Blue Raiders head south for USF Soccer Classic

MT set to take on USF and UCF in nonconference action

September 4, 2013 · @MTAthletics

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's soccer team heads to the Sunshine State this weekend for a pair of nonconference contests, taking on USF and UCF in the USF Soccer Classic.

The Blue Raiders (0-1-2) square off with tournament host USF (2-0-2) Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., before facing UCF (2-2-0) Sunday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. This marks the first time MT has taken on either the Bulls or the Knights.

USF is undefeated on the young season, picking up a 7-0 win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and a 3-0 victory against Niagara. The Bulls also battled to a pair of 1-1 ties against Texas and Clemson.

The USF attack is led by Demi Stokes and Olivia Chance, who have two goals each. Stokes leads the Bulls with two assists as well. USF's Sharla Passariello and Victoria Abathy have also posted one and two goals, respectively this season. The Bulls average 3.0 goals per game, while taking 18.2 shots per contest and amassing 12 goals on the year.

UCF rattled off wins against Washington and Hawaii in the opening week of play, but dropped a pair of matches last weekend. The Knights fell to Tennessee 2-1 Aug. 30, before posting a 1-0 overtime loss at Florida State Sept. 1.

UCF is led by Tatiana Coleman, who has scored two goals and added one assist so far in 2013. Jennifer Martin also has two goals on the year. The Knights shoot the ball early and often, outshooting their opponents 46-34 with a 26-9 first period tilt.

MT went 0-1-1 last week in a pair of home matches against Lipscomb and Memphis. The Blue Raiders battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw Aug. 30 against the Bisons. MT dominated the contest, outshooting Lipscomb 24-8 with nine shots on goal compared to LU's two.

The Blue Raiders recorded their first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to Memphis Sept. 1. MT took an early 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, when a pass from Rachael Figg found the foot of Kate Loye at the top of the box. This marked MT's first goal of the 2013 campaign as the team was scoreless in its first two matches of the regular season and two exhibitions.

Middle Tennessee keeper Kelsey Brouwer snagged two saves against Lipscomb and a career-high 11 saves against the Tigers. Her 11-save performance puts her tied for fifth on the all-time single-game list at MT. On the season, Brouwer is tied for first in Conference USA with two shutouts and is second on the list with 21 saves. Her save percentage of .875 ranks fourth in the league.

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