Lady Vols conclude soccer season with victory, 3-0

Hannah Wilkinson, right, a Tennessee Lady Vol playing for the New Zealand Women's National Team, celebrates with teammate Betsy Hassett, center, after scoring a goal against US Women's National Team as Carli Lioyd looks on in the second half of an international friendly soccer match on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in San Francisco. US won 4-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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Hannah Wilkinson, right, a Tennessee Lady Vol playing for the New Zealand Women's National Team, celebrates with teammate Betsy Hassett, center, after scoring a goal against US Women's National Team as Carli Lioyd looks on in the second half of an international friendly soccer match on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in San Francisco. US won 4-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Tennessee ended the regular season with a soccer victory Thursday night, but the outcome wasn’t enough to give the Lady Vols a postseason.

Despite a 3-0 victory at Vanderbilt, UT (8-7-4, 3-5-3 SEC) ended in a tie for 10th place in the SEC. The Lady Vols needed victories by Auburn and Missouri on Thursday night to qualify for the SEC tournament. Auburn beat Alabama, but Missouri lost at Arkansas, 2-1.

Tennessee took a 1-0 lead off a Vanderbilt (1-9-1, 4-12-3) own goal. Caroline Brown scored in the 50th minute and Katie Lenz scored in the 74th.

Brown’s goal was the 27th of her career, giving her sole possession of fifth place on Tennessee’s all-time list. The goal also gave Brown 72 career points, tying her with Allison Campbell (1998-99) for fourth place in school history.

Lady Vol Hannah Wilkinson concluded a busy soccer week by rejoining the team for the match and playing nine minutes.

Wilkinson chipped in a 15-yard shot in the 87th minute to allow New Zealand a 1-1 draw with the United States in a women’s friendly soccer game Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio.

Wilkinson swooped in from the right side, sidestepped a defender and beat goalie Hope Solo.

“This means quite a lot,” Wilkinson told The Associated Press. “It’s awesome. Facing the U.S. is always such a challenge. They’re the best in the world. To draw a point against them is amazing. I couldn’t be more proud of my team today.”

It was the second meeting between the teams in four days. The U.S. won 4-1 in San Francisco on Sunday.

Wilkinson missed three games this season due to her New Zealand commitment. The Lady Vols were 1-1-1 in the games Wilkinson missed, including last Sunday’s 1-1, double overtime tie at Missouri.

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WaitUntilNextYear writes:

pathetic
10th place
dave hart is continuing hamilton's race to the bottom!

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