The Colonels soccer team captured a win last Friday afternoon against the University of Tennessee Martin Skyhawks (4-6-2, 2-1-0 OVC) on a goal from Bailly Bounds, complete with the shutout from Anna Hall, to remain unbeaten and add yet another win to their OVC record boosting the team to (5-3-2, 2-0-1 OVC).
Eastern came out fierce during the first period of the game, putting up seven shots to UT Martin’s two and securing three corner kicks. In the 35th minute sophomore Marian Wolski supplied a cross to Junior Bailly Bounds who then netted a goal from inside the box to put the Colonels up 1-0.
“Her confidence just continues to build,” said Coach Nick Flohre on Bounds. “Her impact has been very positive for us … without her it’s a little bit different.”
This was Bounds’ 13th goal on the season, and the only goal of the game.
“[The goal] just came to me,” said Bounds. “I knew I had to compose myself and win it.”
During the second period of the game the Colonels took a more defensive strategy taking only two shots to the Skyhawks six. Senior Anna Hall was a wall for the Colonels, she had four saves in the second period of the game alone and finished the game with six saves total.
This bumped her up to 36 saves on the season, including non-conference and OVC games.
Even though Hall has been a leader on this team and continues to play at a high level for the Colonels, Coach Flohre says that Eastern as a team can’t rely on just Hall to save them all the time.
“Us getting better is attributed to organization, Anna leading, center backs leading … today was a little better defensively but there are still a lot of shaky moments we want to clean up,” Flohre said.
After sealing the win at the EKU Soccer Field against UT Martin, the Colonels were back again Sunday afternoon to face the Southeast Missouri State University Redhawk’s.
Eastern was hoping to extend their two-game win streak against SEMO on their Senior Day, but after a foul intensive game, the Colonels had 19 to SEMO’s eight, and a memorable equalizer by senior Striker Jordan Foster, the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The first period of the game was evenly played with both teams taking only 3 shots, but the Redhawk’s (4-5-2, 1-1-2 OVC) struck first with a quick goal in the 14th minute by Katie Lever. It was looking unlikely that Eastern was going to make anything happen until Foster notched an extraordinary equalizer in the 81st minute of the game off a 70-yard cross from freshman defender Jess Philpot.
“Jess played a perfect ball,” said Foster. “It would’ve been a shame if I didn’t get on the end of that.”
This was Foster’s fourth goal of the season tying her with other senior striker, Emmi Carrol, for the team lead in goals.
Foster and Bailly Bounds both came away with three shots a piece on the day, Foster with all three shots on goal and Bounds with two.
In the first period of overtime, Philpot made yet another exciting play when she headed away a ball that was going directly for the goal in the 96th minute of the match. Anna Hall followed that with a timely save in the 99th minute after the Redhawk’s nearly netted a goal off of a last-minute corner kick.
Hall had six saves on the game with three of them coming solely in overtime. These six saves boosted her to 42 on the season, including non-conference and OVC games, and she currently leads the OVC in saves with 18.
“Everything [the girls] committed to the game was great,” commented Coach Flohre. “We’ve had a little inconsistency throughout the season, but we’re on the right track.”
The Colonels (5-3-3, 2-0-2 OVC) are travelling to Charleston, Illinois to take on the Eastern Illinois University Panthers and continue their dominant play in the OVC to keep the number one spot on the leaderboard. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.