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APSU Soccer cruises to 3-0 win over Morehead State


APSU Soccer - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In a match that had big implications in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament race, Claire Larose led Austin Peay State University (APSU) soccer to a 3-0, scoring a goal and assisting twice more as the Governors routed Morehead State, Friday, at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.

Austin Peay Women's Soccer sophomore Claire Larose had one score and two assists in win against Morehead State at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field Friday night. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Soccer sophomore Claire Larose had one score and two assists in win against Morehead State at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field Friday night. (APSU Sports Information)

The Governors offense ran through Larose all night; the Ontario native had a part in every goal scored in the match. In the 19th minute, Larose fired a cross into the box, where a diving Anna McPhie got a head on the ball and put it past the Morehead State keeper.

Larose did it all herself in the 52nd minute, taking the ball across midfield and all the way to the back of the net. Finally, in the 74th minute, Larose dished out one more assist to a wide open Delanie McKeon , putting the final tally on the board in the Govs 3-0 victory.

The Governors got on the board early and often against Morehead State, with the first goal coming off the head of McPhie. Larose dribbled into the corner, where she fired a cross into the box and found the diving McPhie, who connected with the header to beat the Morehead State keeper in the 19th minute. It was the third goal on the season for McPhie, and the fourth assist for Larose.

In the 52nd minute, Larose showed off some fancy footwork, dribbling the ball through a host of Morehead State defenders, before firing a top-shelf rocket past the keeper. It was the third goal of the season for Larose, who tied Rachel Bradberry for the team lead.

The Governors tacked on an insurance goal in the 74th minute. Larose fired a shot off the Morehead State keeper, collected the rebound, and dished out another assist to a wide-open McKeon at the opposite post. McKeon’s goal was the first of her career, and was also the first point of her career.

It was a dominating performance for the Governor defense, who held Morehead State to just five shots with only one on goal. Mary Parker Powell and Chloé Dion combined for the shutout, with Powell keeping Morehead State scoreless for the first 79 minutes and Dion sealing the deal in the final 11 minutes.

The four-point outing for Larose gives her 11 points on the season, and extends her team lead in points to five. The four-point performance tied Larose’s career high in points, and was the third time in her career she has scored four points in a match.

APSU coach Naomi Kolarova Thoughts

Opening Remarks
” I was really pleased we got a few goals tonight, we needed to knock a few in to build confidence. We are creating chances and seeing them count now.”

On what mattered
Claire Larose played really well tonight, creating two goals and scoring the other. Hopefully she will carry that form through Sunday. Our midfield stepped up tonight and controlled more of the game for us than in the past few games. I was also happy to see us battling for long balls as well as loose balls, and possessing when we had the opportunity too.”

Moving Forward
“I thought the team played pretty decent overall, we’ll need to take it up another level on Sunday against Murray.”

Next Up For APSU Soccer

The APSU Governors will be back in action against the league leading Murray State Racers 1:00pm, Sunday, in Murray, Kentucky. Sunday’s match will be streamed live on ESPN+ for fans to enjoy, scores and updates will also be available on Twitter (@AustinPeaySOCR).




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