Julie  Eckel

00Julie Eckel

RS Senior

Cordova, Tenn.

High School:
St. Benedict at Auburndale




  • Saves: 11, at Texas A&M 10/19/12
  • Min: 110, 12x, last at Vanderbilt 9/27/15


    0.417 Goals-Agianst Average ranks 10th in nation; 0.906 Save Percentage ranks 10th in nation
  • Saved six in the overtime draw at Vanderbilt (9/27)
  • Saved seven en route to shutting out Mississippi State in Starkville (9/25)
  • Opened SEC play with a five-save shutout at Arkansas (9/11)
  • Saved two in her fifth shutout of the season vs. Murray State (9/6)
  • Saved three in the shutout vs. Navy (9/4)
  • Went 396 minutes without conceding a goal to begin the 2015 season
  • Saved five at No. 7 Virginia Tech (8/30)
  • Saved eight at Liberty, marking her third consecutive shutout to start the season (8/28)
  • Saved two in a shutout vs. Georgia Southern (8/23)
  • Posted a season-opening shutout with four saves vs. Lipscomb (8/21) after sitting out the 2014 season due to injury

AS A SENIOR (2014)

  • Redshirted

AS A JUNIOR (2013)

  • Shut out No. 25 Ole Miss (10/4) and had one assist
  • With 2 saves at Alabama (9/29), tied Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart for third most saves in UT history (227)
  • Had eight saves in 110 minutes in 1-1 tie at LSU (9/27)
  • Recorded 4 saves in fifth shutout of the season vs. No. 20 Texas A&M (9/20)
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 3)
  • Tallied six saves in shutout win vs. Dayton (9/6) and recorded nine saves in shutout win at Mercer (9/8)
  • Recorded 32nd career win to take sole possession of third place on UT's all-time list with win vs. JMU (9/1). Win vs. Dukes also marked 18th shutout of career and first of season
  • Tied Jaimel Johnson (2005-08) for third place on all-time wins list with 31st victory at No. 17 UCF (8/30). Also had six saves to push career total to 191 and move to sixth place on Tennessee's all-time list
  • Started vs. Oklahoma (8/23) and made eight saves to earn the win, the 30th of her career.


  • Named the SEC Defensive POW (10/22)
  • Posted nine complete shutouts on the season, shutting down Samford, William & Mary, VCU, Cal State Northridge, Missouri, South Carolina, Auburn, Texas A&M, Auburn
  • Shut down Auburn for 110 minutes in the SEC Tournament in a 0-0 tie, but UT lost on PKs
  • Recorded 17th career shutout against Texas A&M (10/19)
  • Played a career-high 110 minutes at Cal State Northridge (9/7)
  • Contributed the majority of the minutes in goal in program-record stretch of 533:22 without allowing a goal
  • Recorded 12th career shutout and played career-high 110 minutes at Cal State Northridge (9/7)
  • Improved to 5-0 and played first half of shutout against Kennesaw State (8/31)
  • Named to the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic All-Tournament Team
  • Recorded third shutout of season against VCU (8/26)
  • Recorded her 10th career shutout in overtime win against William and Mary (8/24)
  • Started and played all 90 minutes as goalkeeper in the home opener vs. Samford (8/17)
  • Started and played all 90 minutes at WKU (8/19)


