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Redhawks wrap up Lady Govs home stand, Sunday

 

APSU Women’s Soccer

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team looks to carry its momentum from Friday’s win into a 2:00pm, Sunday Ohio Valley Conference match against Southeast Missouri. The game will be broadcast free on www.OVCSports.tv.

The Lady Govs ended a 15-game OVC winless streak with a 1-0 victory against Eastern Illinois, Friday night. Not only was it the first league win in almost two years, it also was the team’s first-ever win against the Panthers. Freshman Tatiana Ariza, the team’s offensive leader, scored the only goal when a powerful shot bounded off an EIU defender in the 29th minute.

Lady Govs Soccer. (Courtesy: Lois Jones/Austin Peay)

Lady Govs Soccer. (Courtesy: Lois Jones/Austin Peay)

Ariza has a team-best six goals, one ahead of sophomore forward Jocelyn Murdoch. Freshman Andy Quiceno has seven assists, while fellow freshman Emily Kink also has four goals.

The story for the Lady Govs has been its stonewall defense. In 11 games, opponents have managed only 76 shots with 48 on goal. That leaves short work for senior keeper Carley Newman, a situation that is welcomed by Lady Govs head coach Kelley Guth.

“Our defense has been outstanding,” Guth said. “Having a goalkeeper that’s not getting a lot of action is a good problem to have. I have all the confidence in the world in Carley and her abilities, but I would love for her not to see another shot thanks to our defense. I do know that when things break down, Carley is capable of making the big save to keep us in the game.”

Senior Hannah Jones, a team captain, has been challenged with guiding a back line made up of senior Samantha Northrup, sophomore Laurena Robinson and freshman Corey Osborn. Northrup and Robinson both transitioned to the line after injuries befell regular starters junior Sara Kluttz and sophomore Jazzmine Chandler. Thus far, there has been no noticeable difference.

“We’ve had to adjust with some different personnel,” Jones said. “We’re learning to communicate with each other, especially with (Northrup) at center back, but (Robinson) and Corey are both doing a great job on the sides. We hope to keep our home shutout going all season.”

Southeast Missouri is coming off a 2-1 conference-opening loss at Jacksonville State, Friday. The Redhawks outshot JSU, 19-9, but were only able to manage a 60th-minute goal by Ashley Runion.

“We’re going to try and tweak some things about how we play,” Guth said. “The key for us is going to be how well we can execute our game plan. It’s not so much about our opponent – it’s about whether or not we can posses the ball.”


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