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Lady Govs open OVC play with loss

The womens soccer team opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a loss against Eastern Illinois, 2-0, Friday night. The Lady Govs outshot the Panthers, 7-6, in the first period, but allowed 13 shots in the second period as well as both goals. The loss ends the Lady Govs three-match home-winning streak.

The Lady Govs attempted to make every shot count in the first period, putting Panther goalkeeper Tiffany Groene to work with five early saves. Eastern Illinois managed only six shots, with two on goal in the period.
The women's soccer team opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a loss against Eastern Illinois, 2-0, Friday night. The Lady Govs outshot the Panthers, 7-6, in the first period, but allowed 13 shots in the second period as well as both goals. The loss ends the Lady Govs' three-match home-winning streak.

The Lady Govs attempted to make every shot count in the first period, putting Panther goalkeeper Tiffany Groene to work with five early saves. Eastern Illinois managed only six shots, with two on goal in the period.

Austin Peay simply ran out of gas in the second period. In the 57th minute, Eastern Illinois' Audra Frericks found the back of the net off a cross from Michelle Steinhaus. Steinhaus wasn't finished, as she also scored in the 79th minute, picking up a deflected ball 15 yards out. Frericks managed to get three of four shots on goal, including the score, while Steinhaus picked up a goal and an assist on the night.

“We played an excellent first half, the best I've seen all season,” says Austin Peay Head Coach Kelley Poole Guth. “The second half had its ups and downs, but Eastern Illinois held on to the upper hand. We were competitive, and now we're looking forward to Southeast Missouri on Sunday.”

Austin Peay will have an opportunity to even its OVC mark, hosting Southeast Missouri at 2 p.m., Sunday, at Heritage Park.
—Cody Bush