The Golden Eagle soccer team looks for success this weekend against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky in the team’s final home weekend of play. The games will mark the final matches played at the Tech Soccer Field for five seniors as they celebrate their playing careers on Senior Day, Sunday. Fourth year assistant coach Rachel Yepez said, “It’s important for the players who aren’t from around here to have their families in town this weekend. Hopefully it will give them all a little edge and they’ll show out for them.”
Despite a pair of losses last weekend to UT Martin and Southeast Missouri, the team hopes to get some points to qualify for the OVC tournament. The team heads into the weekend standing in ninth place looking to break into the top six that will go to the tournament. Senior defender, Leigh Heffner said, “This weekend means that we need to come together despite the odds and the doubts everyone else has about us. The mindset for us is that we will win, not just hoping to win these games.”
Heffner will be recognized before the match on Sunday along with fellow seniors, Ellie Iaciofano, Shannon Rountree, Taylor Hicks, and Jessica Wilson.
“We are really excited it’s senior weekend and there is a lot going on,” Iaciofano said. “These games are a must win in order to have a chance in the tournament so a winning attitude is necessary.”
With only one OVC win this season, the mindset is hopeful for the team. “Most of the games have been a one-goal game,” Yepez said. “Morehead and EKU are right in the middle of things so it’s still anyone’s spot. We need to put ourselves in a position to not rely on other teams.”
The games will be held at the Tech Soccer Field on Friday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Fans who are unable to attend the matches can tune into the live stream of the games on the OVC Digital Network.