Nov. 6, 2005
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - An 80th minute goal by sophomore forward Emily Redberg gives Tennessee its third SEC Tournament title as the 13th-ranked Lady Vols triumphed over Auburn, 1-0, in the finals at the Orange Beach Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
"I would first like to congratulate Auburn on a great tournament and a very tough performance today," SEC Co-Coach of the Year Angela Kelly said. "They were a different team than what we saw in Knoxville two weeks ago. I am so proud of my team in the way that they executed the game plan in the second half. We played a quick one- and two-touch rhythm and were dynamic up top. We won the 50/50 balls in the midfield and were so solid in the back. We possessed the ball so well and this will be great for us to build on for the first round of the NCAA Tournament."
Redberg (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) got the ball in the penalty box and fired on goal, where Auburn goalkeeper Anna Fiser stopped the first attempt. But the sophomore controlled the rebound and then punched it past Fiser at 79:34 for her fourth goal of the season and second of the year against the Tigers.
Tennessee's defense was outstanding, setting a new team record by not allowing a goal in the last 411 minutes of play, topping the mark set earlier this season in a five-match stretch. Senior goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (Vernon, Conn.) got her 32nd career shutout, moving to one behind Auburn's Megan Rivera in conference history in that category.
The Lady Vols (14-5-2) dominated the second half of play from the start, getting four good looks at goal in the first four minutes. SEC All-Freshman Team forward Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas) took the first opportunity in the first minute, having her shot from 17 yards out blocked by the Auburn (8-12-1) defense. Sophomore forward Hayley Prendergast (Hingham, Mass.) tried next, having her seven-yard punch saved by Fiser after a freshman Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) cross. The 48th minute saw an indirect kick by junior defender Jenny Jeffers (Lake Zurich, Ill.) and a cross by Rossi across the six get cleared by the Tigers. Finally the barrage ended in the 49th minute, as Prendergast fired a shot from 17 yards out that went right.
Tennessee kept the pressure on Auburn in the 53rd as Rossi had a tap from eight yards out that Fiser snagged. Two minutes later, first team All-SEC midfielder Ali Christoph (Columbus, Ohio) drove a laser toward goal from the top of the box, but the ball stayed high.
The UT defense had an excellent second half, allowing no shots in the period, marking the eighth time the team accomplished that feat this season. The Tigers did have one look in the second half, as Kori Hoelscher tried to tap a nice cross into the box past Phillips-Bosshart, but the ball missed her foot by inches and went over the goal line.
Just before Redberg's tally, freshman midfielder Véronique Maranda had a flick in the 76th minute go high, while first team All-SEC forward Genna Gorman (Lakewood, Colo.) had her shot from the right wing go high in the 79th minute.
UT nearly added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute, as Maranda, Acevedo and junior midfielder Kristen Doukakis (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) all had shots in succession, but the Auburn defense was credited with two team saves, while Fiser stopped one during the melee in the six-yard box.
The Lady Vols looked a little flat in the early going, as Auburn controlled the ball for much of the first 25 minutes of play. Auburn's Kristin Stewart had a breakaway chance in the sixth minute, but freshman defender Sarah Van Sickle (Knoxville, Tenn.) made a nice slide tackle to quell the threat. Two minutes later, Courtney Crandall fired from 16 yards out, but the shot went left. Later in the 18th, the Tigers' Ashley Willis drove a ball from the 18 towards goal, but Phillips-Bosshart stepped up to make the save.
Tennessee tried to turn the tide in the 25th minute, as Rossi fired from 24 yards out, but Fiser made the stop. A minute later, Redberg drove to the goal line to the right of the goal and attempted a cross, but Fiser stepped in the way and cleared the ball away from her net.
In the match, Tennessee held a 22-5 advantage in shots and took eight corner kicks to Auburn's two.
Two Lady Vols were selected to the All-Tournament Team, as Christoph and Jeffers both were voted onto the squad. Auburn's Ronda Brooks was picked as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Tennessee will learn its seed and draw in the NCAA Women's College Cup on Monday at 5 p.m. EST, as ESPNEWS will show the selection show live.
at the Orange Beach Soccer Complex * Orange Beach, Ala.
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UT: Emily Redberg (unassisted); 79:34
Shots: Tennessee 22, Auburn 5.
Corner Kicks: Tennessee 8, Auburn 2.
Goalkeeper Stats: Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (UT) 1 save, 0 goals, 90:00; Anna Fiser (AU), 5 saves, 1 goal, 90:00.
Fouls: Auburn 13, Tennessee 12.
Offsides: Tennessee 1, Auburn 1.
Tennessee: Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (GK), Talia Wright (D), Jenny Jeffers (D), Genna Gorman (F), Kristen Doukakis (M), Emily Redberg (F), Kylee Rossi (F), Sarah Van Sickle (D), Erica Griffin (D), Leslie Vineyard (M), Ali Christoph (M).
Reserves: Jackie Acevedo, Melissa Amado, Véronique Maranda, Hayley Prendergast.
Auburn: Anna Fiser (GK), Ashley Willis (F), Ashley Eason (D), Jenny Zarzour (M), Lauren Stewart (D), Jada Stewart (M), Jenn Johnson (D), Ronda Brooks (D), Courtney Crandall (F), Sara Power (M), Kristin Stewart (F).
Reserves: Leah Blayney, Kori Hoelscher, Jessie Allan, Kara Kasten, Lauren Brabson.
Tennessee: Kylee Rossi 9, Emily Redberg 3, Kristen Doukakis 2, Melissa Amado 2, Jackie Acevedo 2, Ali Christoph 1, Genna Gorman 1, Véronique Maranda 1, Hayley Prendergast 1.
Auburn: Courtney Crandell 2, Ashley Willis 1, Ronda Brooks 1, Leah Blayney 1.