Sept. 23, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Sophomore Iyana Moore pulled off a hat trick, Katie Lenz had one goal and two assists, Hannah Wilkinson scored 16 seconds into the game and the No. 23 Tennessee soccer team crushed Mississippi State, 6-0, Sunday afternoon at MSU Soccer Field.
"Certainly scoring 16 seconds into the game is a good thing," Head coach Brian Pensky said. "We talked for the last day and a half since our loss Friday night about: '1 o'clock, you've got to be ready. 1 o'clock Sunday our determination has got to be right.' To get one that quickly was obviously a good thing. In the bigger picture of the game, we had 33 shots, 22 shots in the first half. We got Katie Lenz her first goal. Iyana Moore got a couple. Hannah Wilkinson had another one. Gabby Santorio had the first goal of her career. Then in the second half I thought we did a good job. We just wanted to keep the ball in the second half. We go up a player because of their red card. It was just, `Let's just kind of kill off the game. If we have some opportunities going forward, great. But let's just keep the ball and let it be an attractive second half.' I think we did well with that."
Moore was brilliant in the UT win, scoring in the 40th, 64th and 67th minute for UT's first hat trick since Sept. 26, 2011, when Alexis Owens scored three goals on Florida.
"We didn't get the win last game, so it was really important that we got the win today," Moore said, referring to Friday's 2-1 loss at Florida in the rain. "I thought the team did everything to get the ball into the back of the net. And it wasn't all me. All props go to the team."
Tennessee (7-2-2, 2-1-1 SEC) got on the scoreboard in a hurry. Sixteen seconds into the game, Kylie Bono collected the ball off a Mississippi State turnover and passed it forward to Wilkinson in the box. Wilkinson fired the game-winner square at the center of the net, giving UT a 1-0 lead.
Mississippi State (7-3-1, 0-3-1 SEC) played one player down for the majority of the game. In the 19th minute, Wilkinson was sprinting into the box with the ball and a defender on her. MSU starting goalkeeper Skylar Rosson made an aggressive slide into Wilkinson in the box and drew a red card. CJ Winship played the rest of the match in goal for the Bulldogs.
The Lady Vols grew their lead to 2-0 in the 40th minute. Moore played a ball sent in from the far side by Peyton Thomas that deflected off an MSU defender. With a one-on-one on the goalkeeper from about seven yards out, Moore sent in a shot to the left middle of the net for her second career goal.
Lenz, a junior transfer from West Virginia, scored her first goal as a Lady Vol in the 54th minute, dribbling the ball from 19 yards out for a shot two yards out. Tennessee's advantage grew to 4-0.
Moore scored for the second time 64th minute, pushing UT's lead to 5-0. Taking a ball sent in from Lexi Krause off the left side, Moore punched the ball in from three yards out with a defender on her shoulder.
Tennessee added one more goal in the 67th minute when Lenz pushed a ball forward that Moore beat a defender to, tapping it in for the goal. The Lady Vols return to Regal Soccer Stadium this week to host Arkansas on Friday and Missouri on Sunday.
NOTES: Wilkinson's score was incredibly quick, but it wasn't the fastest in UT history. The fastest was 10 seconds by Kayla Lockaby at Mississippi on Sept. 26, 2004 ... Tennessee's six-goal margin of victory was the largest since UT defeated Chattanooga by an 8-0 margin on Sept. 29, 2010.