Rossi Named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ??? University of Tennessee soccer???s new all-time leading goal scorer, Kylee Rossi, was named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week following her two-goal, one-assist performance in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. The forward earned the award for the third time this season after breaking four UT records and helping the Orange and White advance to their fifth NCAA Sweet 16 in program history.

Rossi scored her record-tying 29th goal of her career and 11th goal of the season on Nov. 16 in UT???s 2-0 first-round victory over Furman. The Pennington, N.J., native notched Tennessee???s second score of the match and assisted on the game-winner from sophomore midfielder Mick Imgram.

The junior made program history in Sunday???s 1-0 double overtime win over Clemson. Her goal in the 104th minute marked the 30th of her career, pushing her past former Lady Vol Laura Lauter Smith (1997-2000) in the UT record book. The goal came after junior keeper Jaimel Johnson made a save and distributed the ball to Imgram. She found Rossi in the box, where she settled the ball, and blasted a shot into the upper left corner of the net.

The ???golden goal??? was Rossi???s second this season following her overtime game-winner versus South Carolina on Sept. 27. The score was the fourth game-winner in extra time of Rossi???s career, moving her past Keeley Dowling (2001-04) and Rhian Wilkinson (2000-03) on that career chart. Rossi also jumped to the top of the career game-winners list with the 12th of her career, surpassing Kayla Lockaby???s (2001-04) previous record.

At the start of the 2007 campaign, Rossi was not even listed in the top 10 in career shots. Her 90 strikes this season, however, have changed that chart as well. With the game-winner against Clemson, Rossi became the most prolific shooter in Lady Vol history, notching her 241st shot and knocking Lyndsey Patterson (2001-04) out of the top spot.

Rossi is one of two women???s soccer players to earn the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week award this year, joining freshman forward Devon Swaim. This week, Rossi beat out competition from Lady Vol basketball???s Shannon Bobbitt, volleyball???s Nikki Fowler and swimming???s Carly Mathes to snag the award.

Rossi and the Orange and White return to action this Saturday, Nov. 24, in the NCAA Sweet 16. Tennessee travels to the University of Portland to face the second-seeded Pilots at 7 p.m. PT at Merlo Field.





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