Bring on the OVC action. The Murray State soccer team clinched the 4th spot in the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Championships. Thursday the team will take on 5th seed Morehead State, at Cape Girardeau, MO, for the second time in less than a week.
Unfortunately the last time these two teams met up it did not end well for the Racers who fell 1-0 last Friday.
According to goracers.com “We were pushing the girls to perform, and it was an unfortunate loss with just one goal going in,” head coach Beth Acerman said. “I think both teams played extremely hard and we came out on the wrong end of the result.”
Junior defender Jenelle Cunningham said she is looking forward to the opportunity to play Morehead again.
“There are things we can improve on, but at the end of the day we still made into the tournament,” the Port of Spain, Trinidad native said.
The game against Morehead was also the first time the team played on turf. The up coming games for the Racers will also be played on turf, a advantage to the team.
“The game is fresh in the girls’ memory, we can take that and use it to our advantage,” Acerman said taken from goracers.com. “We’ll be back on turf at SEMO which we’re not completely used to but the girls got a really good taste of what it’s like to play at night under the lights and that’s another bonus for us.”
The OVC tournament play is going to be difficult. The girls need to take their play to another level and remember things they will need to do better from the last game against Morehead Acerman said.
“We’re still a very young team, but as the season has gone on and through OVC play the girls have really matured and are understanding now what it takes to win games,” she said taken from goracers.com. “They’re putting forth the effort but we’ll still be pushing them hard because we know that the OVC Tournament is a whole different type of ballgame.”
Whoever wins Thursday’s game will move on to play topseed Southwest Missouri at 7 p.m. November 4.