Sept. 16, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A 52nd-minute goal by Stanford sophomore Lizzy George dealt the Lady Vol soccer team its second 1-0 loss on the season, this one to No. 16 Stanford on the opening night of the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic at the Regal Soccer Complex. The loss, the third this season to a ranked foe, moved the Big Orange to 1-4-1 on the season, while the Cardinal improved to 3-2-1.
Stanford, who didn't take their first shot of the match until the 48th minute, hit pay dirt four minutes later when George put in a rebound after UT senior goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (Vernon, Conn.) made a nice save on a one-on-one breakaway by Cardinal senior Leah Tapscott.
The Orange and White held the advantage in the first half, taking four shots in the period while holding Stanford to none. Lady Vol junior Ali Christoph (Columbus, Ohio) took the team's best shot in the first half, nearly driving a free kick from 35 yards out past Cardinal netminder Alex Gamble, who dove to her left for the save. UT had other opportunities in the period, including three corner kicks, but were unable to come away with a goal.
After Stanford's goal, Tennessee continued to fight, with three shots coming in the next four minutes, including a save from Gamble on a sophomore Emily Redberg (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) blast and a team save on freshman Véronique Maranda's (Saint-Lambert, Quebec) attempt from 13 yards out. Maranda shot again in the 86th minute from inside the penalty box, but it drifted over the crossbar. UT's last shot came with 2:20 left on the clock, as freshman Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) got her head on sophomore Genna Gorman's (Lakewood, Colo.) corner kick, but the ball went high again, ending the Lady Vols' chances.
"I believe we tried hard, but we were very inefficient with our energy this evening," said Lady Vol head coach Angela Kelly. "We had opportunities, but we did not capitalize on them."
For the match, Tennessee had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks over Stanford, while also out-shooting the Cardinal, 10-4. Phillips-Bosshart had two saves on the evening, while Gamble grabbed three saves in her second shutout of the year.
In the tournament's first match, 14th-ranked Texas A&M (4-1-1) tamed the Huskies of Washington, 6-0. Senior midfielder Laura Probst turned in a six-point performance after two goals and two assists on the day. Melissa Garey also had two goals as the Aggies cruised to their fourth win of the season and kept Washington (0-5-2) winless.
The First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic concludes on Sunday with Texas A&M facing Stanford at 12:30 p.m. EDT at the Regal Soccer Complex. Tennessee closes out the tournament with a 3 p.m. match-up against Washington.