'You feel the noise': Tennessee soccer aims to break attendance record at Friday's game
Friday’s kickoff time is set for 7 p.m. and gates will open at 5:30. Food trucks will be on site, as well as a Mississippi State-painted smash car in the parking lot. Smokey X will be there to take pictures and the first 500 fans will get checkerboard shirts.
Looking for our sixth straight SEC win & 3,000+ fans in the stands! MATCH CENTRAL: No. 10 UT vs. Mississippi State
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 10 Tennessee is hosting Mississippi State on Friday in a 7 p.m. matchup that will be streamed by SECN+.
The Vols are attempting to break the Regal Soccer Stadium attendance record during the match, and promotions include free checkerboard jersey t-shirts for the first 500 fans, food trucks inside the stadium, a Mississippi State smash car and photos with Smokey X. The current attendance record of 3,042 was set in 2001 when No. 18 UT hosted No. 1 UNC.
Tennessee is 12-1-0 on the season and in the midst of its longest SEC winning streak since 2007, having won five straight conference games. In its most recent outing, UT defeated No. 19 South Carolina on the road, 1-0. The win snapped USC's home unbeaten streak in conference play dating back to 2018.
Mississippi State enters the match on the heels of a 1-0 loss at Alabama. The Bulldogs have a 3-6-3 record on the season and a 1-4-1 mark in conference play.
UT owns a 16-2-2 all-time record against MSU. Their last meeting was in 2019 when the teams tied in Starkville, 1-1. Tennessee hasn't lost to the Bulldogs in Regal Stadium since a 1-0 loss in 2000.
UP NEXT: Tennessee will travel to Vanderbilt on Thursday for an 8 p.m. ET matchup that will be streamed by SECN+.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Tennessee has allowed the fewest goals in the SEC (6), has recorded the most shutouts (9), and has the best overall win percentage (.920).
PROTECTING THE NET: The Vols have recorded nine shutouts this season, the most since 2018 when they managed a program-best-tying 12. Through 13 games, the back line has limited opponents to a combined 6 goals and 49 shots on goal. UT ranks fourth in the nation in goals-against average at .455.
STACKING UP: This is the fastest any UT team has made it to 12 wins, and five straight SEC wins is the longest streak since 2007 when the team strung six together. The program-best SEC win streak of eight was set in 2004.
EVERYONE IS DANGEROUS: Thirteen different Vols have scored at least one goal this season, and 13 of UT's 36 goals have been scored by players coming off the bench.
SECOND HALF TEAM: Tennessee is outscoring opponents 24-3 after halftime, has scored eight goals during the final 10 minutes of regulation and has landed two golden goals this season.
CREATING CHANCES: UT is second in the nation in corner kicks per game (8.92), fifth in total shots per game (21.54), and is eighth in shots on goal per game (10.00). With 36 goals on the season, the Vols are 14th in the nation in scoring offense at 2.77 goals per game.
DIPASUPIL TAKES THE LEAD: With a goal and two assists last week, Dipasupil took the lead in total points with 18.