Sep 6, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --Caroline Brown scored the match-winner in the 15th minute and Hannah Wilkinson had a goal and an assist as the Tennessee soccer team took a 2-0 win over Dayton on Friday at Regal Soccer Stadium.
Tennessee improved to 4-1-0 on the season while Dayton fell to 2-3-0. UT enjoyed another outstanding night in goal from Julie Eckel (4-1-0), who tallied six saves and notched her second shutout of the season.
Dayton's Elizabeth James (2-3-0) took the loss after allowing the two first-half scores and making three saves.
Seventeen different Tennessee players saw action on Friday night. Junior back Allie Sirna played the full 90 minutes for the fifth time this season and junior Brittney Wade and sophomore Gabby Santorio also went wire to wire on the back line.
Brown's match-winner was her second goal on the season and her first since scoring he winner in the opener against Oklahoma. She now has 13 match-winners in her career, which is just two shy of Kylee Rossi's program record of 15.
Wilkinson scored for the third consecutive match, giving her four goals on the year. Her assist on Brown's goal was her second of the season and she leads UT with 10 points.
Dayton out-shot Tennessee, 19-15, and enjoyed a 5-4 edge on corner kicks, but a UT-dominated first half was all the Volunteers needed to take and hold control of the match.
Tori Bailey fired the first shot of the match in the fourth minute on a ball played into the middle of the box. James played the ball up and grabbed the ball right as it left Bailey's foot.
Wilkinson had a breakaway in the ninth minute, broke past a Dayton defender and fired a shot past the far post after taking a wide angle in the box. Four minutes later, Brown had a breakaway but couldn't capitalize, missing wide on a low shot.
Dayton's Ashley Campbell had a header go wide on a ball played in the box in the 14th minute. In the 15th minute, Gabby Santorio sent a ball forward for Hannah Wilkinson who sprinted ahead of the defense and dribbled deep in to the box. Wilkinson found Brown on a short cross right in front for an easy score.
The Flyers had good possession over the next eight minutes in an effort to respond from that early score. Juliana Libertin had a shot on goal in the 18th minute and in the 19th minute, Eckel made an outstanding diving save to her left on another shot by Libertin. Eckel turned away another Libertin shot in the 20th minute.
In the 36th minute, Bailey played a ball forward to Wilkinson, who beat the keeper on a one-on-one to score on a low shot to the center of the goal.
Dayton tried to apply more pressure later in the second half as Eckel made three saves from the 68th minute on, but the UT back line held.
Tennessee next heads to Macon, Ga., to play Mercer on Sunday at 1 p.m. UT's next home match is on Sept. 15 against Western Kentucky. There will be a free coaches clinic on the field following the UT-WKU match.