Morgan bags hat trick in record-breaking win vs. UL-Monroe
Blue Raiders set single-season wins record with 14thOctober 15, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's soccer team continued to pile up wins and shatter records during a 6-2 win against Louisiana-Monroe at Blue Raider Field Sunday.
Kala Morgan powered Middle Tennessee's offensive assault with three first-half goals, while Holly Grogan, Mary Zapapas, and Kaley Forrest each added one in the opening half to stake the Blue Raiders to a 6-0 halftime lead.
Middle Tennessee established a new single-season record with its 14th win in 16 decisions, besting the mark of 13 shared by the 2004 and 2005 squads. The Blue Raiders improved to 8-0 in the Sun Belt Conference to maintain a share of the lead, along with Denver and North Texas.
Several streaks were kept intact, including a current eight-game win streak that represents the longest in a single season and ties the longest such overall streak in program history. The Blue Raiders had a previous eight-game win streak stretched throughout the 1998-99 seasons. Middle Tennessee also won its 15th straight against Sun Belt opponents, as well as its 20th in succession at Blue Raider Field.
"We take a lot of pride in playing at home and we have great fan support so it's been fun giving them something good to cheer about this season," said senior defender Sara Wohlhueter. "We had two more good wins this weekend and they were team wins. Everyone contributed and that's what makes it great. We have to get focused and have a good week of practice as we prepare for a big weekend ahead."
The nation's second-highest scoring offense wasted little time establishing the tempo of the game as the Blue Raiders exploded for six first-half goals. Sophomore forward Kala Morgan continued her smashing season with her second hat trick and fifth multi-goal performance of the season - all in the first half. It marks the second time this season Morgan has registered a hat trick in the opening half. She accomplished the latest in 28 minutes before exiting the game for good. Her earlier hat trick needed just 12 minutes to develop.
Morgan, who leads the nation in goals scored, increased her total to 18 to move within one of the single-season record. She also pulled to within four points of the single-season record in that category with 43 on the season.
"My teammates continue to get me the ball in excellent scoring situations and I've been fortunate to finish the shots," Morgan said. "We have so many different scoring options and that was really evident again today."
Grogan also is ranked nationally in all three major offensive statistical categories and the junior forward added to her totals with one goal, one assist, and three points. Interestingly, Grogan's goal was her 14th of the season and 31st of her career, which tied teammate Rebecca Rodriguez for the career lead at Middle Tennessee. Rodriguez broke the record earlier this season with a goal against Southern Miss. Freshmen standouts Zapapas and Threlkeld continued their remarkable rookie campaign. Zapapas knocked in her 10th goal of the season and added an assist, while Threlkeld supplied three assists, which is tied for third on the single-game list.
Forrest capped the scoring with her third goal of the season on a beautifully executed free kick from Katy Rayburn in the 40th minute.
Middle Tennessee's potent offense continued to flex its muscle. Morgan and Grogan combined for two goals within a 30-second span during once stretch. The Blue Raiders pounded out 25 shots, while allowing 10.
NOTES: Middle Tennessee won its eighth straight overall, a single-season record, and set the single-season record for wins (14) Sunday ... Middle Tennessee won its 15th straight against Sun Belt opponents, and its 20th straight at Blue Raider Field ... Senior defender Katy Rayburn started her 75th consecutive career game, which is tied for second on the career list in that category ... With six goals against Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee has 68 for the season, one shy of the single-season mark ... The Blue Raiders set the single-season points record with 197 to date, besting the mark of 184 in 2004 ... Holly Grogan moved into a tie for first on the career goals list with 31, tying teammate Rebecca Rodriguez ... Grogan also moved into third on the career points with 77. Rodriguez is second with 84. Current graduate assistant Laura Miguez-Howarth owns the record with 87 ... Four Blue Raiders also have moved into the Top 10 for single-season points. They are Morgan (2nd, 43 points), Grogan (3rd, 38), Mary Zapapas (9th, 24), Jen Threlkeld (t10th, 23) ... Morgan and Grogan are also challenging the single-season goals mark of 19, set by Debs Brereton in 2004. Morgan is second on the single-season list with 18, while Grogan is third with 14. Zapapas is tied for ninth on the list with 10.
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