Football is back in the Bluegrass state as Eastern Kentucky is gearing for the upcoming season, and Head Coach Mark Elder’s second year at the helm of the Colonels program. The Colonels had a less than stellar season last year, and that’s to put it lightly, as they went 3-8 overall with only one win in conference play.
Eastern is looking to get back on track for the 2017 season, but the schedule seems to be a rocky one as Eastern has two tough opponents to open the season this year in Western Kentucky, whom they have not played since 2008, since WKU moved to Division 1 FBS. The very next week the Colonels will play Kentucky at the newly named Kroger Field, with this being the first time the two teams have met since Eastern’s near upset in 2015, taking Kentucky to overtime.
The big question for the Colonels is who will be under Center for the first game at Western. Last year, Bennie Coney and Tyler Swafford split the QB load which could have been a factor in the down year for the Colonels as they seemed to not which one would get the start for what game.
EKU’s first game is the Battle for The Bluegrass at Western Kentucky on September 2nd at 7:00 PM.
The women’s soccer team is coming off an outstanding 2016 season. It was Head Coach Nick Flohre’s first season with the Colonels and he proved that he’s all business, leading the Colonels to an unbelievable turnaround in the NCAA. With a team that went 4-14 when he first took over, Flohre lead them to a 13-5-1 overall record, but unfortunately falling to fourth ranked SIUE in the OVC tournament championship.
Coming into the 2017 season, the Colonels are picked to finish third in the OVC, behind Murray State and SIUE.
The Colonels kick off the season on August 18th at Northern Kentucky. Kick off is at 7:00 PM.
The Colonels Volleyball team is coming off of a .500 season in which they went 15-15, and finished with a 9-7 record in conference play. Eastern got to the semi-finals in the OVC tournament but ultimately fell to regular season champ Murray State in four sets. The Colonels return their entire roster from last season, returning leading point getters Nikki Drost, Celina Sanks, and Cassie Knutson. EKU is certainly set for a great season with the entire team back together, and the OVC championship is a certain reality.
Men’s Cross Country
The EKU men’s cross country is back for the 2017 season and star Jamaine Coleman is looking to solidify himself as the nation’s best. Coleman was a Second Team All-American last season as well as a regional qualifier and OVC Track Athlete of The Year. Coleman will look to lead the Colonels to yet another great season.
Women’s Cross Country
Junior Charlotte Imer will look to the Colonels in the Cross Country season. Imer finished 31st overall in the NCAA championships last season and earned her All-American honors in the process. It was the best finish ever by an EKU woman and only the second best finish ever by an OVC woman.
Imer will look to top her fantastic season from last year, as well as cement herself as one of the top runners in the country.