|Kentucky 2, Coastal Carolina 0
|Alabama 1, Kennesaw State 0
|Auburn 1, Georgia State 0
|Miami 4, Florida 1
|Georgia 1, UNC-Greensboro 0
|Arkansas 2, Austin Peay 1
|Mississippi State 2, Southeastern Louisiana 1
|South Carolina 0, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 0
|Ole Miss 3, Saint Louis 1
|Missouri 5, Memphis 1
|Tennessee 4, Samford 0
|Vanderbilt 2, Tennessee-Martin 0
Wildcats Open Season with 2-0 Victory over Coastal Carolina
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team got the 2012-13 UK Athletics calendar started on a positive note, scoring a 2-0 season-openingvictory over Coastal Carolina Friday night at the UK Soccer Complex behind goals from junior Ashley VanLandingham and freshman Cara Ledman.
The win was the fourth straight season-opening victory for UK and the third straight time the Cats have claimed a shutout in their season lidlifter.
“You really have to give (Coastal Carolina head coach) Paul (Hogan) and his staff a lot of credit,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “They were ready for us. They made life difficult because our services weren’t good enough. Getting one really helped everybody to relax, but I think the thing that made things change was the second goal. It was a really nice goal, and it made us feel better about who we were today.”
UK owned the night outshooting the Chanticleers 21-1, including a 14-0 edge in the second half. Coastal never threatened UK in the shutout, which was tag teamed by junior Kayla King and sophomore Kayla Price in the cage.
Ashley VanLandingham got the Wildcats on the board 11 minutes into the match afterCoastal was whistled for a foul on the left side of the box, about 35 yardsfrom the goal. VanLandingham took the kick and buried it for her second career goal and a 1-0 UK lead.
The Wildcats carried the one-goal lead into halftime after a dominant 45 minutes that saw UK outshoot the Chanticleers 7-1 and take four corners to Coastal’s zero.
The second half was the same story as UK continued with the pressure outshooting the Chanticleers 14-0 while tallying nine corner kicks to Coastal’s one.
Freshman Cara Ledman provided an insurance goal in the 61st minute when she collected a rebound off a Caitlin Landis shot that caromed off the post. Ledman calmly controlled the ball and put it in the back right netting of the goal for her first career goal, giving UK a 2-0 lead.
“Every game is different. This is a game where because everyone wanted to be perfect, we overthought and we weren’t very sharp. We also have a player in Cara Ledman who you can always count on. She just works her tail off. You need players who just work. That’s why I think she had as big an impact as anybody tonight,” Lipsitz said.
UK thought they picked up a third goal after Coastal Carolina was whistled for a foul in the box resulting in a penalty kick for the Wildcats. Freshman Courtney Raetzman buried the ball into the back of the net, but UK was called for infringement, entering the goal box before the ball was struck. Raetzman missed the second attempt off the right piping of the net.
Kentucky will next take to the pitch in a week’s time, welcoming in-state rival Eastern Kentucky to the UK Soccer Complex for a match that will commence at 7:00 p.m. ET on Aug. 24.
Alabama Soccer Secures 1-0 Win in Season Opener
KENNESAW, Ga. – The Alabama soccer team opened its 2012 season with a 1-0 victory over Kennesaw State, Friday night at KSU Stadium. It marks the third season in a row the Crimson Tide has earned a win in its season opener.
A pair of newcomers lifted the Tide to victory on the new season. Freshman forward Katie Bourgeois scored early in the second half off a throw in by senior Kaitlyn Smith and the tally would hold as the new look Alabama defense did the rest.
Bourgeois handled the throw in and from the top left side of the 18, the rookie found the back of the net in the 57th minute.
Junior transfer goalkeeper Shelby Church recorded the clean sheet in her first start in a Crimson Tide uniform. The newcomer tallied one save in the winning effort.
Alabama kept the pressure on KSU for most of the match as the Tide outshot the Owls, 19-4. Sophomore Pia Rijsdijk paced Alabama with four shots, putting one on frame. UA held KSU to just two shots in each half and sported a 12-2 advantage heading into the locker room at the intermission.
