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APSU soccer: Govs will play 10-game OVC schedule

APSU Athletics Communications

By Casey Crigger

APSU Athletics Communications

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Austin Peay’s soccer team will play a 10-game OVC schedule in the spring of 2021, the league office announced Wednesday.

The conference schedule will be played on Tuesdays and Fridays, with teams playing a pair of matches each week. Each team will have a single bye date built into the schedule and the regular season is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, April 6. Details on the OVC Tournament will be announced at a later date. The 31 automatic qualifiers and 17 at-large bids for the 48-team NCAA Women’s College Cup will be announced on Sunday, April 18.

Austin Peay will kick off the season with a 2 p.m., Mar. 2 match against Tennessee Tech at Morgan Bros. Soccer Field, before traveling to SIU Edwardsville (Mar. 5) to wrap up week one. This season the Govs will also host matches against Jacksonville State (Mar. 9), Eastern Kentucky (Mar. 25), Eastern Illinois (Mar. 26) and UT Martin (Mar. 30), with all home matches being played at 2 p.m.

The road slate for the Governors will include trips to Southeast Missouri (Mar. 12), Murray State (Mar. 15), Belmont (Mar. 23) and Morehead State (Apr. 2). The Govs are scheduled to take their bye date on Apr. 6, which is the final scheduled date of the regular season. 

“We are incredibly excited to receive a spring OVC schedule,” said Kolarova. “Although it is a seriously shortened season, we are just buzzing to be able to play this spring. We know that there is still so much uncertainty surrounding things, but we are going to practice safe and smart decision making for our teams health both on and off the field. The team has worked hard this fall; they have gotten fit, they are playing good soccer, they are supporting one another well and we are excited to see all that positively translate into our spring season.”

Coming off their first trip to the OVC Soccer Championship in the Kolarova era, the Governors return 18 letterwinners from the 2019 squad. This season the Govs return 82 percent of the goals and 83.3 percent of the assists from the 2019 squad, as well as a 2019 First-Team All-OVC selection in senior midfielder Claire Larose. OVC All-Newcomer selection Anna McPhie is also back for her sophomore season, and is joined by a quintet of freshman, all hailing from the state of Tennessee.

Further, the league noted this schedule is contingent upon current health conditions at each university community, following guidance from the NCAA, and local medical authorities. The OVC and its member institutions will determine game management details and attendance maters, media and broadcasts issues, and other operational details.

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