Playing in a steady downpour Friday afternoon, the No. 25 Lady Vols soccer team used two first-half goals and a tenacious defense to hold off Eastern Division rival Vanderbilt, 2-1. The triumph enabled Tennessee to secure its initial win at the Vanderbilt
Soccer Field in three attempts. With its second straight victory, UT improved to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Commodores dropped to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in league action.
Junior Kim Patrick opened the scoring at 13:24 off a cross from the left wing by freshman Lyndsey Patterson. Tallying her sixth goal of the campaign, the Pleasanton, Calif. native matched a Lady Vol record by scoring in her fifth straight contest. The for
ward tied the standard established by Allison Campbell between Sept. 18 and Oct. 4, 1998.
The Commodores responded with the equalizer at 26:55 on a long shot by rookie Molly Wilson from 35 yards out. The goal was the first of the midfielder's career and was delivered into the upper right corner of the net.
Soon after, VU sophomore goalkeeper Stacee Sproul preserved the 1-1 deadlock at 29:37 by thwarting a penalty kick taken by Patrick. The attempt was created as Patterson was hauled down inside of the box by a Commodore defender. Stepping up to the hash mar
k, Patrick then angled a shot to Sproul's right that was deflected wide.
Continuing to pressure Vandy's defensive corps, the Lady Vols were rewarded at 39:04 when freshman Keeley Dowling one-timed a shot from 12 yards out for the go-ahead score. Patterson recorded the helper for the first multiple-assist effort of her career.
Coming off a hat trick last Sunday at Alabama, the goal was Dowling's team-best seventh in 2001. The score later proved to be Dowling's third match-winner of the season, which would tie her for the SEC lead according to statistics entering today's matches
.
After the Lady Vols maintained a 10-3 shot advantage in the first half, Vandy came out in the early stages of the second frame and controlled the majority of the action. UT junior netminder Cori Stevens, who finished with three saves, and sophomore defend
ers Carie and Tracy Swibas, as well as freshman Lindsey Wiest, were instrumental in keeping VU off the board any further. Vandy's best opportunity to knot the affair occurred at 72:28 on a shot taken by Wilson, but Carie Swibas was there to kick the ball
out of harm's way. The visitors ended up out-shooting Vanderbilt, 11-8, led by Patrick's four attempts.
Tennessee will next head over Lexington for a meeting with No. 24 Kentucky on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats entered their home match this evening against No. 20 Georgia (7-2-1/2-0 SEC) with an 8-3 overall record and a 2-1 mark in league play. UT is seeki
ng its initial win at the UK Soccer Complex following defeats in 1997 (3-2) and 1999 (3-0).