Junior Samantha Shaw was in the right place at the right time, scoring her third goal of the season with a shot in overtime to give Chattanooga a 1-0 victory over Tennessee Tech in non-conference women’s soccer action Sunday night at the Tech Soccer Field.
Freshman Kelly Tuerff hit a short pass to Mackenzie Smith just inside the 18-yard box. She turned and found Shaw’s feet eight yards out. Shaw then gathered the ball, moved it from her right foot to her left to get past her defender and booted the shot into the upper left corner of the net for the Golden Goal.
“Great win!” McKinney said after the game. “We wanted a positive reaction after the match on Friday and we got it. Very proud of the squad for the quality and fight they showed tonight.”
The Mocs improve to 2-2 on the year and drop the Golden Eagles to 1-3 overall.
Chattanooga had multiple opportunities to take the lead in the second half. Sophomore Kendra Mueller’s goal was negated in the period on an offsides call and Smith’s shot inside the six-yard box in the 69th minute hit off the cross bar. The Mocs outshot TTU 13-10 with a 7-3 shots on goal advantage. Smith and Kelly Tuerff each had three shots for the Mocs with Faith Gober taking a pair.
UTC keeper Abbey Saddler had two saves after coming into the game in relief of starter Sydney Weinstein making her collegiate debut. She had one save in the match.
Tennessee Tech’s Taylor Rhodes led her team with three shots off the bench and Yao Giada Zhou had a pair. Isabelle Austin, the 2020 OVC keeper of the Year, recorded six saves on the night before giving up the game winning in the 96th minute.
Shaw has all three Chattanooga goals this season as the Mocs return home to take on Austin Peay, their third straight OVC opponent this season. The match will kick off at 6:00 p.m. Friday night at the UTC Sports Complex. Follow all the action online at GoMocs.com with links for live stats and the ESPN+ broadcast.