Courtesy MSU Athletics

Murray State women’s soccer concluded their three-game homestand in style on Sunday, marching to a 5-0 victory over Southeast Missouri State at Cutchin Field in Murray, Kentucky. The Racers improved to 6-5 overall and 3-0 in the OVC after Sunday’s rout of the Redhawks extended Murray State’s winning streak to three games to close the month of September. The Racers have now outscored their opponents 15-1 through their first three OVC matches in 2019.

Murray State started fast and never looked back, scoring just 44 seconds into the game when Miyah Watford carried the ball down the left wing before slotting the ball across the penalty area to Rebecca Kubin, who found the net just moments after the opening whistle.

The Racers doubled their lead in the 10th minute when Watford played a ball behind the Redhawk defense, tallying her second assist of the afternoon when Arianna Mendez finished the opportunity to net the first goal of her career, giving her side a 2-0 lead early in the competition.

Less than 60 seconds later, Kubin added her second goal of the day as a ferocious Racer attack jumped out to a 3-0 lead in just 11 minutes of action.

With the help of an impressive defensive effort, the Racers entered the halftime break with a 3-0 advantage, while outshooting their opponent 13-3 through the first 45 minutes of play.

After dishing out a pair of assists, Miyah Watford got on the score sheet herself with a second-half goal, scoring her team-high tenth goal of the season in the 67th minute off a pass from Emma Heise.

Elizabeth Tilton would tack on one final strike in the 81st minute when she scorched the net with a long-range missile, finding the top corner to put an exclamation mark on Murray State’s 5-0 victory.

For Tilton, the goal is her third of the season, while Kubin’s brace brings her goal total to seven on the year.

Additionally, freshman goalkeeper Jasmine Rosell recorded a pair of saves between the posts to earn her second shutout of the season.  

The Racers outshot the Redhawks 24-10 (16-2 on target) while winning the possession battle with 55% of the ball on the day.

“Any time you score an early goal it’s great. The best thing is that we didn’t score an early goal and then take our foot off the gas…Our girls did a fantastic job. It’s one of those teams right now where everyone wants in on the action. It’s great to see your team scoring goals and having fun.” said MSU head coach Matt Lodge.

The Racers will return to action on Friday when they travel to Morehead State for their first conference road match of the 2019 season. Kickoff is slated for 5:00 p.m. (central time) in Morehead, Kentucky.

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