Soccer hosts Eastern Kentucky, visits Morehead State this weekend

The Tennessee Tech soccer team plays its fourth consecutive home game when conference foe Eastern Kentucky visits Cookeville on Friday, at 4 p.m.

The Golden Eagles (1-9-1, 0-0-1) are coming off a 2-2 tie in the conference opener on Sept. 28 against Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks took a 2-1 lead with about seven minutes to play. Tech responded by playing its best soccer of the year, with a new level of intensity. Their effort paid off, as sophomore Ashley Smith tied the game with under a minute to play, and gave Tech a chance to win with four shots in overtime.

"Once we see that level, nothing else is acceptable. We expect them to play with that sense of urgency, that sense of competitiveness," coach Becky Fletcher said. "They scrapped, and tackled, and just played at a whole new level."

Eastern Kentucky comes in with a 4-6 record overall, and is 0-1 in OVC play. The Golden Eagles wrap up the weekend on the road, their first trip since Sept. 17, when they face OVC opponent Morehead State (4-6, 1-0) on Oct. 5. The match against Morehead State can be viewed live online. Visit OVCsports.tv for information on single-game or season subscriptions.

"The girls have seen how close the conference is to this point," Fletcher said. "They've seen that when they work hard, they can compete, and that's exciting to them."