Defensively, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga soccer team has given itself a chance to be competitive against even the toughest of opponents.
Now coach Gavin McKinney wants the offense to catch up to the defense.
The Mocs (1-3) have scored eight goals this season, a solid number for four games by most standards. Yet all eight of those goals came in one match — a one-sided victory over Alabama A&M on Aug. 21 in which the Mocs had the second-best scoring output in program history.
Aside from the 1-0 loss to Alabama this past Sunday, the Mocs have outplayed their opponents, for the most part. They had a slow first half against Kennesaw State and trailed 1-0 at intermission but had better possession than the Owls. The same was the case against Murray State last Friday, when UTC outshot the Racers 18-14 and had shots glance off the post and the crossbar in a 2-0 loss.
"We just need to show a little bit more quality in that final area," McKinney said. "We played well enough to maybe get something out of the three losses we have. It's about process right now, and SoCon play is what we want to get ready for. We really want to make a push once we get into SoCon games, so any lesson now we can take — whether it be good or bad — we've got to keep striving to be better every day."