First-year head coach Matt Cosinuke released the Eastern Kentucky University soccer team’s 2019 schedule.
The non-conference portion of the schedule is highlighted by a visit from in-state rival Kentucky on Thursday, September 12. It will mark the first time EKU has hosted Kentucky in a soccer match. The Colonels defeated the Wildcats for the first time ever, 1-0, last September in Lexington.
Senior Night will be held directly the following the Kentucky game on September 12.
Other non-conference home games include Chattanooga (August 25), Milwaukee (September 1) and Northern Kentucky (September 8).
Eastern is set to host two exhibition games in mid-August. The Colonels welcome Dayton to town on Thursday, August 15 and Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, August 18. Parents Weekend will be held on the weekend of the Miami (Ohio) exhibition.
EKU opens the regular season against Ohio University on August 22 in Athens, Ohio. The Colonels then return home to Richmond to host Chattanooga in their home opener three days later. EKU is 2-1-2 all-time versus the Mocs.
August ends with a trip to Michigan to face Oakland University in a night game (7:00 p.m.) on the 29th. September begins with a home game against the Milwaukee Panthers on Sunday the 1st.
EKU travels to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI in a night game on Thursday, September 5. The Colonels return home to host NKU on the afternoon of Sunday, September 8. Eastern is 1-1 all-time against the Norse.
Following the home match against Kentucky on September 12, EKU closes out the non-conference slate at Akron on Sunday, September 15. It will be the Colonels’ first matchup with the Zips since 2008.
Ohio Valley Conference action begins at Jacksonville State on Friday, September 20.
The Colonels play all five of their home conference games consecutively in the month of October: Austin Peay (Friday, October 4), defending OVC Tournament champion Murray State (Sunday, October 6), Southeast Missouri (Friday, October 11), defending OVC regular season champion UT Martin (Sunday, October 13) and Belmont (Friday, October 18).
Alumni Weekend will be held around the Austin Peay-Murray State Weekend (October 5-6).
EKU closes out the regular season with road games at rival Morehead State (Sunday, October 20) and SIUE (Thursday, October 24).
The OVC Tournament begins on Friday, November 1.
EKU went 8-8-4 (4-3-3) last season and advanced to the semifinals of the OVC Tournament for the third consecutive year.
Cosinuke was hired to lead the program in January.