Most wins UTM goal for soccer
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:02 pm
On the verge of clinching a spot in next week’s Ohio Valley Conference tournament, The UT Martin soccer team will also look to break the school record for victories in a season when it plays host to Tennessee Tech 4 p.m. Friday and Jacksonville State 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Skyhawks — currently 9-6-2 with a 3-3-1 OVC record — stand just one victory shy of tying the program record for single-season victories (10, set in both 2007 and 2008).
UT Martin is currently in a tie for fifth place but with two wins this weekend, could finish as high as second place in the final OVC standings. The top six teams advance to the league’s postseason tournament, which will be hosted by the regular season champion on Nov. 3-6.
UT Martin learned this afternoon that its current NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is 141, which is the highest it has ever been in program history. The previous high for a single season had been 161, a number that was released on Sept. 28 of this year.
A fun-filled weekend has been planned as the Skyhawks push for their 11th OVC Tournament spot in program history. A total of $500 will be awarded for the loudest and craziest fans at both the Friday and Sunday matches ($250 for each day), and the first 100 students through the gate on Sunday will receive a free T-shirt.
Also, there is an opportunity for a free youth clinic, hosted by the Skyhawks. Just by attending either one of UT Martin’s soccer matches this weekend, all kids from ages 5-15 can sign up and receive a free pass to attend a camp put on by the UT Martin coaching staff and players on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.
On Friday, a special group of UT Martin soccer alumni will be recognized at halftime, while Sunday will serve as Senior Day for five players who will be playing their final game at Skyhawk Field.
Seniors Melissa Govea, Katie Imperiale, Rosaelia Loza, Lauren MacKenzie and Brooke Robertson have accounted for 37 goals, 15 assists, 143 saves and 10 shutouts in their storied careers.
Govea, Imperiale and Robertson were big parts of the program’s first-ever OVC championship in 2009 and with a pair of wins this weekend will leave as the all-time winningest class in Skyhawk soccer history.
Loza and MacKenzie joined UT Martin for their final two years and have rewritten the school’s record book in several offensive and goalkeeping categories.
“If every class could achieve what this class has both on the field and in the classroom, we’d being doing well,” UTM coach Phil McNamara said. “Not only are they great student-athletes but they are great individuals as well.” Published in The WCP 10.27.11