APSU soccer (6-3-1, 2-1-1 Ohio Valley Conference) recorded their second win in conference behind two second half goals. The Govs defense shined with their fifth shutout of the season.
Eastern Illinois (5-5-1, 0-3 OVC) was held to one shot on goal for the night. Sophomore keeper Mary Parker Powell’s efforts created four consecutive goalless games.
The Govs came close to opening scoring in the 43rd minute when senior Sophia Fabbro close-range-header forced a super save out of EIU’s Sara Teteak.
The goal scoring began 58 minutes when sophomore Shelby Stewart took the ball at about the midfield line, dribbled down the left flank and cut inside for the finish.
“I had a lot of space,” said Stewart. “I knew I had it, so I took it down the field and took the shot.”
Kirstin Robertson found the net in the 81st minute for her ninth finish of the season. Robertson’s goal came on a follow-up on a loose ball.
“I was in the right place, and I just executed,” said Robertson. “We have several players on the team contributing. We have a good offense and that takes pressure off.”
Robertson’s score secured the win for the Govs.
“Points are hard to come by [in this league],” said Head Coach Kelley Guth, “I was really proud of the girlss’ efforts this weekend.”
Throughout the game, APSU’s depth played a part through the heat and injuries.
In the 15th minute redshirt-junior, Morgan Jackson was subbed out with an injury. Jackson did not return to the sideline.
The Govs used a total of 17 players to earn their second conference win.
“It is huge when players can step up,” said Guth,”when conditions are tough it is huge for our team. It made a difference in putting the game away.”
The Govs will take the field next against Jacksonville State on the road on Friday, Sept. 29.