ELON, N.C. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team fell 8-2 to Elon Monday afternoon in Southern Conference action at Rudd Field. The Mocs are now 5-3-1 overall and 0-2 in SoCon play while the Phoenix move to 3-4-3 overall and 1-0-1 in league action.
"We played well in the first 20 minutes just like we did Saturday [at UNCG]," UTC Head Coach J.D. Kyzer said. "We just couldn't stay focused. The youth of the team and the delays this weekend made it difficult for us to get our head in the games."
The Phoenix got on the board in the seventh minute on a goal from Shannon Foley. Bethany Houpt sent a cross from the right side to Foley who touched it in on the far post for the first score.
Chattanooga quickly knotted the match on a direct kick from junior Becca Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) from about 28 yards out at the 10:02 mark of the game.
Elon quickly took the lead on another assist from Houpt. The freshman sent a shot deep into the box from the right side and Catherine Brinkman picked it up for a quick score putting the Phoenix up 2-1 in the 19th minute. Elon didn't take long to score again picking up its third goal less than four minutes later as Houpt once again assisted on the score. Brinkman sent a header past Chattanooga's keeper sophomore Taylor Mangrum (Franklin, Tenn.) into the middle of the net to make it 3-1 at the 22:02 mark of the game.
Kendall Stanley scored Elon's fourth goal on a shot from 15 yards out in the 38th minute and the Phoenix carried a 4-1 lead into the lockerroom at the break.
At the start of the second half, the Phoenix picked up right where they left off scoring less than five minutes into the second stanza. Foley picked up a pass from Olivia Mackey from the left side and scored into the middle of the net to make it 5-1.
The Mocs cut into the lead on a goal from senior Donna-Kay Henry (Queens Village, N.Y.) who dribbled through the defenders and sent a shot through the goal from 12 yards out to make it 5-2 in the 69th minute.
"The put a triangle around her and she did a good job of beating the defense and getting to the goal," Kyzer said.
However, Elon would put the game further out of reach with three quick goals for the final 8-2 score. Marissa Russo scored twice in about a minute and a half then assisted on another three minutes later.
"Not having Lauren Wilson in the middle is hurting us," Kyzer said of his junior who has missed the last two games with an injury. "Her veteran leadership is missed."
Elon outshot the Mocs 21-6 and had 13 shots on goal to Chattanooga's three. Mangrum had four saves for the Mocs. The game was originally scheduled to be played Sunday afternoon, but a spate of thunderstorms Friday afternoon pushed Chattanooga's game against UNCG to Saturday. Subsequently the match on Sunday was pushed back as well to accommodate and extended the road trip.
Chattanooga will return home to host The Citadel at 7 p.m. Friday at Finley Stadium. Admission is free. Live stats and video streaming of the event will be available at GoMocs.com.
September 26, 2011
• UTC is 5-3-1 overall and 0-2 in SoCon play
• First 0-2 start in SoCon play since 2006
• Eight goals is the most the Mocs have given up this season
• has a team-high eight goals through nine games
• has a team-high 19 points through nine games
• 56 points is third all-time at UTC
•22 goals is tied for third all-time at UTC
• has three goals on the year
• has 10 points through eight games
• 70 career points - second all-time at UTC
• 29 career goals - second all-time at UTC