Julie Edwards picked SEC soccer frosh of week

Tennessee women's soccer player Julie Edwards earned her first Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week nod from the league office on Monday. Edwards helped the Lady Vols to their second consecutive weekend SEC sweep with home wins over Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

The freshman forward earned the honors after scoring the game-winner in UT's 2-0 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 19. The goal came in the 35th minute when sophomore midfielder Mick Imgram put a ball into the box at Edwards' feet. The Glenmoore, Pa., native finished with a shot into the back of the net that rattled off the inside of the crossbar.

The score was the first of Edwards' career and came in just her second start. Edwards earned the starting spot following a successful weekend of play off the bench for Tennessee on the road Oct. 12 and 14 at Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The forward has played 306 minutes this season, putting half of her six total shots on frame.

Edwards also contributed 48 minutes against Mississippi State, helping the Tennessee frontline and midfield dominate possession and outshoot the Bulldogs 31-2. The Lady Vols scored four goals, while allowing just one shot on frame for MSU, in the 4-0 win.

With the weekend sweep, the Orange and White improved to 11-2-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the SEC. The two wins, combined with Georgia's 0-1-1 weekend, gave UT a two-point lead in the Eastern Division and overall standings with just three matches remaining before the conference tournament.

Tennessee jumped back into the top 10 in the latest Soccer Buzz ranking. The Orange and White appear at No. 9 in the Soccer Buzz poll, while improving to No. 17 in the Soccer America listing.

Junior forward Kylee Rossi set the pace on offense this weekend, scoring twice and assisting on two goals. On Friday, Rossi put away the Rebels with a goal in the 50th minute, while she scored the team's second goal on Sunday and assisted on two others, including freshman midfielder Tanya Emerson's game-winner.

Senior forward Emily Redberg contributed two goals on Sunday, moving into a tie for eighth in career points at Tennessee with 64.

Junior goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson took control of third all-time in career victories this weekend, posting the 16th and 17th of her career. Johnson earned the solo shutout over Ole Miss and combined with sophomore Sarah Kitchin for the shutout against MSU.

The Lady Vols have not allowed a goal during the run of play in the last 396 minutes, allowing only one goal on a penalty kick at Vanderbilt during that time.

The Pac-10 Conference placed three teams in the top five, with UCLA taking the top spot in both polls. The Lady Vols were joined by Georgia and Florida as the only SEC schools to make an appearance in the listings this week.

Tennessee hits the road again on Thursday, traveling to Tuscaloosa for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Crimson Tide at the Alabama Soccer Complex.

LADY VOL ROWING: Tennessee women's rowing Varsity 8+ crew earned Lady Vol Athlete of the Week honors after recording a program-best fifth-place finish in the Championship 8+ race at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston last weekend. The honor is the first since 2000 for the rowing team.

The V8+ shell, comprised of sophomore coxswain Katie Ross, seniors Nina Dobratz, Krista Gearing, Mary Jones, Jessica Ayers and Renee Brittle, juniors Kate Brownlee and Erin-Monique Shelton and freshman Libuše Bruncvíkova', came in ahead of 34 other boats and was the third-highest collegiate finisher. Michigan and 2007 NCAA First Eights National Champion Yale were the only collegiate squads to finish ahead of UT.

The Orange and White completed the three-mile course in 16:26.99, just five seconds behind the third place Michigan shell. The U.S. Rowing Princeton Training Center team took gold in 15:26.572 followed by the London Training Center team. Tennessee finished ahead of defending national champion Brown and Minnesota, which finished sixth at the 2007 NCAA Championships.

Tennessee's fifth place finish marks the third season of improving results at the Head of the Charles. In 2005, UT finished 12th in the race, while last season the Orange and White shell took seventh. The fifth-place result, combined with Tennessee's gold in the Club 8+ race, was the Lady Vols' best performance in program history at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

The Lady Vols take a week off before returning to action on Nov. 3 at the Head of the Chattahoochee Regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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