CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team will travel to the North Carolina mountains this weekend for the Southern Conference matches against Western Carolina on Wednesday and Appalachian State Sunday afternoon.
SCOUTING THE MOCS (5-7-1, 0-6 SoCon)
Last weekend the Mocs fell to SoCon foes Furman and Wofford in heartbreaking overtime contests. UTC held a 3-1 lead over the Paladins with mere minutes remaining only to see the lead dissapate with two goals from Furman in regulation. An overtime scored secured the win for the Paladins who have beaten UTC 18 straight times. At Wofford, the Mocs turned the tables and secured a last minute goal to force overtime. However, two extra periods later, it would be the Terriers who came out on top. Becca Smith leads the league with 12 goals and 28 points, topping her season-high from two years ago. Along side Smith is Donna-Kay Henry who has four goals this season and a league-best six assists. It is Henry's offensive threat that leads to penalties for opponents and PK's from Smith. Keeper Taylor Mangrum leads the SoCon in saves with 87 averaging 6.69 saves per game.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS (8-5-1, 3-3-0 SoCon)
HEAD COACH: Chad Miller
Series Record vs. Chattanooga: Western Carolina leads 7-2-3
Last Meeting: Oct. 15, 2010: Home - UTC 1, WCU 1 - 2OT
The Catamounts are 8-5-1 overall and 3-3 in league play. WCU fell in shutouts to Georgia Southern and Davidson over the weekend after earning back-to-back double-overtime victories against Furman and Wofford. While WCU has taken next to the fewest shots in the SoCon, it is third in the league in scoring with 66 points and sixth in goals scored with 23. The Catamounts have gien up 16 goals, third fewest in the SoCon and are ranked fourth with a goals against average of 1.10. Samantha Hodge leads WCU in scoirng with 13 points and has a team-high four goals and five assists. Katie Jacobs is ranked seventh in the conference with a 1.13 goals against average.
Friday's game will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex on Parent Weekend. Live stats and video streaming will be available.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS (5-8-1, 1-4-1 SoCon)
HEAD COACH: Sarah Strickland
Series Record vs. Chattanooga: Appalachian State leads 12-3-2
Last Meeting: Oct. 17, 2010: Home - ASU 3, UTC 1
The Mountaineers are 5-8-1 overall and rank 11th in the SoCon standings with a 1-4-1 league mark. ASU pulled out a scoreless double-overtime tie against Furman then followed that with a double-overtime win over Wofford before falling at both Davidson and Georgia Southern over the weekend. The Mountaineers are last in the league in scoring with 38 points and have a SoCon-low 12 goals. They are ranked 8th in goals allowed having given up 21 and have a 1.44 goals against average. Julia Holz leads the team with five goals on the year while Hannah Coad and Sydney Hill have a team-best four assists each. Amy Kolowsky was named SoCon Player of the week for her efforts against Furman and Wofford an dis eight in the league with a .764 saves percentage.
Sunday's match will kick off at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available at GoMocs.com on the schedule page.
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 ranked first in the league with points (28), points per game (2.15), goals (12), goals per game (0.92), shots (54) and shots per game (4.15). 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 ninth in both goals per game and total goals and is 11th in the NCAA for points per game and 14th for total points. Her four game winning goals have her ranked 16th in the country.
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 a league-high six assists on the year and leads the Mocs in that category for the first time in her career. She has 14 for her career, ranking second 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. She scored against Furman and recorded the game-tying goal at Wofford to force overtime. She added two assists to her point total and is third on the team in scoring with 12 points.
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 74 career points, good for second while Smith's 65 rank her fourth. Henry has 30 goals, just one off the SoCon leader and Smith has 26, putting her fourth on the list. Henry is ranked third in the leauge with 14 career assists while Smith it tied for fourth with 13. The pair are listed first and third for shots with Henry's 195 and Smith's 172. 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.