UT ties Ole Miss, 1-1, in SEC opener

UNIVERSITY, Miss. – A 73rd-minute goal from redshirt freshman Mick Imgram tied up the Southeastern Conference opener between 2005 divisional champs Mississippi and Tennessee, and the match would end with the same 1-1 score on Friday night at the Ole Miss Soccer Complex.

The Lady Vols knotted up the match in the 74th minute when Imgram (Clifton, Va. ) blasted a ball from 35 yards out past Rebel goalkeeper Ann Shelton and into the goal for her second goal of the season. Senior All-American Ali Christoph was credited with the assist.

Mississippi (4-4-1, 0-0-1 SEC) took the initial lead less than two minutes before the half. Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Hance poked a shot past UT sophomore goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson after taking the pass from Kelly Renie and Perryn Tyler.

While neither team got a shot off in the first overtime period, the Lady Vols (4-2-2, 0-0-1 SEC) would get two chances in the second. Imgram served the free kick inside the penalty box, where sophomore forward Kylee Rossi tried to head it home, but her shot hit the left post. Junior defender Jordan Falcusan controlled the rebound and tried a strike from the goal line, but Shelton was there for the stop.

Before Imgram's goal, the Orange and White had two great looks at goal among the 11 shots taken in the second half. Christoph tried a strike from 24 yards out in the 57th minute, but Shelton grabbed it for one of her nine saves. Six minutes later, Rossi had a try from 13 yards out blocked.

The first 30 minutes of the first half saw Tennessee get a number of good looks at goal with no success. Junior forward Emily Redberg started off in the third minute, firing from inside the 18-yard stripe, but her shot was snagged by Shelton. In the 10th, Christoph had a chance from 12 yards out, but her strike went left. Rossi tried to head home Christoph's corner kick in the 22nd minute, but Shelton again was there for the save.

The Rebels got their first chance of the match when freshman forward Hannah Weatherly had her shot from the right wing miss left. Tennessee then took the next two opportunities, as Redberg's blast from 20 yards out went left. Christoph fired against from inside the penalty box in the 29th minute, but the shot was blocked by the Mississippi defense.

The Red and Blue started taking more shots toward the end of the period as the Lady Vol defense seemed to break down. Tyler had a breakaway chance in the 30th minute, but her shot was deflected by UT senior defender Jenny Jeffers before Johnson grabbed it for the save. UM's Amanda Verkin had a chance in the 33rd minute inside the penalty box, but this time sophomore defender Erica Griffin deflected the shot before Johnson got there for the save.

In the match, the Lady Vols held a 22-9 edge in shots and a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. The tie is the first for Tennessee in SEC action since a 2-2 draw at Vanderbilt on Oct. 24, 2003, and is the first tie in an SEC opener for the Big Orange in history.

The Lady Vols take on Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., at the MSU Soccer Field.


UM: Jennifer Hance (Kelly Renie; Perryn Tyler); 43:17

UT: Mick Imgram (Ali Christoph); 72:27

Shots: Tennessee 22, Mississippi 9.

Corner Kicks: Tennessee 9, Mississippi 2. Goalkeeper Stats: Jaimel Johnson (UT) 2 saves, 1 goal, 110:00; Ann Shelton (UM), 9 saves, 1 goal, 110:00.

Fouls: Mississippi 7, Tennessee 5.

Offsides: Mississippi 3, Tennessee 1.

Starting Lineups:

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

Reserves: Sarah Van Sickle, Hayley Prendergast.

Mississippi: Ann Shelton (GK), Amy Gill (F), Christine Breaux (D), Austin Brown (D), Hannah Weatherly (F), Jennifer Hance (M), Lyndsey Williams (D), Chrissy Strini (M), Christine Liberto (F), Danielle Johnson (M), Elise Karlowicz (D).

Reserves: Mallory Coleman, Cori Mehan, Kelly Renie, Brook Theabeau, Brittany Potts, Perryn Tyler.


Tennessee: Kylee Rossi 4, Emily Redberg 4, Ali Christoph 4, Mick Imgram 3, Kristen Doukakis 3, Jordan Falcusan 2, Sarah Jackyra 1, Sarah Van Sickle 1.

Mississippi: Austin Brown 3, Hannah Weatherly 2, Jennifer Hance 1, Perryn Tyler 1, Mallory Coleman 1, Christine Breaux 1.

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