Blue Raiders hit the road for two C-USA contests

MT heads to Sunshine State and Queen City

October 3, 2013 ·

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - After a five-match homestand, the Middle Tennessee soccer team hits the road for the first time since Sept. 8, traveling to Florida Atlantic and Charlotte for a pair of Conference USA contests this weekend.

The Blue Raiders (4-4-2, 1-1-0 C-USA) went 4-1 during their five-game stretch at Hayes Soccer Stadium. MT's 1-0 victory over Tennessee Sept. 13 sparked a four-match winning streak that was snapped last weekend with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Colorado College.

Middle Tennessee recorded its fourth-straight shutout victory and sixth shutout on the season Sept. 27 with a 2-0 win over UAB. The win was the program's first C-USA victory in the team's first league contest. MT got on the board in the 48th minute against the Blazers, when Tori Hawkins tagged the top right corner of the goal from the left side of the field. The goal proved to be the sophomore's second game-winner of the season. Kate Loye went on to net MT's insurance goal in the 64th minute. She was assisted by Grace Summers on the play.

MT will take on FAU (1-6-3, 0-0-2 C-USA) Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Sunshine State. The Blue Raiders lead the all-time series 6-4-0 and last played the Owls Sept. 30, 2012, when MT picked up a 3-2 double overtime victory. Loye scored in the contest and added an assist on the golden goal in the 107th minute.

FAU opened C-USA play last weekend, playing to a pair of double overtime 0-0 ties against UTSA and Tulsa. Before that the Owls dropped a 4-0 decision to Memphis Sept. 22 and a 2-0 loss at USC Sept. 19. FAU's last win came Sept. 15 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, when the Owls claimed a 10-0 victory. The Owls are led by Claire Emslie with seven points on the season off of three goals and one assist. Courtney Zwetsch has recorded four shutouts in goal for FAU this year, while posting a 1.29 GAA.

The Blue Raiders then head to the Queen City to face Charlotte (6-4-0, 1-1-0 C-USA) Sunday, Oct. 6 at noon. This will be the first meeting between MT and the 49ers.

The 49ers went 1-1 last weekend to kick-off C-USA action. Charlotte picked up a 2-0 victory at FIU Sept. 27 for the team's fifth shutout this season. The 49ers then dropped a 2-0 decision at East Carolina Sept. 29. Charlotte is led by Jessica Ryan with eight points, netting four goals. Alex Kubrick has played nine games in goal for the 49ers and holds a 5-3-0 record on the season with a 0.84 GAA.

Live stats for Friday's match at FAU can be found here, while fans can track Sunday contest at Charlotte here.

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