After struggling to a 0-3 start, the Lady Vols soccer team beat the sixth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers 1-0 at the Virginia Soccer Classic in Charlottesville, Va.
Freshman Kylee Rossi put a second-chance shot into the net with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation to give Tennessee its first win of the season. The Lady Vols (1-3) had lost their first three games, two of which were by one goal.
With 23 seconds remaining, UT attempted a corner kick. Genna Gorman kicked it to the front of the crease and Melissa Amado tried to head the ball in, but the Virginia goalkeeper knocked it away.
Rossi was in the right place at the right time, recovering the rebound and putting it into the net to end the losing streak.
“Tonight, for the first time, we played as a team,” UT coach Angela Kelly said. “As I’ve said all along, as long as we learn, we’ll continue to improve. The effort given tonight by our players and their never-say-die attitude makes me extremely proud of all of them.”
The Lady Vols were outshot 9-1 in the first half, including two shots inside 10 yards.
But the young squad was resilient and got the break it needed. Tennessee outshot the Cavs 7-4 in the second half.
“My young team gained a wealth of experience tonight,” Kelly said. “Virginia is a very talented bunch. We just rode out their waves.”
For most of the second half, Virginia continued its attack on the Lady Vols’ goal. Noelle Keselica, a Virginia midfielder, put a ball in the goal, but it was taken away by an offsides call.
The win gives the Lady Vols their first over a ranked team in six tries and their first win against Virginia in three meetings.