The Vanderbilt soccer team is coming off a 3-1 victory over Kennesaw State on March 11th. The Commodores absolutely controlled that game. Possession was 76-24 in their favor. Vanderbilt had a shots advantage of 14 to 5. The problem becomes apparent when you realize shots on goal were only 4 to 2 for the entire match. Control did not turn into scoreboard dominance until three goals were scored in 3:41 starting with Madi Allen’s 66th minute header then continuing with further headers by Raegan Kelley and Haley Hopkins. Madison Elwell assisted on all three goals.
Tonight’s opponent will require a much more polished performance. Chances will be harder to come by with the #17 Memphis Tigers on West End. Memphis has allowed 4 goals in 7 matches this spring. Three of them came in their only loss of the season on March 1st at Ole Miss. The lack of goals against is not surprising when Memphis only allows opponents to take 5.7 shots per game and has only conceded 15 shots on goal in the 7 games.
On attack, Memphis is not the most threatening team, but they do not need to be with their defensive performances. They have scored 12 goals (1.71 goals per game) on 52 shots on goal (16 shots per game). Vanderbilt’s defense will need to shut down the Tiger attack early to give the attack time to build into the game. Hopefully, it does not take 66 minutes for that to happen. Tonight’s match will be streamed on SEC Network + at 6 PM. Find a way to dual screen or split screen to enjoy it during the baseball game.