ASU Women's Soccer Defeats Tennessee 3-2 in Double OT
Aug. 28, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior forward Karin Volpe scored the game tying and game winning goals in the Arizona State women's soccer team,s dramatic 3-2 double-overtime, come-from-behind victory over No. 23 Tennessee.
Down 2-1 and with time winding down the Sun Devils (2-0-0) launched one last desperate attack in hopes of finding the equalizer. Following a brief scramble in Tennessee's zone in which the Lady Vols (1-1-0) were unable to clear the ball, Volpe was able to quickly gather the ball and fired a shot into the lower left corner of the net to tie the game at 2-2 with 13 seconds left.
Each team threatened to end the game in the first overtime, however both defenses responded. The Sun Devils dominated in the second overtime as much of the play took place on Tennessee's half of the field. ASU's perseverance would finally pay off in the 107th minute when Volpe took a pass from teammate Bianca Doller, shook off a challenge from a Tennessee defender and laced a shot into the far right post for the win.
Volpe's goal put the finishing touches on a comeback that began in the 72nd minute when junior Lindsey Johns, shot from 25 yards out floated over the reach of Tennessee goalkeeper Molly Baird to cut Tennessee,s lead in half. The goal was the first of Johns' Sun Devil career.
The game was played on fairly even terms for the first 40 minutes before Tennessee gained the advantage on an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Emily Dowd. The Lady Vols extended their lead to 2-0 when freshman forward Jayden Barrett connected on a header for the goal.
The Sun Devils return to action on Sunday when they face Kansas (12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m.) on the final day of the Lady Vol Classic. The Jayhawks improved to 2-0 on Friday with a 2-1 victory over Pepperdine.