CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s soccer team posted a 2-1 victory over UNC Asheville Sunday afternoon at Finley Stadium despite a lopsided shooting effort. The Mocs improve to 2-2 on the year while the Bulldogs fall to 2-3.
UNC Asheville’s Shenny Lehhart charged from the left side toward the Chattanooga goal and fed Kennedy Garrett in the box for the first score of the game at the 8:55 mark of the opening period.
Chattanooga answered that late in the first half off a corner kick. Sophomore Hannah Wyatt (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) lofted her shot to the front of the goal and it was picked up by freshman Hailey Callis (Jackson, Mo.) who headed in the first goal of her collegiate career in the 36th minute.
The score remained tied through halftime at 1-1 and it would be nearly 15 minutes into the second half before the Mocs would break the tie with what proved to be the game winner.
Junior Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.) picked up the ball just past midfield and dodged defenders as she looked to make the pass. When no opportunity was presented, she took the shot at the 18 yard box, but it was deflected off the feet of the UNCA defenders. However, Mackezyk picked up the deflection and, with the keeper away from the net, she chipped the shot over her head and into the right side of the net.
The Bulldogs outshot UTC 16-9 with Lehhart and Garrett each taking three. UNCA had nine shots on goal to Chattanooga’s three. The Mocs used both keepers Sunday. Sophomore Lauren Thomas (Germantown, Tenn.) logged the first 45 minutes and made five saves with one goal against. Senior Taylor Mangrum (Franklin, Tenn.) played the second half with three saves and no goals for the win.
The Mocs will hit the road for a three-game road stretch including a trip to Gardner-Webb for the Under Armour Border Classic in Boiling Springs, N.C. UTC will play the host Bulldogs on Friday at 7 p.m. and USC Upstate Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats and streaming video can be found on the UTC schedule page.
No. Time Team Goal scorer Assist
1. 8:55 UNCA GARRETT, Kennedy (1) LEHHART, Shenny
2. 35:48 UTC Hailey Callis (1) Hannah Wyatt
3. 59:39 UTC Crystal Mackezyk (3) (unassisted)