The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga soccer team kicked off its 2012 campaign with a 6-0 win over cross-town foe Tennessee Temple at Finley Stadium tonight. Freshmen accounted for five of the six goals and six of the seven assists in the win.
Freshman midfielder Hannah Wyatt (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) started off the scoring when she put one over Crusader keeper Jess Salera in the eighth minute. She was the recipient of a feed from fellow freshman Skylar Brewer (Farragut, Tenn.).
Brewer made it 2-0 with a goal of her own in the 14th minute. She scored off an assist from freshman Clare Latham (Cordova, Tenn.). The pattern continued in the 34th minute when Lathan knocked in a shot from 10 yards out off a feed from Loryn Queen (Lanesville, Tenn.).
Senior Becca Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) closed out the first half scoring with a bomb from 25 yards off an assist from Logan Higgins (Louisville, Ky.) in the 39th minute. A preseason All-SoCon selection, Smith now has 76 points in her career. She is second in all-time scoring at UTC, trailing only Diana Jallo's (2002-05) 87 points. Smith is also No. 2 with 31 career goals. Jallo also leads that category with 37.
UTC took a 4-0 lead into the locker room and did not allow Tennessee Temple to take a shot. Despite some determined play from the Crusaders, the Lady Mocs kept the ball in their attacking third for almost all of the first half.
Tennessee Temple did not get off a shot until the 72nd minute when Courtney Born finally got loose near Chattanooga's goal. She took a shot from 15 yards out on the right side that was deflected out of bounds. That led to TTU's only corner kick of the game.
Brewer went on to add her second goal of the game in the 66th minute. She scored from the far post after a nice exchange between senior Lauren Wilson (Columbia, Tenn.) and Wyatt. Queen made it 6-0 in the 88th minute with her goal from freshman Melanie Arredondo (Tampico, Mexico.).
A total of 18 Lady Mocs saw the field tonight. UTC held a 28-1 shots advantage and had 11 corner kicks to Tennessee Temple's one. Only one card was given in the match, falling to UTC's Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.) in the 75th minute.
"We are young, but we knocked the ball around well at times today," stated head coach J.D. Kyzer. "We got the ball where it needed to be. It is nice to finally have some depth. To be able to look over and know that anyone can go in is great. That depth is young too and it is good to get them some experience."
Chattanooga is back on the field on Sunday, Aug. 19, hosting Tennessee Tech at Finley Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. (E.D.T.). Live scoring and MocsVision video will be available on GoMocs.com.