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Scoreless tie puts Lady Govs soccer back on track

 

APSU Women’s Soccer

Austin Peay State University GovernorsMurray, KY – Austin Peay State University had its offense fired up, but to no avail in playing to a scoreless tie at Murray State, Sunday, in Ohio Valley Conference play.

Austin Peay moves to 9-4-1 overall with a 1-2-1 OVC mark, while Murray State improves to 2-9-3 overall with a 1-2-1 league clip.

“I’m really pleased with our performance today,” head coach Kelley Guth said. “Even though we didn’t score, we played very well. We got back on track, as far as being dangerous in the attacking third. We created a lot of opportunities and made them defend us.”

Lady Govs keeper Carley Newman. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Lady Govs keeper Carley Newman. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

The Lady Govs pounded the Racers with 21 shots, including four in the two extra periods, but Racer keeper Tara Isbell held strong. Freshman Joceline Quiceno had a game-high eight shots, including four on goal, while freshman Tatiana Ariza added four shots, three on goal. Isbell finished with eight saves.

Austin Peay had five corners in the two overtime periods, but could not get a shot on goal. The Lady Govs defense kept the Racers at a safe distance during the extra time, holding them without a shot.

For the game, Murray State managed only nine shots, led by Sophie Hargreaves’ three. Rachel Wright and Kalli McCoy also had two shots each. APSU keeper Carley Newman made stops on all three Racer shots on goal.

Since picking up a 1-0 win against Eastern Illinois to open OVC action, the Lady Govs are 0-2-1 and have been held without a goal. While Sunday’s tie is the season’s 10th shutout, it also extends the team’s winless streak to a season-high three games.

“It’s all about how our team is playing on the field and I believe the results will come,” Guth said. “We need to gain momentum from today’s game. Every game is so close and such a battle. You have to be able to execute and finish. I thought we had a bit of drop off the last two games, but we were still competitive.

“The most important thing is that we come out and play the way we did today. If we do that, the goals will come and the wins will come.”


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