Goeglein scores twice as Blue Raiders move over .500
First goal scored just 11 seconds into matchOctober 17, 2010 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Sophomore Paige Goeglein netted her first two goals of the season within the game's first 15 minutes as Middle Tennessee easily handled ULM, 4-0, Sunday afternoon in Sun Belt soccer action at Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Goeglein's two scores followed a quick strike from classmate Whitney Jorgenson, who put the Blue Raiders ahead 1-0 just 11 seconds into the match. Middle Tennessee (9-8, 6-2 Sun Belt) took the opening kickoff and sophomore defender Allison Stallard sent a long serve from behind the midfield stripe to Jorgenson along the left flank. The Olathe, Kan., native then used her speed to one-touch the ball past a charging Alex Holland from the Warhawk cage and find an open net for her seventh goal of the campaign.
The Blue Raider attack continued to push forward and after freshman Jessika Oseguera and junior Laura Lamberth passed between each other, they fed Goeglein for a low shot under the keeper from 15 yards away at 5:18 to give Middle Tennessee the early 2-0 edge.
It would be almost 10 minutes later before another mark was made on the scoreboard, but Goeglein added her second at 14:53. Jorgenson sent a corner kick into the 18-yard box, where Oseguera redirected it to Goeglein at the near post for her second goal of the afternoon.
The Blue Raiders, despite controlling much of the offensive effort in holding a 12-3 shot advantage over ULM (2-14-1, 0-8 Sun Belt), could not manage another goal the remainder of the half.
The final MT goal came at 75:25, as reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week senior Vanessa Mueggler sent a through ball to fellow Preseason All-Sun Belt honoree, junior Shan Jones, for a side-step sprint past Holland and the game's fourth score.
The Blue Raiders finished with a 23-to-7 margin on shots, forcing Holland into nine saves. Junior Rebecca Cushing collected three saves in the Middle Tennessee net for her third shutout of the campaign.
Redshirt sophomore Regina Thomas led all players with five shots, all on goal, while Goeglein added four for the Blue Raiders.
Amy Porch and Alyssa Lopez topped the Warhawks with two shots apiece.
The win gives Middle Tennessee a winning record for the first time all season, as the Blue Raiders have faced arguably the most difficult schedule in school history.
Middle Tennessee will next travel to Mobile, Ala., for a 7 p.m. Thursday match at South Alabama in the final regular-season road match of the fall.
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