Clarksville, TN – For the final time this season, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) soccer team will take the field at home when they host a 2:00pm, Tuesday match against UT Martin at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.
Austin Peay picked up its seventh point of the season when they played to a 1-1 draw against Eastern Illinois last time out.
With seven points this season, the Governors sit in ninth place in the OVC standings.
The Govs are two points behind both Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky, who are tied for seventh place, and three points behind both UT Martin and Jacksonville State, who are tied for fifth place.
- All-time vs. UT Martin: 5-12-2
- All-time vs. the Skyhawks in Clarksville: 3-5-1
- Last Meeting: November 29th, 2019 (L, 0-2)
- Last Meeting in Clarksville: November 29th, 2019 (L, 0-2)
After a third-place finish in the 2019 regular season, UT Martin received two first-place votes and was picked to finish fourth by the OVC’s coaches and SIDs in the 2020 preseason poll. In his 11th season at the helm of UT Martin soccer, head coach Phil McNamara returns 2019 First-Team All-OVC defender Maria Castaldo and Second-Team All-OVC midfielder Bella Roberts.
Freshman Emely van der Vliet leads UT Martin in scoring this season with two goals and an assist. Junior Hendrikje Baurmann is the Skyhawks second-leading point scorer this season, she has yet to find the back of the net, but she has dished out three assists.
Senior goalkeeper Erica Myers has played every minute in net for UT Martin this season. Myers was named the OVC Goalkeeper of the Week in the first week for the first week of the season and ranks second in the conference in goals against average (0.80). Myers also leads the OVC with two shutouts this season.
In last season’s meeting, UT Martin’s Hendrikje Baurmann scored goals in the 29th and 31st minutes to give the Skyhawks a 2-0 lead over Austin Peay State University. Peyton Powell took over in net for the Governors at halftime and made three second-half saves to keep a clean sheet in the final 45 minutes. However, the Govs were unable to overcome the early pair of UT Martin goals and dropped a 2-0 decision at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field in Clarksville.
Prior to this season, Austin Peay State University returned a pair of goalkeepers who had yet to start a collegiate game; now Peyton Powell (24 saves) and Chloé Dion (12 saves) are one of three pairs of teammates to have double-digit saves in the OVC this season.
Morgan Drawdy scored her season’s first goal on Senior Day against Eastern Illinois, March 26th, she is now tied for 17th all-time in Austin Peay State University history with eight goals in her career.
Tori Case dished out her team-best third assist of the season against Eastern Illinois, she is tied for third in the OVC with three assists this season
Claire Larose scored the 14th goal of her Austin Peay State University career against Eastern Kentucky, March 19th, and moved into a tie for seventh all-time in program history; she also ranks eighth all-time in points (35) and ninth in assists (7).
Rachel Bradberry’s 100th-minute goal against EKU was the seventh goal of her Austin Peay State University career and it was her career’s first game-winning goal.
In Austin Peay State University’s first three matches of the season, three of the four freshmen on the roster scored the first goal of their collegiate career. Isabel Petre and Hannah Wilson scored in the 56th and 74th minutes, respectively, against Jacksonville State, and Tori Case scored in the 64th minute at SIU Edwardsville.
Ashley Whittaker’s double-overtime goal against Jacksonville State was the fourth goal of her APSU career and it was her first game-winning goal.
On October 28th the OVC announced its teams would play a 10-game conference slate with matches played Tuesdays and Fridays; each team has a single bye date built into their schedule as well.
The OVC also decided the size of the OVC Championship field would be reduced to four teams as a one-year measure due to the challenges associated with the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
Fan Attendance Policies
For fans wishing to attend Austin Peay State University soccer matches, there will be limited general admission seating available, with free admission for all fans wishing to attend. The roster card for each match is available by accessing the game notes attached to this article and viewing the final page.
Austin Peay State University is holding soccer matches at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field in accordance with University, NCAA, and OVC guidelines. Additionally, the following policies are in effect for fans at Austin Peay soccer events:
- Face coverings are required upon entry into Morgan Bros. Soccer Field and must be worn at all times – covering both an individual’s mouth and nose – while in the facility, except while actively eating or drinking.
- Seats in the bleachers at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field are marked with green and red stickers, fans may only sit in the seats marked by green stickers for appropriate social distancing.
- Fans that wish to sit in the grass area in front of the bleachers may do so, but they must remain in the marked and socially distant boxes that are painted on the ground.
Austin Peay State University will strictly maintain social distancing measures at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field this season for the safety of fans, players, coaches, and staff. Individuals violating any of the above policies will be required to leave the facility.
Next Up For Austin Peay State University Soccer
The Austin Peay State University soccer team will wrap up the regular season when it travels to Morehead State for a 4:00pm, Friday match at Jayne Stadium. The OVC soccer regular season will come to a close on Tuesday, April 6th, which is when the Governors will have their built-in bye date on the schedule.
In the time of COVID-19 Coronavirus, there is always a chance that a match will be postponed or not come to fruition. For news, scheduling changes, and match-time updates, be sure to check back at LetsGoPeay.com or follow the APSU Governors soccer Twitter account (@AustinPeaySOCR).