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Blue Raiders fall on senior night

By Daniel Johnson

MTN Sports Reporter April 3, 2021 MURFREESBORO — Coming off of a strong outing a week ago against FIU, the Middle Tennessee women’s soccer team struggled to get things going Friday night against FAU.

With the score tied at 0-0 with 30 seconds left in the first half, both teams were prepared to go in and regroup for the second half. However, at the 44:36 mark, FAU’s Amanda Martin struck first as the Owls took a 1-0 lead into the break.

“We were able to get the ball back into wide areas”, said MT head coach Aston Rhoden at half. “We certainly need to try to move them around a little bit more.”

The Blue Raiders’ struggles continued in the second half, as they could not get shots to fall. Sammy Vitols added the final goal for FAU at the 52:27 mark, as they defeated Middle Tennessee 2-0.

The Blue Raiders outshot the Owls 14-8, with eight shots on goal. Middle Tennessee falls to 2-3, (2-3) and FAU will improve to 4-3-2(3-1-1).

“Shots just didn’t fall tonight”, said Rhoden. “We gave up a cheap goal with about 20 seconds before half and it certainly changed up our game plan in the second half. I’m proud of the girls’ effort tonight."

The Blue Raiders will play their final game of the season next Thursday at Marshall. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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