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After playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation, the Morehead State Soccer team fell to Southern Illinois, 2-1, when Salukis' midfielder Ellie Lewis scored the match-winning golden goal on a free kick in the 92nd minute on Sunday afternoon at Lew Hartzog Track & Field Complex.

The Eagles struck first in the match when freshman midfielder Gabby Nastasi put home her second goal of the 2019 season in the 14th minute. With the goal, Nastasi now leads MSU in goals (2) and points (4).

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Sophomore defender Nicole Palmer booted in a free kick in the 74th minute to give Morehead State Soccer a 1-1 tie against Northern Kentucky in an exhibition match on Saturday evening at the NKU Soccer Stadium.

The Norse found the back of the net first when Megan Patrick found Kailey Ivins on a cross into the box that Ivins played past MSU freshman goalkeeper Kayla Landman in the 60th minute. Landman, who split time with freshman teammate Grace Gaffney in goal, made five saves in the match.

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The Morehead State Soccer team dropped an exhibition match against Marshall 2-0 on Thursday evening at MSU Recreation & Wellness Center Intramural Field.

The Thundering Herd netted a goal off of a free kick by Rene Ross with less than a minute remaining in the first half. The visitors again found the back of the net on a counter-attack goal by Marah Abu-Tayeh in the 75th minute. Aby-Tayeh's goal was assisted by Farah Abu-Tayeh.

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The Morehead State Soccer team will begin its 2019 season with a pair of exhibition matches. The Eagles will kick things off at home on Thursday against Marshall at 7:00 p.m. ET before traveling to Northern Kentucky on Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. ET start against the Norse.

Thursday's matchup against the Thundering Herd will be played adjacent to Jayne Stadium on the MSU Recreation and Wellness Center Intramural Field. Spectators should bring blankets or lawn chairs to set up outside of the facility. Concessions will not be sold during the event.

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The Morehead State Soccer program has hired former Nebraska goalkeeper Lauren Smith as a graduate assistant coach.

Smith, who is a native of Glenview, Ill., played four seasons for the Cornhuskers in goal. During that time the Nebraska Soccer program racked up 37 wins and qualified for the NCAA Tournament during her sophomore campaign in 2011. In the classroom, Smith was recognized as Academic All-Big Ten as a junior and senior while also achieving six-time status to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during her four years.

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The Morehead State soccer team will partake in the Ohio Valley Conference Soccer Championship Tournament for the first time since 2015.

The Eagles will take on SIU Edwardsville in the opening round of the tournament on Friday at 2:00 p.m. ET at Eastern Kentucky's EKU Soccer Field in Richmond, Ky.

After starting the season with a 1-7 non-conference record, Morehead State won four OVC matches at home and finished with a 4-6 conference mark and gained 12 points to claim the eighth and final seed in the tournament.

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The Morehead State soccer team scored the first goal of the match but ultimately fell, 2-1, against Ohio Valley Conference leading UT Martin on Sunday afternoon at Skyhawk Soccer Field.

Senior defender Makenna Lavatori scored the match's first goal when she booted home a free kick from near midfield in the eighth minute of play.

Lavatori, who earned the OVC Defensive Player of the Week award on Tuesday, now has two goals in 2018 and in her career.

The Eagles held onto a 1-0 advantage as the team's went to the halftime break.

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Senior forward Dani Wilson netted a penalty kick with three seconds remaining in the game to propel the Morehead State soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Ohio Valley Conference foe SIUE on Sunday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

Wilson, who now has made five game-winning goals in her career, was fouled by an SIUE defender as she tried to take a shot. The Elizabethtown, Ky., native's penalty kick shot found the back-left corner of the goal for her third goal of 2018. Wilson has now converted 5-of-6 penalty kick attempts in her career.

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The Morehead State soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Illinois on Friday night at Jayne Stadium.

The Panthers' Lexi Ketterhagen found the back of the net in the 85th minute to finish off a goal created by passes from Angela Corcoran and Sarah DeWolf. Ketterhagen shot across the goal from left corner of the goalie box to beat the Eagles' redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Eva Helgadottir.

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The Morehead State soccer team fell to Duquesne 3-0 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Rooney Field.

Both teams battled through a downpour from the opening kick but the Dukes managed scored twice in the opening 45 minutes before adding another goal to cushion their lead in the 73rd minute.

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The Morehead State soccer team erased a 2-0 halftime deficit but ultimately fell 3-2 to Kent State on Friday evening at Dix Stadium.

After conceding two goals to the Golden Flashes in the first 45 minutes of play, senior forward Dani Wilson found the back of the net in the 57th and 64th minutes to pull the game back to even at 2-2.

For Wilson, it was her first time scoring twice in a game since picking up two goals as a freshman to help propel Morehead State to a 2-1 win in overtime against Bowling Green on August 28, 2015.

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Despite outshooting its opponent for the first time in 2018 season, the Morehead State soccer team fell to Kennesaw State 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Kennesaw State.

The Eagles fired a season-high 17 shots while also having a season-best nine shots on goal. Of the nine shots on goal, two were near goals that were bounced off the goal as senior forward Dani Wilson's first shot in the seventh minute hit the crossbar and freshman midfielder Jenna Ahlbrand's second shot found the post in the 61st minute.

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The Morehead State soccer team fell to Ohio State 7-0 on Thursday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Field.

Morehead State trailed 3-0 at half before conceding five second-half goals. Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Eva Helgadottir started and played the entire first half before giving way to senior goalkeeper Michelle Washburn. Helgadottir made four saves in the first 45 minutes of action while Washburn made eight.