Alabama will now have a week to prepare for its home opener as it faces instate foe Samford on Friday, August, 24, with kickoff slated for 6 p.m., at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.
Auburn Outlasts Georgia State, 1-0, In Season Opener
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn offense peppered the Georgia State goal for 28 shots but couldn’t solve its goalkeeper until the 78th minute as the soccer team kicked off the 2012 season with a 1-0 win on Friday night at the Auburn soccer complex.
Mary Coffed netted the game-winner for Auburn, the 12th goal of her career but just her second game-winner. Found at the top of the 18 by freshman Haley Gerken, Coffed went upper 90 to the opposite side to beat Georgia State goalkeeper Rebecca Ingram for the game’s only score. Tatiana Coleman had the second assist, the ninth assist of her career.
“I feel like I have taken that shot a million times in my life and I am glad that one went in the back of the net,” Coffed said.
“There was a little bit of a sigh of relief when Coffed finally put that one in,” Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. “Any time you can start the season out 1-0 you are obviously happy. It is always going to be a little rusty and certainly our finishing was rusty (in the first game of the year), but also give their goalkeeper credit, she made some great saves.”
Auburn (1-0) thoroughly dominated the match, putting half (14) of its shots on frame while Georgia State (0-1) could muster just one shot, a non-threatening kick from 30 yards out that sailed well wide of the Auburn net. Coleman led Auburn with seven shots, putting three into Ingram’s midsection, while midfielder Ana Cate had six, four of which went on frame. Coffed also placed four of her five shots on goal.
With the offense controlling the run of play, Auburn’s defense kept its goalkeeper, Amy Howard, from facing any shots. Co-captain Mary Nicholson, playing in the center-back, was one of the main reasons why.
“We were a little nervous with some new people in the lineup but they all played great; All the freshmen stepped up big-time,” Nicholson said. “We played multiple people in the back but it started with our front runners and the midfielders played great defense too.”
The shutout was the 16th of Howard’s career and the third time in her four-year career that she started the year with a blanking.
Auburn returns to the field on Sunday at 2pm when it plays host to High Point.
No. 21 Gator Soccer Stunned by Miami 4-1 in Season Opener
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 21 University of Florida soccer team (0-1, 0-0 SEC) lost 4-1 to Miami (1-0, 0-0 ACC) Friday evening in front of 1,243 at the James G. Pressly Stadium. It was the second home opener loss in the 18-year history of the Gator soccer program, with the first coming by UCF in 2008.
The win is the second for the Hurricanes in the six-match series between the two teams. The first also came at Pressly Stadium, when UM took a 1-0 win on Sept. 9, 2001.
The Hurricanes, who are receiving votes on the preseason NSCAA poll, jumped on the Gators with a 3-0 halftime lead. The first and third goals came off of corner kicks. Paige Lombard headed in the Hurricanes’ first goal of 2012 at 11:29 off the corner kick from Ali Brennan. The Hurricanes scored another set piece goal in the 31st minute. Brennan took a shot off the corner kick which was stopped by UF goalkeeper Taylor Burke, but Tina Romagnuolo was there to put in the rebound from short range.
Miami’s leading scorer from a year ago, Kate Howarth, hit the Hurricanes’ second goal at 16:32. Ashley Finn tapped the ball forward to find Howarth open at the six-yard box corner and she scored at the far post.
Florida broke through with a goal in the 57th minute. Senior All-American Erika Tymrak found freshman Claire Falknor with space on the left side of the box. Falknor calmly placed the ball in the far post corner for her first Gator goal.
Falknor, who had a similar opportunity just earlier in the match, made good on this chance. But the glow of her first collegiate goal was greatly dimmed by the final outcome.
“She played a good ball in. All I had to do was just put it in,” Falknor said. “It felt good but it wasn’t satisfying. We lost by a big amount.”
Florida’s goal came in a stretch where the Gators had the ball moving well, but when Miami’s Jesse Shugg put in a rebound in the 67th minute, that pushed the margin to the extremely-hard-to-overcome category.
“There was about a 15-minute stretch where the team had it really rolling. They got the goal, but Miami’s fourth goal was the back breaker,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “It just had to do with mentality. What was the difference a minute before that goal and a minute after that goal? It was just all mentality. We just need a stronger mentality.”
