CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team are still in search of its first Southern Conference win of the season and will host Furman Thursday evening at Finley Stadium looking to put an end to the quest.
The Mocs are 5-5-1 overall and 0-4 in league play. After getting off to a hot start, UTC's five-match unbeaten streak came to an end at the start of league play. UTC has lost each of its four games in the Southern Conference and are 12th in the league.
SCOUTING THE MOCS
The Mocs have struggled with the start of the Southern Conference season with four straight losses. That puts UTC with a 5-5-1 overall record. The Mocs are sixth in the league in scoring with 50 points (4.55/game) and sixth with 19 goals (1.73/game). Chattanoga has given up a league-high 30 goals, but have the most saves in the conference with 72. Junior Becca Smith is tied for first in the conference with 23 points and 10 goals. She is one goal shy of the 11 she made as a freshman. Senior Donna-Kay Henry ranks ninth in the league in scoring with 10 points and fourth with four assists. Smith, with her four game-winning goals, continues to lead the SoCon. Sophmore goalie Taylor Mangrum has 70 saves on the year, second best in the conference and two shutouts.
SCOUTING THE PALADINS (7-5-1, 2-1-1 SoCon)
HEAD COACH: Andrew Burr
Series Record vs. Chattanooga: Furman leads 17-0
Last Meeting: Oct. 7, 2010 - Away: Furman 1, Chattanooga 0
The Paladins have won 17 straight games over the Mocs with a 1-0 win last season on the road. Furman is fourth in the league in scoring with 53 points and fifth with 20 goals. The Paladins have recorded 69 saves and given up just 12 goals on the year, second best in the Southern Conference and have a 0.89 goals against average. Rachel Shelnutt is ranked third in the league in scoring with 14 points and tied for third with six goals. Hannah Stanifer, who leads the team with 37 shots, is tied for ninth in the SoCon with four goals. Jessica Smith is ranked fourth in the conference with a goals against average of 0.93 and has a saves percentage of .838, second in the SoCon.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS (7-3-0, 1-3-0 SoCon)
HEAD COACH: Amy Kiah
Series Record vs. Chattanooga: Wofford leads 10-2-3
Last Meeting: Oct. 10, 2010 - Home: 2OT - Chattanooga 2, Wofford 2
The Terriers started the season on a team winning each of their first seven games, but hit a skid after opening the SoCon season with a win over Georgia Southern. Wofford is on a current three-game losing streak with losses to Davidson and double-overtime losses at Western Carolina and Appalachian State. The Terriers lead the league in scoring with 70 points and 26 goals and third in assists with 18. Wofford has allowed just eight goals on the year with a 0.78 goals against average and five shutouts. Emily Bougas is tied with UTC's Smith for most points (23) and goals (10) on the year. Chelsea Ashworth is second on the team in scoring with four goals. Anne Phillips has a league-high six assists. Erika Christensen leads the SoCon with a 0.84 goals against average.
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.
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 tied for first in the league with points (23) and goals (10) and is second in points per game (2.09), and goals per game (0.91). She has twice scored two goals in a game (Tennessee Tech and Stetson) and has a league-high four game winning goals.
SMITH CLIMBING IN NATIONAL RANKS
Junior Becca Smith is among the league leaders in several categories and that has translated into top rankings in the NCAA as well. Smith is ranked 12th with four game winning goals and 14th for points per game and goals per game. She is 17th in the NCAA with 10 total goals and ranks 23rd for total points with 23.
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.
MANGRUM TIES SAVES TOTAL
Sophomore keeper Taylor Mangrum is second in the SoCon with 6.36 saves per game and 70 total saves. She pulled in 18 saves 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.
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 as well as one assist.
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 60 rank her fourth. Henry has 29 goals, just one off the SoCon leader and Smith has 24, putting her fourth on the list. The pair are listed first and third for shots with Henry's 188 and Smith's 162. 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 188.
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.
SOCCER PLAYS WITH TOPPS SOCCER
On a blustery Saturday morning, the Mocs trekked to Redoubt to host a clinic for the Topps Soccer, a program for mentally challenged children. The Mocs set up stations for dribbling, passing and shooting.
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.