COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Holding an 0-2 Ohio Valley Conference
record after the opening weekend of league play, Tennessee Tech
returns home to a pair of extremely important matches in the scheme
of the Golden Eagles' postseason hopes.
The path to get back to .500 in conference play is not an easy
one, however, as TTU welcomes Eastern Kentucky (1-0) as well as
defending OVC champion Morehead State (0-1) to Tech Soccer
The Golden Eagles will face the Colonels at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept.
30 before taking on the Eagles at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.
"It's going to be a very, very important weekend," said head
coach Daniel Brizard. "All is not lost, but we do have our backs up
against the wall and we need to dig deep and figure out how to
change some things."
The thing that needs to change, according to Brizard, is that the
Golden Eagles must play more intelligent soccer on the heels of
"This past weekend was rough," Brizard said. "I know we had
higher expectations than what panned out. But we fought the whole
weekend. We gave a full effort. In the end, we just didn't play
smart enough. We've got to figure out how to correct that in the
next three or four days."
-Junior midfielder Kerri Reid became the Golden
Eagles' leading offensive producer this season with her goal
against SIU Edwardsville on Sunday. Reid has a team-high three
goals on the season and six points.
- Becca Toler
ranks 10th nationally in Division I soccer this week in
goalkeeper minutes played. The sophomore from Collierville, Tenn.,
has played 1,108 minutes.
-Senior defender Lindsey Reed continues to be
an ironwoman for Tech. Reed played all 180 minutes this past
weekend and has played every minute of every game this season
— 1,108 total.
In fact, all members of the Golden Eagles' back line have played
more than 1,000 — sophomore defender Taylor Hicks (1,078),
junior defender Julie Thompson (1,098)
and junior defender Leigh Heffner
"Lindsey's doing a great job for us," Brizard said. "If it
weren't for a few issues beyond our control, there's a good chance
every member of our back line would have played every minute of
every game. Lindsey has played one game sick, and she's showed a
lot of determination, a lot of grit."
SCOUTING EASTERN KENTUCKY
-Eastern Kentucky comes into its second OVC match of the season
with a 3-6-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in conference play. The
Colonels are coming off a 1-0 victory over defending league
champion Morehead State on Sept. 23.
-The Colonels and Golden Eagles have one common opponent in UNC
Asheville. Tech defeated UNC-A 4-1 on Aug. 28 while EKU shut out
the Bulldogs 4-0 on Sept. 2.
-The all-time series between Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky
is tied at 3-3. EKU handed the Golden Eagles a close 1-0 defeat in
the last meeting between the two schools on Oct. 3, 2010 in
-The Colonels are scoring 0.90 goals per game compared to Tech's
1.08. EKU is surrendering 1.60 goals per game compared to 1.75 for
the Golden Eagles.
-Freshman forward Devon Saini leads Eastern Kentucky offensively
with three goals on the season. Goalkeeper Annie Wickett has a 1.36
SCOUTING MOREHEAD STATE
-Defending champion and preseason No. 1 pick Morehead State
enters its second weekend of conference play with a 4-4-2 overall
record and an 0-1 mark in the OVC thanks to a 1-0 loss suffered
against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 23. The Eagles travel to
Jacksonville State on Sept. 30 before coming to Cookeville.
-The Eagles and Golden Eagles have played no common
-Tech owns an 8-5-2 advantage over Morehead State in the
all-time series. In the last meeting between the two schools on
Oct. 1, 2010, Morehead defeated the Golden Eagles 2-0 in
-MSU is scoring 1.40 goals per game compared to Tech's 1.08. The
Eagles are also surrendering 1.40 goals per outing compared to 1.75
for the Golden Eagles.
-Senior midfielder Brittany Kiracofe is Morehead State's
offensive leader with three goals and three assists on the season,
totaling nine points. Goalkeeper Katie Blevins has a 1.33