Oct. 5, 2013
By Brian Canever
Friday night at Regal Soccer Stadium was "Dollar Night" and "Flag Night" from a promotional standpoint. But for all intents and purposes, it was obvious to everyone in attendance that Friday was "Capocaccia Night."
Tennessee senior defender Caroline Capocaccia, the oldest of the clan, lined up alongside middle sister Suzanne while youngest sister Melissa stood on the opposite side of the field for No. 25 Ole Miss. With several family members and friends on hand, Tennessee and the elder Capocaccia sisters took a 3-0 win over the Rebels and Melissa.
In an interview prior to the game, Caroline, who will graduate in the spring and hang up her cleats to attend medical school, said that she was elated at the unique opportunity to step on the same field as her sisters in her final season as a Lady Vol.
When Caroline was a senior in high school, the three played together at St. Agnes Academy, leading the team to 2009 Division II AA state title. It was one of the brightest chapters in a long soccer history for the sisters.
"I think I was playing at center back, and Melissa was playing in the outside back position and Suzanne was playing in the midfield," Caroline said. "So, we would we be able to connect passes all the time."
Caroline arrived at Tennessee in 2010 and Suzanne joined her in 2012. Melissa joined Ole Miss this summer.
"We kind of diss each other a little bit," Caroline said earlier in the week when asked about her sister playing on a rival SEC team. "But, I want Melissa to do well, although I obviously want her team to lose on Friday."
Her wish came true in Tennessee's 3-0 hammering of the Lady Rebels.
"It was probably one of the most fun things I've ever done," she said after the win on Friday. "Having all of my sisters on the field at the same time made me start crying. I'm excited to have bragging rights now, but I love [Melissa] and I'm happy she played well."