Date: March 23, 2021 – 1 PM
Site (Venue): Murray, Ky. (Cutchin Field)
Live Stream: ESPN+
Live Coverage Links: goracers.com/coverage
Murray State Record (Streak): 5-1 (Lost 1)
Tennessee Tech Record (Streak): 3-2 (Lost 2)
Racers All-Time vs. TTU: 12-8-2
MSU Next Game: March 26th at SIUE
MSU Next Home Game: April 6th vs. Eastern Illinois
Murray State women’s soccer is set to return home on Tuesday for an afternoon meeting with Tennessee Tech. Match day seven of ten of the delayed 2020 campaign is set to kick off at 1:00 p.m. and will be streamed live on ESPN+ with live stats available on goracers.com.
Tuesday’s clash between the Racers and Golden Eagles will mark the 23rd edition of the all-time series, with the Racers holding a 12-8-2 advantage through all prior meetings. Murray State has won 12 of the last 15 encounters, but it was Tennessee Tech who emerged victorious in the most recent battle – a 3-0 contest in Cookeville a season ago.
A Look at the Racers:
The Racers (5-1) are currently tied with Southeast Missouri and SIUE with 15 points at the top of the OVC table, but have played one more game then both of those sides that are still unbeaten through five games on the season. Murray State suffered its first defeat of the year in their last time out – a 2-1 decision on the road at Jacksonville State on Friday.
Freshman Chloe Barnthouse collected her third goal of the year in the loss, tying her with senior Rebecca Kubin for the team lead in goals on the season. Kubin’s eight total points (three goals, two assists) is a team best and is tied for second-most in the Ohio Valley Conference. Sophomore Lilly Strader ranks second in the league in shots with 18 over six games entering Tuesday’s clash with TTU.
As a team, the Racers’ 2.17 goals per game is good for third in the OVC, while their 102 total shots tops the conference. They have outscored opponents 13-7 on the year.
Scouting the Golden Eagles:
After earning victories in their first three matches of the campaign, the Golden Eagles (3-2) enter Tuesday’s contest on a two-game skid after enduring 1-0 defeats to both Belmont and Southeast Missouri last week. Low-scoring affairs have been plentiful thus far for TTU as all five contests have featured a 1-0 final score. They have only conceded twice on the year, which is good for the second-fewest goals allowed in the OVC behind Southeast Missouri.
Leading the way defensively has been senior goalkeeper Isabelle Austin, whose .923 save percentage ranks second in the league. Her 0.4 goals against average is also second-best in the OVC.
The three Golden Eagle goals on the year have come from three different players, with Chloe Smith, Gabby Garcia, and Meredith Nye each putting their names on the score sheet thus far.
· Eight different Racers, including two true freshmen, have scored a goal this season for Murray State.
· Dating back to last season, the Racers have scored a goal in eleven-straight matches.
· The Racers also enter Tuesday’s match on an eight-game home OVC winning streak that dates back to the start of the 2019 season. The last conference defeat at Cutchin Field came on October 21, 2018 in a 1-0 contest against Eastern Kentucky.
· Abby Jones, who became the Racers’ all-time assist leader on March 9th against UT Martin, distanced herself from the #2 spot with two more in the Racers’ 3-1 win against Belmont earlier in the year as the junior from Powell, Ohio recorded the 23rd and 24th assists of her career.
· Kubin’s goal against Belmont on March 12th brought her season total to a team-best three on the season as the senior moved into a tie for fifth with Jackie Thomas (2000-03) on Murray State’s all-time scoring list with 25 career goals.