COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Tech will play its
seventh-consecutive game away from home at Middle Tennessee State
on Friday before finally returning to Tech Soccer Field to host
Lipscomb on Sunday.
The pair of matches mark the Golden Eagles’ final
non-conference games of the season before opening up OVC play next
After getting off to a 2-2-1 start, Tech has dropped three
consecutive matches and is looking to get back on the winning track
against two in-state rivals beginning Friday in Murfreesboro.
“We need to play with some heart,” says second-year
head coach Daniel Brizard. “We need to dig deep and play for
each other. We have the skill, we have the knowledge and the
tactical ability, we just give up too easily. When the going gets
tough, we have tended to fold.”
The Golden Eagles returned from their longest road trip of the
season this past weekend, where they took Longwood to overtime on
Friday before falling 2-1. On Sunday, Radford got the best of Tech
by a 3-1 score.
Brizard doesn’t expect things to get any easier against
Middle Tennessee and Lipscomb.
“They’re going to be two good teams,” he said.
“These might as well be conference games. Middle Tennessee
has played some big-time teams and lost by narrow margins. Lipscomb
is going in the right direction, and they’re fighting and
battling. But we can’t worry about the other team right now.
It’s ourselves beating ourselves.
NEWS AND NOTES:
- Tennessee Tech continues to spread the wealth offensively this
season. No player has scored more than two goals while seven
different Golden Eagles have scored at least one.
- Senior defender Lindsey Reed and sophomore goalkeeper Becca
Toler have yet to sit out during a game this season. Reed and Toler
have each played non-stop for Tech, notching 749 minutes
- Four Golden Eagles have accumulated a team-leading four points
this season: Jacquie Watkins, Sarah Gawthrop and Kerri Reid. Each
player has scored two goals.
SCOUTING MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
-En route to accumulating a 2-5 record, Middle Tennessee has
played and lost to three Southeastern Conference squads. The Blue
Raiders have faced two OVC opponents, defeating Jacksonville State
1-0 in overtime on Aug. 21 and beating UT Martin 1-0 on Sept.
-Tech holds a 2-11 all-time record against Middle Tennessee. The
Blue Raiders won 2-1 in double overtime in the last meeting between
the two schools on Aug. 29, 2010 in Murfreesboro. Kerri Reid scored
an unassisted goal for Tech in the game.
-MTSU is averaging 1.29 goals per game while opponents are
scoring an average of 2.14 against the Blue Raiders.
-Offensively, Middle Tennessee is led by Whitney Jorgenson, who
has accumulated five points on the season, scoring two goals and
distributing one assist. At goalkeeper, Rebecca Cushing has started
six of the Blue Raiders’ seven games and has a goals-allowed
average of 1.95. She has collected 19 saves and has a .633 save
-Lipscomb is 2-4-1 overall and is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss
at Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. The Bison play host to
Austin Peay on Thursday before coming to Cookeville on Sunday.
-Tennessee Tech and Lipscomb have one common opponent in
Chattanooga. The Golden Eagles fell to the Mocs 2-1 in the
season-opener on Aug. 19 while the Bison dropped a 2-0 decision to
Chattanooga on Sept. 2. Lipscomb has faced one OVC opponent,
defeating UT Martin 1-0 on Aug. 28.
-Tech has never lost to Lipscomb in five games. Not only are the
Golden Eagles a perfect 5-0, they have outscored the Bison 14-0 in
those meetings. TTU took a 2-0 victory in the two schools’
most recent meeting on Oct. 29, 2008 in Cookeville.
-Lipscomb has scored an average of 1.14 goals per game this
season and has surrendered an average of 1.29.
-Meghan McGuire leads the Bison offensively, having scored four
goals in 2011 and accumulated eight points. Goalkeeper Erin Zerio
has 33 saves to nine goals allowed.
-Tech sophomore midfielder Jessica Wilson will be squaring off
against a high school teammate on Sunday, facing Lipscomb freshman
Ariel Vinson. Both played at Cookeville High School.