COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With the Tennessee Tech soccer team
locked up in the heart of the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference schedule,
the Golden Eagles return home for a pair of matchups this weekend.
TTU (3-8-0, 1-1-0) will play host to Austin Peay on Friday at 3
p.m. CDT, before closing out the weekend with a clash against
Murray State on Sunday at 2 p.m. CDT.
The two home matches will begin a stretch of five of the next
seven at Tech Soccer Field, after the Golden Eagles spent seven of
the last eight matches away from Cookeville.
“It’s nice to be playing at home and it’s
definitely nice for our team, but in the end we have to win no
matter where we are playing,” fourth-year head coach Daniel
Brizard said on his team suiting up in front of the Tech
The Golden Eagles enter the weekend tied for sixth in the
conference, after coming away with a split to kick off OVC play
last weekend. Tech marched into SIU Edwardsville on Friday, and
with a 1-0 victory, snapped the Cougars' impressive run of eight
straight matches without a loss, spanning all the way back to the
team’s first affair way back on Aug. 23.
Senior Shannon Rountree accounted for the tilt’s lone
goal, and with 10 saves by sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Brown, the
League City, Texas native notched her fifth career shutout in TTU
purple and gold.
Sunday’s battle at Eastern Illinois featured a Panther
spurt of three late first half goals in a stretch of just two
minutes, as the Golden Eagles eventually fell, 4-2.
“We really saw both sides of the coin this past
weekend,” Brizard said on his squad’s first OVC week of
action. “On Friday we learned that we can beat any team we
play against, and then on Sunday I believe we learned that
sometimes we take too much for granted after going up 1-0 in that
Austin Peay (6-1-2, 1-0-1) brings a prolific offensive attack
into Friday afternoon’s match, as the Governors currently
lead the OVC in goals with 18, despite playing two less matches
than five other teams in the conference. APSU is led by the dynamic
goal scoring duo of senior Tatiana Ariza and freshman Gina Farbro,
as Ariza sits atop the OVC with eight goals and 18 points, and
Farbro is tied for fourth in the conference with five goals and
tied for fifth with 10 points.
Ariza was also responsible for scoring both goals in last
year’s matchup with these two clubs, leading Austin Peay to a
2-0 home victory on Oct. 19.
“She’s definitely a quality player,” Brizard
said when asked about Ariza. “Austin Peay has a number of
quality players but they are no different than some of the other
teams we have played. We still have to take care of what we do and
try to shut them down.”
Tech leads the all-time series with the Governors 8-3-0, but
APSU has gotten the better of the Golden Eagles in two of the last
As far as Murray State (3-5-1, 0-2-0) is concerned, the Racers
are one of two teams in the OVC to drop both of its first two
conference matches, joining Jacksonville State in that department.
MSU lost twice at home last weekend, falling 1-0 to Southeast
Missouri on Friday, and 2-1 to UT Martin on Sunday.
The Racers will square off at Belmont on Friday at 5 p.m. CDT in
preparation for Sunday’s affair with Tech.
Sunday will mark the 16th time the two teams will
meet, and so far nothing has been decided with an all-time series
record of 7-7-1. The Golden Eagles evened things up last time the
two squads got together, as Tech earned a hard fought 2-1 road win
on Oct. 21 of last year. Senior Ellie Iaciofano had two assists in
the match, while sophomore Jordan Brown recorded five saves in the
This year Iaciofano is currently tied with Murray State senior
Rebecca Bjorkvall with a conference-leading four assists. Brown is
number one in the OVC with 76 saves, a mark that puts her sixth in
Both matches will be live streamed on the OVC Digital Network
presented and produced by the Golden Eagles Sports Network. Click here to watch.