MARTIN, Tennessee – In the closing moments of the University of Tennessee football team’s Ohio Valley conference tournament semi-final duel at Martin on Friday night, it looked like there would be a case of deja vu with Tennessee. Tech, seeded fifth, in that an overtime period (or two) was imminent. After all, that was the case when these two schools went down on October 7.e in the regular season, a game TTU stole in the 109e-minute for a major upheaval at Skyhawk Field.
However, the Golden Eagles ignored rocket power. Emely van der Vliet’s right foot.
Receive a quick feed from the midfielder Brooke Kala, the second-year forward fired a missile over 30 yards that connected at 83:36 to give the Skyhawks a breathtaking 1-0 victory and a sweet measure of revenge with a championship spot OVC to start.
Picking up where they left off from their previous meeting almost a month earlier, the state’s two rivals fought for an almost equal result until van der Vliet single-handedly resolved the deadlock. scoreless with six minutes remaining. Kala and Jaden hildreth each nearly provided the tiebreaker themselves in the moments leading up to the eventual game winner, helping the Skyhawks take a 14-10 advantage in shooting attempts when all is said and done.
While UT Martin’s attack needed a boost in the final minutes of settlement, the much-vaunted Navy and Orange rear line continued their fierce reputation by throwing another shutout, the sixth on this occasion in 2021 holding the other side scoreless. for 90 minutes.
Yao Giada Zhou, Gabby Garcia and Meredith Nye were all denied Tennessee Tech’s last three looks on the net in desperate fashion after the UTM 27.e fall goal, increase in graduate guardians Erica Myers’ count to four for the day and 59 for the semester. The 1-0 thriller marks the No. 41 victory for the Ohioan over its five-year tenure, two to tie the school’s record in that category.
Van der Vliet, Kala, Makayla robinson, and Maria castaldo totaled for 10 shooting tries on Friday, while the all-new OVC Defender of the Year Kamryn chappell and conference First year student of the year Parker Gelinas each proved why they got such accolades with a huge role in the Skyhawks’ preemptive efforts to give the Golden Eagles their first official loss since September 30.e.
Chloe Smith, the TTU forward responsible for the double-overtime victory in October, finished the semifinal of the conference tournament with a pair of shots, as did Bailey Taylor and Giada Zhou. Dating back to two games and a few changes, the Skyhawks haven’t allowed any goals in the last 195 minutes, dropping their league-best GAA even more to 0.88 in the process.
Golden Eagles starting goalie – Isabelle Austin – had her work cut out for her and more, up to the challenge deflecting eight UTM shot attempts. In the end, however, all that mattered was van der Vliet’s Eleventh Hour Cannon that sealed the deal.
Succeeding in taking revenge on one of the hottest teams in the conference while simultaneously advancing to the OVC title fight in two days, the Skyhawks will face the team that finished the regular season cut in the same record as them, The number 2 seed SIUE in a win-win war for the trophy.
Deadlocked for first place in the league standings after a 1-0 UTM win in Edwardsville on October 10e – coincidentally the very next game after Tennessee Tech’s initial home loss – the Cougars simply outscored 7eSeeded from Southeast Missouri in the other semi-final fight Friday night, wiping out the Redhawks in the shooting department 30-3 on a 3-0 beating.
All in all, SIUE topped their opposition by a ridiculous 16-1 margin over a five-game winning streak, setting the stage for a mammoth battle at the end of the weekend with a move to the NCAA tournament in play.
Closing last season’s abridged spring campaign with a 2-0 loss to the Cougars in the conference semifinals, Skyhawks and head coach Phil mcnamara will aim for another dose of ROI in the biggest game of the year at 2:00 p.m. CT in 48 hours.
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