Runners fall into close contest for final home game of 2022

Saraya Young maintained its impressive offensive output as Murray State Soccer lost a close game with Valparaiso 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Cutchin Field in Murray, Kentucky. Young now has three goals and seven assists to lead the Racers with 13 points this season.

The goal came in the 20e minute as a midfielder Hailey Cole and Young tied with a passing touch before Cole set the ball for Young who finished it off to give MSU the 1-0 lead.

Valpo would tie the game in the 27the minute as the Beacons managed to find the back of the net after a corner kick.

The Racers looked set to regain the lead after Valpo conceded a penalty to the Racers in the 49e minute. The Beacons keeper would make the diving save to keep the score level before the Beacons take the lead in the 50e minute.

Lauren Payne fired a superb curved shot from the top of the box that appeared to be heading for the top right corner of the net before the Valpo keeper again made a very impressive save.

The Racers were very accurate in their shot of the day, taking 10 shots including eight on goal. The Beacons took eight shots, five of which were on target.

Tori Schrimpf led the charge for the Racers with three shots on goal followed by Payne and Sidney Etter who had two each. Murray State also led the corner tally with a final total of 12-6.

Murray State currently sits fifth in the MVC standings with two games remaining. The Racers will now take their longest road trip of the season with a Thursday game at Northern Iowa and a Sunday game at Drake.

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