CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team will return home this weekend to host The Citadel Friday night at Finley Stadium and then the College of Charleston in a Pink Game Sunday afternoon.
The Mocs faltered with back-to-back losses on the Southern Conference opening weekend with losses to defending SoCon champ UNCG and Elon in games that were both pushed back one day due to severe weather lashing the central North Carolina area on Friday. UTC is 5-3-1 overall and 0-2 in league play.
The Mocs will host the Bulldogs Friday night at 7 p.m. at Finley Stadium. Live stats and streaming video will be available at the official website of Mocs athletics, GoMocs.com. Promotions for the game will be points for Mocs Maniacs and the Residence Rumble contest.
On Sunday, the Mocs will don the PINK to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink Sunday to show their support. The Mocs will host the College of Charleston at 2 p.m. Live stats and streaming video will be available at the official website of Mocs athletics, GoMocs.com. Promotions for the game will be points for Mocs Maniacs and PINK Day. 100 PINK Mocs T-shirts will be given out as well as 100 PINK water bottles and 250 PINK lanyards.
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SCOUTING THE MOCS
The Mocs unbeaten streak ended with the start of the Southern Conference season. UTC faced off against the league's defending champion, UNCG, to start the SoCon slate and then fell to Elon two days later in a rain delayed weekend. The Mocs are tied for sixth in the SoCon for scoring with 41 points on the year and have 16 goals. UTC has given up a league-high 25 goals and have a 2.68 goals against average. Donna-Kay Henry added two goals to her tally while Becca Smith scored once and assisted on both of Henry's goals. Smith is second in the league in both scoring (19) and goals (8). Henry, with three goals and four assists, is tied for fifth in the SoCon for scoring with 10 points. Keeper Taylor Mangrum is second in the league with 53 saves overall and tied for first with 5.89 saves per game and two shutouts on the year.
THE CITADEL (3-6-1, 1-1-0 SoCon)
HEAD COACH Bob Winch
Series Record vs. Chattanooga: Chattanooga leads 6-2-1
Last Meeting: Oct. 1, 2010 - Away: Citadel 2, Chattanooga 0
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Citadel is averaging a league-high 18 shots per game and are ranked eighth in the SoCon for goals (14) and ninth for points (35). The Bulldogs have given up 17 goals on the year, have 57 saves and a 1.63 goals against average. The Citadel is a very physical team with a league-high 105 fouls and nine yellow cards. Vanessa Aponte leads the SoCon with 44 shots, but is second to UTC's Smith with 4.40 shots per game. Aponte has a team-best 12 points and is fourth in the SoCon standings with five goals. Goalie Laura Serafino has a 1.29 goals against average and is sixth in the league with 4.56 saves per game.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (6-4-0, 2-0-0 SoCon)
HEAD COACH: Kevin Dempsey
Series Record vs. Chattanooga: Charleston 13-2
Last Meeting: Oct. 3, 2010 - Away: 2OT-Coll. of Charleston 2, Chattanooga 1
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
The Cougars are tied for first in the league after the opening weekend with a pair of wins. While tied with the Mocs for shots (122) CofC has managed to convert that into 18 goals with a league-high tying 17 assists. The Cougars have given up 15 goals and are sixth in the SoCon with a 1.48 goals against average. Sarah Schaidle has a team best nine points and four goals. Cricket Wise is second in the SoCon wiht a 0.82 goals against average and a league-best .848 saves percentage.
MOCS FALTER IN SOCON OPENERS After getting off to a hot start, the Mocs cooled a bit with a pair of losses in the SoCon opening weekend. Donna-Kay Henry scored twice and Becca Smith assisted on both along with scoring a goal of her own.
MOCS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2004 The Mocs have won five of their first seven games and have one loss and one tie to go along with it. That is the team's best start since 2004 when UTC won eight of its first nine games that included two four-game win streaks. Chattanooga is currently in a five-game unbeaten streak that started with a tie against Gardner-Webb on August 28. Since the the Mocs have won four straight, one shy of their longest winning streak set in 2009 with a five-game win streak to start the season.
SMITH TABBED CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK Junior forward Becca Smith was named the SoCon Co-Player of the Week for all matches Sept. 5-11. She scored the equalizer against Stetson then secured the win on a penalty kick in overtime. Against Jacksonville State, she again used a penalty kick to give the Mocs the win and the GWU Tournament title. She was named to the All-Tournament team.
MOCS CLAIM BORDER CLASSIC TITLE; HENRY NAMED MVP The Mocs defeated Stetson 3-2 in overtime and Jacksonville State 1-0 in regulation to claim the Gardner-Webb Under Armour Border Classic title. Both game winning goals were penalty kicks taken by Becca Smith after Donna-Kay Henry was fouled in the box. Henry was named the MVP while Smith, who scored three goals in the tournament, was named to the all-tournament team. Joining them on the squad was midfielder Lauren Wilson and defender Andria Aurand.
