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Rodriguez Scores Twice in 4-1 Victory

October 26, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Freshman Rebecca Rodriguez scored twice in the first half and Laura Miguez added insurance in the final minute to secure a 4-1 Middle Tennessee victory over Samford Sunday afternoon during Senior Day at Blue Raider Field.

Five Blue Raider seniors - Emily Carter, Melissa Funke, Jenny Cox, Christina Mascaro and Lindsey Bopp - were all honored before the match. All five also drew starts in the final home and nonconference match of the season for Middle Tennessee.

The Blue Raiders scored three times in the first half and a pair of seniors got things going, as Emily Carter found Jenny Cox at the top of the box and the Clarksville, Tenn., native put it in the back of the net for her third score of the season and a 1-0 Middle Tennessee lead in the 29th minute.

Rodriguez entered the match not long after the first goal and her presence was felt immediately, as the Dallas, Texas, native dribbled down the right side and lofted a shot from 25 yards over Samford keeper Crystal Royall in the 37th minute for a 2-0 Blue Raider advantage.

Rodriguez added her 12th score of the season three minutes later when Lindey Bopp crossed into the box and Rodriguez headed it in, giving Middle Tennessee a 3-0 halftime cushion.

The visiting Bulldogs pushed much harder in the second half and scored early, as Hayley Kolb got a pass from Sara Geiger and lofted it over Blue Raider keeper Caroline Schuepbach in the 60th minute, cutting the Blue Raider advantage to 3-1.

Samford had another chance late in the match to cut into the lead again, as Marian Wagner's blast in the box got past Schuepbach, but the shot was cleared by Funke before it crossed the goal line, keeping the lead at two.

Miguez netted her eighth goal of the year in the final minute, beating two defenders and Royall low and right for the final tally.

"This was a good win. We played very relaxed on a cold day," Blue Raider head coach Aston Rhoden said. "Overall it was a good effort. The seniors played very well in their final home match. Hopefully we can continue this effort for the final two matches and the conference tournament."

Schuepbach picked up the win in her first career start, as starting keeper Danielle Perreault missed the match because of a death in the family.

Rodriguez moved into third on the single-season goals list at Middle Tennessee with her 11th and 12th scores of the season and needs just one more tally tie Hailee Walsh (1998) and current teammate Danielle LaDuke (2001) for the single-season mark. Rodriguez's two scores also upped her single-season points total to 28, just two points behind Walsh's mark of 30 set in 1998.

Middle Tennessee plays its final two matches of the season on the road next weekend, taking on South Alabama Friday and Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday. The Sun Belt Championships begin November 5 in Bowling Green, Ky.

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