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Lady Govs soccer places three on All-OVC second team

Austin Peays womens soccer team ended its third season falling short of its first tournament berth–finishing 8-9-2 overall, 1-6-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

However, smiles were all around when three Lady Govs–senior Erin Mitchell, junior Sarah Broadbent and sophomore Adonia Bivins–were selected to the second-team All-OVC.
Austin Peay's women's soccer team ended its third season falling short of its first tournament berth—finishing 8-9-2 overall, 1-6-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

However, smiles were all around when three Lady Govs—senior Erin Mitchell, junior Sarah Broadbent and sophomore Adonia Bivins—were selected to the second-team All-OVC.

Mitchell, a midfielder from Bellaire Bluffs, Fla., has been around since the inception of the Lady Govs soccer program. As a senior, she was selected a tri-captain and proved productive for the Lady Govs. This season, Mitchell led Austin Peay and was tied for third in the conference with five assists. Her 11 points were 10th in the conference and second for the Lady Govs. In conference play, Mitchell posted two goals and three assists, accounting for the majority of the Lady Govs offense, which produced only five goals and three assists. Mitchell's 19 career points (five goals, nine assists) are first in the Lady Govs record books, with her nine assist also tops.

Broadbent, a goalkeeper from Brandenburg, Ky., started 17 games for the Lady Govs in the net, missing two games due to a hand injury midway through the season. She totaled 1,540 minutes in the net, allowing only 15 goals with a goals-against-average of only 0.88, second-best in the OVC. Broadbent boasted a .854 save percentage, also second in the conference, as well as leading the OVC with 88 saves (5.18 svpg). During conference action, Broadbent posted a second-best 43 saves (6.14 svpg).

A sophomore forward from Knoxville, Bivins is a proven leader, also being named a Lady Govs tri-captain. Her 61 shots (3.21 spg) ranked third in the conference and first for Austin Peay. Bivins tied for eighth with 18 shots in conference play, with a ninth-ranked 2.25 spg. In two years with the Lady Govs, Bivins is ranked first in the record books in shots attempted (114), shots per game (3.00), shots on goal (44) and shots on goal per game (1.16).

“I am very excited for our girls,” says Head Coach Kelley Poole Guth. “I'm glad to see that the other coaches in the conference recognized the ability on this team.”
—Cody Bush