Women's Soccer defeats Tennessee Tech 2-0

The Women's Soccer team finally got to play at home after 5 games over two weeks on the road and used that home field advantage to dominate Tennessee Tech 2-0. A crowd of just over 400 came out on a beautiful afternoon to get their first glimpse of the 2003 women's team and only the Tech fans were disappointed.

It is hard sometimes in soccer to talk about a dominating performance in soccer and have a 2-0 win but that is just what this team did on Friday night. There were periods in both halves where Tennessee Tech had trouble getting the ball over the midfield line, at one point in the second half, Vandy kept the play in Tech's end for over 5 minutes before Tech could clear. Vanderbilt out shot Tech 20 -2 and Tech never put a shot on the net against Esther Thompson and the Vandy defense. The Commodores on the other hand pelted Tech goalie Carly King with shot after shot. King made 12 official saves, many in spectacular dives or leaping blocks.

The first 10 minutes opened with each team getting their legs and feel for the field, but it was clear that Vanderbilt was pressing it's advantage. A foul by Tennessee Tech at the 12:15 mark help set up Vandy's first goal as play was brought into the Tech end, Laura Hershe now controlled the ball on the right side of the box and made a pretty cross to Michelle Bruntlett on the left side and Michelle tallied the first score placing the ball squarely in the back of the net.

The rest of the first half saw Vandy dominate but kept off the scoreboard again by Carly King. Over the next 30 minutes, the Commodores had 5 corner kicks and 9 additional shots on net. Tennessee Tech had no shots on net in the first half.

The second half started like the first with Vandy pressing the issue, but not putting another ball in the net. Finally, at the 65:33 mark, Laura Hershenow broke down the middle of the field on a break away and beat king to the left side giving Vanderbilt a 2-0 cushion. Tech was never able to mount any sustained attach as the Commodore midfielders controlled nearly every loose ball and thwarted any offensive drive the Eagles tried to muster.

Vandy improved its record to 3-2-2 while Tennessee Tech dropped to 3-4. Vandy next plays Sunday at 4 p.m. against Western Kentucky


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