Aug. 27, 2010
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With a crowd of 1,083 orange-clad fans in attendance on Friday night at the Regal Soccer Stadium, the Tennessee Lady Vols battled hard but dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 12 Maryland to fall to 1-1 on the young 2010 campaign.
Angela Kelly Postgame vs. Maryland
The Terrapins managed a pair of scores just 2:15 apart in the opening half to take early control, 2-0. Tennessee managed to cut the gap to one at 23:56 on the first tally of the season from junior forward Emily Dowd, but saw UM register an insurance goal in the 75th minute to seal the triumph.
"What I reminded my team of at the end was that we play tough matches such as this one in August and September to prepare to win in October and November," Lady Vol head coach Angela Kelly said. "We play a tough out-of-conference schedule to expose ourselves so that by the time conference play begins we will have been challenged and seen the different styles of play that we need to see in order to be a factor in the SEC race. This was sort of a baptism by fire for a couple of our freshmen, but you saw Caroline Brown and Tori Bailey grow up out there tonight. This was actually an incredibly positive match for us. Maryland is a great team with great athletes. They will do very well this year."
The Big Orange recorded the initial offensive pressure in the match as a shot from senior forward Anna Fisher was blocked out in front of Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun at 1:13.
After a prolonged period of play in the midfield, the two squads traded blasts as UM midfielder Lydia Hastings and Fisher fired wide at 6:52 and 9:28, respectively.
Following sustained pressure from the Terrapins, the scoreless deadlock was broken at 17:37 as Hastings received a ball about 40 yards out, cut straight up the middle between a pair of defenders and beat Baird bottom left from approximately eight yards to make it 1-0.
Just 2:15 later the advantage for UM grew as a cross to the middle of the 18-yard box was settled by forward Ashley Grove. She pivoted and fired successfully into the bottom right of the twine from about 14 yards to make it 2-0.
At 22:47, Baird raced out off her line to pick a promising ball off the feet of forward Jazmyne Spencer, a preseason watch list inclusion for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, to hold the deficit at just a pair of goals.
The momentum seemed to swing to Tennessee's favor at that point as the Big Orange managed three successive shots out front that were blocked. UT managed to keep the ball in the offensive zone and, off a missed clearance by Maryland, the ball ended up at Dowd's feet. The Gainesville, Fla., native promptly buried it in the net for her first goal of the young campaign to cut the UM lead to 2-1.
The Lady Vols came oh so close to tying the score just 1:46 later as Hatcher unloaded a shot on frame that hit the crossbar before skimming over the top for a goal kick.
With time running short in the opening 45 minutes, Hatcher received a pass on the left wing (3:30 left), made a nifty move to go right between a pair of Maryland defenders and fired a shot to the far post that trickled just a foot or so wide.
Baird continued to maintain the one-goal deficit early in the second stanza by making stops on drives from Spencer and Hastings.
The Orange & White made numerous runs into the offensive third during the final half, but couldn't seem to get the final touch needed to deadlock the count on the scoreboard. A pass ahead of the defense to Fisher resulted in a UM clear on her eventual cross to the middle while a pass from sophomore midfielder Kylie Bono to the center for sophomore Alexis Owens proved to be just slightly out of her reach.
The final Maryland score came during the 75th minute as Spencer just managed to squeeze around a Tennessee defender on the left wing and fired low to the far post to finalize the count at 3-1.
UT will wrap up the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET against Richmond. In the day's opener, #12 Maryland will face Kennesaw State at 12:30 p.m. ET.