Two long goals from forward Mick Imgram helped lead the No. 14 Tennessee soccer team (7-3-3, 3-1-2) to a 3-0 win against Arkansas on Sunday at the Regal Soccer Stadium.
Imgram netted her first goal in the 28th minute with a little help from an Arkansas defender. Taking the free kick from just beyond the midfield stripe, Imgram drove the ball deep into the penalty box, where a Lady’Back defender tried to head the ball away from goal. Instead, the ball hit off the top of her head and went over the Arkansas goalkeeper’s hands for the score.
Imgram delivered again as she scored her fourth goal of the year from 55 yards out on another direct kick in the 59th minute. It was the first two-goal match of her career.
“Mick (Imgram) hits a ball harder than any female that I’ve coached,” commented coach Angela Kelly. “We need to get her a little more consistent, but she’s a weapon from 70 yards in. For her to finish that second goal, that couldn’t have been more postage-stamp perfect.”
All-American midfielder Ali Christoph tacked on another insurance goal at 84:08, finishing the centering cross from forward Kylee Rossi for her third goal of the year.
Tennessee’s defense played another outstanding game, keeping the Lady’Backs from making a shot on goal. All six of Arkansas’ shots were fired beyond 18 yards. Goalkeeper Sarah Kitchin helped out the defense as well in her first career shutout in her initial start, collecting a number of balls.
“Sarah Kitchin did wonderful today,” Kelly said. “She didn’t bobble anything, and her distribution was great. I’m very proud of her.”
The Lady Vols came out firing to start the second half. In the 49th minute, Christoph had her try from 8 yards that hit the right post. The 56th minute saw midfielder Kristen Doukakis miss right with her strike from the 6-yard line.
Overall, Tennessee took 16 shots, compared to just six by Arkansas, while the Lady Vols held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
“The credit (for the win) goes out to all our young women who are still standing,” said Kelly. “They’re battling through all this adversity. It’s a credit to them, and I’m so proud of each and every one of them. To continue to find ways to win, that’s exciting for us.”
Tennessee continues the home stand next weekend playing Kentucky on Friday and Vanderbilt on Sunday.