Golden Eagles prepare for OVC tournament run

In her first year as head coach of the Golden Eagle soccer team, Becky Fletcher has the team in the OVC tournament, where no current Golden Eagle has been before. Tech will visit UT Martin in the tournament's opening round on Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

The Golden Eagles will need to avenge a 1-0 regular season loss to the Skyhawks if they want to advance to the tournament semi-finals, where Eastern Kentucky awaits the opening round winner. Tech beat EKU 2-1 in the regular season.

Tech finished 2008 with a 3-4-1 OVC record, and earned the sixth seed in the tournament. Murray State won the regular season championship, and hosts the semi-finals and finals, and also has a first-round bye along with EKU.

Murray State will face the winner of Morehead State and Eastern Illinois in the semi-finals, for the right to advance to the OVC championship game.

In three years as an assistant coach at Tech from 1999-2001, Fletcher helped the Golden Eagles to three OVC tournaments, and a NCAA tournament berth in 2000. Tech last went to the OVC tournament in 2003.