Tennessee downs Wake Forest, 1-0

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 13th ranked Tennessee women's soccer team earned a 1-0 overtime victory over Wake Forest in the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational on Sunday. Redshirt freshman forward Devon Swaim scored the game winner for the Lady Vols in the 98th minute, her second goal of the season.

UT improves its record to 3-1-0 on the season.

Swaim received the ball on the left-hand side of the box on a free kick from junior goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson, finishing on a volley past Wake Forest goalkeeper Amanda Barasha. The goal is Swaim's second game winner of the season, while Johnson notched the second assist of her career.

The two teams battled through the first half, with Wake Forest controlling most of the offensive possessions. The Demon Deacons took 11 shots in the first 45 minutes, putting four of those on frame and forcing Johnson to make four saves. Barasha needed to make just one save in the first half to keep the Lady Vols scoreless.

The second half saw the tide turn for Tennessee, which recorded 10 shots in the period. The Orange and White controlled the tempo for most of the second frame, but could not find the back of the net.

A nifty flick from sophomore midfielder Mick Imgram gave junior forward Kylee Rossi a good look at the goal in the 73rd minute, but her shot hit the crossbar. UT hit the crossbar twice in the second half, notching four shots on goal.

The Lady Vols got a great defensive effort from seniors Erica Griffin and Jordan Falcusan and freshman Melissa Speros, who held the Demon Deacons scoreless for UT's second shutout of the season. The backline routinely kept the Wake Forest forwards from finishing several scoring opportunities, holding the Demon Deacons to just nine shots on goal despite 25 total shots.

Tennessee was led by Rossi's six shots and senior forward Emily Redberg's two shots on goal. The Lady Vols forced Barasha to make four saves in the match, putting five of their 17 shots on goal. Wake Forest sophomore midfielder Amy Smerdzinski led the team with seven shots in the match.

On Monday afternoon, Swaim was named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week. The honor is the first of Swaim's career.

"Devon now has two game winners [this season]," Lady Vol Head Coach Angela Kelly said. "She can be a tremendous battler and scorer when she puts her mind to it. We saw that in Sunday's game. If she continues to play that way, I think she can be one of the best freshmen in the country."

The Levittown, Pa., native leads the team with two goals and four points on the season and is tied for first in the Southeastern Conference in game-winning goals.

UT now looks ahead to the final tournament of the regular season next weekend in Los Angeles. The Lady Vols take on Nebraska next Friday, Sept. 14 before meeting host Southern Cal on Sunday, Sept. 16.

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