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Bailey's Goal Lifts UT Past No. 11 Mizzou, 1-0



Sept. 30, 2012

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Junior Tori Bailey scored from six yards out in the 58th minute and the Lady Vols' defense stepped up in another physical SEC bout to give the Tennessee soccer team a 1-0 victory over No. 11 Missouri on Sunday at Regal Soccer Stadium.

Tennessee (8-3-2, 3-2-1 SEC) bounced back from a 1-0 home loss to Arkansas on Friday night with a hard-nosed effort Sunday afternoon. The Lady Vols handed Mizzou (10-2-0, 5-1-0 SEC) its first conference loss in its inaugural season in the SEC.

After a physical first half that saw two yellow cards issued to the Tigers and one to the UT bench, Tennessee came out of the locker room with even more tenacity in the second half.

"This win says a lot about our kids," UT head coach Brian Pensky said. "It says a lot about our team's character and our team's fight. I don't want to sound like that cliché, cheesy guy but I tell you what, we were tested. We were tested over the weekend. It stunk to have to wait from Friday night and the bad taste we all had in our mouths from Friday night, but our courage, mentality, and our physical fight was tested."

In the 58th minute, junior Caroline Brown sent a ball forward for sophomore Hannah Wilkinson in the top right corner of the box. Wilkinson pushed the ball to the right corner of the field then changed direction towards the goal before sending a cross into the center. Bailey tapped the ball in with a top of her foot to send it trickling into the lower right side of the goal past Mizzou goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein.

"We focus so much on being good at soccer and possessing," Pensky said. "But college soccer is sometimes a fight. It's a battle, a scrap, a claw and things like that. I think that as a result sometimes we play as if we are focused on being good at soccer, rather than preparing to battle. I think that starts with me and it's something we talked about coming into today.

By Brian Rice, UTSports.com

Tori Bailey often stands out on the field for Lady Vol soccer. If not for her size, or lack thereof, for the fact that it seems like she is everywhere. At an even 5'0, Bailey towers over no one on the field, but instead uses her size to be in the right place at the right time, just as she was at 57:55 Sunday, in perfect position to score the game's only goal.

Hannah Wilkinson took the ball into the corner and worked her way up the end line before firing a crossing pass into the center of the box. The ball went past Caroline Brown and right to the feet of Bailey, who tapped the ball back to the near side, where it found the back of the net past a sprawling McKensie Sauerwein for a 1-0 lead that Tennessee would not relinquish.

"We came into this game working really hard, looking to outwork our opponent," Bailey said. "The goal was a really great cross from Hannah Wilkinson and I got just a toe on and it trickled in. We were all working really hard and the goal was a team effort, I couldn't have done it without my teammates."

Bailey is the most active player on the field on many occasions, and is also among the most versatile. Depending on the personnel on the field, Bailey can line up as a defender, midfielder or forward.

Though she credits the team effort for setting up her winning score, Bailey said the goal served as a reward for the hard works she puts in while playing the fourth-highest total of minutes for the Lady Vols.

"Getting a goal powers me to keep going," Bailey said. "I love running all the time, but it's nice to put one in the back of the net."

"I think without a doubt our kids did a great job, and then I'm happy for Tori scoring that great goal."

Eckel (8-3-2) made two saves and posted her fifth complete shutout of the season. Bailey and Iyana Moore each had two shots.

Missouri's Abi Raymer totaled four shots to lead the Tigers and Sauerwein (10-2-0) made one save in the loss.

Tennessee returns to the road next week, playing at South Carolina on Oct. 5 and at Auburn on Oct. 7. The UT-Auburn game will be broadcasted on CSS. The Lady Vols return to Regal Soccer Stadium in two weeks to host Kentucky on Oct. 12 and LSU on Oct. 14.

NOTES: The win was Tennessee's first over a ranked opponent since Sept. 25, 2011, when the Lady Vols beat then-No. 6 Florida, 4-2, in Knoxville ... the goal was Bailey's fourth game-winner of her career. Her last game-winner was at Western Kentucky on Aug. 19 ... Eckel now has 13 complete shutouts for her career. She ranks fourth on UT's all-time shutout list at 13.2 shutouts (played in parts of two other shutouts).

 

 

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