Middle Tennessee drops FIU from ranks of unbeaten

Mueggler continues impressive season with two goals

October 10, 2010 · Athletic Communications

MIAMI - Senior Vanessa Mueggler continued her career season, leading the charge with a pair of goals Sunday, as the Middle Tennessee soccer team handed FIU its first Sun Belt loss of the season, 3-1, at the FIU Soccer Stadium in Miami. The win, which is the Blue Raiders' sixth consecutive in the series, follows last year's victory in which MT was the only team to knock off the Golden Panthers during league play last fall on FIU's run to the regular-season title.

Mueggler continued to pour in goals at a personal-best pace, finding the back of the net twice against FIU (8-5-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) to tie her career high of 10 set last fall. Her 20 goals the last two seasons plus six from her first two years with the Blue Raiders give her 26 for her career, tied for sixth in the program's history with Danielle LaDuke (2001-04).

The Pincourt, Quebec, native also has set a career best with 25 points during the campaign with her five assists, one more than last year's total of 24 points when she earned all-conference accolades for the second time while playing for Middle Tennessee (7-8, 4-2 Sun Belt). Her 68 career points rank sixth in school history, while her 16 career assists list her at seventh.

Mueggler netted the game's first goal Sunday as her and sophomore Whitney Jorgenson connected on a corner kick at 13:54. Jorgenson sent the corner into the box, where Mueggler one-touched it into the right side to score a goal in similar fashion to her overtime game winner against North Texas two weeks ago.

FIU countered with a score of its own in the first half when Kassandra Sorzano set up Crystal McNamara's first tally of the campaign at 29:01, sending the teams into the break knotted at 1-1.

Shortly after the second half resumed, junior Shan Jones located Mueggler outside the 18-yard box and she buried the pass into the left corner for what would prove to be the game winner at 48:37.

Six minutes later, freshman Jessika Oseguera found the scoring column for the first time in her collegiate career when she placed a free kick from 30 yards out in between the pipes past goalie Melanie Raimo at 54:43 for an insurance goal.

Mueggler paced the Blue Raiders with three shots, while Katrina Rose led the Golden Panthers with four attempts. FIU finished the game with a 13-10 shot advantage after taking a 7-2 lead entering halftime.

Junior Rebecca Cushing stopped six Golden Panther shots, while Raimo collected five saves for FIU in the loss.

Middle Tennessee will return home for the first time since Sept. 26 when it plays host to Louisiana at 7 p.m. Friday at Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium. The game will be the first of two over the weekend at the friendly home confines and will serve as the beginning of Pink Weekend. Details on Pink Weekend will be released at a later date.

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