UTM SOCCER CHESS MATCH IN LITTLE ROCK ENDS UNSOLVED WITH 0-0 FINISH
LITTLE ROCK, Arche. – After 110 minutes of nearly identical statistical production on both sides, the University of Tennessee’s recall performance at Martin on the heels of a season-opening shutout ended with the same defensive granularity but an inability to hammering the ball into the back of the net, leading to a scoreless tie with the Little Rock Trojans on the road Sunday afternoon.
In a constant one-upmanship game between two teams who had each won their respective season opener 72 hours earlier by combined scores of 5-0, the Skyhawks have given themselves 11 shooting opportunities against their non-conference foe while giving up exactly the same number. , but could not translate a quadruple characteristic of corners during the second overtime period to end the contest in a deadlock.
Trotting towards the locker room with the score still deadlocked at zero for the second half in a row, UT Martin narrowly edged Les Troyens in the shooting department at 4-3 in the 1st frame before sitting across the room for the remaining 45 minutes of regulation at 7-6. Overall a real freshman Hannah zahn paved the way for his second career start with four attempts at the net, followed by two attempts to Emely van der Vliet and Makayla robinson, the latter giving UTM their first goal of the new season last Thursday against Southern Illinois.
Fatigue began to set in amid the heat of the afternoon and the extended length of the game, resulting in just one shot from both sides during the 10-minute overtime segments. Graduated midfielder Bella roberts, who had just been substituted in the scrum moments earlier, gave the Skyhawks a golden opportunity with 10 seconds left in first overtime, pushing what turned out to be the team’s last shot. daytime. Alas, the boot fell off the post to keep the tied score at zero where it stayed until the final horn.
In what becomes a theme for the head coach Phil mcnamaraSkyhawks unit at the start of the calendar, the Skyhawks’ four full-backs continued their superb defensive efforts thanks to the play of Kamryn chappell, Maria castaldo, Catey chase, and Parker Gelinas. In addition, the keeper Erica Myers maintained his perfect record in the first 200 minutes of the regular season, denying the opposition a goal for the second straight outing and 19e times during his five-year tenure.
Little Rock goalie Saskia Wagner tied Myers in the back line by also playing every minute of the marathon in double overtime where the two players combined for a total of nine saves. With Myers’ starting role and lockdown performances, the graduate is now tied for 2sd place in school history with 66 appearances in the net, now only needing three more shutouts to climb to the top of the UTM record books in this category.
Karina De Paoli and Bergros Asgeirsdottir synchronized for five of the Trojans’ home stretch attempts, the former responsible for LR’s last effort in the 108e minute that was deflected on its way to the net. UT Martin dodged a major ball near the end of settlement when three consecutive Little Rock rifles failed to connect all in the span of 24 seconds, before the Skyhawks met their own chance to deliver the golden goal. on Roberts’ attempt in the dying moments of the first overtime hour.
A pair of corner kick contingencies gave the UTM another crucial chance to end in a win instead of a tie decision, although no formation has resulted in a successful score of 17. seconds apart in the 107e minute.
Dating back to the program’s inception in 1998, the Skyhawks have now ended a regular-season affair against the Trojans in a tie for the third time in 10 total games. Coincidentally, all three occasions were scoreless conclusions, including the last time the two schools met in 2019 to push the all-time series record to 4-3-3 in favor of UT Martin. .
The Skyhawks test drive is just getting started with 25% of the non-conference program on the books, preparing for a long stay in Hoosier state next week to fight Indiana on Thursday, August 26.e before facing the State of Indiana three days later. After winning a season opener W 1-0 against Valparaiso last week, IU met the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday as the forerunner of the game against UT Martin. The Skyhawks will seek revenge for a 2-1 loss, the only other time the two schools crossed paths two years ago, with the first touch starting around 6:00 p.m.