Murray State Soccer Lightning Strikes Overwhelm UT Martin

On the back of three goals coming within two minutes of each other, the Murray State Racers continued their dominance with a 3-1 victory over the UT Martin Skyhawks at Cutchin Field in Murray, Ky.

With their third consecutive win, the Racers move to 9-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while UT Martin drops their third straight game, moving to 4-8-2 overall and 2-3-0 in the OVC. With back-to-back wins this week, the Racers pick up their 150th and 151st all-time wins.

“In the first half UT Martin did a good job, they had four back and at times six in the midfield. It was hard for us to break through. Towards the end of our game, our fitness showed and we were able to score the three goals. But we were very disappointed to give up the one goal though,” said head coach Jeremy Groves

Possessing the ball for most of the game, the Racers had chances early and often to get on the board. As 10 first half shots were taken by Murray State with four getting on net, while only one total shot was credited to the Skyhawks in the first half. The Racers also took eight of their nine corners in the first frame.

It wasn’t until the 80th minute that lightning struck for the Racers, Rebecca Kubin took a hard shot that should have gone in if it weren’t for a spectacular save from the Skyhawk keeper. Harriet Withers found the rebound and kicked in her 11th goal of the year to give the Racers a 1-0 lead.

Withers was once again at the forefront of the offensive action moments later. She gathered the ball on the left side of the box and put a shot on the ground, beating the keeper to the right side for her second goal of the game and 12th on the year. With the two goals against Martin, Withers not only beats her personal record of 11 goals scored in a season (2015) but is now just one goal away from tying the all-time season record of 13 goals scored in a season. The record was set by Theresa Reedy in 2004.

UT Martin got on the board moments later to make it a 2-1 contest. This was the first goal given up by the Racers since Saint Louis at home on Sept. 17.

Roughly a minute after the UT Martin goal, the Racers found their scoring touch once again. This was the case for Emma Heise, who took control in the middle of a chaotic scramble in the UT Martin box. She scored her first goal of the season, making it 3-1 Racers. Heise is the fifth Racer to score this year for Murray. Withers, Miyah Watford, Kubin and Aaron Lankster are the other four.

In total, the Racers put up 20 shots with nine of them getting on goal, while holding UT Martin to seven total shots.

Making three saves, Alex Steigerwald earned her ninth of the year, moving her record to 9-1-1.

Next week sees the number one and two teams in the OVC battle, as the Racers travel to Richmond, Ky to take on Eastern Kentucky. EKU is first in the OVC with a conference record of 4-0-2 and an overall record of 7-3-3.

Hunter Julius
Murray State Media Relations Intern

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