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APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s soccer team earned a crucial win over Eastern Kentucky, 3-0, Friday, at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.
The Govs (8-4-1, 3-2-1 OVC) are in a prime position to rise in the Ohio Valley Conference standings, while the Colonels (5-6-2, 1-2-2 OVC) will have some work to in the coming weeks.
Despite the scoreline, it was EKU who got off to a better start, as they had the majority of the ball and a few shots, but none troubled APSU goalkeeper Mary Parker Powell.
Recognizing the sluggish start, the Govs kicked into high gear immediately.
However, off the ensuing corner taken by Katie Costantino, the EKU defense could not clear and McKenzie Dixon, who started in defense once again, headed home to give the Govs a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.
The Govs nearly doubled their lead just two minutes later with Katie Kenward receiving a pass at the top of the box, but her shot went over the bar. From that point, there were no real scoring chances until late in the half, with Claire Larose and Brice Bement each having half-chances, but halftime came without any more scoring.
The Govs set the tone early one in the second, with a Morgan Drawdy corner finding Dixon’s head again, but it went wide.
In the 49th minute, Renee Semaan stepped into midfield and played a slicing pass to Rachel Bradberry that cut open the heart of the EKU defense. Bradberry controlled the ball perfectly and swept the ball home to double the Govs lead.
The Govs were not done yet though. Ashley Whittaker ran about 40 yards with the ball down the right side of the field, holding off her defender the entire time, and crossed the ball on the ground to Shelby Stewart, who got away from her mark and blasted the ball into the net to essentially wrap up the game for the Govs in the 56th minute.
With the win, the Govs extend their program-record unbeaten streaks at home to 16 straight in the conference and 23 straight overall.
The Govs are back in action for a road match at Morehead State, 1:00pm, Sunday.
Dixon scored her 16th career goal, now fifth all-time in program history
Powell earned the unique clean sheet without having to make a single save
The Govs held EKU to having zero shots on target
It is the first time this season the Govs have had more than two individual goalscorers in a single match
The Govs have six shutouts this season, already more than all of last season
The Govs are now 6-5-3 all-time against the Colonels
The Govs extend their program-record unbeaten streaks at home (16 conference, 23 overall)
The Govs scored at least three goals in back-to-back conference games for the first time since October 2015
Naomi Kolarova’s Thoughts
On the match
On her team’s performance
I’m really excited to have been able to score a few goals, especially in the conference. I know that was a big match in terms of points and hopefully we can get another three points on Sunday.”
TopicsAPSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Morgan Brothers Soccer Field, APSU Soccer, APSU Sports, APSU Women's Soccer, Ashley Whittaker, Austin Peay State University, Brice Bement, Caroline Wistrom, Claire Larose, Clarksville TN, Colonels, Eastern Kentucky, EKU, Katie Costantino, Katie Kenward, Lady Govs, Mary Parker Powell, McKenzie Dixon, Morehead State, Morgan Drawdy, Naomi Kolarova, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, Rachel Bradberry, Shelby Stewart
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