NCAA CENTRAL: #20/25 UT vs. #24 Miami (OH)

Nov. 8, 2012


#20/25 TENNESSEE (14-4-3) vs. #24 MIAMI (OH) (19-2-1)
Nov. 11, 2012   |   2 p.m. ET
Regal Stadium   |   Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Sunday's NCAA match will be broadcast online for free via CBS Sports' ULive player HERE. Free live stats will also be available HERE and the free live blog will be on this page.

  • The winner of Sunday's match will take on No. 15/19 Duke in the second round. The Blue Devils crushed Loyola Maryland, 6-0, on Saturday in Durham, N.C. Second round and Sweet Sixteen matches are held at the same location Nov. 16 and 18. Duke is a No. 3 seed on UT's side of the bracket. No. 2 seed Virginia defeated La Salle, 4-1, in their first-round match on Friday. The winner of Sunday's match will play Duke in Charlottesville, Va., as Virginia is hosting the second and third rounds in this portion of the bracket. The Elite Eight is Nov. 23-25. The 2012 College Cup matches will be held Nov. 30 and Dec.2 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif.

  • No. 20/25 Tennessee is in the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in the program's 17-year history. UT is 9-1-1 when hosting NCAA Tournament matches with the lone loss coming last year against Ohio State.

  • Tennessee is 10-8-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 6-2-1 in first-round matches. UT is 5-1-0 as the host of opening-round NCAA matches.

  • The Lady Vols have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen five times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007). Tennessee made it out of the first round in six of its previous nine NCAA appearances. UT's last trip to the second round was in 2007.

  • UT has outscored its opponents, 19-4, in NCAA Tournament contests held in Knoxville.

  • Last season, Tennessee fell to Ohio State, 3-0, in their first-round contest on Nov. 12, 2011. The Buckeyes scored the match-winner in the ninth minute.

  • In this week's NCAA RPI rankings, Tennessee is at No. 15. UT finished the 2011 season with an RPI of 33. Miami (Ohio) has an RPI of 38.

  • In the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Coaches poll, Tennessee is ranked 20th and Miami (Ohio) is receiving votes. In the final Soccer America poll of the year, Tennessee is ranked No. 25 and MU is ranked No. 24.

  • Tennessee (14-4-3, 9-3-1 SEC) enjoyed a strong regular season, finishing third in the SEC and second in the Eastern Division. In the Preseason SEC Coaches' Poll, the Lady Vols were picked to finish 11th in the league and sixth in the Eastern Division.

  • UT has averaged 1.67 goals and 0.62 goals allowed per match. The Lady Vols are also averaging 17.3 shots and 10.8 shots allowed per contest.

  • All-SEC first team selection and sophomore forward Hannah Wilkinson leads the team with eight goals, 17 points and four match-winners.

  • Senior midfielder Kylie Bono in enjoying a banner year, tying her career highs with five goals and three match-winners. She also has six assists and her 16 points are a new career high.

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Eckel has allowed just 12 goals in 21 games this season. She has a 0.586 GAA, which ranks 21st in the nation. The UT single-season record for GAA is 0.68 set by Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart back in 2004. Eckel's 0.854 save percentage is tied for 28th in the nation.

  • With 11 shutouts on the year and a back line led by All-SEC honoree Ali Hall, Tennessee features one of the nation's elite defenses. UT's team goals-against average of 0.591 ranks 13th among all NCAA Division I teams.

  • Tennessee and Miami (Ohio) have never played before. UT has also never faced an opponent from the Mid-American Conference.


  • No. 24 Miami (Ohio) enters the NCAA Tournament at 19-2-1 and on a 15-match unbeaten streak. The RedHawks won their fourth Mid-American Conference Tournament championship in program history on Sunday, defeating Central Michigan, 2-1. Winning the conference tournament ensured them an automatic bid in to the NCAAs.
  • The RedHawks also won the MAC regular season title for the second time in school history, going 10-0-1 in league play.
  • Miami (Ohio) is making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It previously qualified in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
  • The RedHawks' 19 wins tied the school record (2002) and currently are tied for the most in the country this year.
  • MU boasts the 10th-best offensive attack in the nation, averaging 2.55 goals per match (56 goals in 22 contests).
  • MU's defense has also been strong this season, posting 10 shutouts and ranking 43rd in the nation with a 0.798 GAA.
  • Miami (Ohio) has faced an SEC team just three times in its 16-year history, losing three matches to Kentucky.
  • The RedHawks feature the MAC Offensive Player of the Year in senior Jess Kodiak and the MAC Freshman of the year in Haley Walter. Kodiak, Katy Dolesh, Kayla Zakrzewski and Kelsey Dinges earned First Team All-MAC honors. Walter garnered Second Team All-MAC accolades.
  • The team is averaging 2.55 goals and 0.82 goals allowed per match. MU is also averaging 17.1 shots and 9.4 shots allowed per contest.
  • Miami (Ohio) features five players who have scored at least eight goals and tallied six assists. Kodiak leads the team with 12 goals and 11 assists for 35 points. Walter has nine goals and nine assists for 27 points with a team-high five match-winners. Dinges (10 goals, six assists) and Zakrzewski (eight goals 10 assists) each have 26 points. Dolesh has eight goals and eight assists for 24 points.
  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Allison Norenberg has started all 22 matches for the team, recording a 0.82 goals-against average with 67 saves and 8.1 shutouts.








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