Aug. 30, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The University of Tennessee women's soccer team suffered its first defeat of the season, falling 2-0 to Indiana on Friday night. Despite outshooting the Hoosiers 24-16 and controlling possession throughout the match, the Lady Vols gave up the game winner on a late penalty kick.
Indiana's first goal came in the 69th minute when Tennessee junior defender Sarah Jackyra tripped up Hoosier forward in the box. With the penalty awarded, IU junior defender stepped up and put a shot on the ground just past the hands of diving UT senior keeper Jaimel Johnson to take a 1-0 lead.
Following the goal, the Lady Vols bounced back, looking to score every chance they got. Tennessee took five shots in the next seven minutes, including a header by senior forward Kylee Rossi off a corner kick by sophomore defender Julie Edwards which was punched off the line by Hoosier keeper Lauren Hollandsworth. The Orange and White hit crossbar three times and took 11 corners during the match.
The Hoosiers got their final goal with just 35 seconds remaining in the match, after junior forward Liz Holby went one-on-one with Johnson near the penalty spot, putting the ball into the upper right corner. Both Kelly and Holby scored their first goals of the season.
The two squads played to a scoreless tie through the first frame, with UT outshooting the Hoosiers 10-6 in the half. Johnson needed just two saves, both on shots by junior Christie Kotynski, while Hollandsworth posted three saves in the first 45 minutes.
The Orange and White had the best scoring chance of the half with seven minutes remaining. After a free kick from just beyond midfield by sophomore midfielder Mick Imgram was stopped by Hollandsworth, sophomore forward Devon Swaim found the ball in the box and put it into the back of the net. The goal, however, was immediately called back because Swaim was determined to be offsides when she took the shot.
Hollandsworth needed six saves to record the shutout and earn her first win of the season. The sophomore keeper got plenty of help from her backline which knocked more than a few Tennessee scoring chances off the line and out of the box. Imgram led the Lady Vols, posting eight shots on the night, including one that clanged off the crossbar just three minutes into the second half. Imgram, Rossi and Swaim recorded two shots on goal apiece, accounting for all of UT's strikes on frame on the night.
With the loss the Lady Vols drop to 1-1-0 on the season, however, they will look to rebound this Sunday against No. 2 North Carolina. The Orange and White are set to take on the Tar Heels at 11 a.m. CT at Aggie Soccer Stadium. UNC defeated #14 Texas A&M, 3-2, tonight on a late goal by Courtney Jones. Live stats for Sunday's match will be available at utladyvols.com.