EKU has been on a roll since dropping their first two games. Sunday, the Colonels beat Western Carolina 1-0 to win four in a row.
The game started out shaky for the Colonels, allowing four shots in the first nine minutes. Junior goalkeeper Anna Hall survived the onslaught as she continues success from her previous OVC honors-winning week. EKU only allowed two more shots the rest of the game.
Right before half, sophomore Tara Claus made a penalty kick to give EKU a one-goal lead going into half; the goal was Claus’ first as a Colonel.
The Colonels defense stood tall for the second half of the game, shutting out Western Carolina and winning the match. Hall’s strong defense and six saves gave her her third shut out of the Colonels’ four game winning streak. Sophomores Haley Kemper and Kacy Eckley played the entire game.
Western Carolina continually hurt themselves, ending the game with 10 fouls and seven offsides. They managed one more shot on goal than the Colonels, six to five, though none ever passed Hall’s gloves.
First year Head Coach Nick Flohre cannot help but be happy with the start of his career with EKU, as his team has already matched the team’s win total from the year before (4-14).
” As expected, this was a game we had to find a way to win,” Flohre said after the game. “We’re learning what we’re capable of when we work for each other, and it’s a valuable lesson as we wrap up non-conference play.”
The Colonels return Friday at home for their last non-conference game as Chattanooga comes to Richmond. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.