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Soccer falls to Jacksonville State, Samford in OVC play


Published (Volume 77, No. 6)


Only one goal was scored against the Skyhawk soccer team on Friday, but that was all it would take for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks to pick up their first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season.

The Skyhawks fell to JSU 1-0 after 90 minutes of play.

The goal was scored by Courtney Moore only eight minutes into the game. Liz Hendricks picked up the assist.

Both teams fought throughout the rest of the game to add one more goal to the board.

UTM finished the game with 17 shots.

UTM goalkeeper Megan Dempsey came up with five saves. Dempsey and the Skyhawk defense were able to stop the JSU offense from further damage, allowing only one goal out of the Gamecocks 14 shots on goal.

The Skyhawks fall to 0-2 in the conference with today’s loss. Their overall record drops to 2-6-2. Jacksonville State will move up to 1-1 in league play and 4-7-1 overall.

Samford University crept into the Skyhawk backfield in the last 40 seconds of Sunday’s contest to steal the game from the Skyhawk soccer team. The game’s only goal was enough to give Samford the win as the Bulldogs are still undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The Skyhawks dominated most of the game as they out shot their opponent for the third game in a row, but walked away scoreless for the third time in three games.

Samford’s Kat Sweatt netted the winning goal with less than a minute to play in the contest. She was unassisted in the goal.
Dempsey finished the game with seven saves on the Bulldogs 17 shots on goal. She provided a number of key saves on several close calls before being robbed of the win.

The Skyhawks are now 2-7-2 in the regular season and 0-3 in the OVC.

Samford is now 4-4-0 and 3-0-0 in league play.

Tennessee-Martin will face Murray State at noon Saturday Oct. 9 at Murray, Ky.