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UT Plays To Scoreless Draw At Northridge



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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- The No. 22 Tennessee soccer team and the Matadors of Cal State Northridge played a grueling, physical match Friday night to a scoreless tie at Matador Soccer Stadium.

Tennessee (5-0-1) had a 26-11 shot advantage over a tough Cal State Northridge (3-1-2) team that had received votes in this week's NSCAA poll. UT also had an 11-1 edge on corner kicks.

"I'm proud of our team. It's hard to come across the country and play," head coach Brian Pensky said. "But we competed our tails off - we played so hard. Northridge is a very good team. It's no accident that they have knocked off a Big Ten team, a Pac-12 team and San Diego, which is a very good team. They're the most physical team we've played, probably the most athletic team we've played and they're a very very good team. Having said that, we've disappointed that we don't come out with a win. We had enough quality chances to score a goal. Their goalkeeper probably made three next-level kind of saves in addition to one or two balls being cleared off the line. I'm just really proud of our kids. I think they deserved and the certainly worked hard enough tonight to earn a win. But a lot to feel good about coming out of this game."

UT goalkeeper Julie Eckel(5-0-1) recorded four saves in the game while her CSUN counterpart, Cynthia Jacobo, tallied 11 stops. Both goalies played the full 110 minutes of the double-overtime tie.

Tennessee's attack was consistent as the Lady Vols kept the ball on the home team's side of the field for the much of the night, but the Matadors were relentless. Cal State Northridge's passing was crisp and when the Lady Vols brought eight to the front on a blitz, the Matadors were skilled enough to turn dispossessions into breakaways that two-back sets of either Ali Hall and Allie Sirna or Caroline Capocaccia and Brittany Wade defended well.


 

 

Sophomore forward Iyana Moore had a team-high six shots with two on goal. Senior midfielder Kylie Bono, playing her first collegiate match in her home state, had five shots with three on goal. Midfielders Amy Harrison and CC Cobb each had three shots and two on goal. Jacobo had an outstanding night in goal for the Matadors as four of her 11 saves were what UT head coach Brian Penskylater called "next level."

Friday's match also marked the Tennessee debut for sophomore Hannah Wilkinson. The New Zealand native played 73 minutes off the bench and had one shot on goal.

Tennessee next sets its sights on its Sunday match at No. 2 UCLA.

NOTES: Tennessee extended its streak of shutout defense to 379:59 dating back to the its win over Western Kentucky on Aug. 19 ... Friday's match marked UT's first scoreless tie since Sept. 4, 2009 at then-No. 19 Minnesota ... Tennessee's last tie was a 1-1 draw against LSU on Sept. 26, 2010.

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