UTM ends road trip with statement win
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:02 pm
The UT Martin soccer team made a statement on defense and relied on its two most prolific scorers to earn a 2-0 victory against Austin Peay in Ohio Valley Conference play Sunday.
UTM’s win came two days after the Skyhawks saw Murray State rally from a 2-0 deficit to forge a 2-all tie in Murray.
The Skyhawks (6-3-2, 1-0-1 OVC) produced their fourth shutout of the season, limiting Austin Peay to just 12 shots (three in the second half), and two shots on goal. The Lady Govs entered the weekend leading the OVC in points, goals and assists while averaging 3.78 goals per match.
Although the Skyhawks only attempted five shots, they made the most of their opportunities, thanks to a pair of their most clutch players. Freshman Alyssa Curtis netted her OVC-leading third game-winning goal of the season in the ninth minute, followed by a goal in the 49th minute by senior Rosaelia Loza. Curtis (four goals) and Loza (eight) are UT Martin’s two top scorers through 11 matches in 2011.
Senior Lauren MacKen-zie secured her second shutout of the season, making a pair of stops. It marked her ninth career shutout in one-and-a-half seasons at UT Martin, only one away from tying Johanna Rathbun (2007-08) as the all-time program leader.
Curtis got the Skyhawks on the scoreboard early, striking a little over eight minutes into the match. Following a foul on the Lady Govs, fellow freshman Amy Maksimowicz sent a pass that was right on the money to Curtis, who headed the ball past Austin Peay goalkeeper Haylee Shoaff to give UT Martin the 1-0 advantage.
MacKenzie faced nine shots in the first half alone, but made a save at the 35:33 mark to keep the Skyhawk lead at 1-0.
Just as it was in the first half, UT Martin’s first shot attempt of the second half was true, as a cross from Kendyl Wilson on the right side found Loza, who scooted the ball past Shoaff at the 48:04 mark.
Published in The WCP 9.27.11