Sept. 11, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Despite the first goal of the season from sophomore Genna Gorman (Lakewood, Colo.) and outshooting William & Mary, 14-7, William & Mary came back with a goal in the 88th minute to force a 1-1 draw against Tennessee in the team's final match in the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic on Sunday afternoon at Klockner Stadium. The tie, along with Friday night's win over No. 6 Virginia and the Cavaliers' 2-2 tie against Dayton, gives Tennessee (1-3-1) the tournament title, their first regular-season tourney championship since taking the 2003 First Tennessee Lady Vols Classic.
Senior goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (Vernon, Conn.) earned tournament MVP honors after allowing only one goal in 200 minutes of play. Junior Melissa Amado (Surrey, British Columbia) and Gorman also received All-Tournament Team accolades.
"Today's match was yet another learning experience for my young squad," said UT head coach Angela Kelly. "Our seven freshmen have seen and been in almost every possible scenario, and it's only the fifth game of the season.
"William & Mary played very well. We need to take care of the ball better and finish our opportunities. Now we'll go ahead and prepare for Washington and Stanford in our tournament this weekend."
Play went back and forth between the two teams in the first half, with William & Mary (2-1-3) holding a slight 4-3 advantage in shots. However, all four of the Tribe's shots nearly became goals, with the first three shots in the 10th, 21st and 23rd minutes all missing right by a foot. In the 44th minute, the Tribe had their only shot on goal, as midfielder Mary MacKenzie Grier tried to loop a shot over Phillips-Bosshart's head, but the senior batted it over the goal for her first save of the day. The Lady Vols had three shots in the first half, but all were taken from well outside the box.
Tennessee looked well on its way to its second straight win after Gorman scored her first goal of the season in the 56th minute. The Southeastern Conference 2004 Co-Freshman of the Year drove her shot in from 15 yards out with assists credited to freshmen Veronique Maranda (Saint-Lambert, Quebec) and Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas).
The Lady Vols' defense limited the Tribe to just three shots in the final 65 minutes of play, but William & Mary made the most of those. In the 88th minute, Lydia Sturgis blasted a shot from 15 yards out past Phillips-Bosshart to knot up the match at 1-1.
The first overtime was dominated by the Lady Vols, as they took five shots in the period. However, none would find the net. William & Mary took the only shot in the second overtime period in the 109th minute. Brittany Bode's ball found its way past a drawn-out Phillips-Bosshart, but freshman Sarah Van Sickle (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut) was there to make the save for the Big Orange.
For the match, Tennessee had a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks over the Green & White, but the Lady Vols were called for 17 fouls, compared to six on the Tribe.
The Lady Vols return to Regal Soccer Complex for the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic next Friday. The tournament begins when 14th-ranked Texas A&M takes on Washington at 5:30 p.m. EDT, while the Big Orange face No. 13 Stanford in the nightcap, with start time slated for 8:00 p.m.