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Govs soccer earn first conference win of the year

Govs soccer recorded their first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season with a 2-1 scoreline over Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (4-5-1; 2-1 OVC) on Friday, Sept. 22. APSU (6-3-1; 1-1-1 OVC) built a two-goal lead through 68 minutes that was only blemished by an 89th minute goal for the Cougars.

At the 24 minute mark, junior forward Jennifer Smith opened her scoring account from the penalty mark. Smith sent her penalty to the bottom left corner past keeper Juli Rossi. Smith was fouled from behind to set up the penalty opportunity.

With 23 minutes of the second half already gone, the Govs doubled their lead, again, from the penalty spot. Following a handball in the box, senior forward Kirstin Robertson set up from the mark. Robertson converted her effort for a 2-0 lead and her eighth goal of the season. Robertson leads the team in goals.

SIUE found a way through the Govs defense with under two minutes to play at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field. Krista McMahan targeted the back of the net for her first score of the season.

However, moments before SIUE came close to getting on the scoreboard from an outside of the box effort. The shot forced sophomore keeper Mary Parker Powell into making a smart save at the upper 90.

Powell finished the night five saves.

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