Soccer Drops 2-1 Heartbreaker to The Citadel

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team fell2-1 to The Citadel in Southern Conference action Friday night at Finley Stadium.

The Bulldog's Mariana Garcia scored both goals to lift The Citadel to 4-6-1 overall and 2-0-1 in league play while the Mocs fell to 5-4-1 and 0-3 in SoCon action.

"We implemented a different style of play," Mocs Head Coach J.D. Kyzer said. "It was done without a lot of training, but I was pleased with the result."

The Mocs' practice schedule this week was cut short due to games being pushed back a day and the players having to make up missed work.

"With Friday's game being moved to Saturday and Sunday's moved to Monday, that affected this week," Kyzer said. "Tuesday became the NCAA off day and on Wednesday, the players had to make up tests they had missed. Thursday became our only day to implement the new style and I was proud of the way they responded, but unfortunately we didn't come out on the winning end."

Garcia scored the first goal of the game at the 8:03 mark on a pass from Vanessa Aponte on the left side. Garcia sent a soft shot into the net at the near post to put the Bulldogs on the board first.

Eight minutes later, the Mocs got the equalizer on a shot from junior Becca Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) from 10 yards out in the middle of the box. Freshman Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.) got around the defense and passed the ball inside to Smith who drove home her ninth goal of the season.

The Citadel outshot Chattanooga 16-8, two shots shy of their league-leading average and had eight shots on goal to four for the Mocs. Aponte had five, none on goal, while Garcia found the net with two of her four shots.

Garcia's game winner came in the second half in the 61st minute. Ruth Levia took the ball on the right side and fed it into Garcia who got past her defender and slid a shot into the bottom left corner of the net past Chattanooga keeper Taylor Mangrum (Franklin, Tenn.)

Mangrum managed six saves to The Citadel's three. Whitney Nave started the game and had one save and gave up one goal through the first half. Laura Serafino took over at goalie in the second half and had two saves and recorded the win.

"We have talked a lot about 80-20 a lot. Twenty percent is what happens to you, your environment and 80 percent is your attitude toward it," Kyzer said. "We have talked a lot about the 20. Tonight we focused on the 80 and it showed.

"I'm proud of this team and excited about the future."

The Mocs will return to action Sunday afternoon hosting the College of Charleston. The Mocs will help in the fight against breast cancer by wearing PINK warm-up shirts. Fans are encouraged to join in by wearing pink. One hundred pink t-shirts will be given out along with 100 pink water bottles and 250 pink CHATTANOOGA MOCS lanyards. Admission is free to all Mocs home games. Live stats and video streaming for each home game is available at, the official website of Chattanooga Athletics.

GOAL   Time    Team    Goal Scorer                          Assists
1           8:03     CIT         Mariana Garcia (4)                  Vanessa Aponte
2         16:13     UTC        Becca Smith (9)                     Crystal Mackezyk
3         60:13     CIT         Mariana Garcia (5)                  Ruth Leiva
September 30, 2011

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