By ROBERT RISTANEO
The Colonels lost to the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (7-5-2, 2-2-1 OVC) 1-0 in overtime on Thursday.
The game was moved to Lexington and played at Transylvania University due to campus threats made earlier in the week.
The game was tight throughout as it was the third game in a row the Colonels (2-12, 2-4 OVC) outshot its opponents. Eastern outshot Southeast Missouri State 10-9, but could never capitalize. Redhawks junior mid-fielder Christine Rohde headed in the game-winner two minutes into overtime to seal the game.
Colonel senior forward Amani Thomas was all over the field, being moved from forward to defender in the middle of the game and never coming out.
Eastern sophomore goalkeeper Anna Hall made one save on the day.
The Colonels returned to action Sunday for Senior Day as UT Martin (4-9, 2-3 OVC) came to Richmond once campus activities were allowed to resume. The Colonels won 2-0 as sophomore mid-fielder Emmi Carroll was the hero of the day, scoring both goals.
The game was scoreless throughout until Carroll came off the bench in the 75th minute and caught a pass from freshman forward Bailey Bounds to put Eastern on the board.
Carroll came up big again 10 minutes later to seal the 2-0 lead and the win for the Colonels.
Eastern had not beaten UT Martin since 2011, which was a a year before this senior class had arrived on campus.
Eastern once again outshot the competition by a count of 13-11.
Senior goalkeeper Samm Melton got the start in the net for the first game since Sept. 13, and she made six saves and did not allow a single goal.
The win helped move the Colonels closer to the five conference win mark that its been looking for since the start of the year. Eastern currently sits in a five-way tie for the last two playoff spots with two conference wins and only four conference games remaining in the season.
“Our girls did an outstanding job today of understanding their individual roles, but also putting together a complete team effort,” Eastern Head Coach Andrew Fleming said following the win. “We were obviously very good defensively against a team that is traditionally as good as anyone in our conference. I’m especially happy for the six seniors who showed tremendous perseverance and character throughout the year.”
Seniors Dani Cant, Melton, Thomas, Katie Bright, Mikala Ferguson and Merrissa Vault were all honored before the game and started for the Colonels.
Eastern returns to action for a 5 p.m. kickoff, Friday, Oct. 16, when the Colonels travel to Eastern Illinois (3-10-2, 1-4-1 OVC).