Soccer Falls 3-2 in Double-Overtime at Wofford
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- For the second straight match, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss, falling 3-2 in double-overtime to Wofford Sunday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C.

"Obviously we're super disappointed," Chattanooga Head Coach J.D. Kyzer said. "We were devastated after the overtime loss to Furman, but we regrouped and played hard today. We're very young and have a lot of injuries in key positions."

With Chattanooga down 2-1, Mocs freshman Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.) scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute to force overtime with her fifth goal of the year.

"She's the master of the one-touch goal," Kyzer said. "She had her back to the goal and then she turned and opened up and put it the opposite side of the keeper.

"We're hard on her though. She's a true freshman and we're asking her to make critical decisions in the middle. That's a tough place for a freshman and she's handled it well."

However, it would be the Terriers who snapped a four-game losing streak with the Golden Goal in double ovetime. Anne Phillips scored her second goal of the game on a put back after a missed shot for the win at the 106:35 mark.

Wofford got on the board first with Emily Brougas' 11th goal of the year in the third minute on an assist from Chelsea Ashworth. Chattanooga followed that with a penalty kick by junior Becca Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) at 28:01 to tie it up 1-1 with her league-leading 12th goal.

"It's the same thing," Kyzer said. "D.K. had everyone beat and they sandwiched her between two people. She takes so much punishment and Becca steps up to get the score for us."

Phillips put Wofford up 2-1 in the 71st minute on an unassisted goal that deflected off the post before going in.

The Mocs responded with Mackezyk's goal from senior Donna-Kay Henry (Queens Village, N.Y.) to tie the match with just less than nine minutes to play in regulation.

Chattanooga got off just one shot to the Terriers four in both overtime periods and Wofford outshot UTC 25-8 with half of the Mocs' shots on goal in the game. Smith registered four shots with two on goal and a penalty kick while Henry had three shots with one on goal and an assist. Mackezyk's goal came on her one shot of the game.

Sophomore keeper Taylor Mangrum (Franklin, Tenn.) had nine saves on the day while the team added a pair.

The Mocs fall to 5-7-1 overall and 0-6 in Southern Conference action while the Terriers improve to 8-4-0 overall and 2-4 in league play.

"We've lost our last four games by just one goal each game," Kyzer said. "This is a very close team. You can't weather a storm like this unless you're close. They won't let this get to them. They want to win and they haven't given up.

"We're on the same page and we believe in ourselves. They've suffered some big losses and some heartbreakers, but it's such a team effort. Everyone is stepping up and doing their part and hopefully that will pay off soon. We can't catch a break. We're not waiting for it, though. We're fighting for it."

The Mocs return to action next weekend with a Friday night match at Western Carolina followed by a Sunday afternoon contest at Appalachian State. Friday's game will kick off at 7 p.m. in Cullowhee, N.C.

SCORING SUMMARY:
No. Time Team Goal scorer Assist
1. 2:23 WOF Emily Bougas (11) Chelsea Ashworth
2. 28:01 UTC
Becca Smith (12) Penalty kick
3. 70:41 WOF Anne Phillips (2) (unassisted)
4. 81:05 UTC
Crystal Mackezyk (5) Donna-Kay Henry
5. 106:35 WOF Anne Phillips (3) Maureen Buff

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