Thomas nets winner as Blue Raiders even conference record
MT dominates UALR in shots, 26-to-1October 2, 2011 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee dominated action throughout the entire match but was able to score just once, on a goal by redshirt junior Regina Thomas, to earn a 1-0 triumph over UALR in Sun Belt soccer action Sunday afternoon at Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Thomas netted the game’s only goal at 69:58 despite the Blue Raiders holding a 26-to-1 shot advantage against the Trojans. Senior Luisa Moscoso one-touched a pass just inside the 18-yard box to Thomas, who then sprinted past her marking defender and fired a hard shot into the far left netting from the right side past UALR (5-8, 1-3 SBC) goalkeeper Michelle Pittman for the deciding tally.
Pittman kept her team in the contest with multiple key saves, finishing with nine stops in all. Thomas had a chance earlier in the first half, at 36:15, where she broke free down the left flank. Her attempt met a diving save by Pittman, pushing the ball wide and keeping the match scoreless.
Middle Tennessee (5-7, 2-2 SBC) also received a solid chance in the second half that Pittman was able to redirect high over the crossbar to set up a corner kick situation.
Senior Rebecca Cushing made her return to her familiar goalkeeping spot and did not register a save in the shutout. The blank sheet is the 14th of her MT career, tying her with Kela Casiple (2007-08) for second in program history.
Middle Tennessee will continue its four-match homestand next weekend when it plays host to Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. Friday and FIU at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
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