Caroline Brown SEC Offensive POW

Following an opening weekend that saw her register three goals, including a pair of match-winners, Lady Vols soccer player Caroline Brown has been honored as the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week for Aug. 22.

The road victories came over Kansas, 2-1, in overtime and 3-1 against Oklahoma.

The weekly league award marks the second of Brown's brief career in the Orange & White after the Hershey, Pa., product previously garnered SEC Freshman of the Week accolades back on Oct. 11, 2010, following back-to-back match-winning scores on the road to help UT top Mississippi State (1-0, 2OT) and Ole Miss (3-1).

Brown, a sophomore, now possesses six career goals and a pair of assists for 14 total points while remarkably, four of those six total scores have won matches for the Lady Vols.

"Caroline has really started to come into her own as a player," Tennessee Head Soccer Coach Angela Kelly said. "She is a student of the game, and the effort she is putting in is translating onto the field.

"Her first goal on Sunday against Oklahoma was something straight from the English Premier League highlight reel, a true big-time goal."

The 5'9 forward wasted no time getting started from an offensive standpoint during the opening weekend of UT's 2011 campaign. With her three total scores over Tennessee's initial two contests, Brown equaled her total goal output from her entire freshman campaign (three goals, two assists in 19 matches).

Her two goals during the 3-1 rout of the Sooners also marked Brown's initial two-score match of her time at Rocky Top.

With UT tied 1-1 at Kansas during the first overtime on Aug. 19, she was called upon to take a potential match-winning penalty kick at 97:16 and calmly buried it to the left of KU keeper Kat Liebetrau, completing the Big Orange's come-from-behind, 2-1 (OT) victory.

Brown saved her best effort for Aug. 21, against Oklahoma, breaking a 1-1 dead-lock with scores at 59:45 and 65:38. Her initial goal against the Sooners came from a remarkably sharp angle out on the right wing as she chipped a shot over the keeper that traveled in at the top left corner and nestled in the netting just inside the left post.

She was positioned perfectly on her final score of the weekend as a ball cleared off the crossbar by OU keeper Kelsey Devonshire dropped right at Brown's feet about three yards out, and she easily blasted it home inside the right post.

Next up for the Lady Vol soccer team is its annual First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic beginning on Aug. 26 at the Regal Soccer Stadium, as the Big Orange battle No. 16 UCLA at 8 p.m.

No. 9 Florida and No. 11 Texas A&M will open the event by facing off at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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