published Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

UTC ends soccer season at Samford

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's socccer team ends its season tonight at Southern Conference champion Samford as part of the Southern Rail Rivalry Series between UTC and the Birmingham school. The Lady Mocs are 6-9-2 but only 1-8-1 in the conference with several close losses, while the host Bulldogs are 10-5-2, 8-0-2 in the league. This is the first SoCon title but fifth league championship for the former Ohio Valley Conference member under coach Todd Yelton, brother of three-time defending NAIA champion coach Matt Yelton of Lee University. Samford has not lost in more than five weeks and has won six matches in a row, and goalkeeper Alyssa Whitehead is the reigning SoCon player of the week. But UTC junior Becca Smith leads the league in goals (15) and points (35) as well as goals and points per game. She also has a conference-high four game-winning goals this year. Senior forward Donna-Kay Henry is second in the SoCon with eight assists as she ends her all-conference career.

* ROME, Ga. -- Lee University won twice in a Southern States Athletic Conference soccer doubleheader Tuesday at Shorter, 10-1 for the NAIA's second-ranked Lady Flames and 5-3 for the Flames. Charlotte Canlett had four goals and an assist and Jamie Achten added her to school record with five assists and scored twice along with Laura Thacker for the Lee women (13-2, 10-). Ashley Aragona, Kelli Davis and Ode Fulutudilu also scored, and Fulutudilu had three assists. Chevon Roberts scored twice for the Flames (10-6, 5-5), who had goals also from Sias Reyneke, Josh Inglis and Sebastian Vallejo with two assists by Irvin Espinal and other assists from Marvin Ochieng, Josh Ball, Mohamed Aden and Kareem Gordon. Garry Perks scored all three goals for Shorter (7-9-1, 3-7-1).

* DAYTON, Tenn. -- Mandy Seiler from Sweetwater scored the first two goals as Maryville College beat Bryan 4-0 in women's soccer Tuesday, but the Bryan men won 3-0 to keep Maryville coach Pepe Fernandez from a sweep of the nonconference doubleheader. Pierce Kiembi and Jorge Gonzalez scored for retiring coach Sandy Zensen's Lions (9-7-1), who got an own goal in between, and Johannes Muller had two assists with Andrew Knighten also helping on Kiembi's goal 5:49 in. Amber Ortiz had a goal and an assist and Ashley Howarth had two assists for the Lady Scots. Stephanie Gagnon made seven saves for Bryan (3-13-1).

* Dana Streufert, Eliza Drew and Teagan Wood each scored two goals as the Covenant College women's soccer team beat visiting Wesleyan (Ga.) 8-0 on Tuesday. Mary Buys and Margaret Cross also scored for the Lady Scots (7-7-2, 5-1-1 GSAC), and Streufert had two assists while Drew, Rachel Carlton and Hannah Weichbrodt had one apiece.

* Jansen Berry and John Connolly scored second-half goals to give Reinhardt University a 2-0 men's soccer victory Tuesday night at Covenant. Reinhardt outshot the Scots (6-7-2) 14-4.

Volleyball

* MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- Berry College edged Covenant 25-20, 19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13 in NCAA Division III volleyall Tuesday night. Claire Scott had 17 kills and 31 digs, Kiersten Hammock made 16 kills and Sarah Steffan had 15 kills and 17 digs in the marathon match for Berry (13-12), while Stephanie Quinn had 54 assists and 12 digs and Kristin Hargrove recorded 25 digs. For Covenant (19-7), Erica Adams had 18 kills, Estes Carlson made 38 digs, Kristin Dahlstrand had 37 assists and 21 digs and Jessie Jakes had 12 kills and 13 digs.

* GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Kristen Pickett from Cleveland High School had 32 assists and Rachel Harper from Boyd-Buchanan had 12 kills and 16 digs in Carson-Newman's 16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 27-25 South Atlantic Conference volleyball loss Tuesday night at Tusculum.

Hang Gliding

* Lookout Mountain Flight Park above Trenton, Ga., is hosting a women's hang gliding festival Thursday through the weekend for experienced pilots and women who want to try hang gliding. The festival will include fun flying competitions, clinics and reduced-price training as well as special evening activities. For more information see www.hanglide.com or email fly@hanglide.com or call 706-398-3541 or 800-688-5637.

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