Miguez Late Goal Helps Blue Win, 2-1

August 16, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Laura Miguez took a pass from Claire Ward and found the back of the net in the final minute of play Saturday to give the Blue a 2-1 victory over the White in the annual Blue & White Scrimmage at Blue Raider Field.


The White team struck first with a first-half goal by Brooke Ward, a shot from 12 yards past keeper Danielle Perreault. The White could have been ahead two goals if not for a great hustle play from freshman Katy Rayburn.


Danielle LaDuke beat Perreault near the top of the 18-yard box and chipped a shot toward the net, but Rayburn recovered and cleared the ball just before the ball crossed the goal line.


In the second half the Blue squad upped the pressure and it paid off, as Beth Wade chipped a ball into the net and Lindsey Bopp half-volleyed it into the net to tie the contest early in the half.


Freshman Rachel Holmes also had a good scoring chance early in the second frame, but fellow freshman Caroline Schuepbach made a good save to keep the score tied.


The Blue team continued to pressure, with good shots on goal from Jessica Northcutt, Sarah Linder, Jenny Cox and Miguez, while the White had few scoring opportunities, with Christina Mascaro and LaDuke taking about the only good shots in the second 35 minutes.


Ward played a through ball to Miguez in the final minute, and the junior beat Schuepbach for the game-winner.


Blue Raider head coach Aston Rhoden was very pleased with the scrimmage and the play of both teams, especially the freshmen.


"The White played really well in the first half and dominated, and I thought the Blue came back and played that way in the second half," Rhoden said. "Everyone is understanding their roles a little better and it really showed during the match.


"I also thought we did a good job in the second half when the Blue changed formations. It really didn't cause any problems for either team. Both adjusted and played within the framework of our system."


Rhoden also thought fatigue played a factor in both teams losing possession of the ball more than he would have liked.


"You can see more thought in the passes being made and really see what they want to do, but at times we just didn't execute and I think a lot of that had to do with fatigue and the heat.


"Both team's defenders did an outstanding job. If you were someone who did not know our team, I don't think you could tell the new and old players apart, and that's what we thought this recruiting class would be able to do."


The squad will take Sunday off and begin afternoon practices Monday in preparation for the August 23 exhibition against Louisville in Huntsville, Ala. The Blue Raiders open the season August 31 at 1 p.m. at Blue Raider Field versus Belmont.

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