MARTIN, Tennessee – Returning to Skyhawk Field Thursday night after a ten-day, three-game non-conference road trip, the University of Tennessee at Martin football team quenched fans’ thirst for goals by toppling the North Alabama Lions by a margin significant of 4 -1. Accumulating a total of 26 best shots of the season while limiting UNA to just five net tries, UT Martin soars their overall record to 3-1-1 in the first of three consecutive home appearances as the second half. pre-Ohio Valley conference time has started.
Makayla robinson, Jaden hildreth, and Bella roberts were the impressive trio on Thursday, bringing all of their season goals tally to two, the latter becoming the second Skyhawk in as many games to win a pair of successful strikes in the same outing. Coincidentally, forward Jill hildreth accomplished the same feat in the team’s last appearance in Sunday’s victory over Indiana State, though Roberts recorded both scores just over two minutes apart.
Not letting the Lions come close to attacking for most of the first half, the UTM torched northern Alabama throughout the first 45 minutes, leading to a 3-0 advantage in the pause. Shoot it 16e career strike at 38:45, Hildreth’s solo score to put the Skyhawks on the board mirrored that of the senior’s other goal in 2021 in her last home appearance against Southern Illinois there has almost two weeks.
The UNA defense responded well initially to relentless pressure from the Skyhawks offensively, although the wheels came loose once Hildreth found a seam. Just a minute and 12 seconds after the UTM’s breakthrough, Roberts received an assist from the midfielder Hendrikje Baurmann for his first goal of the season and the 11e of his five-year academic career. It turns out that his 12e the score was only 126 seconds.
Australian in second year Kiarnie Latham sent the ball past North Alabama goaltender Payton Yates into the sights of Roberts, who smoothly headed his second straight goal to give the Skyhawks an insurmountable three-lead.
Not the type to let go despite the big hole in the scoreboard, head coach Phil mcnamaraThe unit remained ultra-aggressive on the offensive side by searching for 10 more attempted shots during the second stanza. As Jaden hildreth repeated his home score in Game 1, as did Robinson on a feed from Jaden’s twin sister, Jill, at 50:06 to put the contest out of reach.
A concession score submitted by Alice Bussey of the UNA in the 77e minute would not dent the Skyhawks’ confidence on Thursday, as eight different players managed at least one shot in the 4-1 beating that served as the first meeting between the two schools on the 21st century.
Needing just 45 minutes in the net behind 4 saves to ensure the team’s lead remains at its giant size, the GK graduate Erica Myers took it down 33rd All-time victory in the team’s fifth game of the half, while the rest of the Skyhawk defense continued to deliver on their high expectations in the preseason.
Entering Thursday’s fight, UTM was tied with Morehead State for the fewest goals against in all OVCs. After giving up just one game, the season total now sits at just three allowed goals, where the team have now hit that same number in the wins column.
There won’t be much time to celebrate the blowout, as the Skyhawks embark on a quick turnaround this Sunday for another non-conference affair. Boasting an almost identical record to UT Martin’s, the Wright State Raiders will visit the Volunteer State for the first time at 1:00 p.m.
After a 1-1 stalemate against Bellarmine and a 1-0 loss against Oklahoma State, WSU rebounded significantly as the Skyhawks dismantled North Alabama, beating Akron via a 3-0 shutout. Marking only the third time the two schools have met in their history, the UTM will seek a clearer result than the last time against the Raiders, a 2-2 draw in 2019.