Ali Christoph celebrates her game winning goal with Kylee Rossi. Photo by William Ewart
Sept. 25, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee turned in another controlling defensive effort, while junior midfielder Ali Christoph scored her second straight gamewinner to lead the Lady Vols to a 1-0 win over Mississippi on Sunday afternoon at the Regal Soccer Complex. UT's defense once again limited an opponent to one shot in the match for the second straight Sunday and kept its opposition from firing five shots in a match for the fourth consecutive outing.
"I'm very excited that our squad is 2-0 in SEC play," said Lady Vol head coach Angela Kelly. "I thought we were very dynamic in the attacking third today. We still just have to work on execution, and it will come with more discipline, time and practice. I was very pleased with the effort, defensive presence and overall fitness of our team today. Now our focus turns to Florida next week."
The Big Orange scored its only goal of the afternoon in the 59th minute. Freshman Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) got the ball on the right wing and started dribbling in before a quick
give-and-go with sophomore Genna Gorman (Lakewood, Colo.). After getting the ball back from Gorman, Rossi found Christoph (Columbus, Ohio) about eight yards out in front with a
pass, where the first team All-SEC midfielder finished for her second goal of the year.
Tennessee had opportunities in the first half that it was unable to cash in for goals, including a sequence of three corner kicks within 40 seconds. On the final corner, junior defender Melissa Amado (Surrey, British Columbia) headed a shot towards goal, but Rebel goalkeeper Ann Shelton snagged it for her second save.
Just before her goal, Christoph had another blast where Mississippi made the save. At 53:53, she took a shot from just inside the penalty box after controlling the rebound of freshman Véronique Maranda's (Saint-Lambert, Quebec) shot from the 18-yard line, but UM's Megan Vickery made the save to quell the threat.
The Orange and White defense continued their team shutout streak to 308:49 with the team's third straight blanking. Senior Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (Vernon, Conn.) made only one save in today's match and has faced just four shots during the last 270 minutes of action thanks to the defensive efforts of Amado, junior Jenny Jeffers (Lake Zurich, Ill.), sophomore Erica Griffin (Memphis, Tenn.) and freshman Sarah Van Sickle (Knoxville/Farragut).
In the match, UT held large advantages in shots (16-1) and corner kicks (7-2). Phillips-Bosshart was credited with her third solo shutout of the campaign.
The Lady Vols host rival Florida on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Regal Soccer Complex. The match will be shown live on Fox Sports Net South as the SEC-TV Game of the Week.
at the Regal Soccer Complex * Knoxville, Tenn.
UT: Ali Christoph (Kylee Rossi, Genna Gorman); 58:04
Shots: Tennessee 16, Mississippi 1.
Corner Kicks: Tennessee 7, Mississippi 2.
Goalkeeper Stats: Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (UT) 1 save, 0 goals, 90:00; Ann Shelton (UM), 2 saves, 0 goals, 45:00; Megan Vickery (UM), 2 saves, 1 goal, 45:00.
Fouls: Tennessee 10, Mississippi 9.
Offside: Tennessee 5, Mississippi 1.
Tennessee: Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (GK), Jackie Acevedo (F), Jenny Jeffers (D), Genna Gorman (F), Kylee Rossi (F), Sarah Van Sickle (D), Melissa Amado (D), Véronique Maranda (M), Erica
Griffin (D), Leslie Vineyard (M), Ali Christoph (M).
Reserves: Emily Redberg, Kristen Doukakis, Hayley Prendergast.
Mississippi: Ann Shelton (GK), Amy Gill (M), Christine Breaux (D), Austin Brown (D), Jennifer Hance (M), Stacey Emmonds (D), Lyndsey Williams (D), Chrissy Strini (M), Christine Liberto (F),
Kelly Renie (F), Brittney Potts (F).
Reserves: Megan Vickery, Ashley Ferree, Leslie Robichaux, Cori Mehan, Amanda Verkin, Hillary Beckman, Amy Bayles, Elise Karlowicz.
Tennessee: Véronique Maranda 4, Ali Christoph 4, Kylee Rossi 3, Genna Gorman 2, Emily Redberg 1, Leslie Vineyard 1, Melissa Amado 1.
Mississippi: Amy Gill 1.