The Eastern Kentucky University soccer team used another late game-winner to edge Xavier, 1-0, on a soggy Friday night at the XU Soccer Complex.
After 86 minutes of scoreless play, senior Jordan Foster took a pass from fellow senior Emmi Carroll and scored from six yards out to give the Colonels their second-straight dramatic win.
Foster – a 2016 first team All-OVC forward – has now scored in three straight games, and the last two have been game-winners. She scored a golden goal in double-overtime to lift EKU past IUPUI, 3-2, last Sunday in Indianapolis.
“We knew the game was not going to be pretty before we started, with the poor weather influencing it,” head coach Nick Flohre said about the hard-fought victory. “Xavier’s disruptive style prevented us from playing our normal style. The girls bought into a more direct approach than we usually play and showed an incredible amount of grit and determination throughout the game.”
The win avenged EKU’s 2-0 loss to Xavier last August in Richmond. It is only the Colonels’ second win ever over the Musketeers and the first since 2010.
Eastern was locked on to the net all night, as all eight of their shots were on goal. Foster led EKU with five shots on goal, while Carroll, freshman Sarah Owusu, and sophomore Monica Rios each contributed one.
Senior goalkeeper Anna Hall tallied three saves on the night and earned her second clean sheet of the season. The Ross, Ohio native now has 18 shutouts for her career.
Defenders Kacy Eckley, Haley Kemper and Katie Shaffer and midfielders Marian Wolski and Alyssa Julien also played all 90 minutes of the shutout.
“We are incredibly proud of how the girls fought for each other,” Flohre continued. “We are excited to keep this level of intensity going.”
EKU will now travel back to Richmond to play its first home game of the season against Gardner-Webb on Friday, September 8. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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