published Saturday, August 18th, 2012

UTC tops Temple in soccer opener and other sports news

Freshman Hannah Wyatt from Soddy-Daisy scored the first goal of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's soccer season Friday night, and classmate Skylar Brewer from Farragut assisted on that score and added two of her own in a 6-0 defeat of Tennessee Temple at Finley Stadium. The Mocs outshot the Lady Crusaders 28-1 and had an 11-1 edge in corner kicks. Jess Salera made seven saves in defeat. Wyatt, who helped assist Brewer's second-half goal, opened the scoring 7:34 into the match with a shot to the upper right corner of the net from the midfielder's cross to the top of the box, and Clare Latham assisted Brewer's score six minutes later and then made it 3-0 from a Loryn Queen assist at 33:27. Senior Becca Smith scored five minutes after that on a 25-yard shot from a Logan Higgans assist. Lauren Wilson shared the passing credit when Brewer scored with 25 minutes left to play, and Queen converted a Melanie Arredondo pass in the closing minutes. The Mocs will host Tennessee Tech at 1 p.m. Sunday, also at Finley. Temple visits Sewanee for a scrimmage next Friday and plays at Georgia Gwinnett College on Saturday. TTU's men play after the Lady Crusaders in both cases.

Volleyball

• UTC volleyball coach Travis Filar announced Friday that graduate student Taylor Wittmer had been promoted to a full-time assistant coach. The former Indiana University player helped Filar in a variety of ways in his first Mocs season last year, including with travel, video, coordinating the program's monthly newsletter, planning community service events and working with middle blockers. "Taylor was such a large part of last year's team. She worked hard for us and ... is ready to take on more responsibilities in a larger role," Filar said in a school release. "It is nice to bring her on full time and be able to reward her for her dedication to the team." Those additional duties include recruiting, assisting in directing camps and serving as an academic liaison. "This is an amazing opportunity," the 2010 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner said. "I am excited about the growth of our team, and I am looking forward to helping the Mocs become a championship team." UTC will open its season next weekend as host of the Country Inns & Suites Invitational tournament.

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