Soccer ready to host Music City Invitational

Aug. 31, 2017

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Coming off a weekend sweep, the Vanderbilt soccer team returned to Nashville and started to prepare for the Music City Invitational.

The tournament kicks off Friday at 5:00 pm CT with Rhode Island and Memphis followed by Indiana and Vanderbilt at 7:30 pm CT. Then on Sunday, Indiana and Memphis kick off action at 12:00 pm CT with Rhode Island and Vanderbilt finishing the tournament off at 2:30 pm CT. Both games for the Commodores will be broadcast on the SEC Network +.

Head coach Darren Ambrose has been impressed with the team’s effort so far this season and looks for them to keep it up this weekend.

“I think we are a lot better than we were at the end of the preseason,” said Ambrose. “I think we are getting fitter, still looking at our upperclassmen to take the reigns and be more involved with keeping the standards at practice. Going forward, I think that is the next step for us as we get more comfortable and get into a routine. We are looking for them to take over more of the running of the team from within.”

Last weekend, the Commodores traveled to New England for a two game road trip. On Friday night, the Commodores defeated Boston College 1-0. Kaitlyn Fahrner played her best game since she joined the black and gold with 13 saves on the night for her first clean sheet of the year. Simone Charley would score the lone goal of the match in the 31st minute and that was enough to claim the win.

On Sunday, the Dores faced UMass and the Minutewomen would take a 1-0 lead within the first minute of the game. The Commodores would not panic and came up with the equalizer just two minutes later from Rebecca Rossett off the feed from Charley. Then at the 10-minute mark, Simone would score the go-ahead goal off the assist from Rossett.

With three minutes remaining in the half, Grace Jackson would score an insurance goal for the Dores. They held UMass off the scoreboard in the second half and won 3-1.

During the week, Kaitlyn Fahrner was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week following her performances again BC and UMass.

Scouting the Hoosiers:

The Hoosiers come down to Nashville sporting a 2-2-0 record through the first two weeks of the season. Last weekend, they went 1-1 after a 2-0 defeat at home to Louisville and a 4-0 win on the road against Western Michigan. Indiana was selected ninth in the Big Ten preseason coaches poll.

Junior forward Maya Piper leads the Hoosiers in goals (3) and points (6) on the year. Indiana has five different players with an assist so far this season. Freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kopel has started all four games in net, making 13 saves and has a 1.00 goals against average.

Scouting the Rams:

Rhode Island will be making their ever first trip down to West End this weekend with a 1-3-0 record on the year. Last Thursday, the Rams lost at home 1-0 to Central Connecticut State and fell in double overtime to Brown 3-2 on Sunday. Rhode Island was selected 11th in the preseason Atlantic-10 coaches poll.

Senior Taylor Ross leads the Rams in goals (3) and points (6) on the year. Rhode Island has four different players with one assist through the first four games. The Rams have had two goalkeepers see time in net this season. Haley Brennan has appeared in all four games, made 17 saves and holds a 2.29 goals against average. Julia Freeman made an appearance in one game, made four saves and has a 1.53 goals against average.



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