Newest OVC member SIU-E downs Tech in OT

COOKEVILLE, Tenn.-- The Tennessee Tech soccer team dropped a heart-breaker for the seconds straight time, falling to Southern Illinois Edwardsville 1-0 in overtime on Thursday.

The Golden Eagles (1-9-0) battled to a scoreless regulation, forcing overtime for the first time this season. It appeared the game was headed to double-overtime, as the overtime clock ran down, but the Cougars (4-3-0) netted the game-winning goal with eight seconds left on the clock. It was the third time this season a Tech soccer game was decided in the final minute, with the Golden Eagles topping Appalachian State with 15 seconds remaining, and falling to UNC Asheville with 40 seconds on the clock earlier this year.

"This game was a measuring stick for our girls, but losing with eight seconds left hurts," coach Becky Fletcher said. "SIU-E is a very successful program and will be joining our conference next year. They've beaten some of the top teams in our conference coming into this game."

The Golden Eagles finished with four shots, all coming from sophomore Michelle Decker.

"I'm very proud of our effort and that we forced them into overtime," Fletcher said. "We've been training really hard trying to get ready. We are coming up, the girls attitudes are great, and we're going to turn the corner."

Tech stays at home this weekend when it hosts Jacksonville State in the conference opener Sunday.

"We have a new season starting Sunday. We're going to have to continue to battle for the entire game," Fletcher said. "We've had a really tough non-conference schedule and I believe it's going to help us tremendously in conference play."

The match against Jacksonville State kicks off at 1 p.m. Tech wraps-up its four-game home-stand on Oct. 3 against Eastern Kentucky. Admission to all Tech home soccer matches is free.