Top Drawer Soccer named a UT women’s soccer player to the National Team of the Week. The selection of Kylee Rossi came after the senior forward notched two goals in the Lady Vols’ win over the University of Kentucky on Oct. 10.
In the 3-2 victory over the Wildcats, Rossi opened the scoring just 10 minutes into the match. Sophomore forward Devon Swaim took a throw in on the far side where the ball was played back to her before she put a cross into the box for Rossi. The senior forward then took the shot, placing the ball in the upper right corner for her ninth goal of the season.
After UT allowed the go-ahead score in the second half, Rossi teamed up with Swaim again to pull the Lady Vols even at two goals apiece. This time, Swaim dished a ball to Rossi in the box where she worked her way around two defenders before putting a shot past the Kentucky keeper.
In the win, Rossi notched her second two-goal game of the year and her first since the season opener on Aug. 22. The Pennington, N.J., native now leads the team and SEC in tallies with 10. She is also tied for the conference lead in goals with six during SEC play. Friday’s match marked the seventh straight in which Rossi scored, tying the program record.
Though UT fell to Vanderbilt, 1-0, on Oct. 12, Rossi finished the weekend strong, leading the team with five shots in the defeat. The senior put three of her five strikes on frame, and she nearly scored in the first half when her blast was saved by a VU defender.
Rossi tied for the team lead with nine shots on the weekend. She now sits at 40 goals and 96 points in her career, both program records. Following her weekend performance, Rossi is now just two goals away from matching her career-high of 12, set last season. She is also well on her way to becoming the only player to lead the team in scoring in each of their four seasons in the Orange and White.
The Lady Vols will look to bounce back on the road this weekend, traveling to the Magnolia State to take on Ole Miss and Mississippi State. In the trip to Mississippi during the 2006 campaign, Tennessee came away with an 0-1-1 record.