FIRST PLACE SOCCER TEAM TRAVELS TO OVC NEWCOMER BELMONT ON SUNDAY
October 18, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – Unbeaten in nine of its last 10 outings, The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team goes on the road this Sunday, Oct. 21 to take on Ohio Valley Conference newcomer Belmont at 2 p.m. The match will be streamed live, free of charge, by the OVC Digital Network.
The Skyhawks enter the weekend with an 8-5-3 overall record, with a 5-1-1 league slate. UT Martin is currently in first place in the conference standings and holds a three-point advantage over second-place SIU Edwardsville with three matches left in the regular season.
UT Martin posted a pair of shutout victories last weekend, defeating Morehead State (2-0) and Eastern Kentucky (3-0). The offense was led by freshman Saphyra Coombs-James, who compiled five points (two goals and an assist) against Eastern Kentucky and also assisted on the game-winning goal against Morehead State. For her efforts, she was crowned the adidas OVC Offensive Player of the Week.
Sophomore Alyssa Curtis also had a big weekend for the Skyhawks, netting the game-winning goal against Morehead State and assisting on the game-winner against Eastern Kentucky.
In the process, the stifling UT Martin defense picked up its third and fourth shutouts of the season, as the Skyhawks limited their two OVC opponents to just eight combined shot on goal attempts. Mariah Klenke (164:51 in goal) and Sarah Tompkins (15:09) merged to make eight saves over the weekend.
On the season, UT Martin paces the OVC in points (92, 5.75 per match), goals (32, 2.00 per match), assists (28, 1.75 per match) and shots (272, 17.00 per match). Coombs-James ranks second in the league in points (18), third in goals (seven) and fourth in assists (four). Senior Kendyl Wilson leads the OVC in assists (seven), while teammates Hannah McGowen and Dominika Conc are tied for fourth in the league with four assists apiece.
Klenke’s three shutouts rank third amongst OVC goalkeepers, while she also ranks fourth in the league in Goals Against Average (1.17). Overall, she has recorded 68 saves and boasts a .791 save percentage in 1369:04 in 2012.
Belmont (7-6-1, 3-2-1 OVC) officially entered the OVC in July 2012 after spending time in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Bruins picked up a pair of overtime victories on the road last weekend, defeating Jacksonville State 2-1 in double overtime before besting Tennessee Tech 2-1 in overtime.
Nine different Bruins have scored at least one goal this season, led by three each by Katie Proud and Laura Harris. Taylor Smith is one of two Belmont players to have started all 14 matches and is coming off her first multi-goal outing of the season at Jacksonville State last Friday.
Nicole Berner has logged all but 17:14 of Belmont’s time in goal this season. She has recorded 60 saves and sports a 1.19 GAA and a .779 save percentage.