A goal from midfielder Molly Kinsella at 5:05 into the first “sudden victory” overtime guided home-standing Vanderbilt past Tennessee 1-0 in a SEC Eastern Division match-up on Friday night at the VU Soccer Complex in Nashville, Tenn.
VU missed a golden chance to break in front on the scoreboard during the 23rd minute, following the acrobatics of junior goalkeeper Molly Baird in goal for the Lady Vols. Taking a feed in space while advancing up the right wing, Commodore defender Elizabeth Lillie drilled a shot that was deflected by a diving Baird across the goal mouth. With Tennessee’s defense desperate to clear, midfielder Kinsella had a ricochet bounce right to her feet. She managed to turn and drive a left-footed shot on goal that Baird popped straight up into the air. On a header, the Big Orange defense was finally able to drill the ball out of danger.
Each squad managed six shots during the opening 45 minutes, with senior Sarah Jackyra posting both of Tennessee’s shots on goal. Baird registered three saves during the initial half.
Despite holding the majority of possession in the attacking third over the next 10 minutes, Tennessee couldn’t break the scoreless deadlock. Sophomore midfielder Chelsea Hatcher was credited with two shots, including one on frame that forced a save by Rachel Bechtel, and Mick Imgram fired from about 28 yards out front at 57:18, but her blast drifted high and wide right.
The Lady Vols missed a solid chance during the 61st minute on a quick counter-attack. Emily Dowd received a feed up the middle, dribbled ahead into some space and waited patiently for a trailing teammate as freshman midfielder Amy Harrison raced up the right wing. Dowd made a solid pass, but while being marked by a defender, Harrison’s shot was a mis-hit and went well wide of net.
The last solid scoring opportunity for either team in regulation came in the final seconds on a UT cross into the penalty area from deep out on the left wing. Junior midfielder Tanya Emerson managed to get under the ball and headed a shot directly to Bechtel, forcing a save with 27 seconds remaining. In the end, 90 minutes wouldn’t be enough as the contest ventured into “sudden victory” overtime.
The match came to a sudden conclusion at 95:05 as a through ball up the right wing from Lillie found Kinsella. She fired back to the left of a diving Baird and into the side of the net to complete the Commodore victory.
Lady Vol freshman midfielder Amy Harrison scored at the 27:52 mark off an assist from sophomore midfielder Lara Langworthy as Tennessee got back into the win column with a 1-0 victory over Kentucky on a breezy and cool Sunday afternoon at the UK Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky.
Tennessee began applying pressure in the fifth minute as sophomore forward Emily Dowd led a three-on-two break into the offensive third. Unfortunately, her pass to the left attempting to find a teammate deflected off a member of UK’s backline, and the Big Orange couldn’t get a clean shot off at goal.
Off a Lady Vol corner in the eighth minute of action, the Big Orange managed its first two shots of the contest. Senior defender Sarah Jackyra blasted a ball from deep out front that was blocked, and then sophomore midfielder Emily Shore bent a shot from the right side about 24 yards out at 8:43 that traveled straight into the arms of Kentucky netminder Sydney Hiance for a save.
UT’s continual assault finally paid dividends at 27:52 as Langworthy worked the ball up the right wing and close to the end line. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native lobbed a ball into the penalty area to Harrison who settled it, turned and scored into the left side of the twine. The goal marked the Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, native’s first tally of her career while wearing the Orange and White and granted Tennessee an important 1-0 lead.
After a prolonged period of play in the midfield, the teams eventually retired to the locker room break with the Lady Vols up an all-important goal on the scoreboard and owning an 8-4 advantage in shots over the opening 45 minutes.
Stefani Kildare posted what turned out to be the last chance for a UK equalizer at 88:27, but again Baird was up to the task, leaping high in the air to corral the shot for save number four of the match. From there, UT’s defense successfully worked the clock to secure the Orange and White’s sixth victory of the campaign.
After five straight matches away from the friendly confines of Regal Soccer Stadium, the Tennessee Lady Vol soccer team finally returns to Knoxville next weekend, battling Mississippi State on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Ole Miss live on ESPNU at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Soccer falls to Vandy, takes out Kentucky
Published: Tue Oct 06, 2009