Soccer Pulls Out 3-2 Win over Elon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Junior Donna-Kay Henry scored twice in the second half to give the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team a 3-2 win over Elon Sunday afternoon in Southern Conference action at Finley Stadium. The Lady Mocs improve to 3-7-0 overall and 1-1-0 in league play while the Phoenix move to 6-3-1 overall and 1-1 in the SoCon.

Henry (Queens Village, N.Y.) score both goals in the second half streaking down the left side line and just missed a hat trick as she lofted her shot over the Elon keeper Kristen Haney a bit too high as it struck the cross bar.

"She a good player," UTC Head Coach J.D. Kyzer said. "When you have good players like that they can take advantage of the situation."

Elon got on the board first with a goal in the 38th minute. Olivia Mackey's corner kick in front of the goal was picked up by Alanna Winsper who headed it past UTC keeper Taylor Mangrum (Franklin, Tenn.) for the only goal scored by the Phoenix on the afternoon.

"Taylor's got really, really good hands," Kyzer said. "That first goal was something she'd never seen before. They lined up three people right in front of her. They just stopped her from coming forward. It was a good play by them."

Chattanooga evened it up at the 43:48 mark as Lauren Wilson put a corner kick in front of the net and junior Danielle Barr (Hixson, Tenn.) scored on a header.

In the second half, Henry gave Chattanooga its first lead of the game as she streaked down field and got past two Elon defenders before knocking the ball into the net from the left side for a 2-1 lead at the 47:58 mark of the game.

The Lady Mocs defense wavered a bit in the 55th minute as a Chattanooga, trying to clear the ball from the front of the net, put a funny spin on it and sent it into its own net. Mangrum made a dive for it, but it got past her for an own goal and the game was tied 2-2.

"Soccer's weird," Kyzer said. "You can be the better team and win; you can be the better team and lose. Everything can be going your way and you lose the game. Own goals are like that too. Everybody's trying to clear it out. That's why you put it in the box. It can hit off anybody."

Henry got on her horse a second time. She was chased down the field by the Phoenix defenders, but she streaked past and again got around the defense and sent the shot past the keeper from the left to give the Lady Mocs a 3-2 lead.

The Phoenix outshot Chattanooga 16-14, but the Lady Mocs held the advantage on shots on goal with eight to Elon's six. Mangrum recorded four saves on the day and Haney had five for Elon.

The Lady Mocs will return to action with a three-game road stretch starting in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, Oct. 1 at The Citadel.

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