Football host Belmont in ‘Hail to the Heroes’ game on Sunday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Chattanooga Women’s Soccer Team will host Belmont in the final of a three-game home stand in their “Salute to Heroes” game at the UTC Sports Complex on Sunday, September 11. All area first responders are invited to the game. Join us as we remember those we have lost and honor those who serve.

CHATTANOOGA vs. BELMONT
The Mocs and Bruins have met six times since 1997, with Belmont winning every contest. In Chattanooga, the Bruins won the last two. The last meeting was a 2-1 overtime win for Belmont in Nashville last season.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Chattanooga, TN | UTC Sports Complex
Follow all the action online at GoMocs.com. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ with live stats available on the women’s soccer schedule page.
Admission is free to all Mocs home soccer matches unless otherwise stated.

ABOUT CHATTANOOGA (2-2-2)
The Mocs are on a four-game unbeaten streak with a pair of wins and draws. UTC has wins over Austin Peay (3-0) away and North Alabama (2-1) at home while finishing in draws at Georgia State (1-1) and Tennessee Tech (1-1) ). The Mocs hold an 8-6 goal lead in six games this season, suffering just one shutout in Game 1 at UAB and averaging 1.33 goals per game. Freshmen Clariss Salinas and Caroline Richvalsky sit on top of the team to score. Salinas has a team-best six points on two goals and two assists while Richvalsky has one goal and two assists. Transfer Birna Johansdottir and senior Shelby Hash have each recorded a winning match for the Mocs. First year guard Caroline Ekern is 2-0-2 in goal this season with 12 saves and a 0.63 goals-against average.

ABOUT BELMONT (2-1-3)
The Bruins started the season with a victory over nearby Union, but immediately fell in their next game against North Alabama (2-0). After three straight draws, 1-1 against MTSU and draws against IUPUI and Western Kentucky, Belmont came away with a 1-0 win at Austin Peay on Thursday. The Bruins have five goals in six games and have allowed just three and averaging 9.5 shots per game. Anna Sweeney scored two goals in six matches, leading the team with four points. Shae Doherty, Leah Firsdon and Maci Pekmezian each have a goal. Sarah Doyle started all six games in goal and had 23 saves (.885 save percentage) and a .52 goals-against average, allowing three goals. She has three shutouts and combined with Taylor Wieland for the fourth.

CHATTANOOGA BELMONT
2-2-2 (0-0-0 SoCon) REGISTRATION 2-1-3 (0-0-0ASUN)
Gavin McKinney THE HEAD COACH Heather Henderson
UT Martin, 2006 ALMA MATER/AN UNC Greensboro, 1994
47-63-22 (8th) RECORD AT SCHOOL 79-89-30 (12th)

IN THE SERIES
OVERALL: Belmont leads 6-0-0
IN CHATTANOOGA: Belmont leads 2-0-0
IN NASHVILLE: Belmont leads 4-0-0
NEUTRAL: 0-0
CURRENT SERIES: Belmont, 6-0
LAST MEETING: Belmont 2, UNA 1 OT (08/27/21 in Nashville)

BELMONT 0-6-0
H: 0-2-0 | A: 0-4-0 | N: 0-0-0 | PRO: 0-0-0
last five
07/10/97 L 1-5 A
09/14/99 L 0-3 A
09/06/06 L 0-2 H
31/08/07 L 0-1 A
27/08/21 L-OT 1-2 A

LAST MATCH
Chattanooga 2, North Alabama 1
Clarissa Salinas netted a goal and an assist on his birthday in the Mocs’ 2-1 win over North Alabama on Thursday night at home. Caroline Richvalsky first found the foot of Birna Johannsdottir who, on a touch, passes the ball to Salinas. She fired a shot from the top box over the advancing UNA keeper for the first goal. In the second half, she evaded the defense and managed a pass through the defense in Shelby Hash. Hash, inside the top of the box, hit a roll into the bottom left corner for the game winner.

UNBEATEN FOUR MATCH SQUARE
The Mocs have improved to 2-2-2 on aggregate and are unbeaten in the last four games with a pair of wins and two draws. UTC started the streak with a 1-1 draw at Georgia State on a goal in the final five minutes of Clarissa Salinas. The Mocs followed that up with a 3-0 win at Austin Peay. Birna Johannsdottir scored the winning goal while Carolien Richvalsky and Mackenzie Smith added two more. UTC went home and gave up a late goal for a second draw in three games. A win over North Alabama in their last outing took the Mocs to an even 2-2-2 overall mark.

RICHVALSKY JOINS TEAM LEADERS
First-year student Caroline Richvalsky scored his first collegiate goal early in the second period against Tennessee Tech. A late Golden Eagles goal proved to be the equalizer in a 1-1 home draw.

MACKENZIE SMITH NAMED TSWA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Mackenzie Smith was named Women’s Soccer Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association after the Mocs’ 1-0-1 record in Week 2. She assisted on the Mocs’ second goal in a 3-0 victory at Austin Peay, then scored the final goal.

THREE MOCS SCORE WIN IN AUSTIN PEAY
The Mocs scored three different players in a 3-0 win at Austin Peay. Birna Johannsdottir scored his first goal since moving to UTC. Kelly Tuerff and Mackenzie Smith additional goals at the end of the match.

THE FIRST STEPS ON THE GOAL OF THE GAME
by Caroline Richvalsky shot late at Georgia State may not have found its target, but it led to a goal by a classmate Clarissa Salinas who was there to pick up the diversion. The goal was the first of Salinas’ collegiate career and tied the game for UTC.

EKERN WIN A STARTER PLACE IN GOAL
First-year student Caroline Ekern appeared in the Mocs game against Eastern Kentucky in the first half and made four saves in 65 minutes in his college debut. This led to her taking her first steps as a Moc at Georgia State. She played the full 90 and made two saves while allowing a goal. She has three starts to her credit and remains undefeated at 1-0-2.

SHAW NAMED TO USLW NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Senior Maggie Shaw was named to the USLW League National Team of the Year – Second Team for her play with the Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves.
NEWCOMERS IN THE STARTING XI
With 10 newcomers to the roster, many will have the chance to make an immediate impression. First-year student Zoey Mize and transfer Birna Johannsdottir started all three matches for UTC as Hannah Opie, Caroline Richvalsky and Clarissa Salinas each won a start. Guardian Caroline Ekern made his first start in goal at Georgia State.

MOCS GO 1-1 IN PRESEASON
In the opening exhibition game, the Mocs beat Middle Tennessee 2-1. Shelby Hash scored both goals for the Mocs in pre-season. Hash scored the first of his two goals in the second of three 30-minute periods, then netted his second in the final two minutes of the game. In Game 2 of the preseason, the Mocs faced a restless crew from Jacksonville State. The defenses evened out as neither team had many scoring chances. The Gamecocks scored the only goal of the final period for the win.

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