The Golden Eagles (6-4-4 overall, 4-0-2 OVC) defeated Southeast Missouri (SEMO) (6-6-2, 2-2-2) on their senior night Sunday to stay in first place in the conference with a 3–0 victory.
With only two games left in the regular season, Tech sits at the top of the conference with their next opponent Morehead State, who is also undefeated in conference play. Morehead State is coming off a 1-0 win against Linwood on Sunday.
The loss ends SEMO’s four-game unbeaten streak and extends Tech’s unbeaten streak to six games.
The scoring started early. In the 25th minute of the first period, Macy Carter and Emily Carlevato are credited with the assist for the game’s first goal from first-year midfielder Allison Lee, bringing Lee’s total goals on the season to three.
Tech’s offense outpaced the Redhawks in shooting, producing 24 total shots and holding SEMO to just seven, keeping the Redhawks’ goalkeeper Sophia Elfrink busy. Elfrink turned in an impressive five saves in the opening 45 minutes Sunday. Tech’s goalkeeper Maggie Conrad made light work of the Redhawks three shots on goal securing the Golden Eagle’s fifth shutout in their six Ohio Valley Conference contests this season.
The Golden Eagles were able to scratch across two more goals in the second period with both of the goals being scored by seniors. In the 55th minute, Bailey Taylor found Chloe Smith with a perfect cross. Smith was able to give Tech a 2-0 lead, making her the OVC’s leading scorer with six on the season.
In the 67th minute, it was Smith that set Taylor up with a free kick from just outside the box. Taylor found the back of the net and effectively closed the door on the Redhawks’ chance to comeback, connecting on her second goal of the year.
Tech now turns to Morehead State who is currently tied with them in the OVC standings at 14 points. The match is set for Thursday, Oct. 20 at Tech Soccer Field. Game will kick off at 7 p.m. and the game can be watched on ESPN+.