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JSU soccer falls to Eastern Kentucky

Ashley Finerson, Sports Correspondent

With a 3-5 record and a loss against Mercer on Sunday, the Gamecocks were hungry for a win in Friday’s game against Eastern Kentucky, who walked onto the field with a 3-7 record.

Some of the players for the Gamecocks had to sit out for this match-up due to injuries, which posed a set back from the very beginning.

During the first half, both teams were constantly going back a forth across the field. Eastern Kentucky player, Baylee Lanter, made a two shots on goal, but each were saved by JSU goalie Morgan Lerch, who recorded four saves for the game. 

Afterwards, JSU struggled to get a shot on goal. It was at about minute 21 when Eastern Kentucky player, Monica Rios, put a goal on the board for her team. Rios has assisted with one goal and made a total of three shots on goal for the season so far. 

For the remaining time in the half, both teams played an impressive defense not allowing any goals to be scored, eventually ending the first half with a score of 1-0 with Eastern Kentucky in the lead.  

In the second half, both teams continued to show strength in defense. Cephana Deane was able to contribute two shot attempts for the Gamecocks. Briana Eads and Cynthian Bagozzi also attempted a shot each, both saved by Eastern Kentucky’s sophomore goalie Zoe Aguirre who recorded four total saves for the matchup. Marian Wolski and Rachele Manfer both had shots on goal for Eastern Kentucky in the second half. 

With a scoreless second half, the game came to an end with a score of 1-0 and Eastern Kentucky walking away with another win. The Colonels out-shot the Gamecocks 15-6 while the Gamecocks out-saved the Colonels 4-6. This was Eastern Kentucky’s fifth consecutive win against Jacksonville State, dating back to the 2015 season.

“I was pleased with the teams overall performance. Due to injuries, we only have had 12 healthy players. So the girls have played extremely well with no subs/rotation available,” said head coach Neil Macdonald. “Playing at this level without rotation is very difficult due to the physical demands of the game. So the team has showed great character and competed well despite this adversity.” 

The Gamecocks will be playing against SIU Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois on Sunday, September 29. Following that game, they will be playing against Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Illinois on Friday, October 4. 

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Gamecock Football breaks OVC record with win over EKU

Timothy Cash, Sports Editor

Jacksonville State accomplished something no other Ohio Valley Conference team has been able to accomplish: win 27 consecutive conference games. The 41-25 win came over Eastern Kentucky, who held the previous record of 26 straight from 1992 to 1995, in front of 18,045 fans at Burgess-Snow Field.

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Students painted themselves pink for Zeta Tau Alpha’s Think Pink game. (photo by Matt Reynolds/JSU)

“I think this is a pat on the back to the guys that have built this program,” head coach John Grass said. “All of the relation ships and the hard work that has gone into that.”

The last time Jacksonville State lost to an OVC opponent came on Nov. 23, 2013 against then number two Eastern Illinois, who rolled over the Gamecocks 52-14. The streak started the next weekend at Burgess-Snow, when Jax State outlasted a big fourth quarter by Southeast Missouri to walk away with the 42-35 win.

In all, Grass was happy with the production he saw from the Gamecocks.

“It was a good night,” Grass said. “I thought we got off to a really good start, a fast start. I thought the crowd was great tonight. I thought they were really into the game, we had a lot of energy, and they helped with that energy.”

As usual, Jacksonville State’s defense had their way with Eastern Kentucky, only allowing the Colonels to net 252 yards on the day.

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The Gamecock defense makes a tackle. JSU held the Colonels to only 252 yards (photo by Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Darius Jackson, who was honored with his first OVC Defensive Player of the Week of the season, led the Gamecocks defense with two forced fumbles, tying his career high, and recovering one of the fumbles. He was also instrumental in limiting Eastern Kentucky to only 57 rushing yards.

Marlon Bridges also shined for Jax State’s defense, intercepting Colonel quarterback Tim Boyle for a 73-yards touchdown, the 10th longest interception in JSU football’s history.

Offensively, Bryant Horn may have had his best start since taking over as the Gamecocks starting quarterback. The redshirt junior hit 10 of his 17 targets for 158 yards, including and a 31-yard touchdown to Jamari Hester late in the second quarter. He was also Jax State’s most productive rusher, gaining 73 yards with two touchdowns.

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Bryant Horn throws a pass during the JSU vs. EKU win on October 14 (photo by Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Krenwick Sanders led the Gamecocks’ receiving corp. with 46 yards on two catches. Shaq Davidson found 31 receiving yards.

Roc Thomas, who had 36 receiving yards, recorded 21 yards in the ground game, including a 12-yard touchdown.

Tramel Terry found 49 rushing yards, while Kendrick Doss found 20.

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Krenwick Sanders (15) blocks a tackle from two Eastern Kentucky players (photo by Mat Reynolds/JSU)

Colonel quarterback Tim Boyle completed 16 of his 26 pass attempts for 186, including a 27-yard touchdown to Daryl McCleskey.

McCleskey finished with 59 receiving yards, and 12 yards in the Colonels’ ground game.

Ryan Markush led Eastern Kentucky’s receivers with 60 yards, while Neiko Creamer recorded 43.

Jason Lewis led the Colonels’ ground game with 50 yards.

The Gamecocks now turn their attention to Eastern Illinois, aiming to move the streak to 28 consecutive conference wins. Jacksonville State travels to Charleston, Ill. this Saturday, October 21,  to take on the Panthers at 2 p.m. Central Time.

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JSU’s Siran Neal (5) catches a pass in the endzone (photo by Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Gamecock Volleyball drops third straight against EKU

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Senior Charis Ludtke contributed 12 kills and 2 aces in the Gamecocks’ loss to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. (Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Grant Benefield, Chanticleer Sports Reporter

 The Gamecocks’ (14-8, 1-3) early struggles in their conference schedule continued Saturday afternoon, as the team dropped its third straight OVC match to Eastern Kentucky (5-13, 3-1) in four sets (22-25, 25-20, 12-25, 20-25).

The losing streak comes on a tough four-game away stretch to start OVC conference play.

EKU took control early, taking the first set 25-22 over the Gamecocks.

JSU responded in the second set, clenching 25-20 and tying the match 1-1 thanks to a kill from Mackenzie Rombach.

The Colonels won the third set handily by a score of 25-12.

In the fourth set, EKU held off a late rally from the Gamecocks to take the set 25-20 and the match 3-1.

Allyson Zuhlke led the Gamecocks with 13 kills. She also tallied 2 blocks.

Charis Ludtke collected 12 kills and 2 service aces.

Madison Cooler had 10 kills, and Mackenzie Rombach had 8. Both collected 3 blocks.

Jennifer Hart contributed 37 assists and 5 digs.

The Gamecocks will now look forward to hosting their next four OVC matches at home.

JSU’s home-stand begins with Tennessee State (5-12, 1-3) on Friday.