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      Molly Baird
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Raleigh, N.C.

High School:
Needham Broughton

Height:
5-8

Position:
Goalkeeper

AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2009): Started all 20 matches (1893 minutes) for Tennessee as the No. 1 goalkeeper during the 2009 campaign, posting an 8-9-3 record with seven shutouts, 101 saves and a 1.14 goals-against-average...Was tabbed as a second team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV selection and a honorable mention choice to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-South Region squad...Secured her seventh shutout and fourth league blanking of the `09 campaign by making six saves during a 2-0 triumph over Alabama (10/25)...Made a total of nine stops against #11 Florida (six) and #5 South Carolina, including a diving save with nine seconds left against the Gators' Tahnai Annis in the second overtime to secure a tie...Continued her outstanding season by making five stops to shutout Mississippi State (10/9), 3-0, and five saves in a 1-1 (2OT) home tie against #24 Ole Miss (10/11)...Blanked Kentucky on Oct. 4, making five saves for her fifth career and second SEC shutout in UT's 1-0 win...Posted her fourth blanking of the season by making nine stops in a 1-0 victory at Arkansas (9/25)...Was outstanding between the pipes on the road at #25 West Virginia (9/20), making a career-high 10 saves in what turned out to be a one-goal loss...Extended her shutout streak to 323:36 before allowing a goal to Memphis (9/11) at 59:24, the first score she had permitted since the first half versus Pepperdine (8/30)...Reaped her first career selection as both the SEC Defensive Player of the Week (9/8) and the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week (9/8) after posting consecutive shutouts on the road against #19 Minnesota (9/4) and Wisconsin (9/6) with eight overall saves...Dropped difficult decisions in net to Arizona State (8/28), 3-2 in two overtimes, and Pepperdine (8/30), 1-0, despite making a combined eight total saves...Made her first career start in the Orange & White a memorable one by posting her initial career shutout during a 2-0 win over ETSU (8/22)...Baird made three early saves versus the Bucs and played all 90 minutes to record the solo blanking...Reaped her fourth career Academic All-Southeastern Conference nod.

AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2008): Spent the season as the top backup to Jaimel Johnson...Saw time in one match in 2008...Notched 23 minutes of playing time in Tennessee's season-opening victory over Chattanooga...Helped Johnson to record the shutout...Collected her second consecutive SEC Good Works/Community Service Team selection...Also earned a spot on the Academic All-SEC Team for the third time.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2007): Traveled with the team but did not play as a redshirt...Earned a spot on the Southeastern Conference Good Works/Community Service Team...Named Academic All-SEC.

AS A FRESHMAN (2006): Saw action against LSU on Oct. 6, playing 52 minutes...Made two saves on two shots and did not allow a goal...Entered the match after an injury forced starter Jaimel Johnson out of the game...Earned the first win of her career despite being pulled from the match after suffering a season-ending meniscus and ACL tear...Earned a spot on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: A five-year member of the Region III Olympic Development Program team...Invited to the ODP National Camp in 2004 and the U.S. Soccer Federation National Camp in 2002...Named to the Super Y League National Select Team in 2004-05...Primarily played with the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Spartans, helping the club to a third-place finish in the U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) National Championships in 2005 after the club picked up Region III crown...2004 club team was a semifinalist at regionals...CASL Spartans snagged state cup titles in 2001 and 2004...Helped squad to a U.S. Club Soccer national title in 2003...Earned four letters in soccer at Needham Broughton High...Led the Capitals to four consecutive appearances in the NCHSAA 4A title game, winning the crown in 2003, 2005 and 2006...Needham Broughton held a 93-3-6 record during Baird's four-year career...Baird collected 77 clean sheets during those four years...A 2006 NSCAA/adidas high school All-American...Named to the 2005 NSCAA/adidas high school all-region team...Also garnered North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association (NCSCA) All-Conference, All-Region and All-State honors in 2005 and 2006...Helped the Caps to a No. 1 national ranking in 2003 and 2006.

PERSONAL: Owns a double major in finance and logistics with an international business collateral...Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action and is in her fourth year on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at UT...Will graduate summa cum laude, currently holding a 3.81 GPA...Lists snow skiing and golf as her hobbies...Chose Tennessee "to be a part of the best women's athletic environment in the country"...Has an older sister, Bonnie, 25, who played tennis at Furman...Molly McKay Baird was born Feb. 27, 1988, in Raleigh, N.C....Her parents are Nancy and Frank Baird.

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