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kregman

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High point seemed content just to pack it in the back and hope for the best. We continue to create numerous corners (George is a master at this part of the game) but convert very little. Thinking about it we are great with the feet not so great in the air. Maybe this will change or a strategy will be developed for the corners. Bunny would have loved to be on this team she would have no telling how many goals from corners at this point. First world problems I guess, love this team.
 
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Rested up & ready for action!
Headed to Chattanooga tomorrow

MATCH CENTRAL: at Chattanooga

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 19/17 Tennessee will look to extend its win streak to seven on Sunday as it travels to Chattanooga for a 6 p.m. ET match at the UTC Sports Complex. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

UT is coming off a 2-0 victory over High Point at home on Sept. 5. At 6-0 on the season, it's the best start a UT team has had since 2017 when the Vols opened the season with nine straight wins.

The Mocs are 3-4-0 on the year, besting North Alabama in their most recent outing, 3-1. They were picked to finish fifth in the Southern Conference by the league's coaches in the 2021 preseason poll.

It will be the first time the two programs have met since Sept. 19, 2010 when UT took an 8-0 win. Tennessee is 5-0-0 all-time against UTC.

UP NEXT: Tennessee will start conference play on the road, traveling to Arkansas on Friday for an 8 p.m. ET tilt. The game will be streamed on SECN+.
540 AND COUNTING: Tennessee has held opponents scoreless for 540 minutes over six games, setting a new program record for longest shutout streak. The previous record was 533:22 set in 2012, spanning from the 6:33 mark at Western Kentucky on Aug. 19 through 53:24 at No. 1 UCLA on Sept. 9.

GOOD COMPANY: Tennessee is one of just four teams in the country that has not given up a goal this season. Boise St., Minnesota and Wake Forest are the other three.

LOCKDOWN DEFENSE: The Vols' back line has tallied 540 scoreless minutes, limiting opposing teams to a combined 14 shots on goal and 10 corner kicks over the last six games.

A BALANCED ATTACK: With Mackenzie George scoring her first goal of the season against USF, 11 different Vols have scored at least one goal this season.

BENCH CONTRIBUTING: Ten of UT's 22 goals have been scored by players coming off the bench.

300 CLUB: With the win against USF on Sept. 2, UT's 26-year-old program logged its 300th victory. It becomes just the fourth SEC team to reach that milestone, right on the heels of Auburn who achieved its 300th program win on Aug. 26 against Troy. UT boasts the third-best all-time winning percentage in the league at .615.

HOT START: Tennessee has started the season with six straight shutouts for the first time in team history. Previously, the longest stretch of shutouts to start the season was three games in 2015.
 

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Closed out non-conference play with a perfect 7-0 record, having held opponents scoreless for all 630 minutes ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Tennessee Bests Chattanooga, 3-0

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. โ€“ No. 19/17 Tennessee extended its program-best shutout streak to seven games on Sunday, taking a 3-0 victory over Chattanooga.

Tennessee (7-0-0) has now held opponents scoreless for 630 minutes, shattering the previous program record of 533:22 set over the course of six games in 2012.

Junior Claudia Dipasupil, redshirt-sophomore Jaida Thomas and freshman Taylor Huff were the goal scorers for Tennessee. Junior Lindsey Romig got the start in goal, and senior Ashley Gabor took over at the 75-minute mark, making three saves.

Chattanooga (3-5-0) fired off three shots on goal, and goalkeeper Abbey Saddler recorded nine saves on the day.

"Hats off to Chattanooga, they made it tough for us. They had numbers behind the ball, were organized, and kept the game in front of them," said Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky. "But our players came out with great energy and an urgent mentality to start the second half and put heavy pressure on their backs. Credit to Mackenzie (George) and Taylor (Huff) for making a play so early in the second half, putting us up 1-0, which kind of took the edge off. Then we had quality serves and finishes on goals two and three as well, which put the game out of reach. And it's nice to get another clean sheet, of course."

UT out-shot the Mocs 12-2 in the first half, but the score remained knotted at zero through halftime. Huff wasted no time finding the net after the break, scoring off a cross from senior Mackenzie George at the 47-minute mark.

