Tech hosts Murray State in "Think Pink" game on
Friday, Austin Peay for Senior Day Sunday
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — After Kris Cambron's
game-winning overtime goal at Jacksonville State on Friday breathed
new life into Tennessee Tech's bid to qualify for the Ohio Valley
Conference tournament, the Golden Eagles hope to keep the momentum
rolling in a crucial two-game homestand this weekend.
With four games remaining in the regular season, the Golden
Eagles need to win at least two to put themselves in position to
qualify for the tournament.
That quest begins Friday, Oct. 14 when Murray State visits Tech
Soccer Field for a 3 p.m. showdown that will also serve as a "Think
Pink" game in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness
The weekend continues with the Golden Eagles hosting Austin Peay
for Senior Day on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.
"Hopefully we can carry our momentum into this weekend," said
head coach Daniel Brizard. "Obviously I'd like to win all four of
the games we have left, but if we can win two of them, we think
we'll have a shot at the conference tournament. …I think the
girls are coming along. I don't think the results justify how well
they actually are playing. A win like (Friday's at JSU) just goes
to solidify the fact that we can actually play."
The Golden Eagles and Gamecocks took a 1-1 deadlock deep into a
second overtime period on Friday before Cambron delivered the
game-winner in the 108th minute on a straight-on strike
from 40 yards out.
"We had the majority of the possession during the game, and we
had some clear opportunities we could have finished besides the one
we did," Brizard said. "Kris just hit a great shot. She had enough
presence to turn around and crack one on frame, and we've been on
the other end of a few of those this year, so it's nice to have one
go our way. I ran onto the field like a screaming schoolgirl. It
was exciting. I want them to be excited, and I think it starts with
On Friday, the team will take donations at the gate as well as
throw out pink T-shirts to the crowd and wear pink wristbands
during the game. All donations will go to support Susan G. Komen
for the Cure.
On Sunday, Tech will honor senior defender Lindsey Reed, a four-year
player for the squad, as well as senior reserve Mary Gray Johnson and
student assistant Krista Kaump.
Admission to all regular-season games is free.
-Kris Cambron's goal against Jacksonville State was Tech's first
overtime game-winner since Cambron delivered a lob shot over the
goalie from 15 yards out in the Golden Eagles' 2-1 win over
Morehead State in the semifinals of the OVC Tournament on Nov. 6,
2009. Like her Friday goal, Cambron also scored that goal in
the 108th minute.
-Cambron and Ellie Iaciofano both
scored goals against Jacksonville State, and together they share
the team lead in points with seven on the season. Cambron has
scored two goals and distributed three assists while Iaciofano has
scored three goals and notched one assist.
Toler ranks eighth in NCAA Division I this week in goalie
minutes played. The sophomore from Collierville, Tenn., has played
1,397 minutes this season, every minute of every match Tech has
played. Senior defender Lindsey Reed has accomplished the same
feat, also notching 1,397 minutes this season.
SCOUTING MURRAY STATE
Murray State comes into Friday's game with a 3-7-2 overall
record and an 0-2-1 mark in OVC play. The Racers stepped out of
conference play this past weekend, scoring a 6-0 victory over
Alabama A&M. In league play, Murray State has tied UT Martin
and lost to Southeast Missouri and Austin Peay.
Tech is 5-6-1 all-time against Murray State with the last
meeting between the two squads resulting in a 3-0 MSU victory in
Murray on Oct. 8, 2010.
The Racers are scoring 1.25 goals per game this season while
surrendering 1.83. Tech is scoring 1.07 goals per game and giving
Murray State is led offensively by Shauna Wicker and Julie
Mooney. Wicker, a sophomore forward/midfielder has scored six goals
this season while Mooney, a freshman forward/midfielder, has scored
five and distributed two assists.
SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY
Austin Peay owns a 7-5 overall record and a 1-2 mark in
conference play and will play at Jacksonville State on Friday
before visiting Cookeville on Sunday. The Governors are coming off
a 2-1 win over Murray State on Oct. 2. Austin Peay has suffered
conference losses to both Southeast Missouri and UT Martin.
Tech is 7-2 all-time against the Governors, with the most recent
meeting between the two schools resulting in a 2-1 victory for APSU
in Cookeville on Oct. 24, 2010. Kerri Reid scored the Golden
Eagles' goal in the game.
The Governors are scoring 3.08 goals per game while giving up
1.17 per outing. Austin Peay is led offensively by Tatiana Ariza,
who ranks fourth in NCAA Division I in goals per game, averaging
2.67 scores per outing. She has 32 points on the season by virtue
of 13 goals and six assists. Ariza, a sophomore forward, played for
Colombia in the 2011 Women's World Cup.