Freshmen shine bright as Racers Soccer claim the first Missouri Valley Conference win in school history

The freshman duo of Mary Hardy and Sydney Etter played a big part in Murray State’s 3-1 win over Indiana State Thursday at Cutchin Field. The win gives Murray State its first Missouri Valley Conference win in a sport as a newcomer to the league this season.

After conceding a goal against the Sycamores in the ninth minute of the game, the Racers had to dig deep as they continued to fall behind until the 77th minute of the game. A poor defense by the ISU defense sent the ball into their own net for a 1-1 own goal. The Racers took the opportunity to score two more goals in the last four minutes of the game.

After the ball hit the referee, MSU was awarded a drop ball Megan Wilson delivered perfectly to the head Audrey Henry and then driven home by Hardy’s left foot to score the first game-winning goal of her career.

Just two minutes later, the Racers conceded a free-kick that fell at Hardy’s feet again as she fired an excellent shot on goal which was deflected by the Sycamores goaltender and driven into back netting by an Etter attack.

Coach Matt Loge was not only impressed by freshmen Hardy and Etter, but also by their composure and control Tori Schrimp played that day as a midfielder.

Hardy and Shrimpf led the Racers with two shots each, with seven different players having a shot on target.

Murray State put on one of its most effective offensive plays this season, firing 12 shots, nine of which were on target, compared to Indiana State’s eight total shots in the fight.

“Congratulations to the players who wrote their names in the history books by being the first to win a game in the Missouri Valley,” Lodge said. “It takes work to get out of some of the situations we found ourselves in this year and that’s exactly what should happen today.

MSU continues the MVC campaign with another home game Sunday against Illinois-Chicago at 1 p.m



 

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