Photo Story: Weekend sports at Vanderbilt

It was a busy sports weekend at Vanderbilt. The women's soccer team opened a four-game home stand on Friday night. The football team hosted the Temple Owls on Saturday, and the soccer team took the field again on Sunday afternoon. Whitney D shares these photos from the weekend.

Going into the weekend, senior goalkeeper Tyler Griffin needed only one more shutout to break the Vanderbilt career shutout record of 28.5 set by Christy Barringer in 1995.

On Friday night there wasn't a shutout, but in the record that counts the most, the 'Dores defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 3-1 to improve to 6-1-4 for the season and 2-0-1 in the SEC.

At Friday night's game, former basketball stars Ashley Earley and Chantelle Anderson were reunited with Lori Alexander, who was their strength and conditioning coach during their Vanderbilt careers.

Alexander is now Director of Sports Operations at Vanderbilt, Earley is a graduate assistant for women's basketball at Alabama, and Anderson is playing professionally with the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars.

On Saturday, Vanderbilt hosted the annual Faculty and Staff Tailgate before the football game against Temple. Thousands attended the picnic, and many took advantage of the free tickets to the football game.

"Mama says pluck the owls!" Yes, it was Parents Weekend, too. (Click image to view a larger version.)

During the Star Walk, freshman punter Brett Upson and junior defensive end Curtis Gatewood carried the anchor to Dudley Field.

Chancellor Gee posed for a photo with some of the cheerleaders before the game.

Student-athletes from the men's basketball team were the "fog makers" for the game. Ross Neltner and Davis Nwankwo posed for a photo just before showtime.

Dan Cage, Shan Foster and Alan Metcalfe were on the other side of the tunnel.

Three hours later, the 'Dores celebrated a 43-14 victory to improve to 2-3 for the season.

Freshman guard Merideth Marsh's family was in town for Parents Weekend and celebrated the victory with a trip to Maggie Moo's.

On Sunday the soccer team hosted the Auburn Tigers. Friday night's game had been a win without a shutout, but Sunday's game was a shutout without a win, as the 'Dores and the Tigers battled to a 0-0 tie.

After the game, Coach Ronnie Coveleskie awarded Griffin the game ball in recognition of her achievement in breaking the career shutout record, although Griffin probably would have preferred to get a W instead.

As usual after soccer games, the players signed autographs for their young fans. Senior forward Sarah Dennis posed for a photo with some of them.

Next weekend the soccer team's homestand continues, as they host Florida at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and South Carolina at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

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Photos copyright 2006 by Whitney D for

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