UTC Soccer At UNCG, VMI This Weekend
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team will close out the regular season in a fight to the finish with UNCG and VMI in a pair of road contests.
The Mocs are currently fourth in a tight Southern Conference race. Samford leads the standings with 19 points in first place and UNCG is second with 18 points. UTC is two points behind ETSU in the standings in fourth place with 13 points.
Chattanooga will take on the Spartans in Greensboro Friday night the close the season VMI Sunday afternoon.
The Keydets have yet to win a match in league play this season and will host Samford Friday night and the Mocs Sunday afternoon in the season finale for both teams.
With a multitude of scenarios on the table, the Mocs could finish as high as second or possibly sixth. The top six teams will receive a first round bye and the top four will host a quarterfinal match.
The Mocs are experiencing their best season since the 2005 campaign with and 8-6-2 overall mark and a 4-2-1 league record. Seven of Chattanooga's wins this season have come by way of shutout.
Chloe Arnold is second in the SoCon standings with 11 goals and 27 points. She has four multi-goal games for the Mocs and three game winning goals. Masey Fox, with three goals, is second on the team in scoring with 10 points, three goals and four assists.
Ashton Shields leads the conference with a 0.60 goals-against average and a .875 saves percentage. She leads the SoCon with six of the Mocs' shutouts this season.
The Spartans are 11-3-1 overall and 6-1 in Southern Conference action. After starting the year 5-2-1 in non-conference play, the Spartans went on a six-game win streak against the league. That was halted with a 2-1 loss on the road at ETSU last Sunday.
Led by SoCon-leader Cienna Rideout's 28 points, the Spartans are second in the SoCon for scoring with 106 points on 36 goals and 34 assists. Rideout is tied with Mercer's Abigail Zoller with a league-high 28 points leads the conference with 12 goals. Nicole Supply, ranked eighth in the SoCon for goals, is second on the team with five. She has 12 points. Rideout has a conference-best five game winning goals.
Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper is third in the SoCon with a 0.82 goals-against average and second with a .836 saves percentage. She has 61 saves and tied for second with five shutouts.
The Keydets went through non-conference play unbeaten with a 6-0-1 mark. However, once in SoCon play, VMI has yet to record a victory. VMI is 6-7-1 and 0-7 against the league with just three losses by shuout.
Sierra Brewer leads the team with 11 points spurred on by a team-high five goals. Julianne Knoblett and Blake Cashin each have three goals and two assists for eight points while Kiley Cooper and Sam Franklin each have contributed three goals and are fourth on the team in scoring with six points. Brewer and Knoblitt each have two game winning goals while Franklin and Taylor Callahan each have one.
Ceci Keppeler has made 10 starts in goal for VMI with appearances in 12 matches. She ranks in the Top 10 of the SoCon keeper standings with a 1.17 goals against average, 49 saves and is tied for second in the league with five shutouts.
Friday night's game at UNCG will kick off at 7:00 p.m. The match will be carried live in ESPN+ and live stats will be available. On Sunday, VMI will have live stats for the match at 2:00 p.m.
All results will be available online at GoMocs.com following each game. Once the final game is decided, the league will release the official SoCon Tournament bracket. The first and quarterfinal rounds will be played at home sites, hosted by the higher seed. The semifinal and final will be hosted by Mercer on November 2 and 4 in Macon, Ga.