Oct. 8, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After anchoring the back line in Tennessee’s shutout wins at South Carolina and Auburn this weekend, UT senior defender Ali Hall was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week by the conference office Monday morning.
Hall played the full 180 minutes of the weekend as Tennessee (10-3-2, 5-2-1 SEC) posted a pair of 1-0 road victories over defending SEC regular season champion South Carolina (4-6-4, 1-4-3 SEC) and defending SEC Tournament champion Auburn (8-7-0, 4-4-0 SEC).
The senior center back was a defensive stalwart for the Lady Vols against the Gamecocks and the Tigers. Hall and sophomore Allie Sirna served as a road block in the middle of the UT back line, putting ends to opponents’ runs up the middle and clearing out crosses into the box.
Hall helped neutralize South Carolina’s and Auburn’s top offensive players. USC’s top point scorer, Courtney Angotti-Smith, was held without a shot and its top two goal scorers, Daniele Au and Coryn Bajema combined for just two shots (none on goal). Hall also helped limit Auburn’s top scorer, Tatiana Coleman, to just one shot.
In addition to her steadfast defense, Hall also took most of UT’s free kicks and initiated the direction of many attacks after dribbling the ball past midfield.
The Lady Vols will be back in action on Oct. 12, hosting SEC foe Kentucky at Regal Soccer Stadium. Tickets for the game are just one dollar and the first 1,000 fans will receive free Lady Vol Soccer scarves.