Middle Tennessee State scored in the third minute of Friday’s soccer game. And it held up for a 1-0 victory over Tennessee at Hayes Soccer Stadium in Murfreesboro.
It was the first win for the Blue Raiders (1-3-2) over the Lady Vols (5-2) in five attempts.
“We knew their record was no indication for the type of team that they have,” said Lady Vols coach Brian Pensky. “And we put ourselves in a bad spot by giving up the early goal. After that, MTSU sat in and made it very difficult for us.”
MTSU scored against Julie Eckel when Emily Jorgenson connected after corraling the rebound from a free kick. The goal snapped a 331-minute shutout streak for the Lady Vols.
The Lady Vols went into halftime leading MTSU in shots (5-4) and corner kicks (5-1).
Junior forward Hannah Wilikinson had a couple chances to score the equalizer for Tennessee in the second half with one shot sailing high in the 55th minute and another easily saved by Kelsey Brouwer in the 68th minute.
“I think it was good for the girls to actually put together a good 90 minutes and grind through to a win,” MTSU coach Aston Rhoden said in a school release. “I am really proud of how they performed.”