The OVC women’s soccer teams rush into the season – The Daily Eastern News
For the women’s soccer teams of the OVC there are now two weeks of action.
All teams have now played multiple games, with the majority of the conference playing four times in non-conference competitions, having played conference games only last season.
Murray State, last season’s conference champion, has made the best start so far this season.
The Racers stand 2-1 and win consecutive home games against Missouri State and Louisiana Tech to open the season. They then lost 2-1 to Xavier on the road.
Murray State has led the OVC so far by 10 goals despite having only played three games while seven other teams have played four. Most of the goals were scored in the opening game against Missouri State, which ended 6-1.
Tennessee-Martin also opened the season with a home win over Southern Illinois 2-0. The Skyhawks then drew 0-0 against Little Rock and lost 1-0 to Indiana before beating Indiana State 2-1.
Tennessee-Martin has only allowed two goals this season, the fewest in the OVC so far.
Southeast Missouri is the only other OVC team to have multiple wins this season. The Redhawks are 2-2.
They opened the season with a 4-0 loss to Memphis, which received votes in the latest NCAA rankings but remained in the top 25.
Southeast Missouri then won two home games, defeating Maryville 4-1 and Missouri-St. Louis 1-0 before traveling to Mississippi State and losing 1-0.
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville has played the fewest games in the OVC this season, two after the opening game against Chicago State was canceled.
The Cougars instead began against Loyola Chicago and lost 3-0 before returning home and beating Kansas City 2-1.
Eastern and Morehead State are 1-2-1 early in the season, both having their only home win.
Eastern lost their opener 3-1 to Indiana State before defeating Illinois Springfield 3-0 three days later, also at home. They then took to the streets and tied 0-0 against Purdue Fort Wayne and lost 5-0 against Wisconsin.
Morehead State won 2-0 against North Alabama. This was followed by a losing streak of two games, consisting of a 3-1 loss to Purdue Fort Wayne on the road and a 1-0 home loss to Evansville. In their last game, the Eagles drew 1-1 with Marshall.
Starting the season with records of 1-3 are Belmont and Tennessee Tech.
Belmont has taken all three losses on the road with an aggregate of 9-0. The Bruins managed to beat Chattanooga 2-1 at home in Nashville in the third game of the season.
Tennessee Tech lost their opener 1-0 to Vanderbilt before beating Liberty 1-0 at home.
After that win there was a 6-0 loss to No. 22 Tennessee at home and a 1-0 loss to Chattanooga.
The only winless team in the OVC is Austin Peay, who have not scored a goal in their four games this season. The governors also allowed 11 goals, most in the OVC, with losses to Western Kentucky, Lipscomb, Kansas State and Miami.
Individually, Murray State’s Abby Jones leads the conference on points (7) and goals (3), despite having only played two games.
East midfielder Nicoletta Anuci is in second place in the OVC with her 2 goals and 5 points.
Eastern goalkeeper Faith Davies leads the conference with saves (31), saves per game (7.75) and shutouts (2), while he comes in second with a save percentage of 0.795.
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