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Austin Peay State University Soccer loses in overtime at SIU Edwardsville

Austin Peay State University Sports Information

APSU Soccer - Austin Peay State UniversityEdwardsville, IL – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s soccer team could not overcome SIU Edwardsville, falling in overtime, Friday, September 21st..

The Govs (6-3-1, 1-1-1 OVC) started out strong, having two corner kicks inside the two minute mark and then a Jade Dauriat strike forced a good save out of SIUE keeper Jensen Schoch.

Austin Peay Women's Soccer falls in hard fought overtime match to SIU Edwardsville Friday night. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Women’s Soccer falls in hard fought overtime match to SIU Edwardsville Friday night. (APSU Sports Information)

However, the Cougars (3-5, 2-1 OVC) settled into the game gradually, forcing a couple good saves from Mary Parker Powell.

The Cougars controlled the majority of the first half, but the Govs defended well. SIUE had shots, but Powell only had to make one more meaningful save and the game was scoreless at the half.

The second half started out rather tame, with Caroline Wistrom having an attempt from long range, but her shot went over. After Wistrom’s effort, SIUE started to pin the Govs deep in their half, but had not created any big chances.

2018 APSU Soccer - Renee SemaanThe Austin Peay State University Govs earned a free kick right outside the center circle and Renee Semaan had a high-arching kick almost find the net, but was tipped over by Schoch. Semaan’s shot set off a chain reaction of offense, with Claire Larose hitting the post from inside the box.

A couple minutes later, SIUE missed a point-blank header from six yards out. Powell came up huge on SIUE’s next attack, turning a header off a long throw-in wide for a corner. SIUE then had the best two chances of the game off the ensuing corner, with another close-range header hitting the crossbar and then the rebound was blasted over.

2018 APSU Soccer - Shelby StewartThe drama did not stop there as the Govs came right back down the field, only for Shelby Stewart to send a shot over the bar after a blistering counter-attack.

The game settled down after the dramatic period of offense before Powell made a tremendous diving save with seven minutes to go.

SIUE ended up winning the match from a corner. A ball was played in and there was a resulting skirmish right in front of the goal and the Cougars forced the ball over the line for the winner.

Austin Peay State University Soccer visits Eastern Illinois for a 1:00pm, Sunday contest to continue conference play.

Austin Peay Notably

Powell set her season-high in saves with nine

The Govs are now 6-3-3 all-time against the Cougars

The Govs are now 1-0-1 in OT games under head coach Naomi Kolarova

The Govs had previously had their last four OT games end in a tie

Despite the loss, the Govs have their most points through three matches in conference play since 2016

Kolarova made one change to the starting lineup that defeated Tennessee Tech last Sunday, the least number of changes besides an unchanged lineup against Belmont

Naomi Kolarova’s Thoughts

On the match
“We just weren’t quick enough to the ball in the first half. SIUE’s first step was quicker and they looked like they wanted it more. We drifted and ball watched out of possession and they took advantage of that. We were lucky to have our defense and Mary Parker tonight. MP had some tremendous saves to keep us in the game and our back line broke down a ton of SIUE’s offensive momentum. We will be focused on improving speed of play and more disciplined team defending in the coming week.”

On the future
“We need to bounce back for Sunday’s game. OVC games will all be close, but we need to be that team on the end of a win. To do that we’ve got to continue to be positive, work towards putting away our chances, limiting the opposition’s chances, and simply keep on learning and improve.

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