Sept. 9, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Freshman Kylee Rossi's (Pennington, N.J.) goal with 11 seconds remaining in the match gave the Tennessee soccer program their first win of 2005 as they shocked sixth-ranked Virginia, 1-0, on the first day of the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic at Klockner Stadium. The win improves the Lady Vols to 1-3, while the Cavaliers drop to 3-2.
"My young team gained a wealth of experience tonight," said Lady Vols head coach Angela Kelly. "Virginia is a very talented bunch. We just rode out their waves.
"Tonight, for the first time, we played as a team. As I've said all along, as long as we learn, we'll continue to improve. The effort given tonight by our players and their never-say-die attitude makes me extremely proud of all of them. We'll enjoy the win tonight and prepare for William & Mary tomorrow."
With 23 seconds left in regulation, sophomore Genna Gorman (Lakewood, Colo.) served in a corner kick to the front of the goal mouth, where junior defender Melissa Amado (Surrey,
British Columbia) took a header shot that UVA goalkeeper Christina de Vries knocked away. However, Rossi corralled the rebound and knocked it into the nets with 11 seconds to go to
give Tennessee their first win of the season.
Virginia dominated play in the first 75 minutes, outshooting the Big Orange, 12-4, during that time frame. The Cavaliers had a 9-1 advantage in shots in the first half and had two shots from eight yards out that sailed high. In the third minute, Sarah Huffman popped her shot just above the crossbar, while Kelly Quinn saw the same thing happen in the 11th minute. Just prior to Quinn's shot, Noelle Keselica made a shot from about 12 yards out that sophomore defender Erica Griffin (Memphis, Tenn.) blocked out of the box.
The Lady Vols struggled in the first half, finally getting a good look at goal in the 40th minute, when freshman Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas) was called offsides. The Orange and White took their only shot of the first half with 45 seconds to go, but freshman Veronique Maranda's (Saint Lambert, Quebec) kick was corralled by de Vries.
In the second half, Virginia continued to relentlessly attack the Lady Vols' defense. In the 55th minute, Sarah Curtis had a header from 10 yards out that Phillips-Bosshart grabbed for the save. Four minutes later, the Blue and Orange thought they had scored when Keselica put in a ball from six yards, but she was called offsides, negating the goal.
With 27 minutes left, UT started turning the tide as they got one of their best looks at goal. Sophomore Emily Redberg (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) shot from the top of the box after Gorman tapped it back to her, but de Vries made the save. The attack continued, as Maranda shot from 20 yards out in the 81st minute, but the ball went just to the left of the goal post. Redberg took another shot from 17 yards out with six minutes left in regulation, but de Vries again knocked it over the goal.
The win stops the Lady Vols' losing streak at three matches and gives the program its first win over a ranked opponent in their last six tries. It also marks the first time that Tennessee has beaten Virginia in three meetings.
For the match, Virginia outshot UT, 13-8, while the two squads both had two corner kicks. Phillips-Bosshart made five saves for her 24th shutout in her 52nd career start.
Tennessee concludes its stay in Charlottesville on Sunday with a 12 p.m. EDT match against William & Mary at Klockner Stadium.
at Klockner Stadium * Charlottesville, Va.
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Shots: Virginia 13, Tennessee 8.
Corner Kicks: Tennessee 2, Virginia 2.
Goalkeeper Stats: Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (UT) 5 saves, 0 goals, 90:00; Christina de Vries (UVA), 4 saves, 1 goals, 90:00.
Fouls: Virginia 7, Tennessee 5.
Offside: Tennessee 3, Virginia 3.
Tennessee: Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (GK), Jackie Acevedo (F), Jenny Jeffers (D), Genna Gorman (F), Emily Redberg (M), Kylee Rossi (F), Sarah Van Sickle (D), Melissa Amado (D), Erica
Griffin (D), Leslie Vineyard (M), Ali Christoph (M)
Reserves: Veronique Maranda, Casey Crawford
Virginia: Christina de Vries (GK), Jen Redmond (M), Shannon Foley (M), Sarah Huffman (M), Becky Sauerbrunn (D), Noelle Keselica (M), Sarah Curtis (F), Sarah Senty (D), Kelly Hammond
(M), Nikki Krzysik (D), Kelly Quinn (F).
Reserves: Ariel Thompson, Kara Frederick, Alex Singer.
Tennessee: Veronique Maranda 3, Emily Redberg 2, Kylee Rossi 1, Melissa Amado 1, Ali Christoph 1.
Virginia: Kelly Hammond 3, Noelle Keselica 2, Jen Redmond 2, Shannon Foley 2, Sarah Curtis 2, Sarah Huffman 1, Kelly Quinn 1.