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No. 19 Vols top Bulldogs 4-0

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 19 Tennessee Volunteers raced past the Georgia Bulldogs 4-0 on Friday night in front of the second-largest crowd in Regal Soccer Stadium history of 2,355.

Junior Khadija Shaw led the Vols (13-1-1, 5-1-1 SEC) with two goals, giving her a team-leading 13 on the season. Junior Anna Bialczak and sophomore Katie Cousins also scored as the Vols put up their ninth shutout of the season.

"I sound like a broken record here, but our team is so focused and so driven to be great," Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky said. "Our mentality from the first minute tonight was lights out. Giving up the number of goals we did last weekend left our pride a little dinged. We were anxious to play tonight and bring a complete performance, which is exactly what happened. And all four goals were fantastic -- from the passes to the finishes -- fun to watch!"

It was a defensive struggle in the first half, as Tennessee got on the board in the 22nd minute with a goal from Shaw. Tennessee controlled the ball most of the first half as the Lady Vols registered 10 shots. Georgia (4-10-1, 0-7-0) managed just three shots in the first 45 minutes of action.

Tennessee started the second half quickly and never looked back, with a goal from Anna Bialczak (5th) in the 49th minute off a corner kick from Katie Cousins. Cousins added her second goal of the season in the 68th minute to make it 3-0 Tennessee. Khadija Shaw would add another goal in the 81st minute on another corner kick from senior Michele Christy.

Tennessee outshot the Bulldogs to the tune of 23-4, isolating the offensive attack for Georgia, ultimately winning the match 4-0.

SH(UT)OUTS: Friday's win marked the ninth shutout for the Vols this season. Junior Shae Yanez has eight complete shutouts this season.

DOMINATING THE DAWGS: Friday's win over Georgia improved Tennessee's record against the Dawgs in Knoxville to a perfect 10-0-0.

SHAW STRIKES 13 ON FRIDAY THE 13th: Khadija Shaw scored her 12th and 13th goals of the season on Friday against Georgia. Her goals helped the 2017 Lady Vols pass last season's goal total (34). Tennessee now has 37 goals this season.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Khadija Shaw's 13 goals ties a record for most goals by a Tennessee player in a season since Kylee Rossi scored 13 in 2008. It is the second-most goals in a season by a Vol in program history. Allison Campbell scored a program-record 17 in 1998.

UP NEXT: The Tennessee soccer team with make the drive on Interstate 40 to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday, October 19th. The match is set for an 8 p.m. first touch with it being broadcast on SECN+ (WatchESPN.com).