Sophomore Annie Speese echoed Burleigh’s comments.
“We need to work on our mentality. That is something we’ve been stressing during all preseason and since last season,” Speese said. “We didn’t win 50-50 balls and we let them beat us on set pieces. So that is what we are going to focus on this week.”
Burleigh gave credit to the Hurricanes for their set-piece success.
“Miami did an excellent job of taking care of set pieces,” Burleigh said. “We obviously didn’t do a good job handling the set pieces. Miami’s execution was perfect where our execution was very poor. Obviously that was the margin of victory for Miami.
“It’s a very disappointing way for the team to start, but it exposed weaknesses that are fixable for us. I would rather have them exposed now than later into the season.”
The Gators now begin a three-match road stretch versus NSCAA preseason top-10 teams. Florida travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face No. 8 North Carolina (Aug. 24) and No. 2 Duke (Aug. 26) in the Nike Carolina Classic. The UF-UNC match can be seen live on ESPN3.
Then UF travels to Tallahassee to face its second-consecutive 2011 NCAA College Cup participant, No. 4 Florida State, on Friday, Aug. 31. That match is also slated to appear live on ESPN3.
Newfield’s PK Lifts Bulldogs In 2OT
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia soccer team made sure to kick off the 2012-13 Bulldogs athletic calendar on a high note, defeating UNC Greensboro by a 1-0 score in double overtime Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium. The dramatic game-winner came off the foot of Hermann Trophy Watch List member Alexa Newfield, who hammered home a penalty kick chance following a UNCG handball in the 104th minute.
Georgia starts the season at 1-0 and drops the visiting Spartans to 0-1 on the season, with the Bulldogs improving to 14-2-2 all-time in season openers and winners of six of their last eight home debuts dating back to 2005.
Despite outshooting UNC Greensboro by a count of 27-4 on the night, the Bulldogs couldn’t convert during regulation before putting the Spartans away early in the second overtime period. UNCG freshman keeper Jamie Simmons recorded 14 saves on the night to help her team stay in the game despite the lopsided stats – finishing just one off the school record.
“Well, we’re relieved,” said third-year head coach Steve Holeman. “When [Newfield] stepped up we felt confident, and sure enough she got it done.”
“Tonight we wanted to play with a lot of energy and we did that. We could’ve been better in certain areas. I think our speed of play could’ve been better. For the opening game of the season you’re not quite at your best, but we did some good things well and got the result.”
The Bulldogs had the edge in the box score and in the run of play for the duration of the contest, outshooting UNCG 20-3 at the end of 90 minutes with nothing to show for it. The teams then battled throughout the first 10-minute overtime, and with two minutes left in the first extra period Georgia got a good look when Meghan Gibbons took a set piece opportunity that resulted in a header for Nicole Locandro that went just off the mark. Moments later Gibbons sent in a long-range ball that was batted over the goal by Simmons.
Then with 6:27 to go in the second OT, the Spartans were whistled for the handball after a scramble in the box, setting up Newfield’s chance at the winner. After going five-for-five from the spot in 2011 and posting a team- and SEC-best seven game-winning goals a season ago, the junior rocketed it past Simmons to give Georgia the home victory.
Georgia had put the pressure on significantly at the end of the second half of regulation, and nearly had the go-ahead goal with 14 seconds left – easily their best chance of the night – when Simmons denied an Andie Fontanetta point-blank header from the six-yard box, ultimately sending the teams to extra time.
Tonight marked the Bulldogs’ first overtime game in a season opener since the 2004 season, when Georgia drew 0-0 against Colorado to start the year in Athens.
The night wound up with shots 27-4 in Georgia’s favor, with six each credited to Newfield and the freshman Fontanetta in her collegiate debut. Sophomore midfielder Tori Cooper saw four chances. For UNCG, defender Lauren Hein had two of the team’s four shots to lead the way. Simmons finished with the 14 saves while Georgia senior netminder Ashley Baker was tested just twice on the night. Georgia also had the edge in corner kicks, 10-3.
Next up the Bulldogs will welcome another SoCon rival to Athens, taking on Furman on Sun., Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. Live video coverage and live scoring will be available at kickoff on Georgiadogs.com.
