Eastern Kentucky defeated Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in a thrilling penalty kick shootout on Sunday.
The Colonels advance to the Ohio Valley Conference semifinals after prevailing in penalty kicks, 4-3.
“We’re extremely proud of the girls for getting through a tough game today,” head coach Nick Flohre said in a press release by Steve Fohl, Associate Director of EKUSports Communications.
“Success during tournament time comes down to defending well and being gritty. Our girls committed to doing what was needed to hold the shutout and showed a lot of composure in PKs. We’re happy to get through the quarterfinals and move on to next weekend,” Flohre said in the press release.
The match was balanced, statistically. SIUE (6-9-2, 4-5-1 OVC) narrowly outshot EKU on the day, 13-12.
Junior Erin Torrence led all players in the game with four shots, two of which were on frame. Kacy Eckley, Bailly Bounds and senior Idalys Rea all fired two shots on the day.
Both goalkeepers played well to preserve the shutout. It was freshman Zoe Aguirre’s sixth shutout of the season, and she made six saves in the game.
EKU’s record is now 8-7-4 on the season and 4-3-3 in the OVC.
This is the Colonels’ third consecutive trip to the OVC semifinals.
The Colonels will now advance to play at the top seed University of Tennessee at Martin on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. at UT Martin.