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Austin Peay State University’s Lady Govs Soccer host their final two home games this weekend

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team will host its final two home games this weekend, beginning with a 7:00pm, Friday match against SIU Edwardsville, followed by a 2:00pm, Sunday match against Eastern Illinois.

The Lady Govs are teaming up with the Clarksville YMCA’s After Breast Cancer (ABC) program to present “Let’s Go Peay-nk!” Night, Friday, against SIU Edwardsville. Fans will be able to purchase official Peaynk shirts with proceeds benefitting the YMCA’s ABC Outreach program. As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Austin Peay soccer will don pink warm-up shirts for pregame.

APSU Lady Govs Soccer host SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois this weekend. APSU Soccer. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

APSU Lady Govs Soccer host SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois this weekend. APSU Soccer. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

After playing in overtime once through their first 11 matches, the Lady Govs have seen extra time in each of their last two games. Austin Peay played to a 1-1 tie at Jacksonville State, last Friday, and dropped a 1-0 match at Tennessee Tech, Sunday.

Heading into the final home weekend, things appear considerably worse than they actually are concerning the postseason. Austin Peay is currently in ninth in the OVC standings, needing to get to sixth place to qualify for the tournament. Having already had their bye weekend and played their travel partner, the Lady Govs have four games remaining to climb in the standings.

Tatiana ArizaFamiliar opponents have proven to give Austin Peay trouble which is evident in its 1-3-1 OVC mark. Sophomore Tatiana Ariza – the team’s leading scorer – has been limited to only two goals in league play, both coming on penalty kicks at Murray State. As a team, the Lady Govs have scored on four goals in conference play, while allowing eight.

Last season, the Lady Govs defeated SIU Edwardsville, 2-1, scoring both goals in the game’s first half. One key to success against the Cougars will be getting on the board early as SIUE is being outscored 12-6 in opening periods this season. The Cougar defense is highly regarded, as Devon Thomas was named OVC Defender of the Week and Claire Lovercheck, OVC Goalkeeper of the Week, after SIUE won games against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky, last week.

Jocelyn MurdochAustin Peay and SIU Edwardsville have met twice previously, with APSU leading the series, 1-0-1.

Eastern Illinois, meanwhile, is making its season’s final road trip, beginning with a Friday match at Murray State. The Panthers are 5-8-2 overall with a 4-2 OVC mark. They have league wins against Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State, UT Martin and Morehead State. Jessica Blake was named OVC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the gamewinner against Morehead State last week.

Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois have met nine times, with EIU leading the series 6-1-2. Austin Peay’s only win came last season at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.

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