August 18, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee women’s soccer team began the season with a 2-0 exhibition shutout of Carson-Newman College on Saturday night. A crowd of 2,183 came out for opening night of the new Regal Soccer Stadium.
“Beyond the game, I just need to thank all of the fans,” Lady Vol Head Coach Angela Kelly said. “2,183 fans is awesome for our opening scrimmage and our opening game and we’re just really honored to be in this facility and very grateful to [Women’s Athletics Director] Joan Cronan and the Athletics Department and obviously for the support of the Regal Corpopration’s Mike Campbell, Greg Dunn and Dick Westerling. I can’t thank them enough.”
Sophomore midfielder Mick Imgram (Clifton, Va.) scored the eventual game winner for the Lady Vols at the 33:10 mark, blasting a rocket past Lady Eagles keeper Melissa Terrell from 30 yards out.
The first half saw the Lady Vols take six corner kicks and dominate control of the ball. Terrell made two saves in the first half, but faced 10 UT shots in the first 90 minutes. Lady Vol junior goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson (Dayton, Ohio) only saw three shots in the first half, making two saves of her own.
Carson-Newman came out of the half with new energy, controlling the first 20 minutes of play in the second period. The Lady Eagles posted eight shots in the second 90 minutes, finishing the game with four shots on goal.
Tennessee regained control of the match when junior newcomer Melissa VonderHaar (Bolingbrook, Ill.) gave the Lady Vols an insurance goal in the 79th minute. After receiving a cross from fellow newcomer freshman Julie Edwards (Glenmoore, Pa.), VonderHaar settled the ball on the left hand corner of the box and rifled a shot past Terrell.
“I think that we’re obviously very pleased with the win but after only four days of playing together and not necessarily tapering into this game there’s still a ton of things that we need to do, a ton of organization that has to be done and we will get that done over the course of the next 14 days prior to playing Penn State,” Kelly said.
Johnson finished the game with four saves after facing 11 total shots from Carson-Newman. Junior midfielder Julie Moore led the Lady Eagles with three shots on the night. Imgram led the Lady Vols, taking six shots, three of which were on frame. UT recorded 22 shots on the night, with six players notching at least two shots.
Five Lady Vol newcomers made their debut in the Orange and White on Saturday, with VonderHaar and freshmen Melissa Speros (Lancaster, Pa.) and Tanya Emerson (Capistrano Beach, Calif.) earning starts. Edwards and freshman forward Anna Fisher (Franklin, Tenn.) came on as substitutes for UT.
“I think I was pleased with the performance of Melissa Speros coming out of the back, I thought she did very well for her first game in a UT uniform,” Kelly said. “I also thought that Tanya Emerson did a good job at central midfield.”
The Lady Vols play their final exhibition tune up of the season on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Regal Soccer Stadium. UT plays host to Louisville for a 5:00 p.m. start.