NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Belmont women's soccer team completes the regular season on Sunday at Rose Park against Austin Peay at 2 p.m.
The Bruins will recognize their eight seniors for Senior Day, marking the third straight year where Belmont has had five or more seniors on their roster.
"They have done a phenomenal job and I'm so proud of this senior class," head coach Heather Henson said. "I remember when they were freshman and coming into the fold. The energy and the passion and the drive they have to compete, but also be a family is unwavering. That came with them their freshman and has continued to grow deeper and deeper through their senior year."
Henson will have an honorary kickoff for seniors Jordan Chawan and MacKenzie Firek, who will not be able to play in Sunday's match against Austin Peay due to injury. The moment gives the two seniors one final moment to step on the Rose Park field, with both players being able to get recognized for their accomplishments moments before kickoff.
The tradition is one Henson has held for injured seniors since she arrived at Belmont.
"I look at it as a day where we're honoring seniors and it shouldn't be just healthy seniors we can play," Henson said. "Having an honorary is one small way we can say thank you to them."
Austin Peay is tied with Belmont in the OVC standings with 11 points, with a tie or a win putting the Bruins in their fourth consecutive OVC Tournament. A win would make the Bruins the six seed in the tournament, with Belmont owning the tiebreaker over Austin Peay because of the Bruins' win over Tennessee Tech.
If Belmont's senior class reached the OVC Tournament, they would be the first senior class in program history to reach the OVC Tournament in four consecutive years.
"That's a legacy they want to leave," Henson said. "They have done a phenomenal job of leading. They know when they need to step up and take the lead, but they also create that environment that allows underclassmen those opportunities to step up. You see the seniors right there with them cheering them on and supporting them and encouraging others to lead. I think those are true elements of leaders not only leading from the front, but leading as a whole."
Scouting Austin Peay
Austin Peay looks to remain in the hunt for a spot in the OVC Tournament, being tied with Belmont in points will 11. The Governors have won or tied three of their last four games and have scored a combined eight goals. After not scoring in four of its first five matches, Austin Peay has had no problems getting the ball in the net. The Governors have scored in six consecutive matches, having scored multiple goals in three of those contests.
Claire Larose and Rachel Bradberry serve as the two key offensive players for Austin Peay, each registering three goals. Larose, however, has contributed in other offensive areas with five assists good for 11 points on the year. Anna McPhie and Ashley Whittaker have also registered multiple goals for Austin Peay. Mary Parker Powell looks to be the primary goalkeeper in the net, coming up with 65 saves on the season and having a save percentage of 65. She has accumulated over 1,300 minutes and has a goals against average of 1.57.