Lady Vol goalie honored by SEC

The SEC has announced that Tennessee goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson is its Defensive Player of the Week. The junior earned the honor after posting back-to-back shutouts to help the Lady Vols claim the USC Tournament title over the weekend in Los Angeles.

At the tournament, Johnson recorded a 2-0 win over Nebraska on Friday, making three saves in the third Lady Vol shutout of the season. On Sunday, Johnson held then-No. 17 USC scoreless through 110 minutes of play despite facing 19 shots. Johnson made eight saves, one shy of her season high, in the eventual 0-0 double overtime tie.

The Dayton, Ohio, native posted the eighth and ninth shutouts of her career, moving her to third all-time at UT in career blankings. Johnson passed former Lady Vol Sarah Shivley to take sole possession of third place on the list. With the win on Friday, Johnson also made progress on the career victories list, moving into a tie with Cori Stevens for fourth on the all-time chart with 10.

Johnson was also rewarded for her efforts with a spot on the all-tournament team at USC. The player of the week award is the second of Johnson's career and first of the season.

Johnson has now recorded two overtime shutouts this season, and is tied for first in the SEC with four shutouts in 2007. The UT co-captain now boasts a 0.48 goals-against-average and an impressive .912 save percentage, good for 19th in the NCAA.

Meanwhile, the soccer team moved back into the Top 15 in both the and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas polls on Tuesday. The Lady Vols appeared at No. 15 in the poll and at No. 13 in the NSCAA/adidas ranking, jumping up two spots in each listing.

The Orange and White earned the boost in the rankings by remaining undefeated against ranked opponents this season (2-0-1.)

The Lady Vols also notched a 2-0 victory over Nebraska before tying No. 17 USC, 0-0, in the tournament.

Against Nebraska, the Lady Vols got goals from senior forward Emily Redberg and junior forward Kylee Rossi. Both goals were the first of the season for each player, while sophomore midfielder Mick Imgram notched her second assist of the season and junior midfielder Leslie Vineyard dished out her first career assist on the second goal.

For their efforts, Imgram, Johnson and freshman Tanya Emerson earned all-tournament team selections.

The Lady Vols (4-1-1) return to action this Friday, Sept. 21, in their final non-conference game of the regular season at UNC-Greensboro. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at UNCG Soccer Stadium.

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