» By ANTHONY SHINGLER – ashingler@my.apsu.edu

The APSU Lady Govs began the season’s longest road trip with the Port City Classic in Mobile Ala. splitting the two games in the tournament.

The Lady Govs (5-2) played a rematch Friday, Sept. 9, against Troy, and avenged last season’s first lost 2-1. The Lady Govs offense was on display blasting 18 shots to Troy’s 11, while firing 12 total shots in the previous two games before the win over Troy.

Tatiana Ariza led the Lady Govs with five shots, while Emily Perkins and Morgan Zigelsky had three shots each. “Troy is a good team and very controlled with the ball,” Kelley Guth said in a Sports Information Press Release.

“They play possession soccer. It came down to us creating opportunities. This is an exciting win for us after what happened against Troy last year.”

Ariza got the Lady Govs on the board first, blasting a shot into the net for her 10th goal of the season in the 23rd minute off a touch pass from Morgan Zigelsky. Haylee Shoaff saved three Troy shots on goal, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.

The second-half opened with an offensive explosion from Troy, but Andy Quiceno defensive stop in the midfield sparked a Lady Gov counter attack with a pass to Emily Perkins.

Perkins then found herself in a one-on-one situation with the Trojan goal keeper and finished off the attack with her sixth goal of the season in the 57th minute for a 2-0 lead.

Troy got on the board in the 89th minute cutting the Lady Gov lead 2-1.

“This was the most consistent we played all season,” Guth said. “Perkins did a great job today being our target. She held the ball well and helped us maintain tempo.”

The Lady Govs played the second game in the Port City Classic Sunday dropping their second game of the 2011 campaign 2-1.

The Lady Govs opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when Jocelyn Murdoch blasted a header into the net for the early lead.

The corner kick was set up by a shot from Ariza that sent Emily Kink to the corner kicker.

South Alabama equalized the game in the 35th minute on a shot that ricocheted off the post past. Haylee Shoaff tying the score at 1-1 heading into halftime.

It was a pretty even match I thought,” Guth said. “It went back and forth several times. We scored first and then they countered off a defensive breakdown. They got in again in the second half. Our defense just didn’t do what they needed to do today.”

With the score still tied 1-1 heading into the dying minutes of the match South Alabama pushed the field with a quick throw in that found Brandi Smith for the game winner in the 82nd minute.

Haylee Shoaff made seven saves in goal against South Alabama. Ariza, Murdoch and Perkins were each All-Tournament Selections.

The Lady Govs return to action in the second half of their road trip Thursday, Sept. 15, at Lipscomb University.
They will then travel Sunday, Sept. 18, to Cincinnati to face off against Xavier University Musketeers. TAS