NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt's soccer team will open a four-game homestand this weekend as in-state rival Tennessee and Georgia come to town in Southeastern Conference action.
The Commodores will take on the Lady Vols Friday at 7 p.m. at the VU Soccer Complex and will then face the Bulldogs on Sunday at 2 p.m.
VU is 6-3-1 overall and 0-2 in SEC play after opening league play with losses at Top-15 ranked clubs South Carolina and Florida.
Nicole Lukens scored her team leading sixth goal of the season in the loss to the Gamecocks while Megan Forester scored in the loss to the Gators. Molly Kinsella is tied for the SEC lead in scoring with 16 points (four goals, eight assists) through 10 games, while Lukens is tied for second in the conference in goals scored. Kinsella also leads the league and is fifth in the country with eight assists.
Tennessee is 5-4-1 overall and 1-1 in SEC play after defeating Arkansas (1-0) and falling to LSU (5-1) on the road last weekend. The Lady Vols are ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association's South Region rankings this week, one spot ahead of the Commodores. Senior Mick Ingram, a preseason All-SEC pick, leads the team in scoring with six goals and two assists (14 points), while junior Molly Baird sports a 1.15 goals against average in net with four shutouts on the year.
The Commodores lead the all-time series vs. UT 8-6-2 and defeated the Lady Vols 1-0 last year in Knoxville. VU leads 3-2-1 in games played in Nashville.
Georgia is 8-1-1 overall and 1-1 in SEC play after losing at LSU (6-0) last Friday before defeating Arkansas (2-0) in Fayetteville on Sunday. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 22 nationally by the NSCAA and No. 5 in the South Region. Senior Carrie Patterson, the lone unanimous preseason All-SEC pick by the coaches, leads the team in scoring with six goals and three assists (15 points). Sophomore Jamie Pollock also has six goals, tying Patterson for the team lead, while senior goalkeeper Michelle Betos anchors the defense with a 1.06 goals against average and four shutouts. The Bulldogs will face Kentucky on Friday before heading to Nashville.
The Commodores lead the all-time series with UGA 9-7-0, but the Bulldogs have won the last two meetings including a 2-0 win last season in Athens. VU leads 4-3 in games played in Nashville.