Ali Christoph's strike came just over a minute after the Eagles tied up the match at 1-1 on All-American forward Rebecca Angus' score past UT freshman goalkeeper Molly Baird (Raleigh, N.C.). Ten minutes prior to Angus' goal, Carson-Newman had another opportunity for points when Lindsey Farris controlled a failed clearance by the Lady Vols. Farris drove at Baird and shot, but Baird knocked the ball away from goal for the save.
Tennessee got on the board first in the 56th minute as Vineyard (St. Louis, Mo.) took the ball off a defender's deflection of a Véronique Maranda (Saint-Lambert, Quebec) pass and put it past Griffin for the score.
The first five minutes of the match saw the Lady Vols fire on goal twice, with Griffin making saves on both. In the third minute, sophomore forward Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) put a shot on frame from inside the penalty box that the Eagles' goalkeeper stopped. Junior forward Emily Redberg (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) tried her luck from 17 yards out, but Griffin again was there for the save. Rossi again tried to strike in the 28th minute from just left of the goal, but Griffin made another nice snag.
Imgram (Clifton, Va.) showed her leg strength during the exhibition, launching shots from 20 and 30 yards away from goal that Griffin caught for saves in the 32nd and 33rd minutes.
Overall, Tennessee held a 16-10 advantage in shots and an 11-2 edge in corner kicks. Baird made three stops total in the second half, while sophomore goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson (Dayton, Ohio) stopped two Eagle strikes in the first period.
"I'm excited we came out with the win," said UT head coach Angela Kelly. "Give all the credit to Carson-Newman. They are very well organized, and they will do extremely well this year. We played well in instances. The first 20 minutes, we combined very well in the midfield, which we did not do at Virginia Tech. We concentrated this past week on defensive shape and presence, and we had better defensive shape in the back than we had against Virginia Tech.
"I was very pleased with the play of the midfield group, as well as combining with the forwards. We were just going 1v1 a lot. The play of our outside backs, Erica Griffin, Sarah Jackyra and Sarah Van Sickle, was great, with solid play from Jenny Jeffers in the middle. Ali Christoph played tremendous again. And then I thought that their goalkeeper came up with a handful of big-time saves, point blank shots that she saved to keep us off the scoreboard early. I thought that could have been the difference.
"We did better (than we did) at Virginia Tech, which was what we were looking for tonight. Now we're just trying to get 100 percent ready to play Maryland and Penn State next weekend."
Tennessee opens its 11th season on the pitch against Maryland in the Penn State Invitational at 5 p.m. on Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa., on Aug. 25.
SCORING SUMMARY Regal Soccer Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
UT: Leslie Vineyard (unassisted); 55:19
CN: Rebecca Angus (Lindsey Farris); 84:05
UT: Ali Christoph (Jenny Jeffers); 85:07
Shots: Tennessee 16, Carson-Newman 10.
Corner Kicks: Tennessee 11, Carson-Newman 2.
Goalkeeper Stats: Jaimel Johnson (UT) 2 saves, 0 goals, 45:00; Molly Baird (UT) 3 saves, 1 goal, 45:00; Nyssa Griffin (CN), 8 saves, 2 goals, 90:00.
Fouls: Tennessee 12, Carson-Newman 7.
Offsides: Carson-Newman 4, Tennessee 3.
Tennessee: Jaimel Johnson (GK), Devon Swaim (F), Sarah Jackyra (D), Jenny Jeffers (D), Kristen Doukakis (M), Emily Redberg (F), Kylee Rossi (F), Melissa Amado (D), Véronique Maranda (M), Erica Griffin (D), Ali Christoph (M).
Reserves: Leslie Vineyard, Mick Imgram, Hayley Prendergast, Melissa Rose, Molly Baird, Sarah Van Sickle.
Carson-Newman: Nyssa Griffin (GK), Stacey Thomas, Rebecca Nulph, Rebecca Angus, Zarmena Kasparitas, Julie Nelson, Shea Kinzer, Leslie Marcouiller, Erica Stegner, Brittany Moore, Megan Julian.
Reserves: Lindsey Farris, Christie Murray, Katie Perea, Andrea Wolfrum, Jessie Stephens, Ida Faegri.
Tennessee: Kylee Rossi 5, Mick Imgram 3, Véronique Maranda 2, Ali Christoph 2, Emily Redberg 1, Jenny Jeffers 1.
Carson-Newman: Rebecca Angus 3, Lindsey Farris 2, Zarmena Kasparites 1, Julie Nelson 1, Leslie Marcouiller 1, Christie Murray 1, Jessie Stephens 1.