BOILING, N.C. --- Despite scoring just one point at the Gardner-Webb Under Armour Border Classic, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior forward Donna-Kay Henry (Queens Village, N.Y.) was named the tournament MVP Sunday afternoon in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Mocs defeated Jacksonville State 1-0 to claim the tournament title and improved to 4-1-1 on the year.
Henry was fouled twice in the box over the weekend during scoring attempts including Sunday afternoon against the Gamecocks. Junior Becca Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) stepped in to take the penalty kick on both infractions giving Chattanooga back-to-back wins.
"Other teams are always going after D.K.," UTC Head Coach J.D. Kyzer said. "We're very fortunate to have Becca. She's a very good player to have take that shot. A penalty kick is a team goal. It's a team effort with team pressure. Everybody is pushing for it."
Also named to the all-tournament team was Smith who had three goals over the two-day tournament, doubling her total on the year, sophomore defender Andria Aurand (Hixson, Tenn.) and junior midfielder Lauren Wilson (Columbia, Tenn.)
In goal, sophomore Taylor Mangrum (Franklin, Tenn.) pulled in a career-high-tying 18 saves against Jacksonville State and took a lot of physical punishment while not giving up a single goal for her second shutout this year. The Gamecocks were issued three yellow cards in the game to the Mocs' one.
"Today was a physical game," Kyzer said. "We prepared hard for our game Friday against Stetson and got beat up a little there as well. We just had one day to rest and get ready for today. Pure guts got us through the game today. It was a complete team effort."
Freshman Crystal Mackezyk (Columbia, Tenn.) had a game-high seven shots on the day, three on goal while Smith had three shots and Henry contributed two of the Mocs' 15 shots.
"It's definitely a good start," Kyzer said of the 4-1-1 record. "We're not where we need to be, but we're getting there. We need to play smarter. If we can play like this in conference games, we'll take it, but we need to play smarter."
The Mocs return home to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule with a Friday night matchup with Alabama A&M at Finley Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Admission is always free to Chattanooga home soccer matches.
SCORING SUMMARY: No. Time Team Goal Scorer Assist
1. 52:58 UTC Becca Smith (6) penalty kick
Stetson Katie O'Kennedy Colleen O'Kennedy
Courtney Hurt Nathalie Lariviere
Chattanooga was tournament championships with a 2-0 record. GWU was second with a 1-0-1 record.
Stetson was third with a 0-1-1 record. JSU was fourth with a 0-2 record.
Gardner-Webb Tournament MVP
Second on UTC all-time list for scoring with 63 points
Fourth on UTC all-time assists list with 11
Fourth on UTC all-time scoring list with 50 points
Fourth on UTC all-time goals list with 20
Fifth on UTC all-time assists lists with 10
Recorded a career-high-tying 18 saves vs. Jacksonville State
Second shutout of the year, ties for eighth on UTC single season list
Tied for fourth on all-time wins list with six wins
Fourth on all-time saves list with 160
Fifth on all-time shutout list with three