Nov. 3, 2005
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - Freshmen Kylee Rossi and Véronique Maranda tallied goals, while Second Team All-Southeastern Conference goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart set the UT record for goalkeeper wins as the 13th-ranked Lady Vols scored a 2-0 victory over LSU (8-10-2) on Thursday in the first round of the SEC Soccer Tournament at the Orange Beach Soccer Complex.
"You have to give LSU credit," Tennessee head coach Angela Kelly said. "They came at us in the beginning of each half, and Coach Lee had them well organized. I thought we panicked at times, and we had to make the game come to us. The key is to possess the ball, and we were able and capable to do that."
The Lady Vols (13-5-1) scored on their only shot on goal in the first half in the 32nd minute, as Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) finished the long serve from senior defender Talia Wright (Chattanooga, Tenn.). The score was Rossi's seventh of the year, while Wright was credited with her first career assist.
Tennessee came out strong in the second half, firing seven of its 10 shots in the period on goal. Maranda (Saint-Lambert, Quebec) finished the scoring in the 68th minute, beating LSU freshman goalkeeper Jackie Moseley with her shot to the far post after getting the pass from sophomore forward Genna Gorman (Lakewood, Colo.).
Freshman midfielder Leslie Vineyard (St. Louis, Mo.) nearly scored the second Lady Vol goal of the night in the 62nd minute, as she got the ball after Moseley was beaten 30 yards away from her net trying to clear it. Vineyard fired from 10 yards out, but an LSU defender headed the ball away from the goal line. Gorman, in the 75th minute, fired a shot from the top of the penalty box that Moseley managed to save to keep the difference at 2-0.
The first half was a defensive struggle, as the two squads combined for five shots and one shot on goal. The Tigers, after not getting a shot in the regular-season meeting in Baton Rouge, La., till the 81st minute, came out ready. Senior forward Kate Ripple tried to strike in the sixth minute from inside the penalty box, but her shot went right.
Overall, the Lady Vols held a 14-5 lead in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Phillips-Bosshart picked up her 47th career win, passing her predecessor, Ellen Dean (Memphis, Tenn.), to become UT's all-time wins leader. The blanking is her 30th career solo shutout, becoming just the second SEC netminder to achieve that number, following Auburn's Megan Rivera.
Tennessee plays in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. CST against the winner of the Vanderbilt/Georgia match.