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SOCCER OPENS SEC PLAY WITH 3-0 WIN OVER MISSISSIPPI STATE
Ali Christoph

Ali Christoph

Sept. 23, 2005

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A relentless offensive attack was capped by goals from juniors Ali Christoph and Melissa Amado and freshman Kylee Rossi as Tennessee downed Mississippi State, 3-0, in the first Southeastern Conference match for both squads. The Lady Vols (3-4-1, 1-0 SEC) controlled the match from beginning to end, taking 28 shots compared to two by the Bulldogs (1-4-3, 0-1 SEC).

"I'm excited about how we got conference play underway," UT head coach Angela Kelly said. "It was good to get some of our girls in the match, as we know we will need a deep roster as we go through this demanding SEC schedule. We created a lot of scoring opportunities, but we still could have finished a little better. In the conference, a win's a win, so we'll take it and run with it. Give Mississippi State some credit, as they battled the entire game."

The Big Orange started the barrage of shots early, with sophomore forward Emily Redberg (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) missing high on the first good opportunity in the 10th minute from seven yards out after a cross from fellow sophomore Genna Gorman (Lakewood, Colo.). In the 15th minute, freshman forward Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas) drove from midfield past the Bulldogs' defense and fired just inside the penalty box, but Meyers dove to her left for the save.

 

 

Christoph (Columbus, Ohio) finally broke through in the 43rd minute with her first goal of the year, as she blasted a shot from 20 yards out past Bulldog netminder Emily Meyers to put UT up, 1-0. In the first half, the Orange and White had an 11-0 advantage in shots.

The second half started out as much of the same, as the Lady Vols watched two shots miss high from point blank range. In the 51st minute, Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) saw her header sail just above the crossbar after a Gorman corner kick, one of 15 in the match for UT, which was one shy of tying the school record of 16 set in the program's first match against Chattanooga on August 30, 1996. Five minutes later, Redberg had another header shot inside of six yards go above the crossbar.

The attack never let up, and, in the 81st minute, Rossi finally doubled the lead, taking a ball at the top of the box after controlling a thru ball from junior Jenny Jeffers (Lake Zurich, Ill.). Amado (Surrey, British Columbia) closed out the scoring in the 86th minute when she headed in Christoph's corner kick for the senior defender's first goal of the season.

The Lady Vol defense extended the streak of no shots allowed started against Washington till the 53:35 mark when the Bulldogs' Marycle Stein's shot from inside the penalty box went right. Till that point, Tennessee had not allowed a shot in over 126 minutes.

Overall, UT held a 28-2 advantage in shots. Lady Vol goalkeepers Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (Vernon, Conn.) and Jaimel Johnson (Kettering, Ohio) combined for the third shutout on the season. The match was Johnson's first time between the posts for Tennessee.

UT squares off against Mississippi on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT at the Regal Soccer Complex.

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