Soccer team returns to three Top 25 polls
After defeating 11th-ranked Florida and South Carolina and starting the Southeastern Conference schedule 4-0, the Tennessee soccer team climbed back into three of the national polls.
The Lady Vols stand 14th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas standings, 22nd in the Soccer America magazine poll and 23rd in both the Soccer Buzz magazine and SoccerTimes.com rankings. The Lady Vols were ranked No. 20 last week in the NSCAA/adidas listings.
Tennessee (6-4-1) is riding a five-match winning streak. UT has gone 2-3-1 against top-25 teams this season, including Friday’s win over the Gators.
The Lady Vols start their four-match road trip against Arkansas Friday at 8 p.m. before facing LSU Sunday at 2 p.m.
Rossi earns second SEC freshman award.
Freshman forward Kylee Rossi earned the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week award in women's soccer, the league office announced.
The Lady Vols' points leader tallied assists on both goals in the 2-1 win over No. 11 Florida last Friday before scoring the first goal in Sunday's 2-1 win against South Carolina. This marks the second time Rossi has received the award from the conference, making her the first two-time honoree in the inaugural year of the award.
The two assists against the Gators made Rossi the second UT freshman this season and the 10th in the last five seasons to register a pair of assists in one match.
The Pennington, N.J., native now has scored a point in each of the last four matches, all wins for UT. She leads the Lady Vols in goals with four and is second in assists with three.
Cross country team moves up in rankings
The Tennessee women’s cross country team, which boasts a 57-3 record after three meets in 2005, reported in at No. 18 Monday in the fourth FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Poll of the season.
The Lady Vols, who were 15th a week ago, collected 158 points this week. Arkansas (No. 12), Georgia (No. 28) and Vanderbilt (receiving votes) also represented the SEC in the poll this week.
Duke continued to top the charts, grabbing all 13 first-place votes. Michigan moved into the No. 2, followed by Stanford, Brigham Young and Illinois.
Coach J.J. Clark’s Lady Vols, who finished third out of 47 teams at the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 1, are idle this weekend. They will return to action on Oct. 15 at the Nittany Lion Invitational in University Park, Pa.