CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- With the world in the grips of World Cup Soccer Fever, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s soccer team has completed its schedule of matches for the 2014 season. The Mocs’ slate is comprised of 19 matches with 10 at home, three new conference foes and the addition of an SEC opponent.
Chattanooga opens the season with three straight road matches beginning Sunday, August 17 at Alabama-Huntsville. That’s followed five days later at UNC Asheville and then wraps up on August 24 at Austin Peay.
The next four matches will all be played at Finley Stadium, the home of the Mocs soccer program. UTC will open with cross-town foe Tennessee Temple on Friday, August 29 at 7 p.m. Gardner-Webb will visit Sunday afternoon while Chattanooga will host a pair of middle-Tennessee rivals to begin the September slate. Lipscomb comes to town Sunday, September 7 with Tennessee Tech arriving for a Friday night matchup five days later.
For the first time since 2010, the Mocs will take on an SEC opponent. Chattanooga will travel to Nashville on September 14 to face Vanderbilt in a 3 p.m. matchup. The last SEC team UTC faced was Tennessee in Knoxville. Chattanooga defeated Alabama 2-1 in 2004 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
After a trip to UAB on September 19, the Mocs return home for its second four-game home stand of the season hosting Alabama A&M the following Sunday. One week later, the Mocs open the Southern Conference slate with nine matches.
The SoCon season opens with Samford on Sunday, September 28 at home with back-to-back conference matches to begin October at home against Western Carolina (10/3) and East Tennessee State (10/5), playing in its first SoCon soccer match since 2004.
Chattanooga will hit the road to face UNCG (10/10), another returning member to the Southern Conference in VMI on October 12. VMI left the SoCon in all sports except wrestling following the 2002-03 season. UTC will wrap up the road schedule the following weekend at Wofford (10/17) and Furman (10/19).
The season will close out at home with the Mocs hosting Southern Conference newcomer Mercer on October 24 and closing the season with a Senior Day celebration on Sunday, October 26 versus The Citadel.
Head Coach J.D. Kyzer returns for his 15th season at the helm. He is assisted by Sam Stroud who begins his sixth year with the Mocs.
Chattanooga returns senior Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.) who led the Mocs with 19 points on six goals, seven assists and two game-winning goals. Her seven assists ranks fourth in a single season at UTC. She is eighth on the Mocs’ all-time scoring charts with 35 career points and eighth on the goals list with 13 since arriving at UTC in 2011. Mackezyk is ninth on the assists chart with nine over her career and ranks fifth all-time at Chattanooga for shots taken with 134.
Also returning next season for UTC is junior Clare Latham (Cordova, Tenn.) who was second on the team in scoring with 14 points on 20 shots with five goals and four assists. Junior Hannah Wyatt (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) who was injured after eight games last season, was fourth on the team with seven points on two goals and three assists.
Junior keeper Lauren Thomas (Germantown, Tenn.) returns to the net this season after sharing it last year with senior Taylor Mangrum (Franklin, Tenn.). Thomas ranks fifth for UTC in career saves with 160 through just two seasons and in 2012 made 112 saves, ninth best in a season at Chattanooga.
All Chattanooga Mocs home games will be played at Finley Stadium unless otherwise noted. Admission is free.