Murray State soccer earned its first win behind Veronika Pribyslavsk’s hat trick performance Friday afternoon.
Pribyslavsk, senior defender, put the Racers (1-5-0) on the board first in the 6th minute off junior midfielder Shauna Wicker’s pass for her first of the game. Pribyslavsk put away her second goal of the game in the 78th minute and finished off the 9th hat trick in Murray State soccer history.
“It feels good to score the hat trick,” Pribyslavsk said. “It wasn’t my very first one of my soccer career but it was my first here at Murray State.”
Murray State played strong defense in the first 45 minutes; not giving up a single shot and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Wicker headed her first goal of the season into the back of the net two minutes into the second half off a corner kick from freshman forward Jenna Finke.
Freshman Forward Megg Hudson would add to the lead with her second goal of the season in the 60th minute, sophomore midfielder Teryn Wright assisted on the goal.
Head Coach Beth Acreman said it was a great way to earn the first win of the season.
“Obviously for us it’s something we’ve been fighting for since the beginning of the season,” Acreman said. “We’re happy to see a lot of the young ones score goals and then obviously one of our seniors scoring a hat trick.”
The Racers didn’t just perform offensively but they played aggressive defense only allowing one shot the entire game.
Freshman goalkeeper Latisha Stevenson earned her first win and shut out in her first game as starter. Sophomore forward and 2011 All-OVC pick Julie Mooney made her first start of the season after returning from a knee injury.
Murray State finishes up non-conference contests Sunday against Southern Alabama. Kick off is 1 p.m. at Cutchin Field.
Story by Nick Dolan, Staff writer