Soccer Falls 2-1 to Davidson on Senior Day

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- On a sunny, crisp fall afternoon at Finley Stadium, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team fell 2-1 in overtime to Davidson in Southern Conference action as the Mocs bid farewell to seniors Danielle Barr and Donna-Kay Henry.

The Wildcats' Julia Singley scored unassisted for the Golden Goal in the 94th minute to move Davidson to 8-8-2 overall and 6-4 in league play. The Mocs closed out the home slate with the loss and fall to 6-9-2 overall and 1-8-1 in SoCon action.

Chattanooga, depleted by injuries, had to play from behind from the start after giving up a goal in the third minute. Rachel Newmister took a pass from Stephanie Piperno in the box and slid the shot into the bottom left of the goal for the score.

"It's been the same story for the last eight games," UTC Head Coach J.D. Kyzer said. "We talked about it in the lockerroom before the game that we didn't want to give one up early, but it happened again and we had to play catchup the rest of the game."

Chattanooga got the equalizer just before the halftime break when Henry was streaking toward the goal. She got past the Davidson defenders and was pulled down from behind in the box drawing the penalty. Junior Becca Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) was called upon for the fourth time this year to take the penalty shot and she easily got it past Davidson's keeper to tie the match at 1-1.

"D.K. does a great job," Kyzer said. "She's the 12th, 13th and 14th person on the field. They can't keep up with her one-v-one so she draws two and three defenders and that leaves someone else open. She gets fouled so often and gets beat up out there and then Becca steps up to take the PK."

With just three subs on the bench, Kyzer played all players available for the game today.

"We've been without our entire midfield since the conference schedule started," Kyzer said. "We were 5-5-1 through the non-conference and then we started getting hit by injuries and we've been down 25 percent of our team for several weeks.

"I'm proud of them. They haven't complained. They haven't said they're tired. They get out there and fight. They train hard every day. I'm very proud of them and their attitude day in and day out."

Prior to the game, the Mocs said farewell to Barr and Henry.

Danielle joined the team in her sophomore year at Chattanooga and by her second year stepped up to become a starter.

"Danielle provides that stability for us," Kyzer said. "She is so important to this team both on and off the field. We have so many young players and she has become a mother figure to them - even early on. It's a role that she embraced. On the field, she provides leadership and and stability. She will be greatly missed."

D.K. has been a force on the field since her arrival as a freshman. She is a three-time all-conference performer and is second on UTC's all-time charts in scoring and goals and third for assists. She is ranked among the best in the Southern Conference and the NCAA.

"D.K. is irreplaceable," Kyzer said. "Defenses can't contain her and she pays the price in getting beaten up on the field. She is a playmaker and has had a great impact on Chattanooga soccer."

The Mocs return to action Wednesday when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., to close out the season at league-leading Samford. The match will kick off at 7 p.m.

1 DAV 2:05 Rachel Newmister (3) Stephanie Piperno
2 UTC 44:32 Becca Smith (15) Penalty Kick
3 DAV 93:34 Julie Singley (4) unassisted


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