The Eagles' offense was stifled by the Buckeyes defense and were unable to get off any shots in the loss while Ohio State fired 37 shots with 20 on goal.

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In a poll of soccer players and head coaches from across the Ohio Valley Conference, Morehead State earned the OVC Team Sportsmanship Award for the second consecutive season on Tuesday in Brentwood, Tenn.

2016 was the first time Morehead State had collected the recognition.

"It is always a true honor to receive this award," said MSU head coach Warren Lipka. "It shows a level of respect to the game, as well as to our conference opponents."

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Morehead State soccer grabbed its second Ohio Valley Conference win in three matches with a 3-1 victory over Eastern Illinois on Sunday at Lakeside Field. The Eagles' record moves to 3-8-1 (2-3-1 OVC), while Eastern Illinois falls to 5-8-1 (0-5 OVC) on the season.

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Marisa Lavatori recorded the first goal of her Morehead State career, but the Eagles (1-5) fell to Evansville (4-4) by a score of 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at McCutchan Stadium.

"Our performance picked up in the second half, but it was a little too late," said head coach Warren Lipka. "We have to be ready to play from the first whistle to the last."

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Morehead State soccer ended its non-conference losing skid with a 2-0 win at Chattanooga on Sunday afternoon at Finley Stadium.

The Eagles move to 1-4 on the season, dropping Chattanooga to 1-3-2.

"We played our best game to date," said MSU head coach Warren Lipka. "Chattanooga was well coached and organized, but it all came together for us today. I'm very proud of the girls and their resilience."

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The Morehead State soccer team is on campus and already training hard for the 2017 season. The opening match is Friday, Aug. 11, an exhibition tilt at Butler, with the home exhibition opener set for Sunday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. ET versus Valparaiso.

The regular season kicks off on Aug. 18 at Western Carolina, and the regular season home lid-lifter comes on the evening of the total solar eclipse (Aug. 21) versus Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m.

Soccer Adds Hometown Standout to Class of 2017

Feb 15, 2017
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In addition to the seven new faces who signed National Letters of Intent to join the Morehead State soccer program on Feb.

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Morehead State will host its annual winter soccer program on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Jayne Stadium.

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Morehead State soccer ended its season at 6-11-2 (3-6-1 Ohio Valley Conference) after a 3-1 loss at Southeast Missouri on Sunday afternoon.

"The girls worked their butts off," said head coach Warren Lipka. "I'm very proud of their effort."

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Morehead State soccer improved to a 3-2-1 record after a 2-1 defeat of Western Carolina on September 9th.

"(Western Carolina) was a team that played with a lot of heart, a lot of fight," said Eagles' head coach Warren Lipka. "We'll take the win."

Soccer's Angela Black Named OVC Defensive Player of the Week

Sep 14, 2016
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Following a double-overtime shutout of Chattanooga on Sept. 4, Morehead State defender Angela Black was named Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

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Unlike most of their teammates, Tonia Parisi and Angela Black know what it's like to win a conference championship and play in the NCAA Tournament.

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In its second double-overtime contest of the weekend, Morehead State (2-2-1) played Chattanooga (1-3-1) to a 0-0 tie.

"We just fought and played for another 110 minutes," head coach Warren Lipka said. "That's our first shutout of the year, I'm proud of that."

Eagles goalkeeper Caitlynn Mason recorded her third start of the season, where she garnered five saves off 17 Chattanooga shot attempts. She now leads Morehead State with 14 saves on the season, in addition to this afternoon's shutout.

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The Morehead State soccer team earned its first victory of the 2016 season with a 2-1 win at Bowling Green on Thursday.

"Great win against a quality team on the road," said head coach Warren Lipka. "I am really proud of how this team has responded after our first two matches."

Freshman goalkeeper Eva Ýr Helgadóttir recorded her first career start, following sophomore Michelle Washburn's 11-save performance at Illinois last week. Helgadóttir notched six saves off 20 shots.

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Despite a career effort from sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Washburn and a strong showing by the Eagles defense, the Morehead State soccer team fell to Illinois by a score of 2-0.The final goal did not come until the game's 86th minute.

"We had a couple of late chances," head coach Warren Lipka said. "It showed our girls didn't quit."

Washburn did not disappoint after earning the starting nod to kick off the 2016 season. The Georgetown, Ky. native notched a career-high 11 saves after recording just 19 over six games as a freshman.

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Morehead State earned one first-place vote and has been picked sixth in the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. The Eagles earned 134 points, just 16 points shy of second-place Southeast Missouri.

Murray State, who won its second OVC Tournament title last year, was picked first and received 18 of the 22 first place votes and 198 points. Southeast Missouri earned 150 points for a second-place finish.

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In a thrilling back-and-forth match, the Morehead State soccer team fell to Murray State, 2-1, in the semifinals of the OVC tournament.

The Eagles and Racers played a physical match, eyeing a potential overtime, but with 30 seconds to go, sophomore forward and OVC Offensive Player of the Year, Harriet Withers, broke free and scored the game winning goal, giving the Racers a 2-1 win.

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Morehead State Soccer advanced to the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament with a 4-2 victory over UT Martin at Skyhawk field Sunday afternoon.

MSU (9-10-2) played comeback early against the Skyhawks (7-11-1), but a resilient senior-led team guided the Eagles to four goals and highlight reel saves throughout the match.