Razorbacks Score in Final 10 Minutes to Win Opener
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ soccer team scored with less than 10 minutes to play on Friday to win its season-opener at Razorback Field, 2-1 over Austin Peay.
Arkansas scored a goal in each have, had a huge advantage in shots and shots on goal, and gave what head coach Colby Hale called an “unbelievable team effort.”
“It wasn’t pretty and we weren’t able to keep the ball, but it was an unbelievable team effort,” he said. “We changed tactics and applied pressure, and created a ton of chances. We told the kids to keep fighting and they did. We’re really proud of them.”
The game was tied at the half and was still knotted with only 10 minutes to play.
In a physical play in front of the goal, a loose ball rolled out to Phyllis George, who fought for possession and knocked in the game-winner from inside the six at the 81:23 mark.
The Razorbacks controlled the clock the rest of the way to secure the win.
“The key was communication,” Jessie Givens said. “We talked a lot about hard work and never giving up. We fought the whole time and getting this first win gives us confidence.”
Arkansas dominated statistically, outshooting the Lady Govs 20-9 with a 12-2 lead in shots on goal.
Arkansas took the lead 10 minutes in when the Razorbacks pushed the ball ahead and created a one-on-goal opportunity. Ashleigh Ellenwood got the ball about 40 yards out and behind the defense, and dribbled inside the box. She beat the keeper and scored on a shot in the right corner of the goal.
APSU evened it up eight minutes later. Kaylyn Cooper was called for a foul inside the 18, giving Morgan Zigelsky a penalty kick. She fired a shot into the left side of the net to tie the game with less than two minutes to play in the first half.
“The key was we kept grinding and fighting, even after I gave up the penalty kick,” Cooper said.
For the first period, the Razorbacks had a decided advantage in shots, 11-5, and in shots on goal, 8-1. Lady Govs keeper Haylee Shoaff was busy in the first period with seven saves. Shoaff finished with 10 saves.
Nine Razorbacks took shots and eight had shots on goal. Ellenwood, George, Teni Butler, Lindsey Mayo, Hailey Pescatore, Margaret Power, Evan Palmer and Haley Hatcher all recorded shots on goal.
Kelly Roliard recorded one save and got the win in goal.
Arkansas remains in Fayetteville for the weekend, playing host to Texas on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Razorback Field.
Newcomers Heydari, Vrany Lead MSU Soccer To 2-1 Season-Opening Win
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Honeye Heydari and Sasha Vrany scored their first goals as Bulldogs in the opening half, and the defense turned in a stellar performance as Mississippi State defeated Southeastern Louisiana 2-1 in Friday night’s 2012 opener.
Neil Macdonald’s squad dominated possession of the ball, racking up 34 shots on the night in front of a crowd of 873, the second-largest in program history. The attendance rates second only to the Dawgs’ 2010 win against Ole Miss.
“First, I want to thank our great fans for coming out and supporting us tonight,” Macdonald said. “I thought we dominated the game. We were very aggressive winning the first and second balls, and we did a good job creating a lot of scoring chances.”
Neither team was able to put together any offense for the first half of the opening stanza, but the Bulldogs took the advantage to halftime thanks to a pair of stellar goals from newcomers.
Heydari scored State’s first goal of the season in the 23rd minute. The Jackson, Tenn., native took an errant pass from the SELA back line and fired a shot past the goalie.
The Lady Lions nearly had the equalizer in the 28th minute. Kayla Vera hit a cross from the end line, and the ball deflected off Skylar Rosson’s hands. Just as it appeared to be heading across the line, Shannen Jainudeen cleared it away from net.
Vrany scored what would prove to be the decisive goal in the 35th minute. Freshman Shelby Jordan tapped a pass to fellow rookie Mary Kathryn Taylor on the right wing. Taylor, a Pace, Fla., native, fired a cross into the six-yard box that the junior Vrany headed into the right side of the net to put State ahead 2-0.
“I thought Honeye had a great game. Her goal was brilliant, and she really did a nice job moving off the ball,” Macdonald said. “Sasha and Mary Kathryn came in and really made a big impact for us. Mary Kathryn was fantastic playing wide right, and she made a beautiful service to Sasha for one of the best goals you will see all year.”
