Tech soccer begins Ohio Valley Conference play this Sunday as they take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.
However, the game is important not just because it will set the tone for the entire OVC schedule.
Sunday’s game is also Tech Soccer’s annual “Think Pink” game, which spotlights breast cancer awareness.
Junior midfielder Emily Homan said the “Think Pink” game is an important one, as the team works hard to promote breast cancer awareness. The team will don pink accessories during the game. Pink is the color that represents breast cancer awareness. The team will also take donations at the game for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
“This is important to us because breast cancer has affected us all in some way,” Homan said. “We all know someone who is a breast cancer survivor or still fighting breast cancer.
“It’s something that touches us all, and that’s why we play this game.”
On the field, Tech is 2-5-1 in eight games this season, all of which are out of conference. However, Homan said the record is not indicative of how the team has played this season. She continued to say the team has used the experiences against quality opponents to improve all year.
“I think we have come a long way since the first game,” Homan said. “We are definitely ready for conference, having played teams that are comparable to other OVC teams.
“We are focused on staying positive and playing for each other and have continued to emphasize that throughout the season.”
Although Jacksonville St. comes into the game at 7-2-1, JSU lost 0-2 to Middle Tennessee State University. Tech played MTSU tough two weeks ago, coming back from a two goal deficit, but Tech eventually fell, 3-2.
Junior forward Ellie Iaciofano leads Tech with five goals on the season. Sophomore Amanda Koch paces Tech with 2 assists, and senior Andrea Meloff has notched a goal and an assist while starting all eight games at forward for the Golden Eagles.