Iyare’s Goal Leads Mocs to Win Over The Citadel

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recorded its fourth shutout this season with a 1-0 win over The Citadel in Southern Conference women’s soccer action Friday afternoon at the UTC Sports Complex. UTC improves to 5-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in SoCon play. The Citadel is 7-8-2 on the year and 1-5 in league action.

“It’s a huge win,” Chattanooga head coach Gavin McKinney said. “The Citadel is a tough opponent.”

Late in the first half, the Mocs attacked down the left side. Maggie Shaw fed the ball ahead to Maddie Burman who took it into the corner. On her second touch, she passed it into the box where Osa Iyare was calling for the ball. She caught it on her knee and instead of gathering it in, put it into the left side of the net.

“It was really good movement from Osa,” McKinney said of his senior. “Attacking when the ball was in the wide area is something that we spoke to the girls about before the game. She did that and got into a good area and got in on the end of it, so great goal.”

The Mocs defense recorded its fourth shutout this season and the second for Ashton Shields who had one save.

“That’s been our identity over the last few years,” McKinney said of his defense. “As a group, we work extremely hard when we don’t have the ball.”

The win moved the Mocs up one more spot in the SoCon standings to third behind Furman and Samford after the Bulldogs beat Mercer 2-1 tonight. Chattanooga is one point ahead of the Bears. The programs will face off in a pivotal game Sunday afternoon.