The junior helped UT retain control of first place in the Eastern Division and overall standings with a 2-1 win at Alabama on Oct. 25 and a, 3-0, “Senior Day” victory over Auburn on Oct. 28 at Regal Soccer Stadium. Rossi finished the week with three goals, pushing her team-leading point and goal totals to 25 and 10, respectively. Rossi has already matched last season’s career highs, and is second in the SEC in both categories.
On a cold, wet night at Alabama, Rossi provided the game-winner with just four minutes remaining in regulation. With the match tied 1-1, Rossi received the ball on the far right side of the field. She beat two defenders before taking a shot from 20 yards out that curled into the upper left corner of the goal.
Against Auburn, Rossi extended her point-scoring streak to five matches with her third multi-point performance of the season. The Pennington, N.J., native notched the eventual game-winner in the 39th minute. Freshman midfielder Tanya Emerson won the ball in the midfield and dished it to freshman forward Julie Edwards, who slid a pass through the Auburn defense into the box for Rossi. With AU keeper Allison Whitworth coming off her line, Rossi beat Whitworth to her right and found the back left corner of the net.
The forward followed with Tennessee’s third goal of the day in the 60th minute. After receiving the ball at the top of the box, Rossi struck again, dribbling in and fighting off two defenders before finding the back of the net on a shot into the upper right corner. The goal was Rossi’s team-leading 10th of the season.
With the three goals last week, Rossi moved into sole possession of second in career scores at UT with 28 in less than three full seasons. Rossi is now just one goal shy of tying former Lady Vol Laura Lauter Smith (1997-2000) for first in the record books. The two game-winners also tie the junior for first all-time with Kayla Lockaby (2001-04) with 11.
Tennessee closes out the regular season this Friday at Georgia. A win for the Lady Vols would clinch the Eastern Division and overall conference titles as well as the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament which begins Nov. 7. Kickoff at Turner Soccer Complex in Athens, Ga. is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.