Skyhawk soccer earns right to host playoff game with tie
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:10 pm
MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin opened Sunday’s match with Austin Peay with a bang by scoring in the ninth minute, but a goal by Austin Peay late in regulation sent the game into two extra periods. Neither team mustered enough offense to score again, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie on Senior Day from Skyhawk Field.
Before the match started, each of the Skyhawks’ six seniors were recognized, as Ashley Angerer, Kristina Goldstine, Sarah Jett, Jody Kiers, Johanna Rathbun and Caitlin Smith all played in their last regular season home match.
With the tie and an Eastern Kentucky 2-0 win at Jacksonville State, the Skyhawks wind up in third place in the final OVC standings. That means they will host an OVC Tournament first round match with sixth seed Tennessee Tech, who they just defeated Friday at Skyhawk Field, 1-0. The first round match will take place at Skyhawk Field on Tuesday with game time set for 1:30 p.m.
The third-place conference finish ties for the highest UT Martin has ever finished in OVC play, as they also finished in third place in 2002 with a 3-2-1 OVC record.
UT Martin (9-4-3, 4-2-2 Ohio Valley Conference) appeared to get a goal by Jody Kiers just 71 seconds into the match, but it was determined that Kiers was offside, and the goal was waved off.
The Skyhawks didn’t wait much longer to get on the scoreboard, as they converted on a corner kick from Kelly Ann Hutchinson to Danielle Rogers just 8:52 into the game to put UT Martin up 1-0 on Rogers’ first goal of her career.
UT Martin ended the first half with a 7-2 shot advantage, and continued the offensive attack in the second half, making Austin Peay’s goalkeeper, Carley Newman, work for every save.
Austin Peay found some offensive momentum late in the match, as APSU’s Rian Barger sent a shot from 30 yards out on the right side that sent UT Martin goalkeeper Johanna Rathbun diving to her left. The ball deflected off the right post and bounced right to a streaking Monique Wong for Austin Peay, who scooted the ball into the open net to tie the game with 4:11 left in regulation.
For the rest of regulation, both teams frantically tried to put the ball in the back of the net, but only one more shot was attempted, a shot that sailed wide left with 38 seconds left by UT Martin’s Danielle deGuzman.
In the first overtime period, Austin Peay attempted two shots. Rathbun saved a shot attempted by APSU’s Jocelyn Murdoch, and an APSU shot by Ashley Beck hit the crossbar with just 53 seconds left.
In double overtime, it was UT Martin who served as the aggressors, as they attempted four shots to Austin Peay’s zero. Melissa Govea, Victoria Taylor and Brooke Robertson all fired shots that sailed wide of the goal. Govea’s second shot of overtime, in the 108th minute, was the last chance either team had to end the match outright, but Newman was there for her 13th save of the match.
UT Martin outshot Austin Peay 22 to eight for the match, as seven Skyhawks (Rathbun, Rogers, Smith, Jamie Furstenberg, Hutchinson, Goldstine) played all 110 minutes.
Robertson nets third game winner of 2008 season
MARTIN, Tenn. — A battle between two of the Ohio Valley Conference top teams went scoreless Friday until the 74th minute, when freshman Brooke Robertson took a feed from Sophie Cox and delivered the game winning goal, propelling the University of Tennessee at Martin past Tennessee Tech, 1-0. With the win, UT Martin improved to 9-4-2 (4-2-1 OVC).
The first half saw UT Martin come out attacking the goal, attempting 10 shots and holding Tennessee Tech without a shot, as the Skyhawks mainly kept the ball on their end of the field for the full 45 minutes.
None of the offensive chances could be converted for the Skyhawks until the 74:02 mark in the second half, when Robertson found the back of the net off a deflection. It was Robertson’s third goal of the season, all of which have been game winners.
“Brooke has consistently improved throughout the season,” UT Martin head coach Craig Roberts said. “She made some tactical adjustments to her game and she was there at the right time.”
Robertson, from Olathe, Kan., also produced game winners in a 4-1 win against SIU Edwardsville and a 1-0 win at Pacific earlier this season.
Tennessee Tech’s offense rebounded to post six shots in the second half, but senior goalkeeper Johanna Rathbun snatched two saves and earned her 10th career shutout, extending her own UT Martin school record for shutouts.
Although UT Martin only tallied one goal, Roberts liked what he saw from his offensive unit, who outshot Tennessee Tech 18 to 6 for the match.
“I thought offensively we looked very, very good,” Roberts said. “We persevered and came through with a goal that was well-deserved.”