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Ariza scores twice as Lady Govs Soccer downs Murray State


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Austin Peay State University Lady GovsMurray, KY – A pair of second-half goals by sophomore Tatiana Ariza fueled a 2-1, comeback win, by Austin Peay State Unviersity women’s soccer team against Murray State, Sunday, in Ohio Valley Conference play.

With the score tied, 1-1, Austin Peay established an attack directly in front of the Murray State goal. The Racer’s physical play caught up with them as sophomore Joceline Quiceno was pulled down in the box with a clean look at the goal. The foul gave way to Ariza’s game-winning penalty kick in the 89th minute.

APSU Soccer. (Courtesy: Mateen Sidiq/Austin Peay)

APSU Soccer. (Courtesy: Mateen Sidiq/Austin Peay)

Ariza scored the Lady Govs’ first goal in the 78th minute when she drew a foul inside the penalty box.

“It was a good match for us against a really good team,” head coach Kelley Guth said. “Murray State is a physically team and we’re not any better off health-wise coming out of this game than we were going in. We needed this win to shift some momentum in our direction.”

Joceline QuicenoThe win ended a three-game skid by the Lady Govs and also was their first OVC win. Murray State remains winless in league play.

Murray State led, 1-0, at the half after Julie Mooney scored in the game’s fifth minute. Over the past three games, Austin Peay had struggled with allowing early goals, but this time the Lady Govs were able to overcome.

“Our team gritted it out at the end,” Guth said. “We gave up the early goal again, and that was disappointing. We played a good second half and showed some resiliency today.”

Tatiana ArizaAfter going three games without goal, Ariza posted her season’s fourth multi-goal game. Ariza leads the Lady Govs with 13 goals, having scored in every Austin Peay win this season.  In fact, Austin Peay is winless when Ariza fails to score.

Austin Peay now has a week off before their next match. The Lady Govs return to action, October 14th, when they head to Jacksonville State to continue OVC play.

“This next week off is going to be very important for us,” Guth said. “We’re going to use it trying to get some players healthy and getting ready to play hard down the stretch. Every conference game is a battle and we have to be ready for that.”




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