OVC women’s soccer teams getting deeper into season


Adam Tumino | The Daily Eastern News

Eastern defender Eva Munoz pushes by an Illinois Springfield player in a match Aug. 22 at Lakeside Field. Eastern won the match 3-0.

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor

Two weeks of action are now in the books for the women’s soccer teams of the OVC.

All teams have played multiple matches now with most of the conference having played four times in nonconference competition after playing only conference matches last season.

Murray State, last season’s conference champion, has gotten off to the best start so far this season as well. 

The Racers are 2-1, winning back-to-back home matches against Missouri State and Louisiana Tech to open the season. They then lost 2-1 to Xavier on the road. 

Murray State leads the OVC so far with 10 goals, this despite playing just three matches while seven other teams have played four. Most of the goals were scored in the opener against Missouri State, which ended in a 6-1 score. 

Tennessee-Martin also opened the season with a win at home, beating Southern Illinois 2-0. The Skyhawks then recorded a 0-0 tie against Little Rock and a 1-0 loss against Indiana before beating Indiana State 2-1. 

Tennessee-Martin has allowed just two goals this season, the fewest in the OVC to this point. 

Southeast Missouri is the only other OVC team with multiple wins this season. The Redhawks are 2-2. 

They opened the season with a 4-0 loss to Memphis, who received votes in the latest NCAA Rankings but fell short of the top 25. 

Southeast Missouri then won a pair of home matches, beating Maryville 4-1 and Missouri-St. Louis 1-0, before traveling to play Mississippi State and losing 1-0. 

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville has played the fewest matches in the OVC this season, two, after having its opener against Chicago State canceled. 

The Cougars instead had their opener on the road against Loyola Chicago, losing 3-0, before returning home and beating Kansas City 2-1. 

Eastern and Morehead State are 1-2-1 to start the season, both having their lone win being shutouts at home. 

Eastern lost its opener to Indiana State 3-1 before bouncing back and beating Illinois Springfield 3-0 three days later, also at home. They then went on the road and tied 0-0 against Purdue Fort Wayne and losing 5-0 to Wisconsin. 

Morehead State got its win in the opener, beating North Alabama 2-0. A two-match losing streak followed, consisting of a 3-1 loss to Purdue Fort Wayne on the road and a 1-0 home loss to Evansville. In their most recent match, the Eagles tied 1-1 against Marshall. 

Beginning the season with records of 1-3 are Belmont and Tennessee Tech. 

Belmont has suffered all three of its losses on the road by a combined score of 9-0. The Bruins did manage to beat Chattanooga 2-1 at home in Nashville in their third match of the season.

Tennessee Tech lost its opener 1-0 against Vanderbilt before winning a home match against Liberty 1-0. 

Following that win was a 6-0 loss against No. 22 Tennessee at home and a 1-0 loss to Chattanooga. 

The only winless team in the OVC is Austin Peay, which has yet to score a goal in its four matches this season. The Governors have also allowed 11 goals, the most in the OVC, with losses coming against Western Kentucky, Lipscomb, Kansas State and Miami.

Individually, Murray State’s Abby Jones leads the conference in points (7) and goals (3), despite only playing in two matches. 

Eastern midfielder Nicoletta Anuci is tied for second in the OVC with her 2 goals and 5 points. 

Eastern goalkeeper Faith Davies leads the conference in saves (31), saves per game (7.75) and shutouts (2) while ranking second with a .795 save percentage. 


Adam Tumino can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]