Aug 16, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. -- Twenty-two players saw action on Friday for Tennessee in a 2-0 exhibition loss at No. 7 Duke.
Duke scored one early goal and one late goal, but in the 84 minutes between them, Tennessee saw solid play from its returners and much promise from its younger players.
Julie Eckel came up with a big save at the 4:04 mark off a shot by Kelly Cobb.
Forty seconds later, Duke's Christina Gibbons punched in a ball off a corner kick. Mollie Pathman took the corner and sent the ball into the box. Kim DeCesare collected the ball and sent it forward to Gibbons who pushed the ball in through a scrum of UT defenders while a Blue Devil player blocked goalkeeper Julie Eckel out of position.
With a ball played inside the box in the 21st minute, Caroline Brown had a shot blocked by a Duke defender on the right side.
Eckel came up with another big save in the 32nd minute. Duke speedster Toni Payne broke free and had a one-on-one with Eckel, who made a diving save to prevent the score.
Tennessee had a few more opportunities to score after halftime. In the 60th minute, Spade sent a nice ball in from the right corner and found Katie Lenz about eight feet in front of the goal. Lenz connected for a header that went just left of the far post.
In the 89th minute, Krysia Sikora sent a rocket shot from the top of the 18, hitting the crossbar and bouncing off UT goalkeeper Hannah Steadman for the Blue Devils' second score.
Tennessee will open its 2013 regular season at home vs. Oklahoma on Friday, Aug. 23, as part of First Tennessee Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.