Concluding its two-match Western Division swing on Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge, the Lady Vol soccer team turned back Louisiana State 4-2 for its third consecutive victory. Now 7-6 overall, the win enabled head coach Angie Kelly's squad to vault over the .500 mark for the first time all season.
In addition, the Lady Vols matched their best start in Southeastern Conference play by raising their league record to 3-1.
Although we played under some difficult conditions today, we still managed to play an attractive style, Kelly said. Fortunately, we maintained possession enough to create some nice scoring opportunities and build the lead. Kelly Berrall had a big weekend, along with our two Canadian freshmen, Rhian Wilkinson and Marie-Eve Nault. Overall, I am very pleased with our team's performance and progress at this point in the season. After being on the road for the past two weekends, it will be nice to close the season out at home in front of our fans.
Kelly's squad dominated play in the opening stanza, out-shooting the Tigers heavily en route to a 2-0 half-time cushion. Marie-Eve Nault notched her second goal of the afternoon at 56:10 on a breakaway created by Kelly Berrall to fashion her first multiple-goal effort. The freshman weaved through the middle between a couple of LSU defenders and Otillio and hit a shot to the right side that sailed into the vacant goal.
Tennessee also won Friday night in Fayetteville, Ark., as they battled Western Division foe Arkansas in a critical Southeastern Conference matchup for both squads. In the end, the Tennessee squad left Lady'Back Field victorious with a hard-fought, 3-1 triumph.