Tennessee Soccer Wins SEC Championship

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    Tennessee soccer claimed its first SEC Tournament Championship since 2008 Sunday, defeating Arkansas 3-0 in the title game.

    Head coach Brian Pensky’s 10th team in Knoxville avenged their 3-1 SEC opening loss to Arkansas in the regular season. The loss to the SEC west champions is one of just two losses for Tennessee this season.

    The Lady Vols got on the board in the 43rd minute thanks to a goal from senior defender Wrenne French. Tennessee started the second half as strong as they ended the first half as a Jaida Thomas goal put the Lady Vols up 2-0 in the 51st minute.

    Hannah Tillet’s goal in the 68th minute gave Tennessee a 3-0 lead and more than it needs to seal the tournament final.

    Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Romig recorded four saves and the Lady Vols put seven of 15 shots on goal.

    Senior defender Abbey Burdette was named SEC Tournament MVP.

    The 10th-ranked Lady Vols beat Florida and No. 21 Ole Miss on their way to the title game against No. 5 Arkansas.

    Tennessee, who won the SEC east regular season, enters the NCAA Tournament with a 17-2 (8-2 SEC) record.

    Six Lady Vols landed on the All-SEC Teams for their play during the regular season. Forward Mackenzie George landed on the first team and forward Jaida Thomas, Wrenne French and freshman midfielder Tyler Huff landed on the second team.

    Huff, Jordan Fusco and Claire Rain landed on the All-SEC Freshman Team.

    Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky — who has built the Lady Vols into one of the conference’s best programs — earned SEC Coach of the Year honors.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.