Oct. 31, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee took a 1-0 lead off a Vanderbilt own goal and Caroline Brown scored in the 50th minute and Katie Lenz scored in the 74th to give UT a 3-0 win over the Commodores on Thursday in both teams' regular-season finale.
With the win, UT finishes the regular season at 8-7-4 and 3-5-3 in SEC play. Vanderbilt fell to 4-12-3 and 1-9-1 in league matches. Tennessee finishes the regular season tied for 10th in the SEC, but will not qualify for the SEC Tournament based off of tiebreakers. UT needed wins by Auburn and Missouri Thursday night to qualify for the SEC Tournament. However, with a Missouri loss to Arkansas, UT will not qualify for the 2013 SEC Tournament.
Vanderbilt wasted little time finding an attack as Cheyna Williams broke into the left side of the box in the second minute and fired a shot into the side of the UT net.
UT quickly responded with a pair of corner kicks in the fourth minute. On a Cheyenne Spade corner kick the 12th minute, the ball was cleared out of the Vandy box before Spade sent it back in and it was deflected off Vanderbilt's Sarah Hook for an own goal.
Tennessee had good possession for much of the first half. Tori Bailey broke through defenders for a good shot from the left side that went wide in the 15th minute and Caroline Brown had a shot blocked from the 18 in the 19th minute.
Vanderbilt had several good runs on counter attacks about midway through the first half. In the 22nd minute Kelsey Tillman had a shot go high from the right side. Williams had runs to the box in the 26th and the 30th minutes, but the UT back line applied great pressure to force them off goal. Susan Ferguson had multiple breakups of VU attacks to limit the Commodores looks at goal.
On a Vandy corner kick in the 32nd minute, Ferguson made an athletic high kick save to prevent a goal on the right side of the net.
Julie Eckel made a save on another shot by Williams in the 43rd to help defend UT's 1-0 lead heading into the half.
In the 50th minute, Brown punched in a rebound shot for her eighth goal of the year, pushing UT's lead to 2-0. Cheyenne Spade fired a shot in first that Olivia Liebman turned away, but Brown was there for the follow-up.
The goal was the 27th of Brown's career, giving her sole possession of fifth place on Tennessee's all-time list. The goal also gave Brown 72 career points, tying her with Allison Campbell (1998-99) for fourth place in school history.
In the 74th minute, Lenz scored off a shot ripped from 35 yards out to push UT's lead to 3-0. The goal was Lenz's third of the season and fifth of her collegiate career.
Vanderbilt outshot UT, 21-16, and each team had six corner kicks. The Commodores celebreated their senior night prior to the match.
Fifth-year senior Jessica Rolfs played the final 6:30 of the match in goal.