In front of a partisan crowd of 1,004 fans on a cooler-than-usual summer Saturday evening at the Regal Soccer Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., senior forward Mick Imgram helped back the first career shutout from goalkeeper Molly Baird by tallying a pair of goals as No. 23 Tennessee (1-0) successfully opened its 2009 campaign with a dominant 2-0 victory over intra-state foe ETSU (0-1).
Sophomore forward Emily Dowd and sophomore midfielder Emily Shore each registered an assist on Imgram's initial score of the match-up.
The Big Orange out-shot the Bucs by a commanding 21-5 total while dominating the majority of the run of play during the match. Six of UT's shots were on frame, forcing four saves by ETSU netminder Megan Masch.
"I am very excited with how our young team showed improvement tonight in its rhythm of play," Lady Vol head coach Angela Kelly said. "We want to get better week-in and week-out, and looked in this match, like a team that has been training now for 15 days instead of just seven. By next week, we'll be an even better team. We're pushing to get our injured players back. When you've got players like Chelsea (Hatcher), Anna (Fisher) and Julie (Edwards) sitting on the bench with injuries, it's important to have depth. We used 17 players today, and the level of play never dropped off. Give ETSU a lot of credit. They had an exceptional game-plan tonight and executed it very well. They certainly battled, were very physical and very well organized. It's hard to beat the type of formation they were using tonight. Mick Imgram having two goals is a great way for her to begin her fifth-year senior season, and Ali (Hall) played great for us again in the back, winning balls in the air and helping our attack get started."... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.