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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer squad begins a three-match Ohio Valley Conference road swing when it takes on Eastern Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 22 before playing Morehead State on Sunday, Sept. 24. Friday’s match begins at 3 p.m. CST while Sunday is set for a 12 p.m. CST kickoff.
UT Martin holds the series lead over both Eastern Kentucky (7-5-2 all-time) and Morehead State (13-9-2 all-time). The Skyhawks look to keep the momentum built from last weekend as they travel to the Bluegrass State.
The Skyhawks (4-5-2, 2-0 OVC) are coming off a strong weekend to open OVC action as they compiled two shutouts in 1-0 victories over both Jacksonville State and Southeast Missouri.
UT Martin found itself engulfed in two defensive battles over the weekend as the back line remained strong to ensure two clean sheets. Freshman Alice Adams was able to net the game-winner against Jacksonville State in just the 10th minute of play. Nicole Collins would score the game-deciding goal over Southeast Missouri in the waning minutes of action as she received an assist from teammate Alexius Thomas.
Freshman goalkeeper Erica Myers is the reigning adidas OVC Goalkeeper of the Week for her gallant efforts last weekend when she tallied 10 total saves and did not concede a goal in 180 minutes. She ranks 17th nationally in goalkeeper minutes played (901:05) and 33rd nationally in saves (48).
UT Martin leads the OVC in shots (188), assists (15) and saves (58). The Skyhawks rank second in the conference in shots per game (17.09) while Katelyn Colvin ranks 17th in the nation in assists (5).
Offensively, Danae Kaldaridou (three goals, three assists), Colvin (two goals, five assists) and Amy McGivern (three goals, two assists) lead the way for UT Martin. The Skyhawks also have seen great strides from underclassmen Collins (two goals), Adams (two goals), Ashley Levingston (one goal, one assist) and Bella Roberts (two assists).
Eastern Kentucky (4-3-2, 1-0-1 OVC) is led by OVC Offensive Player of the Week Emmi Carroll (four goals, one assist) and Jordan Foster (three goals, two assists). Goalkeeper Anna Hall (30 saves, 1.34 GAA) has played a total of 872:57 and accounts for pair of shutouts on the season for second-year head coach Nick Flohre.
Morehead State (1-7, 0-2 OVC) is led by Cara Maher’s two goals and one assist. Ashley Ritchie, Morgan Treser, Caitlyn Burdinea and Marisa Lavatori have all connected for one goal each for the Eagles. Goalkeeper Michelle Washburn (54 saves, 1.72 GAA) has played in all 733:20 between the posts for three-time OVC Coach of the Year Warren Lipka.
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