October 1, 2010

Bulldog Soccer Shuts Out Lady Mocs, 2-0

Charleston, S.C. - Bulldog Soccer extends its winning streak to five consecutive matches following a 2-0 routing of Chattanooga, Friday afternoon. The victory over the Lady Mocs establishes a program best third Southern Conference win in a single season. The Citadel moves to 7-3-1 overall, 3-0 SoCon while Chattanooga falls to 3-8-0, 1-2 SoCon.

After going scoreless in the first half, the match picked up intensity in the second period with both teams coming off the bench firing early. UTC's Kelsey Swann took the first shot 33 seconds in but the ball sailed wide left. At the 48:59 mark, The Citadel's Mariana Garcia took a shot that ricocheted off the top post putting a loose ball into the air. Off the deflection, freshman Ruth Leiva shot the header over the goalie and into the net for the early 1-0 lead.

The Citadel maintained offensive control with three consecutive shots prior to Nicole Levermann's kick from the top right of the box. The ball rolled through traffic and into the net to expand the lead to 2-0. Chattanooga wouldn't surrender as they followed with five of the next seven shots. At the 70:13 mark, UTC's Lauren Wilson took a shot while in a crowded area but the Bulldogs came up with the stop. Chattanooga's Donna-Kay Henry aimed for the net at the 72:20 mark, but Laura Serafino's diving catch prevented the goal. The Lady Mocs remained on offense as Wilson took a corner kick that set up a header by Becca Smith, but the shot sailed wide.

The Bulldogs' defense held Chattanooga to 16 shots, three in the first half, while The Citadel finished with 26. Levermann led the Cadets with seven shots, two on goal to go along with her one goal. Garcia followed closely with six shots, two on goal. Lauren Wilson led Chattanooga's offense with four shots, one on goal and Henry followed with three shots, two on goal. Mangrum was full at work as she finished the match with 10 saves, while her counterpart Serafino finished with two while defending the Bulldogs' net.

"I am very proud of the way the team stepped up today," said assistant coach Jamie Stewart. "Although we need to work on our composure, it was great to see them create another solid performance and we hope to carry this momentum forward."

The Citadel returns to action Sunday, Oct. 3 when they face Samford at 2 p.m. at WLI Field. For more information on Bulldog Soccer, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.CitadelSports.com.

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