Sept. 30, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A pair of goals by sophomores Emily Redberg and Genna Gorman and a defense that staved off a late Gator rally gave the 20th-ranked Lady Vols a 2-1 victory over No. 11 Florida on Friday night at the Regal Soccer Complex. The win by UT (5-4-1, 3-0 SEC) was the third straight regular-season triumph over its archrivals and stretched the current winning streak to four matches.
"I'm very excited to pick up the win tonight," Lady Vol head coach Angela Kelly said. "My girls played their most inspired match of the year. They continue to improve every day in training, and it's really showed in their play tonight. I'm just so excited for them."
The Big Orange started the scoring in the 67th minute when Redberg (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) broke through for her first goal of the season. Freshman Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) started the play, flicking the ball into the box, where Gorman (Lakewood, Colo.) redirected the pass with a back heel kick to Redberg about eight yards out in front for the goal.
Gorman padded the lead in the 81st minute when Rossi controlled a failed clearance by UF and found Gorman about six yards out in front of the net, where she poked it to the left past Gator goalkeeper Brittni Goodwin. The goal was Gorman's second of the year and turned out to be her first gamewinner of the season.
Florida would not go away, as they came back and scored at 82:14 when Lindsey DeLorenze put in the rebound off Cherry Pickman's shot that UT senior goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (Vernon, Conn.) saved. The goal ended the Lady Vols' school-record shutout streak at 391:02, topping the old mark of 386:59 set by Phillips-Bosshart and the squad in 2003.
The Gators kept up the attack, as Rie Sawai shot from 13 yards out in the 88th minute, but the senior second-team All-SEC netminder knocked the ball away from goal. UF ended up taking three corner kicks just following the save, but they could not find the net again as the Tennessee defense kept clearing the ball from the penalty box.
The first half saw the Lady Vols control play, as they took six shots in the frame to Florida's one. Rossi started the offense, shooting from the top of the box in the 10th minute, but Goodwin was there for the save. In the 18th minute, she tried her luck again from the top of the box, but the shot sailed high. Freshman Leslie Vineyard (St. Louis, Mo.) had a header shot in the 41st minute that the Gator defense saved.
UT nearly broke through in the 61st minute, as Gorman received the feed from junior Ali Christoph (Columbus, Ohio) about 10 yards out in the penalty box, but her shot was tapped away by Gator defender Shana Hudson.
Overall, Tennesse held a 13-6 lead in shots and a 12-4 advantage in corner kicks. Phillips-Bosshart made two saves on the evening for her fifth win.
Tennessee closes out their six-match homestand with a 2 p.m. match on Sunday against South Carolina at the Regal Soccer Complex. The match will be taped by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and will be shown on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 3 and 7 p.m.