Lady Vols meet Duke next

After rolling over Conference USA Tournament champions UAB in opening round action, the Tennessee soccer squad faces Atlantic Coast Conference foe Duke on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST at the Regal Soccer Stadium for a chance to advance into the program's fourth regional semifinal in five years.

Redshirt freshman Mick Imgram led the way for the Lady Vols on Friday night, dishing out two assists and scoring one of UT's four goals in the 4-0 triumph over the Blazers. Three other Orange-and-White-clad players notched a goal to move the No. 4 regional seed to a 12-6-3 record.

Tennessee also got a boost defensively from the return of goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson, as the sophomore made three stops in her first start in over a month. Johnson also got some help from her teammates, as the Big Orange tallied two team saves after a UAB corner kick in the 20th minute on Friday. UT extended a home NCAA Tournament shutout streak to five matches in the win.

Duke survived a first-round scoreless draw in the Knoxville site opener against BIG EAST team Louisville. Neither squad was able to score in 110 minutes of play, forcing a penalty-kick shootout to see who would advance. The Blue Devils' sixth shooter, C.J. Ludemann, made the difference maker to push Duke into the second round.

A pair of freshman forwards fronts the Duke attack. ACC All-Freshman Team selections KayAnne Gummersall and Elisabeth Redmond lead the Blue Devils in goals and assists, respectively, with Gummersall scoring seven goals and Redmond accumulating seven helpers. Junior goalkeeper Allison Lipsher has held opponents to a 0.94 goals against average during the 2006 season.

Tennessee and Duke have squared off three times previously, with both squads owning 1-1-1 marks against each other. No match in the series has ended in regulation. The Lady Vols took the only meeting in Knoxville in the 2004 season opener, 4-3, while Duke won the 2002 meeting in the season lid-lifter, 2-1.

The draw came in the 2001 NCAA Tournament first round, as the Lady Vols, making their first appearance in the championship tourney, and Blue Devils fought to a 1-1 tie through 150 minutes of action under the old NCAA extra-time rules at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill , N.C. Duke advanced after a 4-2 win in the shootout.

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