MURRAY, Ky. – The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer squad suffered a setback to Murray State this afternoon, falling 3-1 in Ohio Valley Conference action at Cutchin Field.
UT Martin (4-8-2, 2-3 OVC) found itself in a relatively quiet match until the 81st minute rolled around. All four goals of the bout found the back of the net in a two-minute span, all within the last 10 minutes of play.
The Skyhawks were led by freshmen Ashley Levingston (one goal) and Alice Adams (two shots, one assist). Amy McGivern, Vanessa Dwumfour-Poku, Morgan Glaenzer and Miah Olaleye all tallied one shot apiece.
Erica Myers played all 90 minutes between the goal posts, racking up six saves in the process.
Myers helped UT Martin get off to a strong start, as she corralled four saves in the first half alone to ensure the match was scoreless at the halftime break.
Myers added two more saves to start off the second half as the match seemed to be at a stalemate until 80:36 appeared on the clock. That’s when Harriet Withers netted the Racers’ first goal of the day and less than 30 seconds later, Withers connected again to give Murray State a 2-0 advantage.
UT Martin got in on the action at the 81:17 mark as Levingston took a pass from Adams for her second collegiate goal. Adams’ assist was the first of her young Skyhawk career.
The Racers’ final goal came from Emma Heise in the 83rd minute of play as she emerged from a scramble in front of the net to give Murray State the 3-1 lead in the waning minutes of action.
Three shots came from UT Martin in the final five minutes of play as the Skyhawks tried to piece together a late comeback attempt. Adams, Olaleye and McGivern all attempted to get UT Martin back in the match but unfortunately the time wound down on the Skyhawks.
UT Martin returns to Skyhawk Field to take on OVC rival Belmont on Friday, Oct. 6. First touch against the Bruins is slated for 7 p.m.