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APSU Lady Govs Soccer smokes Alabama State Hornets 10-2 on Senior Day

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Following the recognition of four Lady Gov seniors, Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team had an offensive explosion, Sunday, earning a 10-2 victory over Alabama State at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.

Austin Peay Soccer recognized seniors (L to R) Nikki Filippone, Courtney Sheppard, Taylor Van Wagner, and Shelby Olszewski on Senior Day. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Soccer recognized seniors (L to R) Nikki Filippone, Courtney Sheppard, Taylor Van Wagner, and Shelby Olszewski on Senior Day. (APSU Sports Information)

It’s the third-highest single-game total for APSU and the most goals scored since August 19th, 2011 at Alabama A&M.

In addition, it’s the highest goal total scored at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field in program history.

The Lady Govs (4-4-0) have now netted 20 goals over the course of a three-game winning streak, which is more than last season’s overall total (19). Austin Peay showcased its depth, Sunday, with eight different players finding the back of the net.

APSU Kirstin RobertsonSophomore Kirstin Robertson opened the scoring for APSU in the 6th minute, finding room down the right side and sailed a left-footed shot past the diving keeper for her first tally of the season. Junior Gina Fabbro would be the next Lady Gov to land on the score sheet in the 16th minute, following a saved shot with a second try for a goal, her fifth of the year.

After a takeaway, the Lady Govs made a run towards the box, and drew a penalty kick on the play. Junior Nicole Wojcik stepped up to take it, and calmly fired a shot in the top left hand corner in the 26th minute.

In the 35th minute, the Hornets scored their first goal of the game as Emily Fleming boxed out a defender in the box, and sent a ball in the net. However, one minute later, Wojcik answered back with her second of the afternoon, corralling a through ball from former teammate at Hartford CC, sophomore Brooke Nigrin, who then beat the goalkeeper for the score.

APSU Jennifer SmithWith 20 seconds remaining in the first half, freshman Jennifer Smith converted the game’s second penalty kick, giving her three goals on the year. APSU held a 13-5 shot advantage at the break, and continued to press in the final stanza to finish with 27 shots.

Senior Nikki Filippone replaced sophomore Lindsey Todd in net at halftime after Todd made two saves.

In the 50th minute, senior Shelby Olszewski netted a goal after a shot was rebounded, her third score of 2015. Soon after, in the 55th minute, Alabama State added a second after a short pass from Kaedi Walther was played to Kayla Edwards in the center of the box.

Freshman McKenzie Dixon kept pace with Fabbro for the team lead in goals scored. After her original shot was blocked, Dixon maintained possession to score for the fifth time in three games.

In the 67th minute, she would deliver an assist courtesy of a corner kick, with junior Mary Ruth Locastro moving up from her center back position to head it home.

As the game reached the 70-minute mark, the Lady Govs tallied two additional goals, the first coming from freshman Emilee Howard. Following a break towards the 18-yard mark, Howard make a move leading to a right-footed shot past the keeper, the first goal of her collegiate career.

APSU Shelby OlszewskiIn the 75th minute, APSU earned its 10th score after an own goal was awarded with sophomore Caroline Wistrom lurking in the box.

With under five minutes remaining in the contest, head coach Kelley Guth substituted each individual senior – Filippone, Olszewski, Courtney Sheppard and Taylor Van Wagner – in front of an appreciative crowd.

Austin Peay’s next match will be its Ohio Valley Conference opener on the road at Eastern Kentucky, next Sunday at noon CT.

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