Aug. 31, 2012
"Any win in the bigger picture is a good win and we had a couple of kids get their first career goals," Tennessee head coach Brian Penskysaid. "Iyana had a few for us in the spring. Obviously this being a real goal - it's different, it changes things. I thought she did very well showing some composure in front of the goal and just pushing it past the goalkeeper. Susan, she's just working hard. We're throwing her in different roles - wide back and a little bit of wide midfield - and she's responded to everything. So it's nice to see that work and rewarded with a goal."
Moore, who is from nearby Marietta, Ga., returned home in style, booting in the game-winner in the 24th minute to push Tennessee to 5-0. Moore broke free from two defenders and Kylie Bonofound her on a dash up the middle of the box. The sophomore forward ripped in a shot while sprinting to the far right corner.
Ferguson notched her first goal for the Orange and White in the 38th minute. Senior Alexis Owenswas tied up in a scrum right in front of the net and a defender knocked the ball right to a charging Ferguson. The UT rookie fired the ball into the lower right corner to give the Lady Vols a 2-0 cushion.
The Tennessee defense extended its stretch of no goals allowed to 269:59. The Lady Vols enjoyed a 19-4 shot advantage, keeping Kennesaw State (1-3) on its heels for the majority of the game.
Twenty-six players saw game action for Tennessee in the victory and the tempo and intensity of the game never let up. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Hannah Steadman made her career debut as the second-half starter in goal and senior goalie RB Wyatt came in later and recorded UT's only save of the game. Sophomore starter Julie Eckelplayed 45 minutes and improved to 5-0 with the win.
"Everybody matters on this team," Pensky said. "Everybody puts in the work. The starting 11 doesn't work any harder than the kids that sometimes don't get to play a whole lot."
Tennessee continues its three-match road swing next week when it heads to California to face Cal State Northridge on Sept. 7 and UCLA on Sept. 9.