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Clarksville, TN – In front of hundreds of fans at Governors FanFest, Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team defeated Evansville 2-0, Sunday, in its home opener at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.
The Govs improved to 3-0 on the year, the hottest start to a season since 2013 which also saw the program win three-straight to open.In addition, Sunday’s victory was the first over the Purple Aces in the series history – five matches which dates back to 2005.
After a measured start to the match, the passes became much crisper for the Govs, leading to more efficient attacking play. In the 26th minute, APSU found space on the left side of the pitch, with sophomore McKenzie Dixon dribbling before playing a pass to center. Receiving it was senior Gina Fabbro, who hit a shot one-time from roughly 30 yards out which grazed the bottom side of the crossbar and in.
“It’s always great to play at home,” head coach Kelley Guth said. “We’re lucky to have such a great soccer community. I saw a lot of other student-athletes on the sideline cheering us on, so it creates a great environment for our team.”
Austin Peay attempted 10 of its 13 shots in the first half, and the success carried over as the Govs were able to earn an insurance goal in the 53rd minute.
Sophomore Jennifer Smith dribbled toward the end line on the left side, and played a pass across the box which deflected and found the foot of junior Kirstin Robertson. Robertson got just enough on the shot before falling to the ground, finding the back of the net for a team-leading third time in 2016.
In goal, freshman Mary Parker Powell started and earned her first collegiate win after playing the first 45 minutes, and made two saves. Junior Lindsey Todd entered to play the remainder of the contest.
Fabbro and sophomore Isabel Holmes each totaled two shots to lead the team.
“I’m extremely proud of the girls,” Guth said. “Evansville is a very good team, and we came out and executed our game plan very well. We got better today, which is our goal. As much as we want to win games, the most important thing right now is that we improve.”
Austin Peay hits the road for two matches next week, beginning 6:00pm, September 2nd, at Western Kentucky.
Evansville (1-3-0) vs. Austin Peay (3-0-0)