USI wins first conference match in defensive showdown


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer (2-6-4, 1-1-1 OVC) held on and defeated Morehead State University (3-5-5, 2-1-2 OVC), 2-1, at Strassweg Field on Sunday afternoon. The match gave the Screaming Eagles their first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season and snapped Morehead’s five-match unbeaten streak.

The first half was controlled by Morehead’s offense as the Eagles tacked on four shots on goal, but it was USI’s redshirt freshman goalkeeper Anna Markland (Hoover, Alabama) who held it close, securing four saves. Right out of the hydration break, USI earned the first goal of the match after an own goal was scored by Morehead with 20 minutes left on the clock. Despite the goal, USI could not muster a shot attempt in the opening frame.
It was a slow start for both sides after the intermission until USI got their first shot and second goal of the match from freshman midfielder Pilar Torres (Chula Vista, California) at the 66:50 mark to take a 2-0 lead. Torres’ goal was scored thanks to a pair of assists from freshman midfielder/forward Kerigan Kivisto (Collierville, Tennessee) and sophomore forward Shy Iles (Demossville, Kentucky). However, Morehead cut the deficit after scoring with 12 minutes left in regulation. USI’s defense stood tall and stopped multiple shot attempts from Morehead to seal the match.
Southern Indiana totaled just one shot that came from Torres’ goal in the second half while Morehead put up nine shots with five on goal. Markland finished the game with one goal allowed and four first-half saves.
The Eagles continue OVC play next week when USI travels to Macomb, Illinois to battle newly-inducted conference member, Western Illinois University, on October 5 at 3 p.m. The Leathernecks enter the match 2-4-4 overall and 0-0-3 in conference play after tying with the University of Tennessee at Martin Sunday afternoon.