MOCS RUN UNBEATEN STREAK TO FIVE After dropping the home opener to Austin Peay, the Mocs have not lost a match in each of their last five tries. UTC came away with a 3-3 draw against Gardner-Webb then went on a four-game tear with shutouts against Lipscomb and Jacksonville State, an overtime win against Stetson and a 2-1 win over Alabama A&M to close out the non-conference season.
MANGRUM TIES SAVES TOTAL Sophomore keeper Taylor Mangrum is second in the SoCon with 5.89 saves per game and is third with 53. She pulled down 18 against Jacksonville State to secure her third career shutout and tied her career-best for a single game. The 18 saves are also the most this season by any Southern Conference team.
SMITH TIES, WINS WITH TWO GOALS Junior Becca Smith nailed a game-tying goal from 25 yards out in the 81st minute to secure overtime for the Mocs against Stetson at the GWU Tournament. She followed that with the game-winning penalty kick in the 100th minute after teammate Donna-Kay Henry was taken out by the keeper in the box.
SOCCER TEAM GIVES ASSIST The Mocs were up early on Labor Day to help out with the annual FCA 5K Race held at Chattanooga State. The Mocs stood in the pouring rain to help direct the runners along the course and provided water.
SMITH RANKS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS Junior Becca Smith is back to the form she sported as a freshman. After a series of injuries kept her sidelined last season, she has steppd back to the front of the scene in the SoCon. She is second in the league with points (19), points per game (2.11), goals (8) and goals per game (0.89). She leads the league with 4.44 shots per game. She has twice scored two goals in a game (Tennessee Tech and Stetson) and has a league-high four game winning goals.
HENRY TOP ASSIST GETTER Senior Donna-Kay Henry is generally known for her scoring abilities. As her reputation has spread, her goal scoring opportunities have shrunk, but she hasn't let that stop her. Henry has four assists on the year and leads the Mocs in that category for the first time in her career. She is third in the SoCon and now has 12 for her career, ranking fourth all-time at UTC. Her two assists against Lipscomb tie for the most in a single SoCon game this year.
CREW STEPS IN THE MIDDLE Sophomore transfer Kelly Crew was the Rookie of the Year for the Appalachian Athletic Conference a year ago when she played for Tennessee Wesleyan. Through just six games this season, the Aussie is second on the team for assists with two, ranking seventh in the SoCon.
MACKEZYK STEPPING UP Freshman Crystal Mackezyk (MY-chek) is playing midfield for the Mocs, but doesn't skimp on the scoring opportunities. The Columbia, Tenn., native has goals against Gardner-Webb, Stetson and the game-winner against Lipscomb.
ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS IN THE SOCON Senior Donna-Kay Henry and Becca Smith are ranked among the top active players in the Southern Conference. Henry has 70 career points, good for third while Smith's 56 rank her fourth. Henry has 29 goals, just one off the SoCon leader and Smith has 22, putting her fourth on the list. The pair are listed first and third for shots with Henry's 185 and Smith's 158. Henry and Smith each have eight game-winning goals placing them fourth on the list, five behind league-leader Martha Hall. Sophomore Taylor Mangrum also enters the SoCon's top five for saves with 171.
THREE SCORE IN TIE VS. GARDNER-WEBB Freshman Crystal Mackezyk scored her first collegiate goal for the first of three ties in UTC's game against Gardner-Webb. Junior Lauren Wilson netted her second goal at UTC while junior Becca Smith added another goal for a SoCon-leading three on the year.
SMITH NETS PAIR IN OPENING WIN Junior Becca Smith added two more goals to her career total with a pair against Tennessee Tech in the Mocs season-opening win in Cookeville. Smith tied for seventh on the Mocs single game record for goals scored, one behind her career-high three netted in her collegiate debut. She also moves up on the career charts to fifth for points as well as goals scored.
HENRY A PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE Senior Donna-Kay Henry of Queens Village, N.Y., was named to the Southern Conference Preseason All-Conference Team as voted on by the league coaches. Henry, a three-time all-conference honoree, is second on the UTC all-conference charts with 60 points and 26 goals scored. She led UTC in scoring last season with nine goals and 20 points.
MOCS DOWN MURRAY ST. IN SCRIMMAGE The Mocs hosted Murray State in a preseason scrimmage and came away with a 2-1 victory. All goals were scored in the first half with UTC striking a blow twice before MSU got on the board. Senior Donna-Kay Henry took a pass from junior Kelsey Swann and drilled the first goal home on an 15-yard shot from the right side hitting it past both a defender and the keeper. That was followed a short time later with a corner kick goal from sophomore Andria Aurand to the head of freshman Crystal Mackezyck right in front of the goal. After MSU scored to cut the lead in half, neither team allowed another score for the remainder of the match.
SOCCER TO HOST NINE HOME MATCHES The women's soccer team begins its second season at Finley Stadium after a five-year hiatus from the 20,000+ - seat stadium. The Mocs will host nine matches including five in the Southern Conference. The Mocs will open the home slate with a three-game stand beginning with Austin Peay on August 21 followed by an August 28 match with Gardner-Webb. The third game of the series, Lipscomb on Sept. 2, will be played at GPS along the Tennessee River.