FORT MEYERS, Fla. – After a historic match against the Kennesaw Owls last Thursday that led to the first tie-breaking round of penalty kicks to settle the game in program history, the Governors continued their postseason journey against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sunday at the FGCU Soccer Complex’s Pickering Field.
While their final match was a 3-2 loss to FGCU, the game proved to continue a remarkable postseason for the Governors, marking various program records and honors between the Thursday and Sunday games and putting up a tough fight against the Eagles.
Austin Peay started their final postseason match strong, leading 1-0 at the half thanks to a score by junior midfielder Alec Baumgardt and assisted by senior midfielder Tori Case.
Baumgaurdt also led the first half of the game in shots with 2 under her belt. Her point also makes her tied for second on the roster in goals this season with 3 goals and a total of 10 in her career. Baumgardt is now tied for 15th in program history for career goals with another season remaining.
With this assist, alongside an assist in Thursday’s game, Case has now become the sixth Governor to be in the double digits for assists in program history, having had 11 assists in her career.
The Govs also looked strong defensively in the first half, with junior goalie Katie Bahn having 5 saves in the first 45 minutes. This brings Bahn to a total of 109 saves this season to be the fourth-most saves in program history, as well as the third-most in the ASUN Conference.
APSU’s second point came late in the second half during the 82nd minute of the game by freshman forward Alana Owens. This is Owens’ first career goal.
These three also led the team in shots and shots on goals. The Govs’ shots were totaled by the combined efforts of Baumgardt (2 shots, 1 on goal), Owens (1 shot, 1 on goal), Case (1 shot, 1 on goal), sophomore forward Ellie Dreas (1 shot) and junior defender Lindsey McMahon (1 shot).
The ASUN also recognized some Austin Peay athletes for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom. These athletes were Case, McMahon and freshman forward Aniyah Mack.
Case was recognized ASUN’s All Academic Team, McMahon was recognized as part of the Third Team All-ASUN and Mack was recognized on both the Second Team All-ASUN and the ASUN All-Freshman Team.
With these honors and their first ASUN Championship under their belts, the Governors have held a historic soccer season this fall.
Now, their season is concluded as the team returns to Clarksville and prepares for the 2024 season with plans to make more history then.