SOCCER TEAM FALLS 2-0 ON THE ROAD TO BIG TEN MEMBER PURDUE
August 31, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team fell in an early hole this evening at Purdue and could not recover, falling 2-0 to the Boilermakers at the Purdue Varsity Soccer Complex.
The Skyhawks attempted nine shots tonight, two of which were on goal. Sophomore Alyssa Curtis led the offense with three attempts, while Hannah McGowen fired a pair of shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Mariah Klenke recorded seven saves in all 90 minutes.
Klenke was put to the test early, earning a sliding save at the 1:55 mark. She also came up with a big overhead stop just under eight minutes into the match to keep the match scoreless before Purdue got on the scoreboard at the 9:09 mark.
UT Martin would attempt its first shot of the match at the 10:24 mark, but McGowen’s attempt would veer left.
Purdue added to its lead in the 16th minute, but the Skyhawks nearly cut their deficit in half in the 24th minute. Saphyra Coombs-James nearly came up with her third goal of the season but Boilermaker goalkeeper Clara Kridler made a one-handed save while falling down. Only 40 seconds later, Curtis fired a shot on goal but Kridler made the save in heavy traffic.
Jaclyn Heckle would attempt a header off a corner kick at the 28:38 mark but the shot went wide left.
Meanwhile, the Skyhawk defense stepped up and did not concede a shot attempt for a stretch of 28:53. As a result, Purdue had only outshot UT Martin by a 6-4 margin at the halftime break.
Klenke came up with a pair of saves from point blank range in a span of 49 seconds early in the second half. Starting in the 65th minute, she also notched two more saves in a stretch of 2:11 to keep the score at 2-0. Her final stop of the night was also a highlight save, as she rejected a penalty kick attempt at the 74:06 mark.
Ashley Reveiz (60th minute) and Midori Sera (67th) attempted UT Martin’s first two shots of the second half. The Skyhawks would not get another opportunity until three shots were attempted over a stretch of 1:03 with less than two minutes to play in the match.
UT Martin will remain in the Hoosier State for its next match, as it squares off against Butler on Sunday, Sept. 2. The match is scheduled to begin at noon.