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Blue Raiders set to honor best class in program history

"Senior Night" highlights regular-season finale vs. rival Western Kentucky

October 27, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee will honor the most successful class in Blue Raider history when it faces Western Kentucky Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Blue Raider Field.

The four seniors - Jenna Capitena, Katy Rayburn, Rebecca Rodriguez, and Sara Wohlhueter, were part of Head Coach Aston Rhoden's first recruiting class. During their time at Middle Tennessee, the quartet has accomplished more than any other class in the soccer program's history.

Capitena was ruled medically unable to play by the NCAA for what would have been her senior season prior to the year; however, she was on the field for the first three campaigns, while Rayburn, Rodriguez, and Wohlhueter have continued the fine tradition that began during their arrival to the Middle Tennessee campus.

This class is the first to turn in four straight winning seasons. It is the first to deliver a Sun Belt Conference Championship (2004), which is the only conference title in program history, and each year they have increased the school record for single-season wins, including the current mark of 16. Additionally, they have been part of a current 20-game win streak at Blue Raider Field that dates to the 2003 season.

"These girls have done a tremendous job," Rhoden said. "Three of the players are still active and Jenna would have been a big part of this season if not for the injury. These girls have really helped this program get where it is today. Their contributions for four years have been invaluable."

Senior Day activities begin at 7:20 p.m., with the season finale against the rival Hilltoppers scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Blue Raiders (16-4, 9-1) enter the game in second place, one game behind Denver. A Denver loss to North Texas Friday, coupled with a Blue Raider win, would give Middle Tennessee a share of the SBC championship for the second time in three years.

"If you have the last game of the regular season left to play and the result can put you in position to finish at the top of the league then it speaks volumes about the consistency and durability of your program," Rhoden said. "For us, this team has not exceeded expectations because we know we have a good team and they have shown that this season."

Middle Tennessee features the third highest-scoring offense in the nation, as well as two of the country's top scorers in Kala Morgan and Holly Grogan, which are second and third, respectively, in points per game. Morgan is second nationally in points and goals per game, while Grogan is ranked among the Top 10 in goals, points, and assists.

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