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EKU Plays Belmont to 1-1 Draw on the Road | Eastern Kentucky University

 

Eastern Kentucky University

Senior Deja Tennon

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Deja Tennon scored her first goal of the season to tie the score with 12 minutes remaining in regulation as the Eastern Kentucky University soccer team went on the road and played Ohio Valley Conference newcomer Belmont to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Friday evening.

With the result, EKU (5-4-2, 1-0-1 OVC) remained unbeaten in conference play, while Belmont, playing its first-ever league game as a member of the OVC, went to 4-4-2 (0-0-1 OVC).

Belmont took the lead early in the second half when Brandi Phillips rebounded a shot in the box and scored in the 56th minute to make it 1-0.

The Bruins held that lead until the 78th minute when Tennon buried a shot from 30 yards out off a free kick to even the score. It was Tennon’s first goal since her freshman season of 2009, and it proved to be the final score of the game as both defenses stiffened in extra time and the game ended in a draw.

EKU outshot Belmont, 23-20, on the evening. Junior Nikki Donnelly and freshman Amani Thomas led all players in the game with six shots, while senior Hayley Wright attempted five shots, four of which were on goal.

Tennon, Thomas, juniors Lauren Fant and Brittany Nomady and sophomores Emily D’Italia and Paige Larkin all went the distance for the Colonels in the marathon game.

Freshman goalkeeper Erika Wolfer also played all 110 minutes in net for EKU and recorded five saves.

“I’m really proud of our road performance against Belmont,” head coach Lindsay Basalyga said. “Their keeper came up with huge saves early in the first half to keep them in the game, but we stayed composed and kept grinding out the game, even after their early second half goal. Deja’s chance from distance was a great strike to put the game into overtime and Erika had another solid performance in goal. We are really starting to identify who we are as a team and the focus it takes to compete at a high level for 90 minutes.”

The Colonels return to action next weekend with a pair of games against OVC foes Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech at home.

 

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