Junior goalkeeper Molly Baird
Oct. 2, 2009
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A goal from midfielder Molly Kinsella at 5:05 into the first "sudden victory" overtime guided home-standing Vanderbilt (7-3-1, 1-2-0 Southeastern Conference) past Tennessee (5-5-1, 1-2-0 SEC), 1-0, in a SEC Eastern Division match-up on Friday night at the VU Soccer Complex in Nashville, Tenn.
Junior goalkeeper Molly Baird was credited with six saves in the contest, while her counterpart in the Black & Gold Rachel Bechtel recorded five.
"Obviously, this is not the result we wanted," Lady Vol head coach Angela Kelly said. "Vanderbilt took advantage of an opportunity in overtime and put the ball in the back of the net. We had ample chances tonight to score and have to take advantage of those opportunities. Positives are that I can see our freshmen maturing, and I am seeing patience within our system. This result is unacceptable, however, and we are all counting down the minutes until our kick-off at Kentucky on Sunday."
The first offensive opportunity of the match for either team came in the ninth minute off a corner kick. Tennessee senior midfielder Mick Imgram drilled a perfect cross into the penalty area that bounced off someone out in front. The ricochet traveled straight to Jackyra, who was charging into the offensive zone from behind the play. The Cary, N.C., native launched a shot from straight away at approximately 15 yards out that traveled straight to Bechtel for a save.
Jackyra was at it again at 9:46, launching another shot from outside the top of the 18 that again bent straight to Bechtel standing in the center of the goal.
The Commodore offense finally got a sustained assault going in its attacking third during the 15th minute. VU advanced the ball into the penalty area, and UT's backline attempted to clear it out of the zone. The sphere ended up at the feet of defender Megan Forester just up the left wing, and she hammered a right-footed shot that harmlessly hit the outside of the twine for a goal kick.
At 15:09, Vanderbilt midfielder Chelsea Stewart forced Baird's initial save of the match as Stewart's shot from deep up the middle of the pitch advanced through the dense crowd out in front and straight into Baird arms.
VU missed a golden chance to break in front on the scoreboard during the 23rd minute, but the reason was because of the acrobatics of Baird in goal for the Lady Vols. Taking a feed in space while advancing up the right wing, Commodore defender Elizabeth Lillie drilled a shot that was deflected by a diving Baird across the goal mouth. With Tennessee's defense desperate to clear, midfielder Kinsella had a ricochet bounce right to her feet. She managed to turn and drive a left-footed shot on goal that Baird popped straight up into the air. On a header the Big Orange defense was finally able to drill the ball out of danger.
Tennessee's offense increased its intensity, forcing its second corner of the contest at 31:54 as freshman forward Jayden Barrett battled hard near the endline to draw the set piece. Imgram crossed the ball into the 18-yard box, but an eventual shot from long range by Jackyra drifted well right of frame.
Off a free kick from deep out front at 36:38, Imgram again lifted a quality ball into the penalty area. Working hard to get free of her marker, freshman Ali Hall leapt high into the air and headed a shot that was barely wide left of frame.
The Commodores had a couple of late chances in the first half to break the scoreless deadlock. A shot from Forester went well wide at 37:38, then with under two minutes remaining in the opening stanza, a cross from the left wing by VU traveled all the way across the goal mouth before being cleared by the Lady Vol backline.
Each squad managed six shots during the opening 45 minutes, with Jackyra posting both of Tennessee's shots on goal. Baird registered three saves during the initial half.
The Lady Vols raced down the pitch off the second half kick-off and got a left-footed shot from sophomore Emily Dowd at 45:21 that was blocked out in front.
Vanderbilt responded just 22 seconds later with a drive by Margaux Andrews that forced a routine save by Baird standing in the middle of the goal mouth.
Despite holding the majority of possession in the attacking third over the next 10 minutes, Tennessee couldn't break the scoreless deadlock. Sophomore midfielder Chelsea Hatcher was credited with two shots, including one on frame that forced a save by Bechtel, and Imgram fired from about 28 yards out front at 57:18 but her blast drifted high and wide right.
The Lady Vols missed a solid chance during the 61st minute on a quick counter-attack. Dowd received a feed up the middle, dribbled ahead into some space and waited patiently for a trailing teammate as freshman midfielder Amy Harrison raced up the right wing. Dowd made a solid pass, but while being marked by a defender, Harrison's shot was mis-hit and went well wide of net.
With 18:38 remaining in the contest, Vanderbilt midfielder Molly Kinsella gained possession of the ball in VU's attacking third and delivered a pass between a couple of UT defenders to Stewart in some space on the left wing. The Commodore midfielder ripped a shot from outside the 18, but Baird was positioned perfectly, once again, to make another save.
The last solid scoring opportunity for either team in regulation came in the final seconds on a UT cross into the penalty area from deep out on the left wing. Junior midfielder Tanya Emerson managed to get under the ball and headed a shot directly to Bechtel, forcing a save with 27 seconds remaining. In the end, 90 minutes wouldn't be enough as the contest ventured into "sudden victory" overtime.
Tennessee's Hatcher managed a shot from long range in the 95th minute, but the sphere traveled right to Bechtel for her fifth save.
The match came to a sudden conclusion at 95:05 as a through ball up the right wing from Lillie found Kinsella. She fired back to the left of a diving Baird and into the side of the net to complete the Commodore victory.
The Big Orange wraps up its season-long, five-match road trip at Kentucky on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The match is slated to be broadcast live by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and live stats will be available through utladyvols.com.