The Eastern Kentucky University soccer team won their final home match of the season v.s. Belmont 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
The lone goal came in the 26th minute when Colonels’ midfielder Mica Iacono scored on a penalty kick that zoomed in through the lower left corner of the net for her third goal of the season. By halftime, the Bruins had only four total shots compared to EKU’s eight.
In the second half, Belmont was able to get more aggressive. Although, the Bruins’ best opportunities came in the closing three minutes. On an attack with the numbers advantage, Belmont’s Keely Cartrett kicked a focused shot, but Eastern’s goalkeeper Billie Clark made a great save to keep EKU’s lead. Shortly after Belmont had two corner kicks that were determined to force overtime, but the Colonels defense once again prevailed to preserve the shutout and win.
Iacono, senior center backs Katie Shaffer and Claire Hicks and sophomore midfielder Ali Kirk played all 90 minutes of the shutout for the Colonels.
EKU improves to 4-4 on the season with their two final games on the road against UT Martin and Tennessee Tech. The Colonels are finishing strong as this is their third win in a row. The Bruins fall to 4-4 on the season as this loss has broken their three win streak.
EKU and Belmont both sit on the outside as the number five and six teams in the Ohio Valley Conference standings as only the top four are playing for the conference championship. With UT Martin as the fourth team with a record of 4-3-1, EKU’s next upcoming game vs. the Skyhawks will have major implications to the playoff picture.
EKU hits the road to face UT Martin on Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m.