Knoxville, Tennessee. –Tennessee No. 16 picked up its fourth straight shutout on Friday, taking on LSU to a 0-0 draw in front of a crowd of 1,786 at Regal Soccer Stadium.
Despite not scoring a goal, the Lady Vols dominated the offense, taking 12 of the Tigers’ six shots while holding possession for nearly 60% of the game.
UT (9-3-2, 5-1-1 SEC) was led by sophomore Taylor Huff who controlled the ball in midfield and recorded three shots on the night. In goal, senior Lindsey Romig played the full 90 minutes, facing six shots and registering one save.
The Tigers (8-3-4, 3-2-2 SEC) had two shots apiece from Sage Glover and Mollie Baker, and goalie Mollee Swift made three saves.
“Obviously there were good chances tonight, and in the end we didn’t finish. I think we did enough to win, but we didn’t convert our chances,” said the Tennessee head coach Joe Kirt.
“We’re still 4-0 in the East, and that’s important to win (the division)… But it’s frustrating. As a team, we have to find a way forward to score a goal and put but “It’s another shutout. We continued to defend well as a team and we created several chances, so we just have to put one aside, and we’re in a good position.
Tennessee had three quick shots in the opening minutes but got their first quality look in the 18e minute when Huff won the ball in midfield and dribbled the defenders to the top of the box before finding Jaida Thomas for a shot that missed high. Huff created his own chance a minute later, but that shot also sailed over the crossbar.
Huff put UT’s first shot on goal in the 31st minute, forcing Swift to make a dive save with a blast from 16 yards. She created one more chance before half-time, entering the box after a free kick played short and crossing it into a crowd of volunteers where Zaluski fired one to the net, but a deflection by a Tiger defender prevented the goal.
Thomas had the first good chance of the second half just four minutes later, on the end of a cross from Huff and taking a throw-in before blasting one on target from 10 yards out, but Swift and an LSU defender teamed up to keep the ball out of the net.
Romig made his first save of the game in the 57e minute when Glover got behind the Tennessee defense and recorded the Tigers’ only shot on goal of the night.
Tennessee made a strong offensive push in the final minutes but ultimately couldn’t find the back of the net as time expired with the score tied.
NEXT: The Lady Vols will travel to Auburn for a game at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday that will air on SECN+.
CLOSED SEASON: The four straight shutouts against Ole Miss, Missouri, Georgia and LSU marks the first time since 2005 that a Tennessee team has recorded four consecutive shutouts against SEC opponents. The clean sheets this season came in the form of wins over Georgia (1-0), LSU (2-0) and Auburn (1-0) as well as a 0-0 draw against Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament. from which UT advanced over PKs, 4-3, before winning the SEC Championship the next game with the 1-0 win over Auburn.