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APSU Lady Govs Soccer sees Second-half lead disappear in 3-2 loss to Morehead State Eagles

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s soccer team saw Morehead State University come from two goals down in the second half, in their Ohio Valley Conference match October 18th at Morgan Brothers Field, to defeat the Lady Govs 3-2.

For the Lady Govs (9-3-2, 4-2-1 OVC), it was their second straight home loss and the first back-to-back losses suffered by the team since September 23rd and 28th, 2012, when they were defeated by Murray State University and Tennessee Martin University.

APSU Women's Soccer Loses to Morehead State 3-2. (David Roach-Clarksville Sports Network)
APSU Women’s Soccer Loses to Morehead State 3-2. (David Roach-Clarksville Sports Network)

“It was disappointing to put yourself into a two-goal lead and then to give it away,” Austin Peay coach Kelley Guth said. “But at the end of the day you have to play for 90 minutes.”

The three goals given up by Austin Peay were also a season high and the most since giving up four to Miami (OH) University on Sept. 7th, 2012 in a 4-0 loss.

“Morehead State worked very hard and created a couple of good chances off of mistakes that we made and capitalized on them,” Guth said. “Give them a lot of credit we have to do a better job.”

Andy QuicenoAustin Peay had dominated the first half, holding the Eagles to only two shots over the first 45 minutes of play, while scoring its two goals in a span of less than seconds.

The first Austin Peay goal came at the 31:52 mark, as senior Andy Quiceno took a pass from junior Claire Pultz and put it into the back of the net for her third goal of the season.

The goal was also the 14th of Quiceno’s career, tying her with Jessica Hosse (2004-07) and Emily Perkins (2011-12) for third all-time in school history.

Shelby OlszewskiJust 52 seconds later, freshman Gina Fabbro crossed a ball to junior Shelby Olszewski — at the back post — who headed the ball in for her third goal of the season and a 2-0 lead.

The score would remain that way heading into the second half, but Morehead State (5-9-1, 4-2-0 OVC) cut the Austin Peay lead in half just five minutes into the half with an unassisted goal by freshman Angela Black – her third of the season.

Seven minutes later the Eagles would tie the match up 2-2 on junior Jade Flory’s eighth goal of the year.

“It’s been an issue all season for us,” said Guth of slow starts in the second half of matches. “We keep talking to the team about the mentality going into the second half and we’ve got to learn to come out in the second half strong and take care of business and play our game, We didn’t do that today.”

Austin Peay had a golden chance to retake the lead in the 62nd minute when senior Morgan Zigelsky found herself in a one-on-one situation with Morehead State’s red-shirt sophomore keeper Elizabeth Floyd, but Floyd made the diving stop of Zigelsky’s shot to keep the match deadlocked.

Morgan ZigelskyBoth teams would settle in after that, with neither team having a great scoring opportunity, until the finals seconds of the match.

With time running down in the final 30 seconds, Black played a through ball to Flory, who beat Lady Govs sophomore keeper Nikki Filippone into the lower left side of the net for what turned out to be the game winner with just 15.2 seconds left.

The Lady Govs would get off one long last-chance shot attempt, but Floyd was able to make the easy save to end the match.

Austin Peay returns to OVC action October 20th, as they travel to Richmond, KY for a noon match against the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels.

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