After a slow start to the season, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga soccer team seems to be on the right track.
The Mocs' 2-1 win over Mercer on Sunday was their third victory in a row and made them 3-1 in Southern Conference play, the program's best start against the league since 2004.
The Mocs already have wins over the Bears and The Citadel during their current five-game home stand, but the schedule gets tougher this weekend with home matches against Samford and East Tennessee State — teams with a combined 5-2 record in league.
UTC was 2-6-1 in nonconference play, but in the preseason coach Gavin McKinney said his intent was to have the team ready for league play. So far, the Mocs have been.
"I'm delighted for the girls," McKinney said after Sunday's match. "We had a rough start with out-of-conference play. We dropped a lot of games by a goal, but we kept preaching to them that it's got to be about the SoCon play for us."
Freshman Hannah Torbett scored her second straight game-winning goal against Mercer. She currently ranks third on the team in points (two for a goal, one for an assist), behind Peyton McCollum's 13 and Ellie Myrick's 12, and is tied for third in goals behind Myrick and McCollum.