Nov. 11, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Four Lady Vols had multi-point games as the 11th-ranked Tennessee squad took a decisive 5-2 win over No. 25 Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Klockner Stadium on the ground of the University of Virginia. Freshman midfielder Véronique Maranda led all scorers with two goals, while forwards Emily Redberg and Kylee Rossi both added a goal and an assist in the win.
"I would like to congratulate Tony (da Luz) and his squad on a hard-fought battle," UT head coach Angela Kelly said. "Wake had us on our heels early and were knocking on the door all game. I was pleased with our finishing, but we need to have a much better performance to look to compete with Virgina on Sunday. In the tournament, you look to survive and move on. Today was ugly, but we'll take it."
The Demon Deacons (9-9-1) struck first in the eighth minute, as Camelyn Dillon knocked in the rebound off Amanda Lebo's shot. The goal ended UT's school-record shutout streak at 418:28, officially topping the old mark set earlier this season by 26:27.
The score seemed to light a fire under the Orange and White (15-5-2), as UT started firing shots toward goal. Sophomore forward Genna Gorman (Lakewood, Colo.) started the chances, as she fired from eight yards out off a Redberg (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) cross, but the strike went right.
Tennessee evened up the match in the 29th, as senior defender Talia Wright (Chattanooga, Tenn.) settled the corner kick served into the box by Gorman. Wright then found Maranda (Saint-Lambert, Quebec), who finished for her first score of the night.
SEC All-Freshman forward Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas) tried to put UT up in the 35th, but her chance from 17 yards out was saved by Wake Forest's Kaitlyn Doe. A minute later, junior first team All-SEC midfielder Ali Christoph (Columbus, Ohio) had a shot from 15 yards out sail high. Later in the 42nd minute, the second team All-SEC forward Rossi saw her header go high.
Maranda struck again later in the 42nd, putting in the cross from Gorman for her fourth career score and give the Lady Vols a 2-1 lead at the half.
UT took advantage of a Demon Deacon foul in the penalty box in the 49th minute after another Gorman corner kick, one of 11 taken in the match by the Lady Vols. Christoph took the penalty kick, the first for Tennessee this season, and buried it in the net to give UT a 3-1 lead.
Wake Forest wouldn't go away, as second team All-ACC forward Sarah Kosey chipped a strike over UT senior goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (Vernon, Conn.) to pull the Black and Gold within one.
Tennessee responded in the 66th minute, as Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) had her shot hit the post. Redberg was there to control the rebound and took her chance past Doe for the goal. Six minutes later, Redberg returned the favor, feeding the ball into the box for Rossi after a long breakaway. Rossi finished for her eighth goal of the season to give UT the 5-2 lead.
The Demon Deacons kept fighting, as they took two shots in the 75th minute. The first was blocked by Wright in front of the net, while the second chance went above the crossbar.
Overall, Tennessee held an 11-7 advantage in corner kicks, while the two squads tied with 11 shots. The five goals matched the most the Lady Vols have scored since a 5-2 win at UNLV on Sept. 7, 2003.
The Big Orange take on host and sixth-ranked Virginia on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Klockner Stadium in the second round. It is a rematch of the Sept. 9 showdown that became the Lady Vols' first win of the year.