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Lady Vols erase two-goal deficit, earn draw vs. Indiana

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Lady Vols erased a two-goal deficit to play Indiana to a 2-2 draw in front of a crowd of 1,059 in Regal Stadium on Thursday.

Tennessee was dominant offensively, outshooting the Hoosiers 28-6 on the night.

Redshirt-senior Jaida Thomas and sophomore Kameron Simmonds found the net for UT. Redshirt-sophomore Ally Zazzara made the start in goal, logging two saves and allowing two goals. Redshirt-freshman Abby Reisz played the second half, tallying one save.

Paige Webber and Sofia Black were the goal-scorers for IU.

"We only gave up six shots in 90 minutes. (Our back line played) really good," said Tennessee head coach Joe Kirt.

"They were moving on the ball, defending hard. We had good opportunities. I'm proud of our entire team's response to being down 2-0. They all worked extremely hard to get us back into the game."

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with the Lady Vols outshooting IU 7-2 until the Hoosiers scored twice in rapid succession.

In the 34th minute, Hope Paredes played the ball through the Tennessee defense, and Weber dribbled into the box before sliding it past Zazzara.

The Hoosiers struck again 30 seconds later when Black rocketed a ball off a Tennessee defender and into the side net.

The Lady Vols got off three quick shots with 2:30 left in the half, but the first two were blocked, and graduate Nayeli Diaz's attempt across the face of the goal missed just wide of the far post, so the game went into halftime with Indiana leading, 2-0.

The Lady Vols wasted no time getting on the board in the second half, with sophomore Macaira Midgley playing a ball through the box in the 52nd minute that Simmonds ran onto and buried far post.

Midgley nearly got the equalizer in the 78th, getting a shot off from eight yards out off a serve by Thomas, but a Hoosiers defender slid to knock the shot over the endline.

A minute later, Thomas one-touch volleyed a beautifully placed ball from sophomore Ally Brown past the IU keeper from close range to tie the game at two-all.

The Lady Vols dominated possession in the final 10 minutes but couldn't find a third goal, and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

UP NEXT: Tennessee will host Radford in its final home match of the non-conference slate at 7 p.m. ET on Thurs., Sept. 7.

TRACKING THOMAS: Jaida Thomas scored her first goal of the season against the Hoosiers, moving her career total to 39 to pull within four of tying Kylee Rossi at No. 1 all time in career goals scored at UT.

SIMMONDS ON FIRE: Sophomore Kameron Simmonds scored her fifth goal of the season against IU, surpassing her 2022 total of four. She has scored those five goals on just 19 shots, and she is currently tied for first in the SEC with Jordyn Rhodes of Kentucky for total goals (5) and points (10).