The Lady Vols hope to have the same dominance against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday as they did against Mississippi State on Sept. 23, a game in which they managed to score six times on the Bulldogs, three of which came off the foot of sophomore forward Iyana Moore.
"We didn't get the win last game so it was really important that we got the win today," Moore said. "I think the team did everything possible to get in the back of the net, and it wasn't on me, all props go to the team."
Moore was far from the only player with a terrific game. In the end, four different Lady Vols found the back of the net. A similar attack against Arkansas would be very difficult to beat.
The type of win that the Lady Vols put together against Mississippi State is a momentum builder as they prepare to face the Razorbacks on Friday. After a long road trip to California in which the team only mustered a 0-1-1 record and a loss to Florida in Gainesville, the team needed something to build morale.
"It's good to have a game like this," head coach Brian Pensky said. "We got to rest some people, fortunately, we got to play some kids who haven't been able to play yet in SEC play, so for everybody's psyche and mentality, and then for some kids' legs, today became a really good day."
Following their loss to Florida last week, the Lady Vols' short stint in the AP Top 25 came to an end as they were dropped earlier this week. However, the first RPI rankings for women's soccer were released earlier this week as well, and those rankings have the Lady Vols sitting at No. 18.
The Lady Vols have had a great offensive attack this season, scoring 23 goals in their last 11 games. With Arkansas in the near future, it is imperative for the team to continue their ruthless first half attack, in which 12 of their 23 goals have been scored. Arkansas has already allowed 6 first-half goals this season.
While a repeat of the offensive performance against MSU would be welcomed against Arkansas, the likelihood of that happening is slim, even if the Razorbacks allow an average of 1.6 goals per game.
The Razorbacks are led by their leader, freshman forward Lindsey Mayo, in both goals and points. Mayo, who has scored three goals and six points so far this season, was recognized as last week's SEC Offensive Player of the Week. She earned the award following her two goal performance that helped the Razorbacks upset then-No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats, 3-2.
The Lady Vols' defense, who, along with sophomore goalkeeper Julie Eckel, have produced five shutouts this season, must stay focused and contain a Razorbacks offense that is less than stellar, scoring only nine goals in 10 matches.