Vanderbilt women’s soccer coach Ronnie Woodard missed her team’s 4-0 victory over Murray State on Sunday due to the birth of her son, Thomas Woodard IV, a day earlier.
Woodard coached the Commodores’ to a season-opening 2-0 victory over Mercer on Friday, which was her due date. She went into labor several hours later and delivered early Saturday afternoon. Thomas Woodard weighed seven pounds, 12.5 ounces and was 21 inches at the time of birth.
Assistant coaches Cristin Czubik and Eric Vaughter coached the team in Woodard’s absence.
“Ronnie did a great job of preparing us for this day,” Czubik said. “The soccer office has been greatly anticipating her having the baby and we are excited to get the win at the same time and keep things going.”
Vanderbilt improved to 3-0 on the season with victories on either side of the birth. It defeated Mercer 2-0 on Friday.
Woodard said last she plans to be back on the sideline for VU’s next match, Friday against Belmont.
Area College Results
(University of Tennessee Tournament, Sunday)
Tennessee d. Lipscomb 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-23): Junior Alex Kelly had a match-high 16 kills and 10 digs, and Jake Pease had 13 digs. Both players earned all-tournament honors.
(University of Tennessee Tournament, Saturday)
Lipscomb d. Western Kentucky 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 27-25): Alex Kelly had 15 kills and 13 digs as the Lady Bisons opened the season with a victory.
Lipscomb d. Tennessee Tech 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-22): Mehgan Hinemeyer had 14 kills with no attack errors.
(Middle Tennessee Invitational, Saturday)
Middle Tennessee State d. Murray State 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-16): Junior Izabela Kozon had a team-high 16 kills.
Middle Tennessee State d. Xavier 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-21): Junior Izabela Kozon was named MVP as host MTSU captured the championship of its own tournament.
Sunday — Belmont d. Tennessee-Martin 2-1: Sophomore Jamie Loftis and senior Jayme Trocino broke a scoreless halftime tie with goals early in the second half.
Sunday — Dayton d. Middle Tennessee State 4-0: Allison Stallard and Vanessa Mueggler had two shots apiece but the Lady Raiders failed to score.
Saturday — Covenent College d. Trevecca Nazarene 3-0 (exhibition).