COOKEVILLE, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s soccer team posted a 2-1 win over Tennessee Tech Friday night in Cookeville, Tenn., to improve to 4-3 overall while the Golden Eagles fall to 1-7 on the year.
The Mocs put together a second half offensive that saw two goals find the net and edge the Golden Eagles despite a 23-9 shooting deficit by UTC. TTU found the board first on a goal from Jessica Wilson in the 36th minute.
“The resiliency of this team is amazing,” Chattanooga Head Coach J.D. Kyzer said. “The first half wasn’t the way we wanted it and we talked about why we were down 1-0 at the half and what we needed to do. Tennessee Tech is a good, physical, athletic team even though their record doesn’t show it.
“We’ve got to put two halves together, however. This team doesn’t give up and they didn’t today.”
The second half was all Chattanooga. The Mocs found the net twice on just five shots to the Tennessee Tech 11. The first goal came on a free kick by junior Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.) well outside the box. Her pass was picked up by sophomore Clare Latham (Cordova, Tenn.) who headed home her fourth goal of the year.
“Clare is doing a good job of getting into the box,” Kyzer said. “She saw the players coming up and ran in between and got a head on it. Crystal did a great job of serving it in there.”
Latham would figure into the Mocs’ second goal in the 79th minute. Sophomore Melanie Arredondo (Tampico, Mexico) picked up her second goal of the season when Latham’s shot was blocked by a Tennessee Tech defender. Arrendondo picked up the loose ball and sent a shot into the top left corner of the net for what would prove to be the game winner.
“Melanie has a great touch on the ball and we utilize her more and more every game,” Kyzer said. “She’s controls the ball really well and is very composed on the ball. She saw an opportunity and was able to capitalize.”
While the box score showed Chattanooga outshot 23-9 by the Golden Eagles, the shots on goal advantage was just 6-5 in favor of Tennessee Tech. Senior keeper Taylor Mangrum (Franklin, Tenn.) gave up just one goal in the four shots that made it her way, recording three saves on the night while UTC racked up two team saves. Mangrum improves her record to 3-1 this season.
Mackezyk had a team-best four shots with two on goal and one assist while one of Latham’s two shots on the night found the net.
Tennessee Tech's Ellie Iaciofano had nine shots on the night with none on goal and had one assist while Wilson’s one shot found the back of the net. Jordan Brown recorded three saves while giving up two goals to the Mocs and falls to 1-7 overall.
“Our defense did a great job of holding them off. They [Tennessee Tech] have a great striker,” Kyzer said. “She’s dynamic, tall and fast and the backs did a great job of holding them off.
“It’s great to be on the positive side of the record and it’s a big plus for us as we head into the Southern Conference season.”
The Mocs, who topped their win total from last season, return home for a three-game home stand that begins Friday evening against Davidson at Finley Stadium. The game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. UTC will be part of the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure Sunday at Finley. The game is set to kick off at 11 a.m. followed by the race that will begin at the First Tennessee Bank Pavilion.
1. 35:38 TTU Jessica Wilson (2) Gearing, Iaciofano
2. 53:40 UTC Clare Latham (4) Mackezyk
3. 78:45 UTC Melanie Arrendondo (2) Latham