CULLOWHEE, N.C. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team earned a 3-0 shutout at Western Carolina in Southern Conference action despite being outshot by the Catamounts 25-7. Three different Mocs scored in the shutout win that ended a six-game losing skid.
"Every win is a good win," Chattanooga head coach J.D. Kyzer said. "There was a lot of work that went in to getting this win and the team deserves it. We've worked at the same level this whole time. It's nice for it to pay off against a good Western Carolina team."
Chattanooga improves to 6-7-1 overall and 1-6 in league play while the Catamounts move to 8-6-1 on the year and 3-4 in conference action. The win is the third shutout for Chattanooga this season and the fourth career no-no for sophomore keeper Taylor Mangrum (Franklin, Tenn.) who nabbed 12 saves.
Junior Kelsey Swann (Hixson, Tenn.) got the scoring started early with her second goal of the year on an assist from senior Donna-Kay Henry (Queens Village, N.Y.) at the 9:18 mark of the game. The goal would prove to be the game winner.
"She scored it on the opposite side," Kyzer said. "She crashed the back door and D.K. slotted it in."
Chattanooga's second goal came from the Mocs' No. 2 career scorer when Henry took a through ball from Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.) and beat out the defense that was playing forward. Henry dashed about 40 yards down field and scored from five yards out for her fifth goal of the year and 31st of her career. She is six goals shy of UTC's all-time leading scorer Diana Jallo (2002-05).
Chattanooga's final score came late in the second half on just the second recorded shot by the Mocs in the second half, both by freshman Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.). Junior Becca Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) increased her league-leading scoring output with an assist to Mackezyk who netted her sixth goal of the year.
Smith passed the ball through the defense to Mackezyk. The Western Carolina keeper came out to defend and Mackezyk's shot glanced off her and into the goal for the score.
"This is a good motivation for us and gives us some momentum," Kyzer said. "But last Sunday, just about every game was decided by one goal. It's all a matter of who comes out ready."
Chattanooga will return to action Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. matchup at Appalachian State. Live stats will be available on the soccer schedule page at GoMocs.com, the official website of Chattanooga Athletics.