Florence, AL – Marli Niederhauser, Ellie Dreas and Tori Case found the back of the net for the Austin Peay State University (APSU) football team as the Governors picked up their first-ever ASUN conference win in a victory 3-1 against North Alabama on Sunday at the Bill Jones Sports Complex.
Goaltender Chloé Dion made her first of six saves in the 32nd second of Sunday’s game and faced her second shot of the afternoon seven minutes later.
With his third save in the 28th minute – the 99th of his career – Dion passed Brooke Abrahams (2004-07) for the eighth all-time career save, then made the 100th save of his career in the 63rd minute .
On the Govs’ offensive end of the ball, Baumgardt netted Austin Peay State University’s first shot in the 10th minute, but it was caught by UNA’s Payton Yates.
The Governors connected on their third shot of the afternoon after Alison LaLance found Niederhauser who scored 15 yards down the left of the goal for his sixth career tally and first in red and white.
North Alabama equalized in the 53rd minute on a penalty, but Dreas scored his first career goal 11 minutes later on a shot that flew past a leaping Yates.
Austin Peay State University extended their lead in the 67th minute on a set piece from Case for their first goal of the season and third of their career.
The Governors three scores were the best this season and were also the best against UNA who came into Sunday’s game with an .830 save percentage.
Inside the box
Austin Peay State University earned its first-ever ASUN conference victory against North Alabama.
Austin Peay State University improved to 3-0 all-time against UNA, with all three wins coming in Florence, Alabama.
Eight APSU governors have found the back of the net this season.
The Governors improved to 3-0 when they scored first this season.
APSU’s 13 shots were tied for third in a game this season.
The Govs’ 10 shots on goal were the best since an 11 SOG performance against Evansville in 2018.
APSU are 3-1-1 when they total 5 or more shots on goal.
Marli Niederhauser, Ellie Dreas and Tori Case scored their first goals of the season.
Austin Peay State University’s three goals were the most in a game this season and the most since they also scored three against Eastern Illinois on Oct. 21, 2021.
The three scorers were also the best in a match since EIU won last year.
After shutting out the Lions in the first half, the Govs have held their opponents scoreless for the first 45 minutes in three of the last four matches.
Alec Baumgardt led the APSU Govs with three shots, all on target. Baumgardt has three shots four times this season and in three straight games.
Lindsey McMahon extended her starting streak to a team-best 28 straight games.
Chloe Dion’s six saves were tied for her second most this season.
With APSU Head Coach Kim McGowan
On a win… “I’m very excited about today’s result. Sunday games are tough, especially after a long trip on Thursday. The team played very well and deserved this one.
On offense… “We had three more hot Govs with goals, making our attack threatening from all positions. It was only a matter of time for Marli and Ellie to find the net. I am happy that this happened at the beginning of the conference. And with Tori, she can be dangerous from distance and from set pieces…we were lucky she got it today.
On the momentum gained… “As a team we know we have to earn points every weekend. I thought Central Arkansas slipped through our fingers, giving us a challenge today. We are regaining control of our destiny as the conference game continues and we are ready to prepare this week for Bellarmine and EKU.
Follow the governors of the APSU
For news and updates throughout ASUN’s 2022 and inaugural season of Governors, follow the soccer team on Twitter and Instagram (@GovsWSOC) and on Facebook (Austin Peay Women’s Soccer).
Next step for APSU football
The Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team hosts Bellarmine in a game Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field to kick off a four-game homestand. Thursday’s contest is also APSU’s annual Go4TheGoal game. Governors and Knights are with Go4TheGoal wearing gold headbands to raise awareness for childhood cancer.
Donations to help kids with cancer reach their goals can be made online at www.go4thegoal.org or at the Thursday night game.