Tennessee sophomore midfielder Kayla Lockaby notched the first Golden Goal of her career with 3:33 remaining in the second overtime period to help the 16th-ranked Lady Vols soccer team upend Ole Miss, 2-1.
Junior Rhian Wilkinson found her teammate 16 yards out in front of the goal and sent a pass inside the box that Lockaby drilled into the upper right corner for her seventh goal of the season. The assist was the 13th of the season for the Canadian forward, setting a new single-season record.
The victory locked up a Southeastern Conference Tournament berth for UT (12-5-1, 5-2-1).
"Kayla's finish was fantastic and well-deserving of her efforts today and thus far this season," Tennessee coach Angela Kelly said. "It was good for us to pull this match out, since I feel that overtime victories develop character and confidence - qualities that we hope to take into the SEC Tourney. Rhian had a tremendous weekend, involving herself in every goal we scored. She has been unstoppable at times this year, and I feel that she still has many more levels within her game that we can develop."
The Rebels drew first blood at 6:42 on junior Amy Sample's second goal of the campaign, a header over the outstretched arms of Lady Vol senior keeper Ellen Dean. Ole Miss sophomore defender Ramey Rush delivered a pass down the right wing to senior Anna Sanders, who then angled a cross directly in front of Tennessee's net that Sample popped in for the initial score of the afternoon.
Wilkinson knotted the contest at a goal apiece at 22:14 when her diving shot off a loose rebound slipped past Rebel junior keeper Brittany Gillespie. Seconds before Wilkinson's seventh goal of the season, sophomore defender Keeley Dowling managed a header off a free kick taken by junior Marie-Eve Nault that was pushed aside by Gillespie. However, Wilkinson knocked the ball into left side of the net.
Tennessee wound up with a 21-11 advantage in shots, including a season-high eight attempts by sophomore Lyndsey Patterson. Gillespie made eight saves in the cage for the Rebels, while Dean had three stops for Tennessee. A physical match throughout, the Lady Rebels committed 20 fouls and UT was whistled for 14 infractions.
UT will conclude its regular season Friday when rival Georgia visits for a 7 p.m. match. The Bulldogs prevented the Lady Vols from claiming a share of the SEC crown last season with a 2-1 victory in Athens, Ga.