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Lady Govs fall to TCU, finish strong to UTC

Texas Christian University

Junior Lady Govs Soccer player Kirstin Robertson scored the lone Lady Govs goal as the team fell hard on the road, losing 4-1 to undefeated Texas Christian University (7-0-1). APSU fought hard and earned six shots on goal against a team that has allowed only three goals all season entering the match.

TCU found themselves up 2-0 inside two minutes. McKenzie Oliver tucked home a one-time hit on a low cross, opening up the Horned Frogs scoring. One minute later it was the Frogs scoring again off a long throw in. The throw deflected, and worked its way around to the head of Kayla Hill, who doubled the score.

TCU kept the pressure, and went up 3-0 on the 25-minute-mark. Hill found a brace thanks to her left-footed shot that clipped under the crossbar.

In the 29th minute, Robertson scored for the Lady Govs. She stole the ball from keeper Courtney Hofer, who was ready to clear it up field, and slipped it onto the open goal frame. Robertson leads scoring for APSU on the season with 15 points.

TCU’s offensive production wasn’t done yet as they made it 4-1 in the 67th minute. Faith Carter got on to a loss corner kick and fired her shot past Lindsey Todd, who played the final 45 minutes.

TCU led with 12 shots on the day, APSU had six shots total, three on target. Robertson and McKenzie Dixon led the Governors charge in the Dallas area with two shots each.

Freshman Mary Parker Powell started the game and recorded one save in the loss. Todd earned three saves in the second half.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Lady Govs (5-4) responded to a tough road loss by topping UT-Chattanooga 3-2 at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field in a closely contested match.

Junior Kristin Robertson led the way for APSU with two goals of her own, totaling seven on the season.

The Lady Govs opened up the game, and found ways to put Chattanooga (2-6-1) under heavy pressure early in the action.  As the back line for the Mocs bent it refused to break. Chattanooga found ways to generate offense, getting 5 first-half shots to APSU’s 6.

In the 57th minute Robertson opened up the scoring as she rebounded her initial shot with a follow up shot. This one finding the bottom left corner.

Within two minutes Pamela Penaloza scored her first goal in Austin Peay colors. Robertson assisted a ball through the middle of the park, and Penaloza placed it in the virtually open net.

It did not take long for the Mocs to answer to a 2-0 deficit. In the 71st minute, Ellie Myrick’s free kick found the back of the net, and put Chattanooga back in the ball game.

Robertson put APSU back up by two  points again in the 81st minute. As her surging run down the left side lost space to work with she cut a shot inside to the far post, making it 3-1 Lady Govs.

Three minutes later Chattanooga worked themselves back into the game. Karina Jensen’s header goal was assisted by a McKenzie Gregg corner, making the score now 3-2.

APSU held the ball in the closing minutes to ensure a fifth win of the season.

Lindsey Todd played the full game, making her 3-0-0 on the season.

The Lady Govs will begin Ohio Valley Conference play at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 against the (3-5-1) Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.

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