CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga scored once in each half to rally past UNC Asheville 2-1 in women’s soccer action at Finley Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (2-3-0) scored the first goal of the game from Kennedy Garrett in the first half and controlled play for much of the match but fell for the third straight game.
Asheville out-shot the Mocs (2-2-0) 16-9 and forced two UTC goalkeepers to make eight saves.
Garrett opened the scoring off a feed from Shenny Lenhart for a 1-0 Bulldog lead at 8:55.
Chattanooga answered that late in the first half off a corner kick. Sophomore Hannah Wyatt lofted her shot to the front of the goal and it was picked up by freshman Hailey Callis 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 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 Asheville 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.
UNC Asheville is home on Wednesday afternoon when the Bulldogs host Mars Hill College at Greenwood Field starting at 5 p.m.