Sept. 4, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee (2-0-3) used a strong offensive second half to defeat the Navy women’s soccer team, 3-0, Friday night at Regal Soccer Stadium. The Mids will look ahead to East Tennessee State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
“I thought we played good soccer in the first 15 minutes of the match, unfortunately this is a 90-minute game,” Navy head coach Carin Gabarra said. “This was a very good defensive Tennessee team that did not allow many offensive opportunities tonight and we did not help ourselves by allowing three goals. We need to look past this match and get ready for East Tennessee State on Sunday.”
The Volunteers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute off the foot of Cali Hutson. Hutson took possession inside the 18-yard box and sent her shot just over the reach of Navy goalkeeper Dayton Wetherby (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) for her first goal of the season.
Navy (2-3) looked for the equalizer in the 33rd minute. Senior Lizzy Rullan (East Setauket, N.Y.) dribbled down the middle of Tennessee’s defensive third and sent a through ball inside the 18 for a streaking Eleanor Pratt (New Orleans, La.). Pratt controlled the pass, took two touches and sent her shot just wide of the near post.
In the 49th minute, Tennessee’s Emily Morrow sent a cross inside the six-yard box, where Amy Neal crashed in front of a Navy defender and tipped in her second goal of the season to extend the Volunteer’s lead to two, 2-0.
Sophomore Clare MacAdam (Palmyra, N.J.) looked to put Navy on the scoreboard in the 51st minute as she fought through two defenders atop the 18 and sent a hard liner towards net, but was denied by Tennessee’s Julie Eckel.
Tennessee then picked up its third goal of match in the 67th minute. Anna McClung received a pass from teammate Rylie O’Keefe atop the 18 and launched a shot just underneath the cross bar for her second of the season.
The Volunteers held advantages over the Mids in shots, 24-9, shots on goal, 10-3 and corner kicks, 7-1. Wetherby recorded six saves on nine chances to fall to 1-3 in net. Eckel tallied three saves in her fourth shutout of the season.