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Seven Blue Raiders Score In 7-1 Soccer Rout

October 4, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee continued its home dominance with a 7-1 win against Alabama A&M Monday as seven different Blue Raiders entered the scoring column.

The Blue Raiders (6-4) improved to 4-0 at home with another strong defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack as they rebounded from a tough 3-2 loss at Florida International last Friday. The game was the final non-conference contest for Middle Tennessee this season.

"It was important to come back and play well, especially with the Sun Belt games coming up this weekend," said senior forward Laura Miguez, who added two assists for the second straight game. "We have to get up for the conference games and this was a good tune-up for us."

Miguez raised her assist total to seven for the season, placing her fourth on the single-season season list. The all-time leader in assists now has 29, as well as 79 total points, also No. 1 all-time at Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders got on the board first when Debs Brereton connected from eight yards out for her team-leading ninth goal of the season. Brereton also contributed an assist in the game.

Lisa-Marie Woods' second goal of the season staked the Blue Raiders to a 2-0 lead in the 21st minute, and they increased the advantage to 3-0 when Holly Grogan scored on a cross from Halley Dawe at the 33-minute mark.

The score remained 3-0 into the second half before a barrage of goals in a 15-minute span ended all doubt. Katy Rayburn received a corner kick from Miguez and scored on a weakside header in the 55th minute, her first goal of the season and the second of her career. Less than 10 minutes later, Sara Wohlhueter took a corner kick from Brereton and headed it in for her first career goal to put the Blue Raiders on top 5-0.

Jenna Capitena also scored her first career goal when she connected on a header from six yards out from Miguez. Rachel Holmes capped the Middle Tennessee scoring with her fifth goal of the season in the 88th minute.

One streak ended for Middle Tennessee when Wazerud-Din Ikhlas scored from 35 yards out with 10 minutes remaining. It was the first goal allowed by the Blue Raiders in four home games this season.

Middle Tennessee returns to action Friday when it plays host to Arkansas-Little Rock at 3 p.m.

NOTES: The Alexander Automotive Offensive Player of the Game was Laura Miguez, who delivered a pair of assists. The defensive player of the game was Sara Wohlhueter, who played solid defense and netted her first goal ... Middle Tennessee improved to 4-0 at home this season and has won six straight at Blue Raider Field dating to last season ... Miguez' two goals gives her seven for the season and puts her at No. 4 on the single-season list. She also is No. 1 on the single-season assists list (11 in 2003) and No. 3 (8 in 2001).

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