APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team put up a strong defensive effort against Murray State, Thursday, leading to a 0-0 draw at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.
As a result, the Governors (10-6-3, 5-2-3 OVC) will travel to SIU Edwardsville in opening round OVC Tournament play, 1:00pm, Sunday.Meanwhile, the Racers (9-4-4, 7-0-3 OVC) clinched the regular season title and will be the host site of the semifinals and finals.
In the early stages of Thursday’s contest, APSU held a clear advantage in the possession category.
This led to a pair of prime chances, first with junior forward Kirstin Robertson hitting the post on a shot attempt and redshirt freshman midfielder Pamela Penaloza forcing the opposing keeper to make a save on a 1 v 1 situation.
Last season’s OVC Player of the Year Harriet Withers led a Murray State charge in the second half, attempting six shots overall on the night. However, junior goalkeeper Lindsey Todd made impressive saves, including one on Withers by extending to deny a scoring opportunity.
“They were outstanding,” head coach Kelley Guth said. “Murray is a great team, and Harriet (Withers) and Taylor (Richerson), both leading scorers in the league, are very dangerous. I thought we did a good job dealing with them, and Lindsey came up with one big save when we needed her to. It was an excellent matchup and was a really exciting game to coach.”
Robertson led the Govs in shots with three, while freshman Renee Semaan was credited with two.
The OVC Tournament first-round match will be Austin Peay’s first appearance since 2013, and the first against SIUE since 2012 which resulted in a 1-0 APSU victory.