Only one ball found its way into the back of the net in the first round of
the SEC matchup between second-seeded Ole Miss and seventh seed Tennessee
in Nashville on Thursday afternoon.
Unfortunately for the Lady Vols, junior Sara Shauberger of the Rebels
registered her first career goal with a header off a direct kick with 4:59
remaining in the opening half to account for the lone score.
First team All-SEC midfielder Jennifer Soileau was credited with the assist
on the play, providing Ole Miss with enough offense to give them their
first tournament victory ever.
For Head Coach Charlie MacCabe's squad, this was the club's second straight
1-0 setback in postseason and marked the third straight time that Tennessee
had been blanked at the SECs. Last season, Alabama pinned a 1-0 loss on the
Lady Vols and in 1996, Florida pinned a 3-0 count over UT.
The Orange outshot the Rebels 17-11, including 9-3 in the second frame, but
UM keeper Birna Bjomsdottir made nine saves to notch the shutout.
Tennessee's second team All-SEC sophomore Allison Campbell had a game-high
six shots on goal, while senior Kendyl Michner and sophomore Jen Laughridge
contributed four attempts a piece. However, the Lady Vols could not break
into the scoring column.
With the defeat, UT concluded its campaign at 8-11-1 overall, while Ole
Miss improved to 13-8 and will meet the winner of the Georgia/Kentucky
The loss marked the final career games for seniors Heather Handel, Stacey
Longino, Melissa Majcher, Kendyl Michner, Heather Redecker, Sarah Shively
and Brooke Sweeney.
Loss ends UT's soccer hopes
Published: Mon Nov 08, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:02 p.m.