Tech soccer hits road for OVC play

The Tennessee Tech soccer team will travel to Kentucky to face conference foe Morehead State as it begins its stint of Ohio Valley Conference road games. The Golden Eagles look to have a good showing in their conference match after finishing up their non-conference play with a hard-fought 1-0 overtime loss to Radford last week.

“I think the teams we have played already have made us a stronger, better team and prepared us to really compete to win our conference this year,” Ashley Smith, senior mid-fielder, said.

Going into the match this weekend, the Golden Eagles will be looking to not only capture their first OVC win of the season but also their first road win of the season. While away from Tech, the Golden Eagles have lost five games and won one game while playing at a neutral location.

The Golden Eagles have high expectations for their conference season and look to improve upon their second-place finish just a year ago.

“We have practiced much harder this year, and our practices are geared more towards winning and performing at our best,” Smith said. “It is a competition for playing time, and everyone has the potential to be a key player at any time. We have very consistent depth.”

This game will begin a four-game road trip for the Golden Eagles as they travel to Eastern Kentucky, Murray State and UT Martin as well. The Golden Eagles will then return home to wrap up conference play against Southeast Missouri State, Eastern Illinois, Jacksonville State and Austin Peay before beginning the OVC tournament.

“It’s going to be tough playing on the road for two weekends in a row,” Smith said. “We generally play better at home because of our great fan base and just being comfortable in our environment, but we have gotten better on the road this year.