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Lady Volunteers come back to win in OT thriller

25 days ago
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. RV/17 Tennessee took a gritty double-overtime victory over Missouri, winning in Columbia, 2-1. Redshirt-sophomore Jaida Thomas and senior Hannah Zaluski were the goal scorers for UT (9-1-0, 2-1 SEC). Junior Lindsey Romig played the full game in goal, making two saves, including getting a hand on a screamer from Milena Fischer that was headed for the corner of the goal in the 76th minute.

UT out-shot the Tigers 17-6, getting seven shots on frame compared to just three for UM.

"This was our first two-game SEC weekend in almost two years, and there were moments today where that was pretty evident. These Sunday games are sometimes about just finding a way - finding a way to make a play or two, especially on the road," said Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky.

"Unfortunately, we didn't do ourselves any favors early on. Mizzou came ready to play and punished us early - hats off to them. But we have a resilient, veteran bunch, and they found a way to get a couple goals. It's a big weekend for us, getting 6 points. We'll enjoy it for a bit, before turning our focus to a talented A&M team."

Mizzou (4-6-0, 0-3 SEC) jumped out to an early lead off a goal by Fischer in the eighth minute.

But Vols didn't trail for long, tying it up at the 16-minute mark when Taylor Huff found Thomas breaking into the box, and Thomas buried it high in the net.

Thomas nearly added a second four minutes later, getting a head on a Mackenzie George cross, but it went high, and the score remained knotted at one through the half.

UT had a number of chances in the second half, keeping the ball on the Tigers' end of the field for the majority of play, but the Vols struggled to stay in front of Mizzou's offside trap.

Redshirt-junior Brooke Wilson put one into the back of the net at the 67-minute mark, but it was called back due to the ball making contact with the referee on the previous play. She put two others in the goal before the end of regulation, but both were called back as offside.

In extra time, Thomas got a great look in the closing seconds of the first period, but it sailed about a foot over the crossbar, sending the game into double overtime.

Tennessee kept the pressure up in the second overtime period, and it paid off in the 106th minute, when Hannah Zaluski connected on a cross from George and drove it past the Mizzou keeper to win the game.

UP NEXT: Tennessee faces another road match, heading to Texas A&M for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff on Friday.

EVERYONE IS DANGEROUS: With Zaluski's goal, 13 different Vols have scored at least one goal this season, and 13 of UT's 30 goals have been scored by players coming off the bench.

OFFENSIVELY MINDED: Through 10 games, UT has scored 30 goals, tying the total number of goals scored by Tennessee over 15 games during the 2020-21 season.