EKU wrapped up the best soccer season in school history by beating a tough Tennessee Tech team 1-0 at home. The win gives the Colonels a 13-4 record going into the playoffs and made them co-champs with Murray State in the OVC. The game was a grinder, as the two best defenses in the OVC continuously shutdown any offense.
Junior Jordan Foster was able to head a goal in off of a rebound as the goal keeper was right in her face. The defense stood tall the rest of the game and ended up with the win. Under first year head coach Nick Flohre, the Colonels set school records for wins, conference wins, goals, and shutouts.
With Murray holding the tiebreaker over EKU, they will be the one seed in the OVC tournament. Both teams, however, will have a first round bye. The Colonels will host every game if they do not play Murray, and that could prove to be crucial. The Colonels home field has been a tough place to play as they have not surrendered a goal since August 21 against Xavier —a streak of 740 minutes.
“Today felt like a playoff game,” said Coach Flohre. “I have been so proud of what this team has been able to accomplish and now we have a chance to win the tournament if we can continue to play at a high level.”
However, the Colonels first game will not be a breeze. Tennessee Tech had a short turnaround in their first round game against Belmont on Sunday, handling the Bears 3-0, and ready for revenge against EKU in Richmond on Friday. Luckily, the team should be fresh on the Colonels’ minds, which will help with preparation.
The game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 at 2:00 p.m. The winner will take on either Murray State or SIUE in the championship game the following Sunday, with the location to be determined based on each game’s winner.