The score of the box OXFORD, Miss. – The Lady Vols picked up a 1-0 win over the 13th Ole Miss on Friday to go unbeaten at Oxford and improve their overall record against UM to 18-4-2.
Tennessee (7-3-1, 3-1 SEC) dominated possession, taking 18 shots to just nine by the Rebels and 12 corner kicks to their two.
Red shirt-junior Jaïda Thomas scored the only goal of the match in the 79e minute on a senior cross Claudia Dipasupil. Senior Lindsey Romig recorded three saves in the game.
Price Loposer led the Rebels (9-1-2, 3-1 SEC) offensively, taking three shots on the night. In goal, Ashley Orkus had seven saves.
“It was an inspired performance from our team tonight against a talented, organized and unbeaten Ole Miss team. We competed at a very high level in all positions. Our midfield was very good tonight – connecting our lines, securing balls and going forward to help we create a lot of quality chances in attack. We asked our forwards a bit more this game, and they delivered. Our full-backs and goalkeeper deserved shutout tonight,” the Tennessee head coach said. Joe Kirt.
“We were solid for 90 minutes, winning entry balls and limiting Ole Miss’ dead ball restarts. We were calm on the ball, acknowledging the pressure and making good decisions to resolve it. Our players are very proud of the way they approach road games, and tonight was a perfect example of that. They were disciplined, competitive and calm. It’s great to get a Top 15 win on the road.”
Tennessee had three shots and four corners in the first 15 minutes of the game while limiting UM to just one shot.
Thomas broke behind the Ole Miss defense in the 26the minute and played the ball down the middle, but Tennessee couldn’t get anyone into the box before it was cleared.
Jordan Fusco has a quality look in the 30se minute, running on a deflected Taylor Huff fired, but it sailed high above the crossbar.
Tennessee held possession well for the final minutes of the half, but Fusco’s shot proved to be the last scoring opportunity for either team as the game ended at halftime. time equal to zero.
The Lady Vols came out of the locker room aggressively, slotting the ball into the box four minutes into the second half to Taylor Huff to get a contested shot from eight yards, but missed high.
Two minutes later, Thomas fired a shot beyond the penalty area, forcing Orkus to take a dive.
Huff put a shot on goal in the 58e minute that was shoved by Orkus, and Thomas ran over it, but Orkus dived on the shot to keep the score tied at zero.
Tennessee had another chance with just over 22 minutes to play when Huff took possession at the halfway line and found George Mackenzie streak along the right lateral line. George made a good cross for Kameron Simmonds to the penalty area, but the UM defense was able to clear.
Ole Miss had his best opportunity yet in 77e minute when Stella Downing ran on a loose ball and sent a howl towards the Tennessee goal, but a crowd of UT defenders converged to deflect the shot.
Thomas put the Lady Vols on the board in the 79e minute, sending a perfectly placed header into the side netting from a Dipasupil cross.
UT nearly added a second goal two minutes later when Huff blew one off the right goal post and Fusco ran on the rebound, but the follow-up missed wide.
Romig made a crucial save in the 88e minute, getting his hands on a well-slapped shot from O’Conner to tip him over the net and secure the victory for Tennessee.
NEXT: The Lady Vols will return home for a 7 p.m. ET game against Missouri on Thursday that will air on SECN+.
GIRL ON FIRE: Thomas had 10 goals and two assists in the last 10 games to lead the SEC in total goals, goals per game and points per game. Heading into tonight’s game, his 0.90 goals per game ranked ninth in the nation and his 2.00 points per game tied for ninth.