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#14 Tennessee Lady Vol Soccer Heads to Kentucky & Vanderbilt

Oct. 13, 2011

TENNESSEE (11-3, 4-2) at KY (10-4, 3-3)
October 14, 2011   |   7 p.m. ET
UK Soccer Complex   |   Lexington, Ky.


  • Tennessee maintains an 11-8 all-time advantage in its series versus Kentucky, and the two squads have split the last six meetings, 3-3. UT is 5-2 at the UK Soccer Complex, having won the last five in Lexington, Ky.

  • The Wildcats enter this weekend with a 10-4 overall record and a 3-3 mark in SEC action. Its last time out UK dropped a 2-0 decision at home versus LSU. Kentucky's league triumphs have come against Alabama (4-1), South Carolina (1-0) and Arkansas (2-1, OT). UK is 0-3 versus ranked teams in 2011.
  • Junior F Kelsey Hunyadi leads the Kentucky offense with eight goals and seven assists, while sophomore F Caitlin Landis owns four goals and a helper. Freshman GK Kayla Price possesses a 1.23 GAA, 56 saves and a 10-4 record with four solo shutouts between the pipes.

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  • Rookie net minder Julie Eckel is closing in on some long time freshman standards in Lady Vol goalkeeping history. Former Big Orange keeper Ellen Dean set the rookie records of 11 victories and 5.3 shutouts back in 1998 in helping Tennessee to a 12-8 overall record. Eckel currently sits at 11 WINS AND FIVE SOLO SHUTOUTS THROUGH JUST HER FIRST 14 MATCHES in the Orange & White, leaving the Cordova, Tenn., native with plenty of opportunity to surpass Dean's standards down the stretch in 2011. Former Lady Vol GK Sarah Kitchin set the rookie mark for goals-against-average at 1.05 over just 10 matches as a sub back in 2006. Eckel is currently ahead of that standard in possession of a 0.92 GAA.
  • At this point in any season certain trends begin developing statistically with a team and Tennessee soccer in 2011 is certainly no different. Entering the weekend of Oct. 14-16, the Lady Vols are an impressive 7-0-0 during day matches but just 4-3-0 during night contests. UT is a perfect 7-0-0 when leading at the half, but only 1-2-0 when behind at the break. The Big Orange is 10-0-0 in contests in which they total at least two goals and just 1-2-0 when scoring a single tally or less. Tennessee is also 9-0-0 when permitting one goal or less and just 2-3-0 when allowing two or more scores.
  • The old adage proved especially true for the Big Orange soccer squad on Fri., Oct. 7, as Tennessee showed its match truly wasn't over till it was over against Ole Miss. UT spotted the Rebels a 3-0 lead at the half before the Lady Vols began a stirring rally to post a 4-3 (OT) victory on senior forward Chelsea Hatcher's "golden goal" at 91:33. The occurrence marked the LARGEST COMEBACK IN UT SOCCER HISTORY and also just the fourth time in UT annals that the team allowed three goals during a match and still managed to win. The Orange & White spotted #15 Duke a 3-1 halftime lead back on Aug. 27, 2004, before rallying for a 4-3 (OT) triumph. Tennessee also emerged victorious over Georgia (4-3, OT) on Oct. 27, 2000, and Colorado College (7-5) on Nov. 1, 1998.

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