute.
Again, Eastern was out shot, this time 19-7. Thirteen of the Racers 19 shots came in the first half. Eastern picked it up in the second half with five shots but could not convert on any. Hall made five more saves on the night and continues to lead the OVC in total saves.
Eastern falls to 3-11-1 on the season and 1-4-1 in the OVC. The Colonels return home Oct. 17 to take on Southeast Missouri State University and Oct. 19 to take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.