Huff found Thomas in the box 13 minutes later, and Thomas slid it past the keeper to put UT up 2-0.

Dipasupil capped off the scoring, knocking in a serve from freshman Claire Rain in the 64th minute.

Chattanooga got a couple looks in the final minutes of the game, but Gabor was there to keep the shutout in tact.

NEXT UP: Tennessee will begin conference play on the road, traveling to Arkansas for an 8 p.m. ET contest on Friday. The game will be streamed on SECN+.

DIPASUPIL DIALED IN: Junior Claudia Dipasupil has scored goals in back-to-back games, moving her season total to five. She and freshman Taylor Huff lead the team in goals scored with five.

GOOD COMPANY: Tennessee is one of just three programs in the country to have not given up a goal this season.

LOCKDOWN DEFENSE: The Vols' back line has tallied 630 scoreless minutes, limiting opposing teams to a combined 17 shots on goal and 11 corner kicks over the last seven games.
 

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In hindsight, we should have CrowdSourced enough money to buy Lindsey a recliner to keep in goal during the preseason. She should have been saving her legs for the SEC season and resting a lot during these often boring games. Oh well, maybe next season. ;)

If there is any doubt, our defense is no joke. Even against lesser talent, the odds say you would likely give up a few goals. 7 clean sheets in a row are pretty spectacular, so CONGRATULATIONS Ladies...well done! A lot of credit should go to our midfielders who have done great work frustrating our opponents when they try to mount an attack.

I really like how we are playing at present. I think this might turn out to be a really good season.
 

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If there is any doubt, our defense is no joke. Even against lesser talent, the odds say you would likely give up a few goals. 7 clean sheets in a row are pretty spectacular, so CONGRATULATIONS Ladies...well done!
Great point! Over seven matches the odds of seven shut outs are extremely small. You would expect to give up something --- a missed kick, a keeper slip, a weird bounce, an own goal --- something.

This team is defending very well at all levels. I hope they can sustain the effort. It will get tougher from here. GBO!
 
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MATCH CENTRAL: #13 UT at #RV Arkansas

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 13/10 Tennessee is set to open conference play on the road tomorrow, taking on back-to-back SEC Champion Arkansas at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. The game will be streamed on SECN+.

UT enters the contest with a perfect 7-0-0 record and without having allowed a single goal for 630 minutes of play during the non-conference schedule.

The Razorbacks, who are receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and are ranked No. 14 by Top Drawer Soccer, enter the contest with a 4-2-0 record. The two losses include a 3-1 loss at No. 6 Duke and a 1-0 overtime defeat at No. 3 North Carolina. Having earned regular-season SEC titles in 2019 and 2020, Arkansas was picked to win again in 2021 by the league's coaches in the preseason poll, tied with Texas A&M.

The Big Orange owns a 13-5-1 record all-time in the series, but took a loss in the last matchup with Arkansas, falling 3-1 at home on Oct. 31, 2019.

UP NEXT: UT returns home to face No. 12 Auburn on Thursday at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on SECN+.
GOOD COMPANY: Tennessee is one of just three teams in the country to have not given up a goal this season. Minnesota and Wake Forest are the others.

AGGRESSIVE ON OFFENSE: UT leads the nation in corner kicks per game (10.29), is second in shots on goal per game (12.57) and third in total shots per game (25.86).

LOCKDOWN DEFENSE: The Vols' back line has tallied 630 scoreless minutes, limiting opposing teams to a combined 17 shots on goal and 11 corner kicks over seven games.

A BALANCED ATTACK: Eleven different Vols have scored at least one goal this season.

BENCH CONTRIBUTING: Eleven of UT's 25 goals have been scored by players coming off the bench.

630 AND COUNTING: Tennessee has held opponents scoreless through 630 minutes over seven games, setting a new program record for longest shutout streak. The previous record was 533:22 set in 2012, spanning from the 6:33 mark at Western Kentucky on Aug. 19 through 53:24 at No. 1 UCLA on Sept. 9.

HOT START: The Vols have started the season with seven straight shutouts for the first time in team history. They are two games shy of tying the program's longest winning streak of nine games.
 
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