MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s soccer team could not find the game’s equalizing score late in the second half, falling to No. 2 seed Morehead State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship 1-0.
Defending two-time OVC season and tournament champions, UT Martin gave up a goal in the early minutes of the second period but could not find the answer in the game’s final minutes.
The Skyhawks (11-9-1) were led by Dominika Conc who tallied four shot attempts, all of which were on goal. Lucy Pater notched two attempts while Aoife Lennon, Ellie Myrick and Alyssa Curtis each tallied one attempt each.
Junior goalkeeper Mariah Klenke got the call for the Skyhawks, tallying two saves while allowing one goal on the afternoon.
Senior Hannah Fessenden was joined on the OVC’s all-tournament team by Lennon and Pater.
“I thought we were fantastic in the first half today, just couldn’t get the goal that I thought we deserved,” said UT Martin soccer coach Phil McNamara. “We probably needed to have more shots than we had in the first half but the hard lesson today is that we were the better team on the day. It’s about scoring goals and finding a way to win this time of year and that’s exactly what Morehead did and I wish them the best of luck in the NCAA Tournament.”
Morehead State (10-10-1) was led by Macy Cobb’s second half goal. OVC Player of the Year, Jade Flory paced the team with two shots while Angela Black, Lindsey Oettle and Caity Fox each tallied one attempt each. Goalkeeper Elizabeth Floyd was perfect between the posts, tallying seven saves on the afternoon while shutting out the Skyhawks.With the loss, five Skyhawk seniors place the final stamp on their decorated careers. Hannah McGowen, Abi Sanvee, Sarah Tompkins, Jessica Horvatich and Fessenden will be remembered for their 46 combined career victories and 29 goals. Beyond the individual statistics, the Skyhawks won four consecutive OVC titles, a first in conference history.
“This group of seniors is the most decorated group of players to ever come through our program,” said McNamara. “They have been outstanding. For Hannah Fessenden to come back this year and play the way she did was outstanding. Hannah McGowen has been a rock for us while she’s been here and Abi Sanvee has come up with some big goals in her four years. Jessica Horvatich started several games down the stretch to wrap up her career and Sarah Tompkins has been a stand up player for us as well. They’ve been outstanding both on and off the field. “
The Skyhawks had a couple opportunities to jump out to an early lead in the 21st minute. Lennon and Conc each tallied shots on goal but it was Floyd who would come up with the consecutive stops. Just five minutes later, it was a corner kick by Myrick which nearly curved into the back of the net, but once again it was Floyd with the stop.
In the second period’s opening minute, it was Cobb who tallied her lone shot attempt of the afternoon that found back of the net for the eventual game winning strike. Taking a pass from the right side, Kelsey Gomez found Cobb who quickly lofted the attempt over the reach of Klenke for the 1-0 advantage.
The Skyhawks would look to retaliate in the waning minutes of regulation but it was Pater’s attempt at the 74:47 mark which would be the final scoring opportunity on the day as Floyd tallied her seventh and final save.
“We expect to be even stronger next year and the future is extremely bright for this ball club,” stated McNamara. “This will be a very tough class to replace but we’re very excited about the programs future. For us to be able to win the regular season, get double figure wins on the year and be able to host the OVC Tournament says a lot about our quality and respect factor of our program. As much as we’re disappointed about today’s result, we’re extremely proud of the recent history of our program and look forward to a great future.”