NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt soccer, off to its best start in 10 years, looks to continue its winning ways this weekend in a couple of road matches against East Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech.
The Commodores are 3-0, the best start since the 1998 squad opened the year at 6-0. The fast start also put the team in the regional rankings for the first time this season, as SoccerBuzz.com ranks them at No. 15 in the Central Region.
VU will face East Tennessee State at 4 p.m. ET on Friday at Summers-Taylor Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn. The Bucs are 2-0 on the year after defeating Morehead State 2-1 on Sunday. ETSU returns 18 letterwinners from last year's team that went 11-6-3 overall and finished fourth in the Atlantic Sun with a 6-4-1 ledger. This will be the first-ever meeting between the schools in soccer.
The Dores will then close out a stretch of four-of-five games against teams from the state when they face Tennessee Tech at the Tech Soccer Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Cookeville, Tenn. The Golden Eagles are 0-3 on the year after losing at Winthrop and Charlotte last weekend. TTU will face Appalachian State on Friday before facing the Commodores. VU beat Tennessee Tech, 6-0, last year in Nashville and holds a 2-0 all-time series lead.
The Commodores have held a significant statistical advantage in shots and shots-on-goal per game over their opponents in the first three games. VU has outshot teams 28.3 to 6.7 and has controlled possession in all three games. The defense has notched two shutouts, with goalkeeper Rachel Bachtel sporting a 0.30 goals against average (second in the Southeastern Conference).
Sophomore Molly Kinsella leads the SEC in shots (17), shots on goal (11) and shots-on-goal per game (3.67).