Oct. 15, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An perfectly-struck Lea Lafield corner kick in the 63rd minute propelled 21st-ranked Vanderbilt to a 2-1 win over No. 13 Tennessee in a key Southeastern Conference match-up in front of a record 1,279 fans at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex on Friday night. The UT loss ends a seven-match winning streak, tied for third-best in program history, and becomes the team's first loss in league action this season. The two squads are now tied atop the SEC Eastern Division standings with identical 6-1 records.
"Give Ronnie and her squad the credit," said UT head coach Angela Kelly. "She had her team inspired and ready to play tonight. Although we recorded more shots, we still have to do a better job of our build up in the middle to attacking third and do more with the opportunities that we do create. It boils down this evening to a lack of disciple all over the field, something that will be addressed and fixed by Sunday."
Lafield struck a strong corner kick, where it hit the back post over a UT defender's head and caromed into the goal to give the Commodores (13-2, 6-1 SEC) the 2-1 advantage. They nearly took the lead three minutes earlier when Lafield's header from six yards out was grabbed by UT senior goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (Vernon, Conn.).
The Big Orange (8-5-1, 6-1 SEC) had two chances earlier in the second half, first when freshman Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas) saw her shot from 14 yards out snagged by VU netminder Tyler Griffin in the 48th minute. Six minutes later, junior Kristen Doukakis (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) watched her header off sophomore Genna Gorman's (Lakewood, Colo.) corner kick bounce high before Griffin corralled it in front of the goal.
UT kept the pressure on in the last 20 minutes, as sophomore defender Erica Griffin (Memphis, Tenn.) tried to head in a ball off another Gorman corner, but the ball went right. A returning freshman Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.), who missed a majority of the match after taking a spill in the 18th minute, saw her shot from the 18 fade right of the post in the 82nd minute.
Tennessee took the early 1-0 lead when Doukakis poked the cross from sophomore Emily Redberg (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) past VU's Griffin in the 30th minute. The goal was Doukakis' second of the season.
The Lady Vols saw two early opportunities to score, first in the 11th minute as Rossi struck from about eight yards out from the left side of goal, but Griffin grabbed it for her first save. Rossi again caused some anxiety for the Commodores, this time on a cross in the 15th minute that Griffin stopped outside the six-yard box, but she was unable to grab immediately. Fortunately for Vanderbilt, no UT players could get there before Griffin lunged forward and captured the loose ball.
The Commodores answered with three minutes to spare in the period, as Kim Perkins knocked in a Lafield corner kick past a screened Phillips-Bosshart to knot up the match at 1-1. In the period, Tennessee held an 8-4 advantage in shots.
Overall, the Lady Vols had a 16-12 lead in shots, but the Black and Gold had a 6-5 lead in corner kicks.
UT closes out the four-match road swing with a 2 p.m. EDT contest on Sunday afternoon against Kentucky at the UK Soccer Complex.