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Skyhawks soccer knocks off Lambuth in first meeting since inaugural season

Skyhawks soccer knocks off Lambuth in first meeting since inaugural season
JACKSON, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s soccer team defeated Lambuth 7-1 at the Lambuth Soccer Complex Monday afternoon. With the win, the Skyhawks improve to 5-3 on the year, while Lambuth falls to 3-4 on the season. Sarah Bedell and Katie Behrens both netted a pair of goals in the contest, while three other Skyhawks also lit up the scoreboard. This was the first meeting of both universities since the inaugural year of Skyhawk soccer in 1998.
For the third consecutive match, UT Martin was able to gain an early lead. In the 29th minute, Jamie Furstenburg found a loose ball in the box and was able to net her third career goal. Less than two minutes later, the Skyhawks were able to score again. Erin Jordan worked her way deep into the Lambuth zone to the right of the box where she was able to chip the ball across the box and over the defenders to the waiting Bedell who scored the first of her goals on the day.
In the 36th minute, Ashley Angerer, who normally finds her home in goal found herself playing in the field where she recorded her first career assist. Angerer found Bedell streaking down the side of the box and Bedell was able to beat the keeper and give UT Martin a 1-0 lead at the half.
In the 49th minute, Behrens stole the ball from a defender and was able to beat the goalkeeper one-on-one to record her first goal of the day. Six minutes later, Behrens lofted a ball into the box that Kendall Straessle, was able to get past the keeper.
Lambuth tallied a mark on the scoreboard when Leslie Ann Thorpe launched a shot from 30 yards out that got just past the outstretched arms of Angerer and found the top right corner of the goal.
In the 78th minute, Jody Kiers recorded her fifth goal of the year, when Sarah Sharp made a pass to the right side of the box that Kiers was able to put to the back of the net. The Skyhawks final goal came when Behrens again found a ball deep in the Lambuth zone and was able to beat her defender one-on-one to record her second goal of the match.
“We didn’t play our best in the first half, but overall we played a good match,” said Skyhawks head coach Craig Roberts. “We came out more focused in the second half and had the opportunity to see a lot of players who are hungry to get into the starting lineup on the field.”
The Skyhawks will now turn their focus to Ohio Valley Conference play as they travel to Birmingham, Ala., to face defending OVC champion Samford University on Friday night. UT Martin is still looking for its first win over the Bulldogs, but is coming off a hard-fought double overtime draw in last season’s contest. This will be the Skyhawks’ last regular season match with Samford, as the Bulldogs will join the Southern Conference after this season. Kickoff in Birmingham is set for 7 p.m. at Bulldog Field on the campus of Samford University.

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