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UTM soccer plays to draw with OVC-leading SEMO

UTM soccer plays to draw with OVC-leading SEMO
MARTIN, Tenn. – A pair of shots that caromed off the crossbar kept the University of Tennessee at Martin women’s soccer team from knocking off the top ranked Southeast Missouri Redhawks Sunday afternoon. The end result of the hard-fought Ohio Valley Conference showdown was a 0-0 draw, moving the Skyhawks record to 9-4-3 and 4-1-3 in conference play. Southeast Missouri failed to record a win for the first time this season in OVC play, moving their record to 9-2-2 and 6-0-1 in conference.
In what was a very physical and hard-fought double overtime match, UT Martin had a number of opportunities to score. The best opportunity in regulation came during the 51st minute when Jody Kiers fired a shot from 20 yards out that was inches high, finding the cross bar. Kier’s shot was one of 15 for the Skyhawks during regulation. Of those, the Skyhawks put seven shots on goal, testing Southeast Missouri’s standout goalkeeper Lindsey Pickering.
Southeast Missouri recorded 11 shots in regulation, but was only able to put two on goal forcing Skyhawks goalkeeper Ashley Angerer to make a pair of saves in her first start of the season.
In the overtime period, the physical play continued along with the near misses for the Skyhawks. In the first overtime, senior co-captain Jamie Price found an opening 35 yards out and rocketed a shot that also caromed off the crossbar. From that point on, the Skyhawks continued to pressure Pickering with three more shots on goal but were unable to get any past her.
“We played hard today but just weren’t able to get the ball in the back of the net,” said Skyhawks head coach Craig Roberts. “Like I’ve said all season, anyone in the conference can beat anyone else and we came into the game confident. We’ll take the point and move on to the next match and continue trying to get another win.”
With the tie, UT Martin earns a single point and still controls its own destiny to host a first round match-up in the OVC tournament. Samford and Southeast Missouri State remain in the top two spots and are in line to receive first round byes while Murray State held on to the third position in the conference rankings after defeating Eastern Illinois 1-0 Sunday. In the OVC tournament, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams receive byes and the No. 3 and 4 ranked teams host first round contests against the Nos. 5 and 6 ranked teams.
Also on the line against Murray State next week will be the opportunity to send the Skyhawk senior class out with a win in its last regular season match on Skyhawk Field and the opportunity to set a school record for wins in a single season. With a win, UT Martin would record 10 wins for the first time in its 10-year history. Kickoff and senior day recognitions for Sunday’s match are set for 2 p.m.

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