By ROBERT RISTANEO
The Colonels (1-11) lost in conference play against opponent Tennessee Tech (5-4-3, 3-0 in OVC) 3-0 on Friday.
The Colonels put pressure on Tech most of the match; out-shooting the Golden Eagles 22 shots to 12. The 22 shots were the most the Colonels have taken in a single game all season.
Junior forward Abi Gearing scored Tech’s first goal in the twenty-seventh minute on a penalty kick. Twelve minutes later, sophomore defender Karigan Owens scored on a corner kick for Tech to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead at the half. Sophomore defender Cassidy Ortman added a late goal in the second half to seal the game for Tech.
“We just outshot TTU 22 to 12, and lost, 3-0,” Eastern Head Coach Andrew Fleming said. “Tennessee Tech was good tonight, but our effort and our play certainly was worthy of a different result. We weren’t ambitious enough in the first half in the attacking third of the field. We made an adjustment at halftime and outshot them 15-5 in the second half.”
Things did not get any easier for the Colonels on Sunday, as Eastern lost to Morehead State (5-7-1, 2-1 OVC) 4-1.
The trend of Eastern’s aggressive play continued, as the Colonels took another 20 shots, but could not capitalize.
Morehead State scored six minutes into the game from freshman forward Abby Timm and added two more goals to take a 3-0 lead into half.
With approximately 10 minutes left, Eastern sophomore mid-fielder Jordan Foster scored her first career goal for the Colonels, however, the Eagles answered in the same minute on a goal to end any chance of a comeback.
Fleming admitted the defensive third wasn’t ideal, but noted the team’s adjustments.
“We have not been very good at all in our defensive third of the field,” Flemming said. “The girls did another very good job responding and adjusting at halftime, but we can’t put ourselves in those situations and expect different results.”
Fleming has set a goal for the team with only six games left until the conference tournament.
“We got ourselves set on five wins [In the conference]” Fleming said. “Five wins should get you in this year based on the way the conference is looking. Five wins and a tie should make you feel comfortable. The OVC is a conference where anybody can beat anybody you just have to have a good day. You just can’t step out and hope it happens. You have to make it happen and i think our girls do that.”
With just one conference win right now, the Colonels are looking to win four of its next six games to reach the goal of five conference wins. Eastern’s next game is at home at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, against Southeast Missouri University (6-5-2, 1-2-1 OVC).