The No. 25 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (10-3-2, 5-2-1 SEC) swept through the weekend as they picked up two key SEC victories with wins at South Carolina (3-6-4, 0-4-3) and at Auburn (8-7-0, 4-4-0).
On Friday, junior forward Caroline Brown scored her third goal of the season in the 54th minute on the assist from junior midfielder C.C. Cobb and sophomore defender Brittany Wade. Cobb kicked the ball in the far right corner for Wade to set up Brown with a cross into the middle of the field.
The goal would be the eventual game-winner against the defending SEC Champions. The win is the first time the Lady Vols beat the Gamecocks since 2007, 1-0.
"There's nothing like winning," head coach Brian Pensky said. "We talk about it all the time. There's no greater feeling than winning, especially on the road. Nobody on our roster has beaten USC and only assistant coach Joe Kirt and director of soccer ops Hemant Sharma on our staff have defeated South Carolina."
The Lady Vols hit the road again as they met up with the Auburn Tigers Sunday afternoon. The match was scoreless in the first half as Tennessee's defense held off five corner kicks.
It took one player stepping up late again, and this time it was senior midfielder Kylie Bono. Bono scored on a free kick in the 61st minute.
"We got a free kick from Caroline Brown," Bono said. "It was right outside of the left corner of the 18. When I was taking the free kick I was just thinking to hit it far post and hit it low and try to curve it in and once I striked the ball it went right into the back corner of the net."
Tennessee held the Tigers for the remainder of the match for the Lady Vols' third 1-0 win in a row.
"I think we were all excited," Bono said. "I don't think we were much concerned with being on the road. We knew that this weekend was going to be very big for us. I think we were ready to leave the weekend with two weekends."
Cobb was injured early in the match when she went to head away an Auburn goal kick. Cobb was taken off on a stretcher and at a local hospital.
The Lady Vols' next match is at home on Friday against Kentucky to kick off another pair of SEC weekend matchups. LSU will visit Knoxville on Sunday. Oct.14.
"This is a tough strech for all games in the league," said Pensky. "Thirteen league games, six consecutive weekends of double, double games so ... you got to have fight, guts, courage and things like that."