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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team seeks a bounce-back weekend to begin its final homestand, hosting Belmont, 7:00pm, Friday and Jacksonville State, 1:00pm, Sunday at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.
Friday’s match will be Clarksville Soccer Club Tailgate Night, while the Govs encourage everyone to wear pink, Sunday, for their annual “Peaynk Out” game.
The Governors (8-6-2, 3-2-2 OVC) enter the weekend ranked sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference at 11 points, with the top six teams reaching the postseason.
APSU has a four-point gap between the seventh-place team Morehead State, and has a chance to overtake Belmont for fifth with a victory, Friday.
However, the Govs will look to get its two forwards, junior Kirstin Robertson and senior Gina Fabbro, more involved in their upcoming matches. The Cougars did not allow either to get a shot off in last Friday’s contest, while EIU denied APSU’s offense despite the Govs earning 10 corner kicks.
After losing its first two OVC matches, Belmont (5-6-4, 4-2-1 OVC) has rebounded to win four of its last five contests.
Jacksonville State (5-10-1, 2-5-0 OVC) is coming off consecutive 2-1 defeats against UT Martin and Morehead State, and currently sits ninth in the standings with six points.
The Gamecocks are led by Nadia Plawiuk and Cheyenne Carden who have totaled three goals apiece, while goalkeeper Caroline Robinson has played all 1,405 minutes between the posts.
Last Time Against Opponents
In last season’s contest, Nicole Wojcik netted her sixth goal of season, but the Bruins scored the game-winning goal in double overtime, a free kick taken by Belicia Mendiola in the 107th minute.
The Govs and Gamecocks combined for seven goals in Jacksonville last year, leading to a wild finish. APSU trailed 3-1 early in the second half, but goals from McKenzie Dixon and Gina Fabbro helped the Govs equalize with five minutes remaining. However, JSU’s Courtney Hurt tallied the game-winner seconds later to win, 4-3.
Keep An Eye On
Against SIUE, senior defender Mary Ruth Locastro totaled a team-high four shots, and will continue to be a weapon for the Govs on set pieces.
Sophomore Katie Costantino is expected to surpass the 2,000 minutes mark this weekend, currently at 1,954 for her career.
Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Todd, with a full 90 minutes this Friday, will top 3,000 career minutes played.
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