Soccer team trips Fresno

The 12th-ranked Lady Vol soccer team used a couple of second-half goals to snap a 1-1 tie on its way to a 3-1 triumph over visiting Fresno State on Sunday afternoon. Junior All-American Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.) headed in the go-ahead score at 61:19 off a corner kick taken by freshman Ali Christoph (Columbus, Ohio) and junior Kayla Lockaby (Hamilton, Ohio) would provide the Orange some added insurance at 74:05 from classmate Lyndsey Patterson (Puyallup, Wash.).

Head Coach Angela Kelly's club is now 2-0 for the first time in her four-year tenure and has claimed its opening two contests for just the second time in the program's eight-year existence. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs fell to 1-1 on the young campaign.

''I am very excited for my young ladies to pick up two wins during our first weekend of play,'' said Kelly. ''They played with a lot of heart this afternoon, as they always do. However, it is early in the season and as a team unit we have a long way to go -- but that's what excites me.

''There were definite flashes of brilliance and our team seemed to play in a quicker rhythm than on Friday and that gives me optimism that we are working toward playing the perfect game. I feel that Vanessa (Phillips-Bosshart) is playing exceptionally well and gaining confidence, while Lyndsey created many scoring opportunities for us. Keeley's goal was tremendous and Ali seemed to work herself to death in the middle.''

After popping in the lone score of the match against UC Santa Barbara, Patterson helped the hosts draw first blood at 7:11. Freshman Kristen Doukakis (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was credited with her first career assist, as she fed Patterson on the left wing and the striker connected from six yards out past FSU freshman Jeannette Paine. Although Tennessee carried the majority of the action in the opening half, the Bulldogs had two prime opportunities in the 43rd minute on shots taken by freshman Cortney Sobrero and sophomore Kristen Saibini which required consecutive point-blank saves by sophomore netminder Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart (Vernon, Conn.).

Following a Tennessee foul inside of the box at 46:53, sophomore Eriko Yoshiki stepped up to the hash mark and hammered a penalty kick into the left side of the net to square the match at a goal apiece. The Lady Vols received a penalty kick of their own at 57:40, courtesy of a handball infraction, but Paine smothered Dowling's attempt to keep the contest deadlocked.

UT would reclaim the lead 3:39 later, as Dowling came sprinting into box to head in a cross taken by Christoph on the Lady Vols‚ second corner kick off the match. The score was the first of the year for Dowling and eventually proved to be the sixth match-winner of her career, moving the defender into a tie for second on the school's all-time list behind Kendyl Michner (1997-99) and Laura Lauter Smith (1997-2000). The Big Orange finalized the margin with 15:55 showing on the clock when Lockaby converted a breakaway off a feed from Patterson, who now leads Kelly's club with five points.

Tennessee out-shot the Bulldogs by an 18-8 margin, including an 11-3 disparity over the final 45 minutes, with Dowling leading the way with six attempts. Paine recorded four saves in goal for FSU, while her counterpart Phillips-Bosshart totaled three stops.


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