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Simmonds' brace fuels Lady Vols' win at Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - UT got back in the win column on Sunday, defeating Kentucky 4-1 on the road.

Freshman Kameron Simmonds had a pair of goals, and redshirt-junior Jaida Thomas also put one in the net for Tennessee (6-3-1, 2-1 SEC), while UT got a fourth by way of a Kentucky own goal. Senior Lindsey Romig tallied two saves on the day.

Hannah Richardson was the lone goal-scorer for Kentucky (7-4-0, 0-3 SEC).

Tennessee kept the pressure on Kentucky's defense in the opening minutes, going up 1-0 off an own goal in the 12th minute.

The Lady Vols made it 2-0 in the 27th minute when senior Claudia Dipasupil served a ball into the box and Thomas buried it in the back of the net from eight yards out.

Simmonds nearly added a third before the half with a low shot from 12 yards out in the 42nd minute, but Kentucky's keeper came up with a kicksave to keep the score at 2-0 through halftime.

The Lady Vols outshot the Wildcats 8-1 in the opening 20 minutes of the second half but couldn't convert. Kentucky got a quality chance from 25 yards out in the 70th minute, but Romig was there to collect the save.

Simmonds made it 3-0 in the 75th minute, beating a Kentucky defender to get behind the back line and slotting a shot past the keeper into the far corner.

The Wildcats got on the board with 10 minutes remaining in the game when Richardson blasted a perfectly placed ball into the top left corner of the net from 22 yards out.

The Lady Vols scored their final goal of the match in the 85th minute when sophomore Taylor Huff set Simmonds up for a shot off a header, and Simmonds put a left-footed shot on target.

NO. 2 IS NO. 2: With her goal in the 27th minute at Kentucky, redshirt-junior Jaida Thomas claimed sole possession of No. 2 in Tennessee's record book, passing Hannah Wilkinson with 34 career goals scored. She trails No. 1 Kylee Rossi by just nine goals.

BY THE NUMBERS: Thomas has scored 34 goals in just 47 appearances as a Lady Vol to average .723 goals per game. That goals per game average is higher than No. 1 Kylee Rossi (.494) and No. 3 Hannah Wilkinson (.471) and is closest to that of No. 7 Bunny Shaw who scored 27 goals in 35 games for an average of .771 goals per game.

UP NEXT: The Lady Vols will remain on the road, traveling to Ole Miss for an 8 p.m. ET match on Friday that will be streamed on SECN+.