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Austin Peay Lady Govs Soccer eliminated with Sunday loss


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Austin Peay State University Lady GovsMorehead, KY – Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team suffered a season-ending, 7-2, loss at Morehead State, Sunday afternoon, which led to the Lady Govs elimination from the Ohio Valley Conference tournament field.

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

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

“We really played our worst game of the season today,” head coach Kelley Guth said. “It’s disappointing. We have a young team and they cracked under pressure. We needed to have someone step up today and didn’t happen.”

For the second consecutive season, Morehead State (9-7-3; 4-4-1 OVC) has helped bring Austin Peay’s (9-8-1; 3-5-1 OVC) soccer season to an end. Last year, however, it was a 2-1 defeat in the OVC Tournament championship game.

Tatiana ArizaSunday’s game had different implications with both teams battling to get into the postseason. The Lady Govs found their backs against the wall early as the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute on a header by Jillian Birchmeier. Brittany Kiracofe’s header in the 21st minute made a 2-0.

Sophomore Tatiana Ariza cut the margin to one goal when she lined up for a penalty kick in the 29th minute, making 2-1. The Lady Govs momentum didn’t last long as Morehead would go on to score two more goals to take a 4-1 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Morehead State scored three more goals before sophomore Natalia Ariza’s 74th-minute goal. Ariza beat two defenders and the keeper to set the final margin.

Natalia ArizaFor Austin Peay, it was the only time this season to lose when scoring at least two goals. The Lady Govs managed only eight shots on the day, including two each by junior Jocelyn Murdoch and sophomore Joceline Quiceno.

Morehead State fired up 16 shots on the day, led by Birchmeier and Kiracofe. It was the fifth time of the final six games for the Lady Govs to allow 10 or more shots to an opponent.




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