  • Was chosen to the SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Rated #45 on Top Drawer Soccer's list of its Top 100 National Freshmen of 2011
  • Played 2005 of 2020 possible minutes between the pipes for Tennessee as a rookie, posting a 15-7 overall record, a 0.94 GAA, 105 saves, an .833 save percentage
  • Registered the second most saves in a single-season in Lady Vol history
  • Finished the 2011 campaign rated fourth in GAA, fifth in shutouts and tied for fifth in wins in the Big Orange single-season record book
  • Didn't allow a goal over a stretch of 266:44 from Oct. 20-Nov. 2, the 12th longest streak in school history
  • Post the fourth-fewest opposition scores over an entire season in Tennessee history (21 goals)
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (10/31) after tying a career high with nine stops during the 2-0 blanking at Georgia (10/29)
  • Made it shutout number seven in 2011 with five saves during a clean sheet against #22 Auburn (10/23)
  • Broke former Lady Vol goal keeper Ellen Dean's (1998-2000, 2002) UT freshman victory (11) and shutout (5.3) records
  • Chosen as a member of the Soccer America Women's National Team of the Week (11/2)
  • Made a career-high-tying nine saves in the 1-0 loss at Alabama (10/20)
  • Corralled five stops while picking up her fifth shutout of the year during a 2-0 win over Mississippi State (10/9)
  • Stopped 23 consecutive SOG from Aug. 26-Sept. 23 in helping run the Big Orange's shutout streak to a school record five consecutive matches
  • Made it three consecutive solo blankings with five saves during a 2-0 win at UNC Greensboro (9/4)
  • Made eight saves in blanking Middle Tennessee (9/2)
  • Chosen to the First Tennessee Classic All-Tournament Team
  • Made six stops in registering her first collegiate solo shutout during UT's 1-0 upset of #18 Texas A&M (8/28)
  • .In her first collegiate action, Eckel earned her first win at Rocky Top allowing just a single score on 15 shots as UT topped Kansas (8/19) in overtime, 2-1


  • A GK out of St. Benedict at Auburndale, Eckel arrived at Tennessee with numerous accolades in tow as a three-sport scholastic athlete in soccer, basketball and track
  • Was a three-time Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association (THSSCA) All State selection (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • A four-time Division II-AA West All Region choice (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Wrapped up her senior campaign for the St. Benedict soccer squad as a Commercial Appeal "Best of Preps" finalist and a state finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman award
  • tabbed to the 2011 THSSCA/TACA Girls All-Star Team
  • Named as both a '09 & '11 Division II-AA All Region GK and as the '10 All Region Most Valuable Player...Was also selected by the Commercial Appeal to its "Best of Preps" listing following '09 and '10)
  • A four-year point guard for the St. Benedict basketball squad
  • Helped her program to back-to-back Tennessee state semifinal berths in 2009 and 2010, two district titles (2009, 2010) and a 2009 Division II-AA West Region crown
  • Qualified for the Tennessee state track meet and picked up another Commercial Appeal "Best of Preps" listing as a junior in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter
  • Member of the Tenn. Olympic Development Program Region 3 Soccer Team in '09 & '10 and was the Tenn. ODP State Team GK from '06-'09
  • Played club soccer with the Tennessee Rush/Memphis Kickers from 2005-2010 and the Memphis Futbol Club (2000-2005)
  • Helped guide her various teams to '08 & '10 John Talley Showcase Tournament crowns, back-to-back semifinal berths in the Tenn. State Championships ('09, '10) and the '08 Memphis Invitational Tournament title
  • Eckel posted a 4.1 GPA while earning membership in the National Honor Society and picking up four consecutive Student Athlete Awards of Merit


  • Recipient of Cathy A. Stone Women's Athletic Endowed Scholarship
  • Currently enrolled in the College of Business Administration at UT
  • Won the USA Triathlon National Female Championship at age 10 on Sept. 8, 2002, in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Won the Iron Kids Triathlon as part of its National Championship Series at ages seven, eight and 10 (runner-up at age nine)
  • Intends to get back into triathlon training following the completion of her collegiate playing career
  • Eckel's uncle, Rick Ford, was a collegiate wrestler at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa
  • Enjoys snowboarding, running, biking and going to the lake when not on the soccer pitch
  • Played previously alongside current Lady Vol senior Lara Langworthy and former UT forward Anna Fisher as part of the Tennessee ODP Alumni squad against the South Korean National U-17 squad
  • Julie Nicole Eckel was born Nov. 11, 1992, in Wichita, Kan.
  • Her parents are Lance and Becky Eckel


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