CENTRAL MATCH: #18 UT at Auburn

Knoxville, Tennessee. – The Tennessee No. 18 travels to Auburn for a 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT game against the Tigers on Thursday that will air on SECN+.

UT (9-3-2, 5-1-1 SEC) will look to extend its shutout streak to five games, after recording clean sheets against Ole Miss, Missouri, Georgia and LSU in the last four games.

In their last outing, the Lady Vols tied LSU 0-0 at home. Despite not scoring a goal, the Lady Vols dominated the offense, taking 12 of the Tigers’ six shots while holding possession for nearly 60% of the game. In goal, senior Lindsey Romig played the full 90 minutes, facing six shots and registering one save.

Auburn (6-4-5, 2-4-1 SEC) is coming off a 3-1 loss at Texas A&M on Friday.

The Lady Vols own an all-time record of 12-10-4 against AU. The teams last met in Knoxville on Sept. 23 last season when UT beat the then No. 1. 11 Tigers at home in double overtime, 2-1.

NEXT: The Lady Vols will return to Knoxville for a two-game homestand, hosting No. 21 South Carolina in a matinee at 1 p.m. ET Sunday (SECN+) and Vanderbilt in the regular season finale at 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday ( SEC Network).

IN SEARCH OF TIGERS: Auburn went 12-7-1 overall and 5-4-1 in conference play last season and was selected to finish fourth in the SEC in 2022, as voted by league coaches.

WHITE SEASON: The four straight shutouts against Ole Miss, Missouri, Georgia and LSU marks the first time since 2005 that a Tennessee team has recorded four consecutive shutouts against SEC opponents. The clean sheets this season came in the form of wins over Georgia (1-0), LSU (2-0) and Auburn (1-0) as well as a 0-0 draw against Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament. from which UT advanced over PKs, 4-3, before winning the SEC Championship the next game with the 1-0 win over Auburn.

TOP 20 NUMBERS: UT scored 38 goals on the year to rank 11th in the nation in scoring offense at 2.71. The Lady Vols rank 11th in points per game (7.86) and are tied for 12th in corner kicks per game (7.14) and 15th in assists per game (2.43).

EVERYONE IS DANGEROUS: With the offense ranked 11th in the nation, it’s no surprise that Tennessee has multiple offensive threats. Twelve Lady Vols have scored a goal so far this season, and 15 have picked up an assist.

HAPPY TO HELP YOU : George Mackenzie has registered an assist in four of the last five games, equaling Taylor Huff to lead the team in assists to six on the season.

CLAUDIA IN CONFERENCE: Claudia Dipasupil goal against Georgia was his third of the season, all of which were played by the SEC. She scored those three goals on just five shots, all on target, for a .600 shooting percentage and 1.00 shooting percentage in conference games. She binds with Jaïda Thomas to lead UT in total points in SEC play with nine (3 goals/3 assists).

EFFICIENCY ON THE KITE: Dipasupil ranks fourth in the team in points (10) despite being ranked 11e on the workforce in minutes played (598). Of the four Lady Vols with double-digit points on the season, she is the only one to attempt fewer than 30 shots, having taken just six on the year.

THOMAS TRACKING: Jaïda Thomas has scored in four of the last five games, taking his season tally to an SEC-leading 12 goals and his career tally to 37 to shoot within six goals of tying Kylee Rossi for No. 1 of all times in career goals scored at UT. She scored three game-winning goals this season and 11 in her career to tie Hannah Wilkinson and Kayla Lockaby for fourth in program history. Caroline Brown holds the program record of 15.

AS THOMAS GOES, SO DO TENNESSEE: Thomas appeared in 52 games for UT, during which time the Lady Vols are 28-1-1 in games in which she scored at least one point. In contests where she hasn’t recorded a point, UT is 9-11-2.

TENNESSEE UP: The Lady Vols were chosen to finish first in the SEC, based on the vote of the conference’s 14 head coaches. UT is coming off a 2021 campaign in which it won the program’s best 20 games, winning an SEC Tournament Championship and going 20-3 en route to the NCAA Round of 16.