Lady Vols host Bama on Friday

The Tennessee soccer team closes out a five-match home stand against Alabama on Friday night before heading on the road for the Southeastern Conference Match of the Week at Auburn on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Lady Vols' first televised match of 2006. The contest will be shown live on the SEC's regional network affiliates FOX Sports Net (FSN) South, FSN Southwest and Sun Sports.

The Orange and White enter the weekend with an 8-4-3 overall mark and a 4-2-2 record in league outings. The squad is tied for second with Vanderbilt and South Carolina in the race for the regular season title, five points in back of Florida.

Tennessee will look to sophomore forward Kylee Rossi again for scoring. She hit her second career golden goal in the 2-1 victory over Vanderbilt last Sunday. Rossi's first overtime ender came on Oct. 23, 2005, against the Crimson Tide. She leads the squad with five goals and 12 points on the year.

UT's defense has been one of the best in the conference again in 2006, tying for first in shots on goal allowed in league play. The Lady Vols have given up only 3.88 shots on goal per contest, while they rank third in shots allowed with 9.25 per game.

The Crimson Tide enter the weekend with a 5-11 overall record and a 1-7 showing thus far in SEC play. The most penalized squad in the conference, the Tide are also among the bottom teams in the league in both goals scored and goals against average. Junior forward Jordan O'Banion, who shares a hometown with former Lady Vol All-American Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), leads Alabama with four goals scored.

Auburn enters the weekend with a 9-3-3 overall record and riding a six-match SEC unbeaten streak into their Friday night match at Georgia. The Tigers have allowed a league-low nine goals this season, but five of those have come against SEC teams. In their current streak, sophomore goalkeeper Allison Whitworth has collected five clean sheets, including three in scoreless draws. Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Caitlin King leads the Blue and Orange offensively with five goals and 13 points on the year.

The Lady Vols hold a 5-2 mark in history over each of their opponents this weekend. Against Alabama, Tennessee has won five straight, including the last three by one goal each. Auburn has caused more problems for the Big Orange, especially on the Plains. Tennessee has dropped the last two matches against the Tigers at the Auburn Soccer Complex, including a 2-1 loss that was UT's only defeat in SEC play in 2003. In televised matches, the Lady Vols are 17-4-1 (.795), while holding a 7-2-1 (.750) mark on FSN broadcasts.

Gametracker live stats for both of the weekend's matches can be accessed on utladyvols.com.


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