Posted on 10 September 2014 by Allen
For the second consecutive week, a pair of University of Tennessee at Martin women’s soccer players have been tabbed adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honors. Senior Mariah Klenke and sophomore Saphyra Coombs-James took home their respective co-goalkeeper and defensive player of the week awards after impressive performances against Evansville and Missouri.
Klenke, a senior goalkeeper from Highland, Ill., logged all 180 minutes between the posts for the Skyhawks, facing 31 shot attempts while tallying 12 saves on the week. With the shutout victory against Evansville, Klenke continues to expand upon her UT Martin records by notching her 18th career shutout and registering her 37th career victory. She has posted an incredible 0.59 goals against average this season. Her lone goal allowed came off a corner kick against Southeastern Conference foe Missouri. This is Klenke’s fourth career OVC Player of the Week honor, sporting the award in back-to-back weeks.
After ranking as the OVC’s top freshman in 2012, Coombs-James saw her name in the starting lineup as usual this week, but this time at the center back position – a position she has never played as a member of the Skyhawks. Coombs-James would rise to the occasion, setting not only a new career-high in minutes played with 90 in back-to-back games on the defensive unit, but also notching the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute against Evansville. She tallied one shot attempt on the evening, using a header off a corner kick from Dominika Conc to give the Skyhawks the eventual 1-0 victory. The goal was her third of the season. This is Coombs-James’ second career OVC Player of the Week honor.
UT Martin has jumped out to an impressive 4-1 record, ranking as the best start to a season since 2011. The Skyhawks are averaging 2.6 goals per game while shutting out their opponents in three of their last four matches.
The Skyhawks will return to action this weekend with a pair of road matches against Tulsa on Friday, Sept. 12 and Oklahoma State on Sunday, Sept. 14.
Posted on 02 September 2014 by Allen
For the first time in school history, a trio of University of Tennessee at Martin women’s soccer players swept the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honors. Seniors Mariah Klenke, Lucy Pater and Ashlie Watson swept the league’s OVC honors by winning their respective goalkeeper, defensive and offensive player of the week awards.
Klenke, a senior goalkeeper from Highland, Ill., logged all 180 minutes between the post for the Skyhawks, facing 15 shot attempts while tallying four saves on the week. With the pair of shutout victories, Klenke continues to expand upon her UT Martin records by notching her 16th and 17th career shutouts and registering wins 35 and 36 of her career. She has posted an incredible 0.66 goals against average this season.
Despite not getting into the scoring column, Pater was integral in keeping her opponents off the scoreboard as well. Pater and the defensive line held their opponents scoreless in back-to-back games this past week. She anchors a back four which tied a program record for the least shot attempts allowed on Wednesday, holding Bethel to zero shot attempts in 90 minutes of play. Against Indiana State, the Sycamores placed just five shots on goal.
Watson has already eclipsed her season goals total of a year ago with three early goals on the season. Watson set new career highs in both goals and assists with two apiece to give the senior six points on Wednesday night against Bethel. Her six points in the contest ranked as the highest individual output since 2012 for the Skyhawks. She picked up where she left off on Sunday, scoring the team’s first goal and her third in the past two games in the 27th minute against Indiana State.
Along with the superb play from the senior trio, the Skyhawks are 3-0 for the first time in school history. The Skyhawks are averaging 4.0 goals per game, scoring 12 goals through the first three games of the season.
The Skyhawks will return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 3 against Evansville in the final game of their season-opening homestand.