The veteran SELA squad managed to strike with just under four minutes left before halftime. The Lady Lions worked a ball in front of net, and Kelsey Salcido connected with Maiya Cooper for an open opportunity that she lined past a diving Skylar Rosson.
MSU didn’t let off the gas coming out of the intermission. Within the first three minutes of the final 45 minutes, Heydari, Elisabeth Sullivan and Jordan each fired shots that tested SELA keeper Lacey Bockhaus.
Bockhaus faced 13 Bulldog attempts, making 11 stops in the match.
Sullivan, State’s points leader last season, had another shot stopped in the 53rd minute. Ten minutes later, MSU sent a pass into the box. Taylor out-jumped her defender and delivered a header on target that Bockhaus managed to turn back.
Heydari nearly had her second goal of the night 10 minutes into the second half. Lauren Morgan sent a diagonal pass over the top of the defense to Dana Forbes. Forbes crossed the ball across goal to Heydari, but her shot carried just right of the far post.
Rosson made her lone save of the night in the 85th minute, but it was a big one as she corralled an equalizing opportunity from Casey Peacock. That stop came moments after a ball knocked loose from Rosson was cleared away from the empty net by the Bulldog defense.
The Bulldogs return to action next weekend, hosting the Bulldog Classic Friday and Sunday. State challenges UT Martin at 7 p.m. Friday before closing the weekend with a 2 p.m. contest against South Alabama on Sunday.
No. 24 South Carolina Plays UW-Milwaukee To Season Opening Draw
MILWAUKEE - No. 24 South Carolina and UW-Milwaukee played to a scoreless draw in the 2012 season opener Friday night at Engelmann Stadium.
The match was just the fourth South Carolina opener to go to overtime, the last being a scoreless draw at UNC Wilmington in the 2008 opener. South Carolina had not had a regular season draw since playing Vanderbilt to a 0-0 tie on September 24, 2010. The team did not have a single tie in the 2011 season.
"They showed a lot of heart," South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said. "It was a tough battle. Milwaukee did a great job. They were tough. Both teams really showed a lot of heart. I thought we had some freshmen that came in, started and played tremendous minutes for us. Throwing them into the first game, they really showed that they can play. We had some good chances. Credit to their goalkeeper they had some great saves to deny us. It was a great game and I'm proud of the team's effort.""
It was a strong opening at Engelmann where the Panthers, who are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll, have gone 55-5-6 since the 2005 season. South Carolina earned a 17-10 shot advantage and 6-4 corner kick advantage, forcing Milwaukee into eight saves. Senior Darien Vercillo posted three saves in the shutout.
"It's definitely a lot of pressure to come in," Smith said. "Obviously Sabrina (D'Angelo) has been a loss for us but that's the job of the goalkeepers behind her to show that the team is in good hands. Giving Darien the start tonight, she came up big for us. She made some great plays. I'm proud of how she played tonight."
The Gamecocks fielded an even lineup at the start of the game with three freshmen, three sophomores, three juniors and two seniors while playing into the setting sun at Engelmann Stadium. The reigning SEC champions raced out in the opening 20 minutes with a dominating time of possession. Danielle Au earned the distinction of getting the first shot of the 2012 season with an attempt in the second minute that was saved by Milwaukee's All-Region goalkeeper Jamie Forbes.
The three freshman starters - Coryn Bajema, Caroline Gray and Stevi Parker - put in an impressive opening half with Parker getting a shot blocked in traffic within the '18 and Bajema and Gray heading up the left side of the field admirably. South Carolina nearly put the first goal on board in the 32nd after a Bajema cross found Taylor Leach on the back post for a header, but Forbes was able to grab the ball inches before crossing the line.
The Panthers began to go on the offensive in the next 10 minutes with a header going wide of goal in the 41st before getting the first look on Vercillo with a straight shot in the 42nd. The teams went into the half with the Gamecocks holding a 6-3 shot advantage and 2-1-corner kick advantage.
