The Lady Vols soccer team managed to tie No. 25 William & Mary, 1-1, in the Virginia Classic Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville, Va.
The tie, along with a win Friday over No. 6 Virginia, gave Tennessee (1-3-1) the tournament title, its first regular-season tournament championship since the 2003 First Tennessee Classic.
Sophomore Genna Gorman scored her first goal of the season in the second half to put the Lady Vols ahead 1-0. Gorman drove her shot in from 15 yards away with assists from freshman Veronique Maranda and Jackie Acevedo. The Tribe, however, scored a goal in the final two minutes of the game and forced UT into double overtime.
“Today's match was yet another learning experience for my young squad,” Tennessee coach Angela Kelly said. “Our seven freshmen have seen and been in almost every possible scenario, and it's only the fifth game of the season.”
Goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart earned tournament MVP honors after allowing only one goal in 200 minutes of play. Melissa Amado and Gorman also were named to the all-tournament team.
In the first half, William & Mary held a 4-3 advantage in shots. Phillips-Bosshart had the first save of the day when she batted the shot of midfielder Mary MacKenzie Grier over the goal. Play went back and forth in the first half as the Lady Vols only attempted 3 shots that were taken well outside the box.
“William & Mary played very well,” Kelly said. “We need to take care of the ball better and finish our opportunities.”
In the final 65 minutes of play, the Lady Vols’ defense limited the Tribe to just three shots, but William & Mary made one shot count. Blasted from 15 yards out, Lydia Sturgis’ shot tied the match at 1-1.
The Lady Vols dominated the first overtime but failed to score on five shots. In the second overtime, William & Mary took only one shot that found its way past a drawn-out Phillips-Bosshart, but freshman Sarah Van Sickle was there to make the save for the Lady Vols.
Tennessee had a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks, but was called for 17 fouls while the Tribe only had 6. Tennessee also had 14 shots, compared to seven for William & Mary.