With just four days of training under their collective belts, the Chattanooga women’s soccer team took on 18th-ranked Vanderbilt Sunday night at the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex. The Commodores came away with a 2-0 victory in the exhibition match.
“Vanderbilt’s a top team,” Mocs head coach Gavin McKinney said. “I think they were Top 10 last year so you’re going to be under pressure in moments.”
The teams played three 30-minute periods and finished with a draw after the first. UTC keeper Ashton Shields came away with three saves including a leaping grab in the top corner two-thirds of the way through the opening frame.
Vanderbilt’s Sophia Gorski scored both goals for the Commodores with her first in the 41st minute assisted by Madi Allen. Her second came at the 67:13 mark of the match following a corner kick and a deflection from UTC. Gorski picked up the ball just outside the 6-yard box and booted it through for the score.
Mackenzie Smith took three shots for Chattanooga, all on goal, but UTC was unable to find the back of the net despite multiple good looks.
“We had a good 30-45 minutes,” McKinney said of his team’s effort. “We created some decent chances for ourselves. We moved the ball well. It was a good start. Something that we can build from and move forward.”
The Mocs will host Jacksonville State Wednesday, Aug. 11 in their second and final exhibition match. The game is set to kick off at 6:00 p.m. and will have live stats.