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Golden Eagles fall to Longwood in non-conference action

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Tech soccer team hosted Longwood University Thursday afternoon, but couldn't find the net, falling to the Lancers 2-0.

Tech had a total of six shots in the match, but only one on goal as Longwood goalkeeper Marcia Biddle posted the shutout.

Junior Jen Hoffman, the Ohio Valley Conference's reigning Offensive Player of the Week led Tech with two shots. Taren Brown had Tech's only shot on goal. Michelle Decker, Sarah Gawthrop and Krista Kaump also had one shot on the afternoon.

Tech goalkeeper Kaitlyn Thacker finished with five saves, as Longwood had 15 total shots, and seven on goal.

Longwood got on the scoreboard in the first half when Dylan Spicker scored off an assist from Claire Hundley in the 32nd minute. The Lancers got their second goal from Kaylyn Mahon in the 65th minute, with an assist from Kayla Huggins.

Mahon led the Lancers with three total shots, Spicker, Nikki Glisson, Kacie Oliver and Tia Nardella each had two.

The Golden Eagles fall to 3-9-2 on the season, and are 2-1-1 in OVC play, while the Lancers improve to 8-5. Longwood is a Division I independent.

The Golden Eagles will return to action Sunday when they host in-state rival Austin Peay in an OVC match-up. That game will be Tech's final home game of the 2009 season, and senior Brittany Rogers will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony before the game. The match starts at 2 p.m. and admission is free.

Tech will play its final four matches of the season on the road, including three road conference matches. Next weekend the Golden Eagles will travel to Eastern Illinois for a game on Oct. 16, before heading to Southeast Missouri on Oct. 18. Tech will visit Jacksonville State on Oct. 23 and Lipscomb in a non-conference match on Oct. 27 to wrap up the regular season. The OVC tournament is Nov. 3-8, and will be hosted by the league's No. 1 seed.