Lady Vols take Classic title

An empty-net golden goal from junior forward Emily Redberg at 97:41 gave the 10th-ranked Lady Vol soccer team a 2-1 win over in-state rival Middle Tennessee at the Regal Soccer Stadium and secured the tournament title at the 2006 First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic for the host Big Orange.

Redberg won the tournament offensive most valuable player award after scoring three of the Tennessee's four goals in the tournament this weekend.

After her first career two-goal outing against UNC-Greensboro, Redberg tallied another career first when she jutted past Middle Tennessee goalkeeper Erynn Murray and poked the ball into the net for the golden goal. Both redshirt freshman Mick Imgram and senior Kristen Doukakis received assists on the play.

The Lady Vols (3-1-1) came out sluggish in the first half but still managed to out-shoot the Blue Raiders, 10-2, in the period. Middle Tennessee State University (5-1) hit pay dirt in the fifth minute, as Kala Morgan knocked home her third goal of the weekend off the cross from Rebecca Rodriguez.

MTSU kept the pressure on, recording the next shot at 6:42, but that would be the last time the Blue Raiders would threaten UT's goal for nearly 90 minutes.

Tennessee had opportunities in the first half, with Redberg missing the best chance in the 21st when her shot from inside the six-yard box missed right. Imgram tried her hand on a free kick in the 39th minute, but that shot missed left. Redberg fired a left-footed shot in the 41st from 23 yards out, but Murray was there for the stop.

The Orange and White came out of halftime playing inspired ball, taking a 17-0 advantage in shots during the period. A pair of sophomore Kylee Rossi's shots was stopped by the Blue Raider defense early in the period, both coming inside the penalty area. In the 50th minute, Rossi tried to finish a cross from Imgram, but MTSU cleared it off the line. Three minutes later, another Rossi chance inside the six-yard box was sent away. Senior defender Jenny Jeffers tried her hand with the rebound, but she missed high.

Rossi was again unlucky in the 56th minute, getting a breakaway chance, but her shot went off the right post. Six minutes later, Rossi again tried an attack, this time heading a cross toward goal that Murray knocked over the cross bar for one of her four saves.

Imgram scored her first collegiate goal in the 63rd minute, beating Murray in a one-on-one situation after taking the chip serve in from Jeffers. The assist is the fifth career for Jeffers.

Overtime saw UT continue its strong play, though MTSU did have one shot on goal in the extra frame. That came from Holly Grogan, who attempted a blast from 40 yards out in front of the Tennessee bench at 96:14.

In the match, Tennessee held a 31-3 advantage in shots and a 9-1 lead in corner kicks over Middle Tennessee. Lady Vol sophomore goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson saw her shutout streak snapped at 221:51, but she did make one stop to move to 3-1-1 on the season.

"I'm pleased with the win," said UT head coach Angela Kelly. "Middle Tennessee played hard and battled. We've been starting very slow in the first half, and we're not helping ourselves or our legs going into overtime. But a win's a win, and I'm excited for the girls. Now we'll start our preparations for Stanford and Santa Clara, two quality programs, tomorrow."

In the tournament's third-place game, the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro (1-5) overcame two missed penalty kicks to take home a 1-0 win, their first of the season, over Mercer (0-6).

Joining Redberg as one of the tournament MVPs was UT junior defender Jordan Falcusan, who won her second First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic title after helping Texas A&M to the crown a year ago. Other players making the all-tournament team were Tennessee's Ali Christoph, Jeffers and Rossi, Middle Tennessee's Morgan, Grogan and Sara Wohlhueter, UNC-Greensboro's Caroline Lindsay and Jamie Corti, along with Mercer's Jean Worts.

Tennessee closes out its out-of-conference schedule next weekend against Stanford and Santa Clara at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

SCORING SUMMARY

MTSU: Kala Morgan (Rebecca Rodriguez); 4:22

UT: Mick Imgram (Jenny Jeffers); 62:44

UT: Emily Redberg (Mick Imgram, Kristen Doukakis); 97:41

Shots: Tennessee 31, Middle Tennessee 3. Corner Kicks: Tennessee 9, Middle Tennessee 1. Goalkeeper Stats: Jaimel Johnson (UT) 1 save, 1 goal, 97:41; Erynn Murray (MTSU), 4 saves, 2 goals, 97:41.

Fouls: Middle Tennessee 10, Tennessee 7.

Offsides: Tennessee 5, Middle Tennessee 0.

Starting Lineups:

Tennessee: Jaimel Johnson (GK), Sarah Jackyra (D), Jenny Jeffers (D), Kristen Doukakis (M), Emily Redberg (F), Kylee Rossi (F), Erica Griffin (D), Leslie Vineyard (M), Jordan Falcusan (D), Mia Boyd (M), Ali Christoph (M).

Reserve: Mick Imgram, Sarah Van Sickle, Hayley Prendergast.

Middle Tennessee: Erynn Murray (GK), Katie Daley (M), Kate Donnelly (D), Jennifer Threlkeld (F), Mary Zapapas (D), Kala Morgan (F), Rebecca Rodriguez (F), Holly Grogan (M), Sara Wohlhueter (D), Katy Rayburn (D), Ingrid Christensen (M).

Reserves: Kaley Forrest, Katherin Andresen.

Shots

Tennessee: Kylee Rossi 9, Emily Redberg 9, Mick Imgram 5, Ali Christoph 4, Kristen Doukakis 2, Jenny Jeffers 1, Jordan Falcusan 1.

Middle Tennessee: Holly Grogan 2, Kala Morgan 1.

2006 First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic All Tournament Team

GK, Jean Worts, Mercer; D, Jamie Corti, UNC-Greensboro; D, Sara Wohlhueter, Middle Tennessee; D, Jenny Jeffers, Tennessee; M, Caroline Lindsay, UNCG; M, Ali Christoph, Tennessee; F, Kala Morgan, Middle Tennessee; F, Holly Grogan, Middle Tennessee; F, Kylee Rossi, Tennessee.

Offensive MVP: Emily Redberg, F, Tennessee

Defensive MVP: Jordan Falcusan, D, Tennessee


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