The Panthers earned good positioning in the 60th minute after winning a free kick 25 yards out, but the team decided on a quick reset that resulted in no shot and the end of the threat. After a Milwaukee run of possession, Christa Neary put a header off a corner kick just over the net. The first shot on goal in the second half for either team came in the 84th minute when Danielle Au fought free in the box and rifled a shot that Forbes saved on reflex. Au's follow-up hit a defender's back, and the threat was ended after Lani Smith was called for a handball on the third follow-up.
Milwaukee brought the pressure right back with a breakaway that saw Kelly Lewers get a 1v1 with Vercillo, but the senior goalkeeper came up with possibly the biggest save of her Gamecock career, and the teams would end up in overtime.
Gabrielle Gilbert had the only look for either team in the first overtime period after streaking behind the backline but seeing her shot saved for a corner kick. The second overtime period saw more fireworks with Milwaukee attempting a corner in the 105th that had the danger saved by a leaping Vercillo for the grab. Minutes later Au took a turn for the Gamecocks with a shot that Forbes was able to smother. The Panthers were able to get the final looks with a free kick and corner in the final 18 seconds that went without a shot for the draw.
South Carolina continues its season-opening weekend with a visit to Minnesota with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon.
Rebels Down Saint Louis 3-1 In Season Opener
OXFORD, Miss. - Junior Mandy McCalla scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute as Ole Miss (1-0) rallied to defeat Saint Louis (0-1) by a score of 3-1 in the season-opener for both teams. The Rebels claimed the win in front of 1,311 fans - the fourth largest attendance in school history.
McCalla scored off an assist from junior Erin Emerson to push the Rebels in front for the first time of the night after trailing 1-0 at the half. Ole Miss notched all three goals in the second half of play as part of a furious comeback against the Billikens.
"We had a lot of nerves early, and give credit to Saint Louis for absolutely taking it to us and out-playing us in the first half," said Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott. "The speed was a little different for the freshman after not having an exhibition game, but once we got into the second half and settled in, we took control of the game."
The Rebels out-shot the Billikens 18-to-8, with McCalla, Jennifer Miller and Rafaelle Souza all recording four shots on the night. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly McCormick played the full 90 minutes in goal and recorded four saves in the outing.
Saint Louis got on the board first, scoring in the 24th minute of the first half when Maddie Gebauer scored off a cross from Linday Elking in the six yard box. Ole Miss had eight shots in the half, but was unable to convert and went into halftime down by one.
The Rebels came out in the second half and went to work, scoring three unanswered goals to rally for the win.
Maddie Cunningham got Ole Miss on the board in the 60th minute to tie the game at one. Freshman Sara Coleman sent a corner kick past the far post before Souza headed the ball back toward the goal, squaring it up for the Cunningham header.
McCalla put the Rebels in the lead for the first time with her goal before Souza capped the scoring with her first goal of the season in the 87th minute. Souza's goal came on a breakaway as she beat the goalkeeper one vs. one and sent the shot in to the far post.
Ole Miss returns to action on Sunday, facing off against Middle Tennessee State at 6 p.m. CT.
Mizzou Knocks off No. 11 Memphis, 5-1, in Season Opener
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri soccer team opened the 2012 season on fire with a 5-1 upset of No. 11 Memphis Friday evening in front of 1,169 fans at Walton Stadium. The Tigers went on a scoring frenzy early in the second half, scoring four goals in nine minutes. Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin and junior Alyssa Diggs each notched two goals during the span.
Freshman Candace Johnson got the Tigers on the board in the 15th minute with the first goal of her collegiate career off a corner. Senior Haley Krentz lofted her corner kick to just beyond the far post where Johnson was stationed. The freshman tapped her shot past Memphis goalie Becca Brown for a Missouri advantage.
Less than five minutes into the second half, the Mizzou Tigers found the back of the net once again when Adeshigbin collected a ball at the top of the box and launched a shot into the upper netting. The 50th minute tally was the first of Adeshigbin's Mizzou career.
After Memphis countered 50 seconds later with a goal from Tine Schryvers to cut Missouri's lead to 2-1 but Adeshigbin countered less than a minute later with her second goal of the game.
