Burdick’s Goal Powers EKU Over Detroit Mercy

Burdick’s Goal Powers EKU Over Detroit Mercy


RICHMOND, Ky. (ekusports.com) – Junior Mackenzie Burdick scored a header in the 71st minute, powering Eastern Kentucky over Detroit Mercy 1-0 on Thursday night at the EKU Soccer Field.
 
EKU (3-2) has now won two-straight matches with one more non-conference match remaining. Detroit Mercy (2-4-1) returns home after the loss to open Horizon League play against in-state Northern Kentucky next week.
 
"Really happy with the group's ability to find a way to win today," said assistant coach Zach Hanson. "Detroit Mercy does a good job of being difficult to play against and breaking up the rhythm of what you're trying to do. We didn't see the best version of ourselves today, but found a way to get a positive result, and that certainly speaks to the toughness of our team."
 
The Colonels have now held three-straight opponents scoreless at the break. In today's contest, neither team was able to find their rhythm after taking a combined 14 shots in the first half, EKU led the total 8-6.
 
Senior Maia Ransom started the second half with a shot on frame, saved by UDM goalkeeper Jazmine Scott (50'). 
 
EKU and UDM would trade possession from the 50th to 70th minute. In that span, the Colonels would keep fresh with six substitutes that led to three corner kicks and the game-winning goal.
 
Senior Myla Sharpless took the corner from the right side, sending a perfect ball in a stacked box that found the head of Burdick for her first goal of the season and the third of her career (71').
 
Sharpless attempted two more shots in the following four minutes, nearly giving the Colonels a two-goal advantage, saved by Scott who tipped the ball over the crossbar.
 
Detroit Mercy attempted the equalizing goal in the 86th minute, forward Sophia Blankenship dribbled a ball into the EKU box and shot a ball from the left side that was heroically saved by Seedlock to stop the Titan pressure.
 
Seedlock completed her first clean sheet of the season in Thursday's win. The fifth-year from Simpsonville, S.C. collected four saves, bringing her season total to 24, en route to her third win of the year in net.

10 different Colonels attempted a shot in the win, Maddy Lemery and Sharpless led the attack with four, Audrey Anderson followed suit with three.
 
As a team, EKU lopsidedly out-shot UDM 18-8 with five of those on frame and ended the match with the advantage in corners (5-3). However, Detroit Mercy led the match in possession (52 percent) and equalized in saves (4-4).
 
The Colonels look to conclude the non-conference portion of the 2022 schedule on Sunday, September 11th, as the team hosts Illinois-Chicago (0-3-1) for its fourth-straight match at the EKU Soccer Field at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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