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Tennessee Tech Preview

Tennessee Tech Preview

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Belmont women's soccer team is looking to build off its momentum boosting win over Eastern Illinois on Sunday, facing Tennessee Tech at Rose Park on Friday night. 

The Bruins have not lost a match at Rose Park this season, coming up with two wins in the last three matches on their home turf. 

"We haven't had a three-game homestand all year, so we're excited to have that," head coach Heather Henson said. "Our fans have traveled well with us throughout the season, but when we're at home we have that many more show up. We have more of our campus, our students, our student-athletes and our fellow classmates. That just continues to add to the support that we have, so we truly appreciate that." 

Belmont is coming off a season-high 26 shots against Eastern Illinois, the first time the Bruins have collected 25 or more shots since Sept. 7, 2018 when the Bruins had 25 shots in an overtime tie against UAB at Rose Park. Sunday's match provided several career highs in shots for Belmont. Senior AB Hawkins, who scored the game-winning goal, had a career-high six shots with four being on goal. 

Senior Niki Clements and junior Julie Garst each registered seven shots, with Garst coming up with seven shots in a match for the third time in her career.

"This past weekend, we did a really good job of putting ourselves in opportunities to take more shots and have more goal scoring opportunities," Henson said. "We just want to continue to build off this past Sunday." 

Tennessee Tech is also riding high since OVC play began, holding an undefeated mark and collecting five points in the conference standings. The Golden Eagles have scored at least two goals in the previous two games and are currently second in OVC games with an average of two assists per game. 

With Tennessee Tech winning the previous three matchups, Belmont is looking for its first win over the Golden Eagles since 2014. 

"This season thus far, you can see there is not a large separation between any of the teams (in the standings)," Henson said. "Tennessee Tech does a really good job and are always defensively organized. That's why I say conference season will be exciting. Every team goes out to earn three points in every single game and that's what this weekend will be for everybody playing." 

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Scouting Tennessee Tech 

Tennessee Tech has won or tied five of its last seven matches, holding an undefeated mark in OVC play with a 1-0-2 conference record. The Golden Eagles have scored at least two goals in the previous two games, resulting in five conference points and sitting in sixth place. Tennessee Tech loves to share the ball, where they are currently second in the conference in OVC games with 2.00 assists per game.

Cassidy Bereda and Bailey Taylor rank in the top five in the OVC for goals scored with four each, with Bereda leading the team in points with 11 and Taylor contributing eight on the season. Kendall Powell has also been a contributor for the Golden Eagles, coming up with two goals and one assist to bring her point total to five. Isabelle Austin leads Tennessee Tech in the net, having 46 saves on the season and having a goals against average of 1.84 while carrying a save percentage of .676.