Mueggler leads charge in Blue Raider shutout

Senior All-Sun Belt pick scores two goals

September 3, 2010 · Athletic Communications

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Senior All-Sun Belt honoree Vanessa Mueggler struck twice early, including a goal in the opening minute, and the Middle Tennessee soccer team was never challenged as it pulled out a 4-0 road win Friday afternoon at Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala.

Mueggler, a second team all-league choice and NSCAA All-South Region selection last fall and preseason All-SBC pick this season, netted one-half of the team's goals. The Blue Raiders outshot the Bulldogs, 18-2, including holding the home team without an attempt until the second half.

The Pincourt, Quebec, native struck first as she scored on a Regina Thomas assist just 45 seconds into the contest. Mueggler then added an unassisted tally at 18:00 to pad the Middle Tennessee (2-2) lead to 2-0.

The Blue Raiders continued to push forward and Thomas put her mark on the scoreboard at 31:00 when she registered her second goal of the campaign on an assist from Whitney Jorgenson. MT held an 8-0 advantage on shots through the opening 45 minutes.

Jorgenson then added a score of her own, as freshman Birgitte Hauge was credited with her first collegiate assist on a goal at 52:00.

Overall, 11 of the 18 Blue Raider shot attempts were on goal, led by four from Thomas, while two-time All-Sun Belt honoree Shan Jones added three to the mix.

Alabama A&M (0-5) was unable to place a shot on goal, resulting in zero saves during the 90-minute shutout for Middle Tennessee goalkeeper Rebecca Cushing.

The Blue Raiders will return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday when they play host to Evansville at Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium. The game will serve as International Day, as all fans are encouraged to wear blue or their favorite international jersey.

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