Lady Vols defeat Bama, 4-0

An offensive onslaught by Tennessee saw sophomore forward Kylee Rossi net two goals and senior All-American midfielder Ali Christoph pick up a pair of assists to lead the 16th-ranked Lady Vols to a 4-0 triumph over Alabama on Friday night at the Regal Soccer Stadium.

The Lady Vols (9-4-3, 5-2-2 SEC) got their first goal in the 55th minute, as junior forward Emily Redberg dribbled into the six-yard box before tucking her shot past Alabama starting goalkeeper Kara Gudmens. The score moves the junior into ninth all-time at UT with 18 in her career, tying her with Tara Minnax. Redberg also got credit for the game-winner, putting her into a four-way tie for sixth in the Big Orange record books with seven match-clinchers.

Tennessee was just getting started with the scoring spree against Alabama (5-12, 1-8 SEC). In the 62nd minute, Rossi knocked in the rebound from a Christoph blast from the far right wing. Nine minutes later, Christoph connected with Rossi on a cross to the back post, where Rossi put it away, notching her second career two-goal game. The two helpers vaulted Christoph into a tie for second in Tennessee annals alongside current assistant coach Jen Laughridge Grubb with 26 career assists.

"It's exciting for them to create opportunities and finish," said Tennessee head coach Angela Kelly. "That gives them a better sense of accomplishment. I was very pleased with the quality of finishes, and it's just good for the camaraderie and the momentum going into playing Auburn.

"I'm really excited that we had the opportunity to put away some goals. That's been long overdue. I'm very pleased with the result."

The Orange and White's final goal was a gift in the 74th minute, as a UT serve into the penalty box was put over the goal line by an Alabama defender for an own goal.

Play was more defensive in the first half, as Tennessee fired six shots in the first 45 minutes of play with just two coming on goal. The Lady Vol backline played well in the period, not allowing the Crimson Tide to take a shot. It stands as the second time the Big Orange defense did not allow a shot in a half, following the second-half shutout of Middle Tennessee in the 2-1 overtime victory on Sept. 10.

The Lady Vols fired at will toward the end of the match, tallying 19 chances in the second half. Redberg became the first Lady Vol since Kim Patrick on Sept. 23, 2001, to fire 10 shots in a match. Overall, Tennessee out-shot Alabama, 25-5, while the two squads both took four corner kicks. The physical Crimson Tide tallied 19 fouls in the contest but were not called for a yellow card. They had average 1.5 cautions per match coming into the weekend.

UT sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Kitchin earned her second career shutout, making one stop in the contest. It is the largest margin of victory for Tennessee since a 4-0 win at Arkansas in 2003.

The Big Orange hit the road for a big match against SEC West foe Auburn. The match, being shown live on FSN South, FSN Southwest and Sun Sports, starts at 1 p.m. CDT.

SCORING SUMMARY

UT: Emily Redberg (unassisted); 54:55; Kylee Rossi (Ali Christoph); 61:39; Kylee Rossi (Ali Christoph); 70:45; Own Goal; 73:22

Shots: Tennessee 25, Alabama 5.

Corner Kicks: Tennessee 4, Alabama 4.

Goalkeeper Stats: Sarah Kitchin (UT) 1 save, 0 goals, 90:00; Kara Gudmens (UA), 5 saves, 3 goals, 72:15; Brittni Lally (UA), 2 saves, 1 goal, 17:45.

Fouls: Alabama 19, Tennessee 8.

Offsides: Tennessee 3, Alabama 1.

Starting Lineups

Tennessee: Sarah Kitchin (GK), Jenny Jeffers (D), Kristen Doukakis (M), Emily Redberg (F), Kylee Rossi (F), Sarah Van Sickle (D), Hayley Prendergast (F), Erica Griffin (D), Leslie Vineyard (M), Jordan Falcusan (D), Ali Christoph (M).

Reserves: Melissa Amado, Mia Boyd.

Alabama: Kara Gudmens (GK), Susie Beard, Colleen Posey, Jamie Zimmerman, Hayley MacDonald, Suzanne Baker, Gillian Kilburn, Jordan O'Banion, Callie Pike, Natalie Kohn, Jessica Deegan.

Reserves: Alex Butera, Cara Kelly, Kelsey King, Courtney Castro, Brittni Lally

Shots

Tennessee: Emily Redberg 10, Kylee Rossi 3, Ali Christoph 3, Kristen Doukakis 3, Sarah Van Sickle 2, Leslie Vineyard 2, Jenny Jeffers 1, Jordan Falcusan 1.

Alabama: Susie Beard 2, Jessica Deegan 2, Gillian Kilburn 1.


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