Colonels Blank Stetson on Senior Day

RICHMOND, Ky. – EKU soccer displayed an excellent showing for Senior Day, bouncing back to defeat Stetson by a score of 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at the EKU Soccer Field.

Senior Maddy Lemeryfreshman Maddy Murphyand junior Carly Dean shone in the win, notching career-high values ​​to push the Colonels over the Hatters.

With the victory, EKU moves to 7-4-2 overall and 3-2-2 in the ASUN conference with 11 points.

“I think today is a confidence booster for us, we competed well, played well, showed our personality in moments where earlier in the season we were still struggling to form our identity and define who we are,” said head coach Matt Kosinuke. “I appreciate the commitment from the entire team to honor the seniors on senior day and play for them. I think this is a statement win in what we’re continuing to get better at and where we’re going, not a statement that we’ ve arrived and this is the best version of ourselves. Looking forward to getting back to training, getting better at some of the things we needed to be better at today, really looking forward to next weekend.”

Prior to kickoff, EKU soccer honored 10 seniors in the 2022 class for their dedication to the university and the program. Seniors Lauren Seedlock, Ali KirkLemery, Audrey Anderson, Rylie Jucker, Brooke Harden, Myla Sharpless, Baylee Lanter, Gabby Torrezand Celia Lopez all were presented with framed jerseys in the ceremony.

Stetson and Eastern Kentucky set the physicality tone in the first 20 minutes of action, both teams fired off eight shots in that timeframe.

The Colonels found their opportunity in the 23rd minute as Lemery was fouled in the SU box for her second penalty goal of the season. With the goal, Lemery pushes her team-leading total in goals to seven and has notched 10 career goals, tying Anderson for sixth in program history.

Both teams continued battling well into the latter of the first half, the Colonels claimed a two-goal advantage in the 43rd as Titianna Jones forwarded a perfect ball that found Murphy for her first collegiate goal.

EKU entered the halftime break with the lead in shots, shots on goal, corners, and lead in possession.

EKU and SU continued the competitive tilt well into the second half, Sharpless sent two shots on frame from the 66th to 72nd minutes, keeping the pressure on the Hatters.

Lanter attempted her 36th career shot on goal in the 75th minute, narrowly saved by the Hatters’ keeper.

EKU goalkeeper Dean swallowed up a save in the 90th minute bringing her total for the day to seven, notching her career-high value in the victory and grabbing her first win in net since last season.

The Colonels ended the match with the advantage in shots (18-16), SOG (7-6), corner kicks (3-2), and possession (54 percent) securing the 2-0 win over Stetson.

EKU wrapped up a two-match home stand on Sunday afternoon, the team will hit the road matches against Kennesaw State (Oct. 13) and Jacksonville State (Oct. 16) next week.

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