Tech soccer blanks Lipscomb in regular season finale

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech soccer team won its final regular season game Wednesday, topping Lipscomb 2-0 at Tech Soccer Field.

Redshirt freshman Lia DiGrappa scored her first goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner, off an assist from Kristin Hennek and Taren Brown in the first half.

Ashley Smith sealed the game for Tech with a late second-half goal, her team-leading sixth of the year, with help from Katie Hoover.

"Scoring two goals today was definitely a positive thing for us," coach Becky Fletcher said.

Freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Thacker made five saves in the shutout effort, her third shutout of the season. In five all-time meetings between the two schools, Tech has never given up a goal to Lipscomb. Tech finishes the 2008 regular season with a 5-13-1 overall record.

The Golden Eagles now look ahead to the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, when they travel to face UT Martin in the opening round on Nov. 4.

"It's really nice to get a win going into the tournament," Fletcher said. "It's going to be a fight against Martin. It's your whole season in one game."

The winner of the opening round game will advance to Murray, Ky., for the conference semi-finals, and face Eastern Kentucky. In regular season OVC play this year, Tech lost to UTM and beat EKU.