September 16, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Coming off back to back victories for the first time this season, the University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team welcomes Memphis to Skyhawk Field this Sunday, Sept. 18 in hopes of notching a win in its last non-conference game of the season.

The Skyhawks (3-4) have made the most of their offensive opportunities in the past week scoring five goals in their two wins. Senior Saphyra-Coombs James has dominated the pitch lately scoring a goal in each of the last two games, while leading UT Martin in points (8) so far this season. Sophomore Danae Kaldaridou has chipped in on the attack as well with two goals and five points in her first season as a Skyhawk.

The biggest contributing factor during UT Martin’s current run has been the play of goalkeeper Maya Jamison. The Farmington Hills, Mich. native has been a force in net boasting a 3-2 record and notching her first clean sheet of the season this past Tuesday against Evansville. The Skyhawks will need Jamison to continue her stellar play as they host one of the American Athletic Conference’s top teams in Memphis.

The Tigers come to Martin behind 15-year veteran head coach Brooks Monaghan. During his tenure at Memphis, Monaghan has led the Tigers to five conference championships and has tallied over 180 wins including a 5-2 record this year. The Tigers are led by senior forward Valerie Sanderson, who has scored 6 goals and tallied 14 points on the year. Maryse Bard-Martel will likely get the start in net for the Tigers coming in with a 5-2 record and a 0.86 goals against average.

The Skyhawks will be looking for their first win against the Tigers since 2002, and their second all-time in the series. Assistant head coach Leslie Gillies knows Memphis will be a tough opponent, but she expects the team to compete at the highest level.

“Memphis is going to be a tough opponent,” Gillies said. “We’ll do everything we can and battle and continue to use (the Evansville win) as a momentum builder to get ready for league play.”

Memphis will host Oklahoma State on Friday night before the Skyhawks welcome the Tigers to Skyhawk Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network, or you can follow the action with live stats by following the link above. 

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