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UTM soccer plays to double overtime draw with Tech

UTM soccer plays to double overtime draw with Tech
UTM soccer plays to double overtime draw with Tech | Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks soccer, UT Martin soccer, Ohio Valley Conference, Tennessee Tech soccer

Kendall Straessle
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s soccer team battled to a 0-0 draw against in-state foe Tennessee Tech Friday. With the stalemate, the Skyhawks move to 7-4-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the OVC. Tennessee Tech moves to 2-7-3 on the year and 1-2-1 in conference play.
The Skyhawks had a pair of excellent opportunities to score in the first half when Kendal Straessle and Jamie Furstenburg both fired shots that caromed off the cross bar. Straessle was able to beat her defender to the left and fire a shot and Fur-stenburg worked her way into the box during the final minute before launching a shot that got past Golden Eagle goalkeeper Loretta McNamee. UT Martin out-shot the Golden Eagles 9-2 in the first period.
In the second half, Tennessee Tech stepped up its offensive attack, out-shooting the Skyhawks 9-5. The second half also featured a more physical style of play that combined for 19 fouls between both squads. That physical style of play continued into the overtime periods and was highlighted in the final minute of the second overtime. With under 30 seconds remaining in the match, Katie Behrens stole the ball from a Tennessee Tech midfielder and streaked down the left sideline. As she moved closer to the net, she was taken down from behind and fouled by Michelle McAlarnen with only five seconds remaining. McAlaren was issued a yellow card on the play.
As a result of the foul, a free kick was awarded and Jenni Duffy was called upon to take the last shot attempt for the Skyhawks. From 28 yards out, Duffy fired a shot towards the goal that sailed just over the crossbar to seal the 0-0 draw.
“We played well today but the ball doesn’t always find the back of the net,” Skyhawk head coach Craig Roberts said. “We had a number of players playing in different positions today, but they adjusted well and Tennessee Tech played very well too.”

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