Women’s soccer loses, gears up for OVC season

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Staff report

The Racer soccer team traveled to St. Louis Tuesday night to take on the Billikens before coming home to begin the OVC season.

It took 103 minutes for the Billikens to score the winning goal to beat the Racers 1-0 in overtime.

St. Louis outshot Murray State 24-7 in the game. The first half was much of the same story as the Racers attempted just four shots to the Billikens’ 13.

Junior forward Harriet Withers led the Racers with six shots in the game, four of which were on target. Murray State forced the St. Louis goalkeeper to make five saves, while the Racers freshman goalkeeper Kaylyn Talfair made 12 saves on 13 shots on goal in her first start for Murray State.

The Racers return home for Family Weekend to host Morehead State in the team’s first OVC game since winning the OVC Tournament last season.

Morehead State is 3-5-1 on the season with its first OVC game Thursday at home. The lone tie for the Eagles came against the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in a double overtime 0-0 match.

The Racers beat UTC at home Aug. 26 2-0 behind goals from freshman forward Emma Heise and junior midfielder Aaron Lankster.

Murray State is  1-4-1 on the season and will try to defend its regular season OVC Championship and its perfect conference record.