Soccer Falls to Spartans in SoCon Opener
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- UNC Greensboro strung together three consecutive second half goals to put the game out of reach for Chattanooga as UTC fell 5-2 to the Spartans Friday night at Finley Stadium in Southern Conference women's soccer action.

The Spartans (6-1-1, 1-0-0 SoCon) tagged Chattanooga for two first half goals then put together back-to-back-to-back goals in a span of just less than five minutes late in the second half to put the game out of reach for Chattanooga  who falls to 2-7 overall and 0-1-0 in SoCon play.

"It didn't seem like a 5-2 game to anyone," UTC Head Coach J.D. Kyzer said. "We played strong and hung with the best team in the conference. We had just one senior and two juniors tonight. All the rest were freshmen and sophomores. We're immature, but not in a bad way, but in a growth way."

UNCG's Kristen Schmidbauer sent a shot toward the Chattanooga goal that was blocked by the Lady Mocs, but managed to control the ricochet and evade the defenders for the first goal of the game at the 12:31 mark. Just over three minutes later teammate Jaimey Etten sent a direct kick through the outstretched hands of Chattanooga's keeper freshman Taylor Mangrum (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) to go up 2-0 with just 15:48 gone in the game.

That would be all theSpartans would muster in the first half as Chattanooga's defense stepped up to hold off any more scoring opportunities and go into halftime trailing 2-0.

In the second half, Chattanooga sophomore Becca Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) delivered a shot to the back of the net to cut the Spartans' lead to 2-1 in the 61st minute. Despite opportunities to score, the game would remain at 2-1 until UNCG scored its final three goals to put the game away.

Stine Schoening scored unassisted in the 77th minute with the eventual game winner followed just over four minutes later on a shot from Jessi Gulledge off an assist from Tabitha Padgett to go up 4-1. Jenn Partenheimer found the net at the 81:25 mark for the Spartans' fifth goal of the game.

However, the Lady Mocs weren't out yet as freshman Andria Aurand (Hixson, Tenn.) scored her first collegiate goal in front of the home crowd. She headed in a shot off a corner from sophomore Lauren Wilson to make it 5-2, but that's all UTC would get before the game closed.

"I was really pleased with them tonight. I know that sounds crazy," Kyzer said. "but I believe we're getting better and better as a team. We're progressing. It may not show in the win-loss column, but we're definitely progressing."

Mangrum grabbed five saves in the first half and split time in goal with sophomore Taylor Davidson (Ooltewah, Tenn.) who had three saves in 45 minutes. UNCG outshot Chattanooga 24-11 with 13 shots on goal to UTC's three.

The Lady Mocs will return to Finley Sunday afternoon hosting Elon in a 2 p.m. matchup. Live stats and video will be available at the official website of Chattanooga athletics, www.GoMocs.com.

SCORING SUMMARY:

1              12:31    UNCG   Kristen Schmidbauer (unassisted)

2              15:48     UNCG   Jaimey Etten (unassisted)

3              60:52     UTC        Becca Smith (Donna-Kay Henry)

4              76:51     UNCG   Stine Schoening (unassisted)

5              80:57     UNCG   Jessi Gulledge (Tabitha Padgett)

6              81:25     UNCG   Jenn Partenheimer (unassisted)

7              82:55     UTC        Andria Aurand Lauren Wilson

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