Soccer champs face off as Skyhawks visit SEMO
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 12:00 pm
The defending Ohio Valley Conference tournament champion and regular season champion in soccer will clash on Friday when UT Martin faces the Southeast Missouri 7 p.m. at Houck Stadium.
The Skyhawks will look to continue their recent success at Houck Stadium as the squad has not lost on that field since 2007.
UTM won four times in Cape Girardeau last year alone, including three during its OVC Tournament run to clinch the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
UT Martin enters the weekend with a 3-4-2 record but appears to be playing some of its best soccer of the season, going unbeaten (2-0-1) over its last three matches.
The Skyhawks rank atop the OVC statistical rankings in points (50, 5.56 per match), goals per match (1.89) and assists (16, 1.78 per match).
Individually, the Sky-hawks have had nine different players score a goal in 2012, led by senior Kendyl Wilson. The Collierville native ranks in the top-three in the OVC in goals (four), assists (three) and points (11).
Saphyra Coombs-James (three goals, two assists), Dominika Conc (two goals, two assists) and Hannah McGowen (three assists. tied for second in the OVC) also lead UT Martin offensively.
In goal, sophomore Mariah Klenke has logged all 850 minutes for UTM this fall. She has posted 40 saves, a .741 save percentage and a 1.48 Goals Against Average.
Klenke has been very effective as of late, conceding just one goal over her last 263:49 dating back to Lipscomb on Sept. 9. Published in The WCP 9.20.12