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UTM opens league play on the road

UTM opens league play on the road

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 12:03 pm

After nine matches in a little more than a month, UT Martin’s soccer team begins its Ohio Valley Conference slate this weekend when it travels to Murray State on Friday and Austin Peay on Sunday.
The Skyhawks (5-3-1) enter OVC play as the league leader with 159 shots attempted, and have not been shutout all season. UT Martin averages 2.11 goals per match and have outscored its opponents 19-12 in 2011.
UT Martin’s offense boasts a balanced attack, as eight different players have scored goals while 13 total players have tallied at least one point.
Senior Rosaelia Loza ranks first in the OVC in shots (31) while leading the team with six goals and three assists. Freshman Alyssa Curtis is second on the team with three goals, while Hannah McGowen, Kendyl Wilson, Abi Sanvee and Dominika Conc have found the back of the net twice apiece.
Defensively, the Sky-hawks have conceded 1.33 goals per match, including a trio of shutouts.
In goal, senior Lauren MacKenzie (seven matches) and freshman Mariah Klenke (six) have shared the duties so far. MacKenzie has snared 29 saves with a 1.39 Goals Against Average for an .806 save percentage. Klenke has accumulated 15 stops with a 1.20 GAA, sporting a .750 save percentage.
Murray State enters Friday’s match with a 2-5-1 record, but is coming off a 2-1 overtime victory at Arkansas State on Sept. 11. In that match, Julia Mooney netted the golden goal in the 93rd minute for her team-leading fourth and fifth points on the season. Mooney also leads the Racers in shots (29) and shots on goal (11).
Shauna Wicker also has scored twice for the Racers, who have outshot their opponents by a 113-105 margin but have been outscored 15-6 this season.
Yi Du has started all eight matches in goal with 32 saves in just under 700 minutes. She has allowed 13 goals for a 1.68 GAA and a .711 save percentage.
Austin Peay (6-3) leads the OVC in points (91), goals (34) and assists (23). The Lady Govs have yet to be shut out all season and are averaging 3.78 goals per outing.
The Lady Govs offense is paced by Tatiana Ariza, who ranks first in the conference in points (28), goals (11) and assists (six). Emily Perkins and Claire Pultz have chipped in with six and five goals, respectively.
Published in The WCP 9.22.11

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