Soccer team prevails over Vanderbilt

The Tennessee soccer team extended its season-long unbeaten streak to four matches after getting a clutch goal Friday at the 82:04 mark from sophomore midfielder Kylie Bono to down in-state rival Vanderbilt, 1-0.

Bono's goal in front of 650 fans at the Regal Soccer Stadium marked her fourth over Tennessee's last four matches, while junior midfielder Emily Shore registered her team-high-tying third assist of the campaign by serving the corner kick to the far post that Bono finished via header for the match-winning tally.

Tennessee (5-5-1, 2-0-1) out-shot the Commodores (4-6-1, 0-2-1) 13-8 overall and managed an 8-7 advantage on corner kicks in the contest.

Junior forward Chelsea Hatcher and sophomore midfielder Amy Harrison each registered three shots to lead the Big Orange. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Molly Baird made a pair of saves between the pipes in picking up her second solo shutout of 2010.

The match got off to a quiet start as neither offense managed much until the 10:24 mark when Hatcher launched the contest's initial shot, a long blast that traveled well high of frame.

Vanderbilt responded by drawing a corner at 11:44 and then recorded its first shot as midfielder CJ Rhoades blasted a drive from about 35 yards out in the middle of the pitch that Baird routinely saved.

A pair of headers flicked on the face by forward Molly Kinsella and Megan Eddings at 32:21 and 33:04 traveled wide right and left of the goal, respectively.

At 34:04 Shore blasted a shot from 35 yards out in the middle that ventured high over the bar for a harmless goal kick.

Off a Lady Vol corner kick in the 37th minute, junior forward Emily Dowd delivered a shot that was blocked out in front as the scoreless contest continued.

A Harrison blocked drive and a pair of Tennessee corners at 38:20 and 39:35 granted UT some late offensive opportunities, but none amounted to the match's initial goal as the teams went to the locker room tied at 0-0.

Out of the halftime break UT senior midfielder Julie Edwards had a chance to shoot from right in the middle of the pitch at 51:27, but her 14-yard drive was blocked by the Vanderbilt defense. The ball ricocheted around in the 18-yard box, but the Lady Vols couldn't manage a follow-up shot.

Each squad registered corners during the middle of the second stanza, but couldn't put together the play necessary to break the scoreless deadlock.

With 12:30 remaining the Commodores crossed a ball from the left wing into the middle that landed right at the feet of forward Nicole Adams. The ball took a short hop right as it arrived, however, and Adams failed to get a shot off on the play.

With time beginning to run short in the contest, some UT offensive pressure forced a corner. Shore drove the ball to the far post where Bono had set up shop while marked just two yards out.

The Yorba Linda, Calif., native leapt high and headed the ball into the twine just inside the left upright to grant the Big Orange a huge, 1-0 advantage at the 82:04 mark. The score marked Bono's fourth of her career as well her fourth over Tennessee's last four matches.

Searching desperately for an equalizer, Vanderbilt managed a couple of late chances, but couldn't get on the scoreboard.

A pass from the right wing found VU's Molly Kinsella located in the middle of the 18 with 3:29 left, but she was marked closely by UT's defense and failed to get off a shot.

With just 35 seconds remaining VU again crossed a dangerous ball from the left wing, but Shore managed to get a sliding, right-footed touch on the sphere to clear it away from the zone and secure the Tennessee triumph.


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