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APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s soccer team earned an important Ohio Valley Conference win by routing Jacksonville State, 4-1, Friday, September 28th, 2018 at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.
Head coach Naomi Kolarova only made one change in the lineup, but there were multiple Govs who made a switch into different positions.
Jade Dauriat and Katie Costantino, generally central midfielders, made the transition to left and right back, respectively. The overhaul for the Govs (7-4-1, 2-2-1 OVC) continued as Renee Semaan and Abby Therell each stepped into midfield as well.
The APSU Govs got on the front foot immediately with Wistrom playing Claire Larose through on goal, but JSU keeper Morgan Lerch made a good stop to deny Larose.
Fortunately, the Govs did not have to wait long after for the breakthrough, as Wistrom once again played provider for Larose, who this time made sure she it counted as she slotted the ball near-post past Lerch for a 1-0 Govs lead in the 17th minute.
Halftime came and went with the Govs ahead 1-0 and action quickly came about again. A Gamecock player looked to be through 1v1, but Shelby Stewart raced back from her midfield position to put in a last-ditch, crunching tackle that kept the Govs in the lead.
After a couple more shots and corners, the Govs could sense a second goal was coming. In the 59th minute, Wistrom delivered the goods as she picked up a deflected ball at the top of the penalty spot and rocketed the ball into the far corner to double the Govs lead.
It looked like APSU had tamed the Gamecocks (3-6-2, 1-2 OVC), but the Gamecocks made it interesting. After a couple warning signs right after Wistrom’s goal, JSU’s Emma Meadows hit a high-arching shot from outside the box that found the top corner of the net in the 64th minute.
Larose played a defense-splitting pass to Katie Kenward, who crossed in a scintillating ball that served up Wistrom on a platter, who easily finished into the roof the net to restore the two-goal cushion.
The Govs were not done with their offensive explosion, as just three minutes and 50 seconds later the Govs had another. After a corner by Dauriat, the Gamecock defense could not clear and Larose controlled the ball on the right side of the box and unleashed a flawless left-footed strike that bent into the far corner.
Larose’s second proved to be the dagger, as the Govs were able to shutdown JSU for the remainder of the match and claim their second OVC win of the year.
The Govs return to action next Friday, October 5th with another home match against Eastern Kentucky.
Larose scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season, which leads the team and the conference as of press time.
Wistrom scored her first goal since the 2014 season and had her first multi-goal game as a Gov.
Wistrom’s five points (two goals, one assist) are the most for a Gov in a game this season.
Kenward now leads APSU with three assists on the season.
Mary Parker Powell claimed her 15th career victory, tied for fourth all-time.
The Govs scored four goals for the first time in conference play since a 4-3 win at UT Martin on September 30th, 2016.
APSU extended their program record unbeaten streaks at home (15 straight conference matches unbeaten, 22 overall matches unbeaten).
Naomi Kolarova’s Thoughts
On the changes in the lineup
On the match overall
TopicsAlabama A&M, APSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Morgan Brothers Soccer Field, APSU Soccer, APSU Sports, APSU Women's Soccer, Austin Peay State University, Caroline Wistrom, Claire Larose, Clarksville TN, Gamecocks, Jacksonville State, Jade Dauriat, JSU, Katie Costantino, Katie Kenward, Lady Govs, Mary Parker Powell, McKenzie Dixon, Naomi Kolarova, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, Renee Semaan, Shelby Stewart, UT-Martin
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