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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team returns to the pitch for a key Ohio Valley Conference road trip, traveling to UT Martin, 7:00pm, Friday, before a matchup at Southeast Missouri, 2:00pm, Sunday.
The Govs (6-4, 1-0 OVC) are coming off a 1-0 shutout victory at Morehead State, last Friday, in a game that featured junior Kirstin Robertson scoring her league-leading eighth goal of the season.
The two-time OVC Player of the Week selection is also currently tied for 14th nationally in goals scored.
Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Todd has stepped up to regain the starting role, improving her record to 4-0-0 on the year with her first shutout of 2016 against the Eagles. APSU served its bye weekend last Sunday, giving the squad additional recovery time before two key away contests.
After a challenging nonconference schedule, UT Martin (3-7, 0-2 OVC) has suffered three-straight losses, two coming against OVC competition. During the Illinois swing, the Skyhawks fell 3-1 against SIUE, then lost 1-0 in overtime at Eastern Illinois. Saphyra Coombs-James has scored four goals to lead the team.
Southeast Missouri (7-3-1, 1-1 OVC) also had a difficult early slate, but came away with quality wins, highlighted by an upset over Tennessee, August 19th. The Redhawks opened OVC play with a 1-0 win over Eastern Illinois, but was knocked off by SIUE, 2-0, last Sunday.
Natasha Minor has proven to be one of the top scoring threats in the OVC, with her seven goals ranking just below Robertson. SEMO also has one of the league’s top goalkeepers in Kindra Lierz, whose 0.71 goals against average ranks first in the OVC.
Last Time Against Opponents
Last season in Clarksville, the Govs defeated UT Martin 3-1, led by a standout performance from McKenzie Dixon. Dixon scored two of the team’s three goals, while Robertson added the third goal, along with an assist.
In the same weekend, APSU earned a 2-0 shutout victory over SEMO at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field. Dixon opened the scoring for the Govs in the 59th minute, followed by a goal from Nicole Wojcik in the 70th minute. Todd picked up the win in goal, making three saves.
Keep An Eye On
Senior Gina Fabbro enters the UT Martin contest having had much success against the Skyhawks.
In the previous two seasons, Fabbro has registered an assist in each meeting.
Austin Peay has held Southeast Missouri scoreless in the last two matchups between the two sides.
Follow the Govs Online
Be sure to follow all the Austin Peay soccer action at www.LetsGoPeay.com and the official Facebook page of Austin Peay Athletics. In addition, live play-by-play coverage can be found on Twitter (@AustinPeaySocr), while both matches can be streamed at www.OVCDigitalNetwork.com