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Gamecocks get late goal to top Golden Eagles 3-2

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - The Tennessee Tech soccer team wrapped up its Ohio Valley Conference regular season Friday night at Jacksonville State, as the Golden Eagles fell to the Gamecocks 3-2.

JSU's Amber DeLaney scored the game-winning goal off a penalty kick in the 83rd minute to break a 2-2 tie. It was DeLaney's seventh goal of the season.

The Golden Eagles fell behind 1-0 in the game's seventh minute when Lindsay Boehmler scored off a free kick to put the Gamecocks up 1-0. Tech would even the score later in the first half when Jen Hoffman scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season off an assist from freshman Andrea Meloff in the 28th minute. But JSU had an answer just before halftime as Eli Arthur scored in the 45th minute, putting the Gamecocks up 2-1 at the break.

Taren Brown scored her first goal of the season for the Golden Eagles in the 71st minute to tie the game with a helper from Kris Cambron, but DeLaney's late goal put JSU up for good.

The Gamecocks outshot Tech 12-9, including a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal. Hoffman and Emily Homan had two shots for the Golden Eagles, and Brown, Leigh Heffner, Michelle Decker, Kerri Reid and Lindsey Reed all had one.

Tech goalkeeper Kaitlyn Thacker finished with three saves, while her counterpart Ali Koenig had two.

Tech finishes the OVC season at 3-3-2, and falls to 4-11-3 overall. The Golden Eagles will face Lipscomb in a non-conference matchup on Oct. 27 at Lipscomb before heading to the OVC tournament Nov. 5-8. The OVC tournament will be hosted by the league's regular season champion, with the top six teams earning a bid. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will receive a first-round bye.