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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 10:11 pm | Updated: 10:20 pm, Fri Oct 11, 2019.

Sophomore Nicole Palmerscored a penalty-kick goal in the 87th minute but Morehead State Soccer's late rally attempt ultimately fell short in a 2-1 setback against UT Martin on an overcast Friday evening at MSU Recreation & Wellness Field.

The Skyhawks netted the game's first goal in the 43rd minute when Elin Berggren sent a high service into the box which resulted in a collision between Eagles' goalkeeper Kayla Landman and Bella Roberts. Roberts forward momentum won out over Landman as she got her head onto the ball and bounced it into the goal.

The goal by Roberts gave UTM a 1-0 lead at halftime.

In its past two outings, Morehead State has now allowed three goals with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.

MSU freshman forward Kate Larbes, who was making her long-awaited debut after a preseason injury, nearly evened the match in the 48th minute when she fired a shot that Myers deflected off the post.

The visitors quickly countered and added to their advantage in the 49th minute when Alice Adams scored after controlling a deflected pass near the penalty stipe that allowed her to turn and score under a diving Landman.

Palmer got to the penalty stripe for the score in the 87th minute after the Skyhawks were called for pulling an Eagles' player down in the box on a free-kick play. Palmer rocketed her first PK attempt of the season into the right side of the net away from UTM goalkeeper Erica Myers.

Palmer, firing a season-high six shots in the match, had one more look at scoring the equalizing goal with less than a minute remaining but had the shot attempt scooped up by Myers.

"You can't give up goals early in conference play," said MSU head coach Warren Lipka. "The fight was there late but it was just too late and against a team like (UT Martin) you just can't do that because it's hard to fight back on them. We're working hard and just have to keep trying to create opportunities and get a break our way."

The Skyhawks managed to outshoot the Eagles 13-12 in the match. Adams took four shots to lead the visitor's offense.

Palmer paced MSU's offense from her defender position with three shots that were on goal. Larbes fired two shots in the match with both on target.

Landman recorded six saves for Morehead State while Myers stopped five shot attempts for UT Martin.

The victory moves the Skyhawks to 5-5-4 overall and 3-2-1 in OVC play.

The Eagles fall to 4-9-1 overall and 2-3-1 against conference competition.

Next up, Morehead State stays home to take on OVC foe Southeast Missouri on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET. The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.