Tennessee (9-1-0, 2-1 SEC) is riding a two-game win streak, defeating No. 11 Auburn and Missouri, both in double overtime, 2-1.
The Aggies (5-5-1, 1-2-0 SEC), who were tied with Arkansas at first in the SEC Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s coaches, are coming off back-to-back SEC losses. Texas A&M lost 1-0 to No. 16 Arkansas in overtime at home last Thursday, and fell 3-0 at No. 11 Auburn on Sunday.
The Vols lead the all-time series 6-2-0, but the Aggies were victorious in the last meeting, taking a 3-1 win in Regal Soccer Stadium on Oct. 23, 2020.
UP NEXT: Tennessee returns home to host Florida in a 7 p.m. ET match on Thursday. The contest will be streamed on SECN+.
SEC HONORS: After scoring in the 86th minute to keep UT alive against No. 11 Auburn and logging an assist in UT’s overtime win at Mizzou, Taylor Huff earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
BY THE NUMBERS: In the SEC, Tennessee has allowed the fewest goals (5), has recorded the most shutouts (7), and has the best overall win percentage of .900.
PROTECTING THE NET: Before giving up a goal at Arkansas, UT’s defense tallied 633 scoreless minutes. The back line has limited opponents to a combined 5 goals, 36 shots on goal and 19 corner kicks through 10 games.
FRESHMAN PHENOM: With six goals on the season, freshman Taylor Huff leads the team in goals and is tied for 10th in the SEC. She has the second-most goals among rookies, behind only Daniella Lewin at Georgia who has seven.
EVERYONE IS DANGEROUS: Thirteen different Vols have scored at least one goal this season, and 13 of UT’s 30 goals have been scored by players coming off the bench.
SECOND HALF TEAM: Tennessee is outscoring opponents 19-2 after halftime, has scored six goals during the final 10 minutes of regulation and has landed two golden goals this season.
AGGRESSIVE OFFENSIVELY: UT is second in the nation in corner kicks per game (9.1), third in total shots per game (23.10), and is sixth in shots on goal per game (10.80). With 30 goals on the season, the Vols are tied for 14th in the nation in scoring offense at 3.00 goals per game.
FINDING THE NET: Through 10 games, UT has scored 30 goals, tying the total number of goals scored by Tennessee over 15 games during the 2020-21 season.