Vanderbilt wins SEC women's soccer tournament title in improbable run

Adam Sparks
Nashville Tennessean

Vanderbilt won the SEC women's soccer tournament title with a 3-1 victory over Arkansas on Sunday in Orange Beach, Alabama, to cap an improbable postseason run.

The No. 7 seed Commodores (8-4) upset the No. 1 seed Razorbacks (9-2) behind goals from Raegan Kelley, Kimya Raietparvar and Abi Brighton.

"This has been a long four months and to get to this match at this time of year in this particular set of circumstances is an incredible testament to their resilience and toughness," said Vanderbilt coach Darren Ambrose in a school release. "I'm proud of how we played all week. We've been the best that I've seen any of my teams play here consistently here for a while and they just put themselves on a mission and executed everything we asked them to do and they thoroughly deserve to be where they are today."

The NCAA Tournament is planned for spring 2021, but the format and bracket size have not been determined. If Vanderbilt gets an automatic bid as the SEC tournament champion, it would mark a fourth straight NCAA Tournament under Ambrose.

It is the program's first SEC tournament title since 1994. But the Commodores won the 2018 SEC regular-season title and the 2019 East Division crown. 

Vanderbilt won four straight in the SEC tournament. It defeated No. 10 seed Mississippi State 4-0, No. 2 seed Tennessee 4-2 and No. 3 seed Texas A&M 3-1 en route to the championship game.

Vanderbilt's 14 goals in the tournament set a record for most by any team in the SEC tournament's 28-year history.

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