Vanessa  Phillips-Bosshart

1Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart


Vernon, Conn.

High School:
Rockville H.S.





: "Vanessa has done nothing except get better and better during her career at Tennessee. Goalkeepers tend to mature with experience. She is probably playing as well right now as she ever has. She got some solid experience with the under-21 national team this past summer, and I am excited about the leadership she will bring to our back line and the squad."

AS A JUNIOR (2004): Chosen as a second-team All-SEC goalkeeper...Led the conference in goals-against-average at 0.68 and in shutouts with 11 while allowing a paltry 17 goals in 24 games played...Named a second-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America with a 3.81 grade-point average (GPA) in exercise science...Academic All-SEC choice...Finished first in SEC save percentage (.843) and second in total saves (91)...Had 11 blankings in 24 games played in 2004 to give her 23.5 blankings for her career, breaking the all-time Lady Vol record set by former UT netminder Ellen Dean (16.4)...Shutout both Furman (2-0) and UAB (1-0) in the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Knoxville...Held opponents scoreless over 334:58 dating back to a 2-1 win over Alabama, before allowing a goal to Florida in the SEC Tournament title match...Had consecutive shutouts over Georgia, Kentucky and Vanderbilt...Named as a All-SEC Second Team member...Made eight saves in a 2-0 win over Georgia on Lady Vol "Senior Night" as the Orange & White clinched the program's second-consecutive SEC regular-season title...Blanked both Vanderbilt and Kentucky by identical 1-0 scores...Was selected as the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week on September 13, 2004 after posting a 1-0-1 record in the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic, during which the junior held top-ranked North Carolina scoreless (seven saves) and posted a 2-1 win over the Southern California Women of Troy...Chosen to the Soccer America Team of the Week (SEC only) and the Soccer Buzz Magazine Elite Team of the Week for the period of Sept. 5-12 after allowing only one goal and registering a scoreless streak of 325:24 against top-ranked North Carolina and USC...Named to the All-Tournament team at the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic...

AS A SOPHOMORE (2003): Shattered the Lady Vols' single-season standards for shutouts (12) and lowest goals against average (0.73)...Saw every minute of action between the pipes for the Big Orange, compiling a 17-5-2 overall mark...Ranked second in the SEC in GAA, just behind Auburn All-American keeper Megan Rivera (0.68)...Tied the Tiger standout with a dozen donuts to lead the league...Delivered back-to-back 1-0 victories over Oklahoma and Georgia during the NCAA Tournament...Only goal she allowed during the postseason was a penalty kick by Florida in the Sweet 16 at 89:01...Surrendered just one score in 290 minutes of the SEC Tournament, including shutouts of South Carolina and Ole Miss...Made career-best nine stops in 2-0 triumph over the Rebels in the semifinal round...Registered a school-record shutout streak of 387 minutes that lasted from Oct. 26-Nov. 9...Was unbeaten in 12 consecutive starts until the setback to Florida on Nov. 22...Chosen as the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 20 following road blankings of Western Division foes Arkansas (4-0) and LSU (3-0)...Delivered a shutout of UC Santa Barbara in her first career start...Held Richmond and Charlotte scoreless during the First Tennessee Classic...

AS A FRESHMAN (2002): Competed in one outing as a rookie as she backed up seniors Dean and Cori Stevens...Played just under 25 minutes during the home opener against Arkansas State...Was not required to make any stops in the 9-0 romp...

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: An all-state, All-Hartford Courant, and all-conference selection in net for Rockville High School as a senior...Also attended the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn., for three years...Helped the Pelicans to the New England Championship in 2000 and a pair of Founders League titles...Has worked out at the Soccer Plus Goalkeeping School's Advanced Training Center in Beaverton, Ore., over the past few summers...Participated in the College Showcase in Dallas, Texas, held in December 2001 during the Division I Women's College Cup...Member of the 2001 Under-17 and the 2002 Under-19 regional pools...Lettered in basketball one year at L-C...

PERSONAL: Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...Earned Academic All-SEC laurels for the first time in 2003...Hopes to work in the field of sports psychology...Regards the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup squad as an influence since they showed America how amazing women's soccer can be...Has tried to model herself after superstar netminder Briana Scurry...Cites biggest thrill as shutting out Ludlow High School, which was ranked third in the nation at the time, as a junior at Loomis Chaffee...Counts among her hobbies as coaching a local girls' Under-12 team back home, listening to music and shopping...Was a member of SAVE - Students Against Violence Everywhere in high school...Chose to attend Tennessee because she considers the support given to female athletes to be among the best in the country...Has an older sister, Amanda, 23...Vanessa Noel Phillips-Bosshart was born Nov. 30, 1984, in Manchester, Conn...Her parents are Scott and Gail Phillips-Bosshart.


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Song: Martha's Trouble's "Let Me Stay"
Recently seen movie: Hotel Rwanda
Saying: "My goal is to deny yours."
Reality TV show: Real World
Pro sports team: New England Patriots
Television show: Friends


Nickname: V
I wear number 1 at UT because...: It's a keeper thing
Hanging on my bedroom wall: pictures of family and friends
If I could spend a day with anyone, I would: Hang out with my sister in Chicago
Person I'd most want to trade places with for a day: a baby, they don't have to do too much
People who have most influenced my athletic career: George Kostelis and Mick D'Arcy
If I could have any job in the world, it would be: play soccer in Europe
Place I've always wanted to visit: Australia
Best thing about playing soccer for the Lady Vols: Knowing I have a family away from home
Which teammate will be the biggest surprise in 2004? Jenny Jeffers



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