KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UTSPORTS.COM) -- After a two-goal, five-point effort during Tennessee soccer's 4-0 rout of Coastal Carolina last Friday at the Regal Soccer Stadium, senior Emily Dowd has been chosen by the league office as the Southeastern Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 19.
The weekly league award marks the first of Dowd's career at Rocky Top and the second for the Big Orange soccer program early on in the 2011 campaign. Sophomore forward Caroline Brown previously reaped league accolades back on Aug. 22, after scoring three combined goals during season-opening road victories at Kansas (2-1, OT) and Oklahoma (3-1).
"I am very proud of Emily Dowd and her efforts thus far this season," Lady Vol Head Soccer Coach Angela Kelly said. "She is certainly a focused individual this fall. Emily is becoming not just a goal scorer, but a true finisher. That takes a solid understanding of the game. I am very proud of how she has developed during her career at Tennessee."
With her success against the Chanticleers, the Gainesville, Fla., native now owns four career multi-goal performances, with two of those having occurred this year, and has now registered all five of her goals this season over UT's last four matches (Middle Tennessee, UNC Greensboro, Charlotte and Coastal Carolina).
Dowd picked up her first score of the evening versus Coastal Carolina off a cross from the right wing by junior midfielder Any Harrison. Standing in the middle about six yards out, she volleyed home the pass at 18:46 to improve UT's scoreboard advantage to 3-0.
During the 55th minute a perfect long ball up the right wing from senior forward Chelsea Hatcher located Dowd with space to work. A quick dribble ended in a drive from 12 yards out that easily beat CCU goalkeeper Megan Spencer into the lower left corner and finalized the Lady Vol offensive output at four scores.
With five goals and three assists thus far in 2011, Dowd now possesses 15 career goals and eight assists for 38 total points over 68 matches played while clad in the Orange & White.
Next up for Tennessee is the start of the rugged Southeastern Conference campaign as South Carolina ventures to Knoxville for a 7 p.m. ET match on Fri., Sept. 23. Admission for UT's effort to officially "Sell Out Regal Stadium" will be just $1.00 while the first 1,500 fans through the gate will receive special Tennessee Soccer scarves.
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