The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team will host Appalachian State Friday at 7 p.m. at Finley Stadium. Live stats and streaming video will be available at GoMocs.com and admission is FREE.
SCOUTING THE MOCS (2-7-1, 0-4-0 SoCon)
The Mocs will look to get back into the win column this weekend with two SoCon matches after struggling through the first four conference games. Freshman Hannah Wyatt leads the team in scoring with one goal and a Southern Conference-high five assists while senior Becca Smith has a team-best three goals on the year. She is ranked ninth in the league for goals. Freshman keeper Lauren Thomas missed two of the Mocs four SoCon matches after suffering an injury in the league-opener. In her return to the pitch, she pulled in 19 saves, fourth best in school history for a single game. She is ranked fifth in the SoCon for grabs.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS (6-5-0, 3-1-0)
Appalachian State is second in the league standings and riding a three-game SoCon win streak. After dropping their league opener by a 3-2 double-overtime decision to UNCG, the Mountaineers returned to the win column defeating its next three opponents, two in overtime, to move to 3-1 in the conference. Julia Holz has a team-high nine points with four goals. Jenna Caudle and Samantha Childress each have three goals for ASU and Meggie Graham has a team-high three assists. App. State has used three keepers in the net and they have combined for 51 saves and given up 15 goals for a 1.48 goals-against average.
The Mocs are 3-12-3 against the Mountaineers. The two teams battled it out into double overtime tie last year in Boone.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS (5-6-1, 1-2-1)
Western Carolina is tied for ninth in the league standings with a win over UNCG on the road after scoring a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Elon two days before. Markie Studnicky leads the Catamounts with five goals and one assist for a team-high 11 points. Laura Greb and Kimberly Sullivan have each contributed two goals while Amanda Schwartz has a team-best thre assists. Katie Jacobs has started nine games in goal for WCU with Jennifer Lauer starting the other three. They have combined for 57 saves and have a 1.21 GAA having given up just 15 goals.
The Mocs are 3-7-3 against the Catamounts with a 3-0 win over Western Carolina last year on the road and back-to-back ties the two seasons prior.
WYATT IN THE NATIONAL STANDINGS
Freshman Hannah Wyatt has a Southern-Conference best 0.50 assists per game getting five through UTC's 10 games. She is currently 32nd in the NCAA in that category. She is ranked 61st in the nation for total assists.
SMITH CLIMBS UTC'S ALL-TIME RANKINGS
Senior Becca Smith continues her ascent up the all-time scoring rankings at UTC. She has a team-high three goals this season to move her to second on the all-time scoring chart with 80 career points. She trails Diana Jallo's (2002-05) 87 points and surpassed former teammate Donna-Kay Henry's (2008-11) 78 in the UTC record books. She now has 33 career goals, moving past Henry and trailing Jallo by four. Her 14 career assists trail Maya Peel's (2003-05) 18 and Henry's 16. Smith is a preseason All-Southern Conference selection after leading the league in scoring and goals with a school-record 37 points on 16 goals and five assists in 2011.
THOMAS NETS CAREER-HIGH SAVES
Freshman Lauren Thomas had to sit out for two games after suffering an injury in UTC's Southern Conference opening game. Upon her return to the net, she snared 19 saves, ranking fourth best for a single game in school history. She is currently ranked 127th by the NCAA for total saves with 48.
FRESHMEN HAVING A BIG IMPACT
The Lady Mocs have five freshmen in the starting lineup and they had a big impact in the opening weekend. Newcomers scored six of the nine goals, eight of the nine assists and logged a shutout in the 6-0 win over Tennessee Temple. Forward Hannah Wyatt scored one goal and a dished out a team-high three assists while midfielder Skylar Brewer recorded two goals and one assist.
EXCELLENT IN THE CLASSROOM
The Lady Mocs have been outstanding in the classroom over the last three years. They have maintained at least a 3.0 team grade-point-average since the fall of 2009. During that span, at least 10 members of the team have made the Dean's List (3.2+ GPA) each semester.
HEAD COACH J.D. KYZER
J.D. Kyzer is in this 13th season at Chattanooga and his 18th as a collegiate head coach. The 2003 SoCon Coach of the Year is the all-time winningest coach at UTC.