KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (team release) -- Tennessee soccer got the Brian Pensky coaching era started out right with a 4-0 season-opening victory Friday at Regal Stadium, defending a 1-0 first-half lead with an offensive onslaught after halftime.
Senior captain Amy Harrison scored a career-high two, junior Caroline Brown had one goal and two assists and sophomore Lyana Moore had an assist trifecta to lead UT to its sixth consecutive season-opening win.
Brown got things going offensively for Tennessee midway through the first half. The returning All-SEC performer attacked up the middle and scored a goal from Moore in the 16th minute.
From there, it was all Tennessee (1-0) as the squad picked up the intensity on the offensive end.
Harrison scored the first of her two goals scoring in the 53rd minute and added her second seven minutes later. Her first goal was off a 1-2 give-and-go from Brown to Moore. On Harrison's second score, Brown found Moore in the far right corner and the sophomore speedster saved the ball from going out of bounds with a rainbow cross landing right in front of Harrison for a tap in near the left post.
Senior Kylie Bono added the final goal for Tennessee from the right side in the 67th minute. Katie Lenz had the assist, setting up Bono in the lower right
Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Eckel (1-0) picked up her first shutout of the season and the sixth of her career. Eckel had two saves in the game as UT dominated the possession in the second half.
Tennessee outshot Samford 16-7, including 12-6 in the second half. Samford midfielder Jordan Johnson had three shots (two on goal) for the Bulldogs and goalkeeper Jessica Perry (0-1) had three saves.
Twenty-three Tennessee field players saw action in the win as the
Lady Vols improved to 8-0 all time when starting the year in Knoxville.
NOTES: Caroline Brown has scored a goal in all three senior openers of her career ... Tennessee is now 15-0 all-time against teams from the Southern Conference ... Harrison led the way with a career-high five shots ... Lyana Moore started for the first time in her career and her three assists are one more than her freshman total.