NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont women's soccer team (5-6-4, 2-3-2 OVC) will return to the confines for Rose Park for a final time during the regular season on Friday. The Bruins host UT Martin (10-5-1, 4-2-1 OVC) beginning at 5 p.m. for the program's annual Senior Day. BU then travels to Murray State (9-7, 5-2 OVC) for a matchup on Sunday afternoon.
In-state rival UT Martin brings a three-game unbeaten streak to Nashville on Friday. The Skyhawks stand at 10-5-1 overall and 4-2-1 in OVC play.
Rianna Jarrett leads UTM in scoring after finding the back of the net 12 times this season. Ashlie Watson leads the team in assists with a total of five. Between the posts, Mariah Klenke has logged more than 1,470 minutes and boasts a 0.79 GAA. She has grabbed 83 saves and has six shutouts on the year.
Belmont holds a slim advantage in the all-time series, 7-6, despite falling in the last two matchups, including being held off 2-0 at Martin one year ago.
Murray State enters the weekend on a three-match win streak. The string of wins puts the Racers at 5-2 in OVC play and 9-7 overall.
Julie Mooney leads the Racers in goals with a total of 12 scored. Pavlina Nepokojova leads MSU in assists with a total of seven. In goal, Shelby Haworth has done the lion's share of work, logging nearly 1,200 minutes between the posts. She has a GAA of 0.91 and has recorded 62 saves and six shutouts.
Belmont leads the all-time series, 4-1, and has won the last two meetings including a 3-2 win last year in Nashville.
The Bruins will play their final regular season home match on Friday when they host UT Martin. Belmont split action on the road last weekend to move to 5-6-4 overall and 2-3-2 in the OVC.
Freshman Belicia Mendiola (McKinney, Texas) continues to lead BU in goal scoring with a total of six. Junior Cassie Blase (Waukesha, Wisc.) leads the team in assists with two. Between the posts, junior Lindsey Espe (LaCañada, Calif.) has logged over 1,022 minutes and grabbed 42 saves. She also has a GAA of 1.06 and three shutouts under her belt.
Both of this weekend's matches can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network. Live stats will also be available for both. On Friday, Belmont will honor its seniors – Alison Alcott, Megan Byrd, Elise DeTrude, Kim Elmore, Allie Hicks, Meredith Martin, Rachel Schmidt and Taylor Smith – prior to kickoff.