"I thought we played the worst half of soccer we've played all season in the first half," UT Head Coach Angela Kelly said. "However, in the second half we completed our passes, we executed the game plan and scored a world-class goal."
Junior goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson went the distance between the pipes for the Lady Vols, making six saves en route to her seventh shutout of the 2007 campaign, the 12th of her career. The victory gives Johnson sole possession of the number three spot in the UT career wins record book with 16. The Dayton, Ohio, native has allowed just one goal in the last 306 minutes of play.
The Orange and White got on the board in the 35th minute, getting a goal from Edwards. Sophomore midfielder Mick Imgram put a ball into the box at Edwards' feet, where she put a shot into the back of the net off the inside of the crossbar. The goal is the first of Edwards' career, while the assist gives Imgram five on the season.
"It's definitely a relief now because I've been working hard and finally I'm playing how I used to play," Edwards said. "It's nice to be comfortable. The more I play and with the support of the girls my comfort level is increasing."
The Lady Vols got another opportunity to score with five minutes remaining in the half on a free kick from outside the left corner of the penalty box. Imgram took the free kick, placing it on the head of senior forward Emily Redberg inside three yards. Redberg's header looked to be a sure goal for Tennessee, but an Ole Miss defender stepped in to clear the ball before it crossed the goal line.
Following the halftime break, Tennessee withstood an early attack from the Ole Miss offense. Rebel forward Erin Downing began the flurry with a rocket off the cross bar. The rebound attempt was deflected out of bounds by the UT defense. On the ensuing corner kick, a shot by Rebel midfielder Amy Bayles sailed high over the crossbar to end the Ole Miss threat.
UT countered with an attack of its own in the Rebels end. Senior forward Emily Redberg fired a shot that sailed high and out of play after striking a Rebel defender. Mississippi thought it had held UT after clearing the resulting Ingram corner kick, but redshirt freshman Devon Swaim stepped in between two Ole Miss defenders and came away with the ball. Swaim dished to Rossi, who sent a bending shot toward the top left corner of the goal from 12 yards out and connected for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
"Kylee's just a dynamic player," Kelly said. "She turns people inside out. I'm happy for her and for all the opportunities she creates for her teammates and herself. That goal was world-class."
Rossi has now scored 15 of her 24 career goals during conference play. With tonight's goal, the Pennington, N.J., native tied former Lady Vol Kim Patrick for seventh in career goals at Tennessee.
"I've always said that her biggest opponent is her own mind," Kelly said. "If she allows herself to be as good as she naturally is, then we're in good shape."
Both teams sent 17 shots flying, while both put six shots apiece on goal. Imgram led the Lady Vols with four shots, while junior defender Christine Breaux put two of her four shots on goal.
Thanks to losses by No. 17 Georgia and Auburn, UT is now tied for the lead in the Eastern Division and overall standings in the conference. The Bulldogs and Lady Vols both have just one loss and one tie in league play, good for 16 points apiece.
Tennessee closes out its two-match homestand on Sunday, taking on Mississippi State. The Bulldogs topped Georgia, 1-0, on Friday and will be looking for a repeat of last year's 3-2 upset of the Lady Vols. Kick off for the match, which will be televised live on SportSouth, is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Regal Soccer Stadium.
LADY VOL ROWING: The Tennessee women's rowing team continues its fall schedule this weekend, traveling to Boston for the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta.
The varsity squad will compete in three races at the event which is the world's largest regatta, featuring over 7,500 athletes.
Meanwhile, the novice team will compete in its first race of the fall season on Saturday at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta in Knoxville.
After taking gold in three of the four races they competed in last weekend at the Chattanooga Head Race, the Lady Vols will be looking to improve upon their program-best performances at the Head of the Charles last season. At the 2006 event, UT finished first in the Club 8+ race and seventh in the Championship 8+ event.
Before last season, an Orange and White shell had never finished higher than 10th in the Championship Eight race. UT will also be looking for its third consecutive gold medal and fifth overall in the Club 8+ event after winning in both 2005 and 2006.
Tennessee will start off the event with the Club 8+ race on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Last weekend's second-place eight boat of sophomore coxswain Sydney Newman, freshmen Rachel Dooley, Ruth Waldrop and Melissa Toms, sophomores Laura Miller and Stephanie Hunley, junior Alex Shishkov and senior Marisa Mohan will team up again this weekend. Collins was a part of the 2006 gold medal Club 8+ shell. The Lady Vols will be seeking Tennessee's fifth gold in program history in the Club 8+ event at the Head of the Charles.
Sunday, the Orange and White kick off the day in Boston with the Championship Four race at 3:20 p.m. Freshman coxswain Johanna Greenberg will compete in her first event at Tennessee, guiding sophomores Mary Dreusike and Brittany Sehring, junior Kendra Warren and senior Genevieve Collins.
This weekend marks the first time the Lady Vols have competed in the Championship Four race at the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The event will wrap up with the Championship 8+ competition at 4:20 p.m. on Sunday. The race will feature over 35 shells including 2007 NCAA First Eights Champion Yale University and 2007 National Champion Brown University. Tennessee will look to sophomore coxswain Katie Ross's boat of seniors Nina Dobratz, Krista Gearing, Mary Jones, Jessica Ayers and Renee Brittle, junior Kate Brownlee and Erin-Monique Shelton and freshman Libuše Bruncvíkova' to continue the squad's yearly improvement in the event.
The shell includes eight of the nine participants in last week's Collegiate Eight gold medal-winning boat in Chattanooga and four members, in Shelton, Jones, Brownlee and Brittle, who competed in last year's Championship 8+ race in Boston.
The Head of the Charles Regatta is in its 43rd year and features events for both rowers and fans alike. The regatta includes 55 events and attracts teams and spectators from across the globe. Nearly 300,000 spectators arrive in Boston for the event weekend, which includes concerts, a rowing and fitness expo, and Reunion Village, an area for fans and athletes to eat, buy merchandise, use the Internet and check results.
The course for the Head of the Charles begins at the Boston University Boathouse, just across the river from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The boats will then wind under five three-arch bridges past a music stage, Harvard's Weld Boathouse, the Cambridge Boat Club and through to the finish line approximately three miles upstream.
Although the Tennessee novice rowers will not travel to Boston, they will get their first experience in the Orange and White this weekend in Knoxville. The Head of the Tennessee Regatta, hosted by the Knoxville Rowing Club, takes place at Sequoyah Hills Park on Saturday. The Lady Vols will race four different shells in the 32nd edition of the event.