Junior forward Chelsea Hatcher
Nov. 4, 2010
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
ORANGE BEACH, Ala -A "golden goal" from LSU forward Addie Eggleston at 97:45 of the first overtime led the Bayou Bengals (8-8-4, 4-4-3 Southeastern Conference) to a 1-0 (OT) victory over Tennessee (10-9-1, 7-3-1 SEC) during SEC Tournament quarterfinal action on Thursday, Nov. 4th, in Orange Beach, Ala.
The Lady Vols dominated the majority of the contest, out-shooting the Tigers by a commanding 19-8 total and managed a 7-1 advantage on corner kicks. Both squads posted four shots on frame with UT freshman midfielder Caroline Brown leading the Big Orange with two. Junior forward Chelsea Hatcher launched a squad-best seven overall shots during the contest for Tennessee. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Molly Baird posted three saves in the match while playing all 97:45 between the pipes.
With a Top 64 RPI, finishing third in the SEC regular-season standings and having concluded the regular season on a solid 7-3-1 run over the last 11 matches, the Lady Vols now await their NCAA Tournament draw in the annual NCAA Tournament Selection Show set to be broadcast on ESPNU on Mon, Nov. 8th, at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET.
"I was very proud of the way we played today," Lady Vol Head Coach Angela Kelly said. "We certainly created enough opportunities to be successful, out-shooting LSU 19-8, but we just weren't able to finish as we hit both the post and crossbar. You really have to credit LSU. They were able to put the ball in the net in overtime. Now we just wait to find out our NCAA draw next Monday during the tournament selection show and will look to make some postseason noise in the field of 64."
Right off the opening kick the Lady Vol offense raced down the field and nearly created a scoring chance. A pass up the middle was headed up field by senior forward Anna Fisher and just out in front of junior forward Emily Dowd. Unfortunately for the Big Orange, the pass proved to be a step too far in front of Dowd to be able to get a shot off as LSU keeper Megan Kinneman corralled the ball.
The Bayou Bengals recorded the first shot of the contest at 1:48 as forward Courtney Alexander found some space up the left wing and fired from eight yards wide left of the post.
A long sprint up the right side by UT junior forward Chelsea Hatcher resulted in Tennessee's initial shot of the match during the seventh minute. The Cincinnati, Ohio, dribbled in towards the right post and unleashed a drive that bent outside the upright for a harmless goal kick.
During the 12th minute LSU had a golden opportunity to get on the scoreboard go awry. Defender Allysha Chapman moved up the left wing and crossed into the middle of the 18-yard box to Alexander. The Tiger forward settled the ball briefly and appeared to have a lot of net to fire at before shooting directly into Baird's arms from 10 yards out.
Over the next few ticks of the clock, Tennessee posted the only scoring chances as Hatcher launched a drive wide right at 13:27, and then sophomore midfielder Kylie Bono just missed making solid contact on a header as her effort at 17:08 also traveled well outside the right post.
The Lady Vols earned the initial corner kick of the contest for either squad at 29:00. Junior midfielder Emily Shore delivered a feed across to the right side of the pitch to the feet of Dowd. The Gainesville, Fla., product tried her luck from a tough angle but her 12-yard shot was saved routinely by Kinneman.
A shot that went wide right off the foot of Hatcher at 35:30 proved the last chance for either team in the opening frame as the squads ventured to the halftime break knotted at 0-0.
Alexander christened the second stanza for the Tiger offense by firing high of net at the 46:25 mark.
At 50:51 a shot from about 15 yards out on the left wing by UT's Hatcher brushed the outside of the left post as then traveled over the end line for a goal kick.
The moment of the match for the Big Orange offense occurred during the 63rd minute as the action heated up inside the LSU 18 yard box to the tune of a trio of Tennessee shots. Off a corner kick, an eventual shot by senior defender Tanya Emerson was blocked out front at 62:32. A follow-up header by Fisher appeared to ricochet off the crossbar and straight down at 62:38. A last attempt off the rebound by Bono at 62:44 struck off the right post before bouncing back out in the direction of midfield as the woodwork kept the match scoreless.
UT kept the pressure on over the next few minutes as Speros launched a shot wide right at 63:11 and Hatcher missed high at 63:57.
Off a quick Lady Vol counter-attack, a great one-vs.-one move past a defender by Hatcher in the 66th minute granted the forward a chance from the middle of the pitch just inside the 18, but her blast traveled wide right of frame.
Freshman midfielder Sanna Saarinen forced a save off a 22-yard shot from deep out in the middle in the 70th minute as UT kept blasting away at goal.
With 15:36 left in regulation, LSU put a brief scare in the Big Orange as a 10-yard effort from the left wing by Eggleston forced a diving stop by Baird. The ball rolled off the keeper's deflection out on the right side of frame where Hannah Jobe launched a follow-up shot that hit off the side netting.
During the 83rd minute Tennessee was denied on another golden opportunity. After Speros missed wide left on a long drive from well out front, freshman midfielder Caroline Brown eventually launched a shot on net that Kinneman managed to deflect over the crossbar with one hand for a corner.
A last second shot off the foot of Brown as the regulation clock expired was stopped routinely by Kinneman as the two teams would require extra time to settle things for the second time in 2010.
After a quick LSU shot by Alexander forced a stop from Baird, the Lady Vols had the run of play of the next few minutes in overtime.
UT earned corner kicks during the 96th and 97th minutes and registered blocked shots from Hatcher, Dowd and Emerson but still couldn't find the score needed to end the contest.
Unfortunately for Tennessee, LSU managed to locate the elusive "golden goal" at 97:45. A free kick from Taryne Boudreau into the center of the 18 landed at the feet of Eggleston. She had just enough time to settle the ball, turn and score from approximately six yards out to end the match.