MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team wasted very little time getting on the board, scoring three times in the first 20 minutes to knock off Ohio Valley Conference foe Jacksonville State 3-1 at Skyhawk Field.
The Skyhawks (4-7-1, 2-1 OVC) saw three players notch goals in the victory as freshman Ellie Myrick and Aoife Lennon registered their second goals of the campaign while junior Ashlie Watson tallied her first. Senior Abi Sanvee tallied the Skyhawk’s lone assist on Watson’s goal. Myrick paced the team with four shot attempts while Lennon, Watson, Hannah Fessenden and Ashley Reveiz chipped in two apiece. Myrick and Fessenden led the Skyhawks with two shots-on-goal on the evening.
Two players saw action in goal for UT Martin as junior Mariah Klenke earned her 12th start of the year, shutting out the Gamecocks in 45 minutes of action. Senior Sarah Tompkins, appearing for the second time this season, played the entire second half. Tompkins tallied three saves while allowing one goal.
Jacksonville State (4-7-1, 0-3 OVC) was led by Lindsey Jackson’s lone goal of the evening. Kelsey Bright paced the Gamecocks with four shots while Jackie Rush and Jackson each tallied three attempts each.
“We started the game fantastically well,” said UT Martin head soccer coach Phil McNamara. “We were able to get the big first goal as we threatened to play our best game of the year. I’m delighted that we were able to score three goals, our highest total of the year, while being able to notch back-to-back wins for the first time this year.”
The Skyhawks scored their first goal of the contest just nine minutes in as Ellie Myrick bent a corner kick into goal. Both of Myrick’s two goals on the season have been against conference opponents.
Just minutes after Watson nearly scored a goal, just hitting the crossbar, Lennon scored the eventual game winner in the 17th minute. In what proved to be the makings of a physical battle, Lennon was tackled just outside the penalty box, setting up a free kick. Lennon took the kick from the top of the box, rifling the free kick past the keeper to push the Skyhawk lead to 2-0.
Watson’s second shot attempt of the evening at the 20:09 mark gave the junior her first goal of the season. Sanvee led Watson perfectly down the middle of the field, setting up a 1-on-1 opportunity in which the Skyhawk forward beat the Gamecock goalie for the 3-0 advantage.
The Skyhawks would look for more in the first half, firing six consecutive shot attempts to end the first period. Fessenden tallied two shot attempts within 10 seconds of the 22:32 mark, both of which goalie Taylor Hammonds saved. UT Martin would take an 11-2 shot advantage into the halftime break.
Jacksonville State would come out firing in the second half, tallying 14 shot attempts in the period. Just four minutes into the second half, Tompkins tallied her first save of the evening on an attempt by Bright. She would pick up her second save just five minutes later at the 54:02 mark, tallying a diving stop on Rush’s attempt.
The Gamecocks would finally get on the board in the 81st minute when Jackson beat Tompkins for her first goal of the season. Rush crossed a perfect lob over the box, setting up Jackson for a 1-on-1 with the keeper and the goal.
Tompkins would notch her final save of the game in the 82nd minute, stopping the Bright attempt. The Gamecocks would tally three more attempts in the final minutes but the Skyhawk defense would extinguish the late attempts.
The Skyhawks will take the rest of the weekend off before traveling to eastern Kentucky to face Morehead State (Friday, Oct. 11) and Eastern Kentucky (Sunday, Oct. 13) in a pair of OVC showdowns.