Oct. 12, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Megan Kinsella scored with just over one minute into the second half to put Vanderbilt in front for good as they defeated Tennessee 1-0 in front of 1,041 fans at the Regal Soccer Stadium Sunday. With the win the `Dores improve to 8-5-1 overall and 2-4 in the SEC, while the loss drops the Lady Vols overall record to 6-8-0 and 3-3 in conference play. Vanderbilt now leads the all-time series 8-6-2. Sunday's victory marks the `Dores first win over Lady Vols since they knocked off No. 13 Tennessee 2-1 in Nashville in 2005.
"I thought Tennessee did a good job of putting us under a tremendous amount of pressure today," head coach Ronnie Coveleskie said. "I thought our team fought harder than they have all year and I am so proud of their efforts." Today's game wasn't the prettiest game that we have had but we gritted it out and came away with the win."
The two in-state rivals went back-and-forth during the first half as Tennessee out-shot Vanderbilt 11 to four but both teams came away scoreless at the break. The teams struggled to get anything going as both defenses held strong in front of their respected nets.
Coming out of the halftime break the Commodores knew that one goal could be the difference in the game.
Sophomore Megan Kinsella got the `Dores on the board as she fired a low left-footed strike past the Lady Vols' goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson from about 9 yards out to take the 1-0 lead at the 46:03 mark. After the game Kinsella admitted that she had no idea that her ball went into the back of net.
"One of the defenders knocked me to the ground so I had no idea that I had scored," Kinsella said. "I didn't find out that I scored until Molly (Kinsella) came over and picked me up and told me that I had scored." After the game coach Coveleskie praised Kinsella for her work-man like performance.
"Megan is very difficult to defend because of her explosive speed and her ability to make quick cuts with the ball," Coveleskie said. "To her true credit she got her own rebound and she turned around and placed it perfectly to the far post with her left foot. She is a very coachable player and she continues to add to her great season."
The Lady Vols had a lot of opportunities to score in both halves but the Commodore defense put together one of its best performances of the season.
Rachel Bachtel posted another strong game in the net for the `Dores as she finished with six crucial saves. During the weekend Bachtel recorded a total of 16 saves, including a career high 10 saves on Friday night against Georgia. Sunday's 1-0 shutout over the Lady Vols gives the sophomore goalkeeper her eighth career shutout and fourth of the year.
The Commodores will be in action next weekend as they continue on their four-game road trip. The `Dores will travel to Baton Rouge, La., next Friday to take on LSU at 7 p.m. CDT. Following the LSU game, Vanderbilt will travel northeast to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Razorbacks of Arkansas at 1 p.m. CDT Sunday.
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