By Jackson Sparks, Staff Writer —
The Chattanooga women’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker in the quarterfinals round at the SoCon tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Entering the day with 9-3-6 record, the Mocs searched for their first victory in this tournament since 2003. They came into the match-up with a school record nine shutouts and boasting the fourth most wins in school history.
As they were set for the battle win the 10-7-1 UNCG squad, the focus of the team was palpable and determined. The Spartans put on a show on defense as they led most of the game after scoring at the 42-minute mark. However, Mocs’ midfielder, Osa Iyare, Montreal, Quebec., would spoil the regulation victory for the Spartans, scoring on a free kick from 35 yards out on the 90th minute.
In the two overtime periods, both defenses displayed their elite status as only one shot on goal was taken between the two teams combined. The conclusion of this grueling battle was decided by penalty kicks, with UNCG winning 4-2.
Coach Gavin McKinney had nothing but great things to say about his team as the season came to an end.
“We are disappointed to not be advancing on in the tournament, but out team can hold their heads high,” McKinney said. “To equalize late on and lose it in penalties is heartbreaking. The girls fought as hard as they could. They have been an amazing group to work with this season.”
Coach McKinney then took a moment to reflect on the seniors who had just played their last game. Among those seniors are Anna Rogers, Bristol, Tn., Molli Miller, Maryville, Tn., Jordan Mueller, Hendersonville, Tn., and Bailey Gail, Knoxville, Tn.
“Anna, Jo, Bailey, and Molli have been instrumental in driving the program forward in a positive direction,” McKinney said. “I am extremely proud to have coached them and I am very grateful for all they have given us. They will be missed.”
As this season is wrapped up, the future of the program looks bright and Mocs fans can expect to see the team compete year in and year out.