Aug. 26, 2005

Box Score

TOPEKA, Kan. - Freshman midfielder Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) scored her first collegiate goal, but the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels proved to be too much for Tennessee as they won their season opener, 7-1, in the Heartland Classic at Hummer Sports Park. The Lady Vols soccer program drops their first season opener since a 2-1 loss at Duke to open the 2002 campaign.

"This game was a christening by fire," said Lady Vol head coach Angela Kelly. "At times, we had five freshmen on the field that only had 14 days of preseason training under their belts. There were things we did well in instances, but, obviously, we have a lot of things to plan and become better at this year.

"North Carolina is a perennial title contender for a reason. They executed phenomenally tonight, especially in the attacking third. They deserve a lot of credit for their performance this evening."

UNC started on the offensive early, as Yael Averbuch saw her shot in the seventh minute on a free kick bounce off UT goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart's (Vernon, Conn.) fingertips and over the goal line to give the Tar Heels the 1-0 advantage. North Carolina struck pay dirt again in the 13th minute when Elizabeth Guess outran the Lady Vols' defense and slipped a shot past Phillips-Bosshart to put UNC up, 2-0.

The Blue and White opened up the lead to 4-0 with a pair of goals at the 37th and 45th minute. U.S. Olympian Heather O'Reilly found the nets from 12 yards out in the 37th minute after Guess found her with a thru ball. Leea Murphy, a Kansas native, got a breakaway opportunity and finished it with 56 seconds left in the first half to put North Carolina up, 4-0. The Tar Heels dominated the first half, out-shooting the Lady Vols, 11-4.



North Carolina stretched the lead to 6-0 on O'Reilly's second goal of the match in the 52nd minute and Jaime Gilbert's shot in the 70th minute.

Tennessee got on the board in the 80th minute when Rossi got her shot from the wing past UNC goalkeeper Elizabeth Lancaster for her first collegiate goal. The Tar Heels closed out the scoring when Julie Yates scored on a rebound in the box, giving North Carolina the 7-1 win.

For the match, the Tar Heels outshot the Lady Vols, 14-10, and had the 4-2 advantage on corner kicks. The loss dropped UT to 0-6-1 all-time against the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and 0-7-1 against North Carolina.

The Lady Vols open their home schedule next Friday, Sept. 2 against Washington State, with game time set for 7 p.m. EDT at the Tennessee Soccer Complex. It is Regal Entertainment Night, as tickets will be two dollars with a Regal Cinemas ticket stub, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Lady Vols visor courtesy of the Regal Entertainment Group.

at the Hummer Sports Park * Topeka, Kan.

  1 2 F
No. 11 TENNESSEE 0 1 1
No. 1 North Carolina 4 3 7

UNC: Yael Averbuch (unassisted); 6:31
UNC: Elizabeth Guess (unassisted); 12:17
UNC: Heather O'Reilly (Elizabeth Guess); 36:12
UNC: Leea Murphy (unassisted); 44:04
UNC: Heather O'Reilly (unassisted); 51:58
UNC: Jaime Gilbert (Kacey White); 69:07
UT: Kylee Rossi (unassisted); 79:01
UNC: Julie Yates (unassisted); 86:24

Shots: North Carolina 14, Tennessee 10.
Corner Kicks: North Carolina 4, Tennessee 2.
Goalkeeper Stats: Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (UT) 5 saves, 7 goals, 90:00; Aly Winget (UNC), 2 saves, 0 goals, 67:00; Elizabeth Lancaster (UNC), 0 saves, 1 goal, 23:00.

Fouls: North Carolina 15, Tennessee 9.
Offside: North Carolina 4, Tennessee 1.

Starting Lineups:
Tennessee: Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (GK), Jackie Acevedo (F), Jenny Jeffers (D), Genna Gorman (F), Kristen Doukakis (M), Emily Redberg (F), Kylee Rossi (D), Melissa Amado (D), Véronique Maranda (M), Erica Griffin (D), Ali Christoph (M)
Reserves: Leslie Vineyard, Casey Crawford, Sarah Van Sickle.

North Carolina: Aly Winget (GK), Kendall Fletcher (D), Jaime Gilbert (F), Kacey White (M), Jennifer Perkins (F), Lori Chalupny (M), Heather O'Reilly (F), Vanessa Toll (D), Elizabeth Guess (M), Ariel Harris (D), Yael Averbuch (M).
Reserves: Corinne Black, Leea Murphy, Mandy Mocaca, Katie Brooks, Elizabeth Lancaster, Brynn Hardman, Karli Eller, Julie Yates.

Tennessee: Kylee Rossi 3, Veronique Maranda 3, Genna Gorman 2, Erica Griffin 1, Ali Christoph 1.
North Carolina: Heather O'Reilly 4, Lori Chalupny 3, Elizabeth Guess 2, Jaime Gilbert 2, Yael Averbuch 1, Leea Murphy 1, Julie Yates 1.



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