Mizzou's scoring frenzy continued when Diggs put the home Tigers ahead 4-1 in the 58th minute. Sophomore Abi Raymer sent a ball across the goal mouth that Diggs headed and slammed past the Memphis goalkeeper.
Missouri added its fifth and final goal just 44 seconds later when Diggs again found the back of the net. She gathered a free kick from junior Danielle Nottingham and rocketed a shot past the Memphis goalie and into the lower left part of the net.
Mizzou returns to the pitch on Sunday, Aug. 19 as the squad hosts UC Santa Barbara at 1 p.m. at Walton Stadium.
UT Starts Pensky Era with Win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee soccer got the Brian Pensky coaching era started out right with a 4-0 season-opening victory Friday at Regal Stadium, defending a 1-0 first-half lead with an offensive onslaught after halftime.
Senior captain Amy Harrison scored a career-high two, junior Caroline Brown had one goal and two assists and sophomore Iyana Moore had an assist trifecta to lead UT to its sixth consecutive season-opening win.
Brown got things going offensively for Tennessee midway through the first half. The returning All-SEC performer attacked up the middle and scored a goal from Moore in the 16th minute.
From there, it was all Tennessee (1-0) as the squad picked up the intensity on the offensive end.
Harrison scored the first of her two goals scoring in the 53rd minute and added her second seven minutes later. Her first goal was off a 1-2 give-and-go from Brown to Moore. On Harrison's second score, Brown found Moore in the far right corner and the sophomore speedster saved the ball from going out of bounds with a rainbow cross landing right in front of Harrison for a tap in near the left post.
Senior Kylie Bono added the final goal for Tennessee from the right side in the 67th minute. Katie Lenz had the assist, setting up Bono in the lower right
Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Eckel (1-0) picked up her first shutout of the season and the sixth of her career. Eckel had two saves in the game as UT dominated the possession in the second half.
Tennessee outshot Samford 16-7, including 12-6 in the second half. Samford midfielder Jordan Johnson had three shots (two on goal) for the Bulldogs and goalkeeper Jessica Perry (0-1) had three saves.
Twenty-three Tennessee field players saw action in the win as the Lady Vols improved to 8-0 all time when starting the year in Knoxville.
Levick, late offense help Vanderbilt down UT Martin
MARTIN, Tenn. - Sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Levick made three outstanding saves and then watched the Commodore women's soccer team score a pair of goals to defeat Tennessee Martin, 2-0, on Friday at Skyhawk Field.
Levick saved a penalty kick by UT Martin's Hannah McGowen in the first half and came up with a pair of diving stops in the second half. Vanderbilt's goals came from sophomore Ashley Oswald and freshman Lina Granados.
In the 35th minute, the Skyhawks had a chance to breakthrough when Midori Sera earned a foul on the edge of the six-yard box to give UT Martin a penalty kick. Hannah McGowen stepped up to the spot and took a shot to her left where a diving Levick swatted it out of play.
Levick would make two more big stops in the second half. In the 57th minute, Skyhawk Jaclyn Heckle got on the end of a McGowen corner kick, sending the ball back across the face of goal. Levick again dove to her right, swatting the ball down before it was cleared by the VU defense. Her last stop came nine minutes later when Melisa Erturk struck a ball from 16-yards out, forcing Levick to make a reflex save to her left.
UT Martin had held a 10-5 advantage in shots in the first half, but the Commodores would come out in the second half and reverse that statistic. Sophomore Gena Inbusch had two dangerous chances in the first five minutes of the second stanza, but was turned away both times by Mariah Klenke.
It was not until the 75th minute that the Commodores broke through. Junior Abby Carr found freshman Kelsey Tillman streaking down the right side of the field and Tillman's low cross was struck hard enough to get all the way through the six-yard box where Oswald finished nicely to give VU a 1-0 lead.
The Commodores put the game away seven minutes later. Freshman Keegan Thimons came down the right side of the field and crossed a ball into Dana Schwartz. The senior's effort was saved, but the rebound fell close enough to Granados for the freshman to crack it over a diving Klenke.
The victory marks the fifth consecutive year that the Commodores have opened the season on the winning side. Vanderbilt will not play again until next weekend, traveling to Oklahoma State (Friday, Aug. 24) and Oklahoma (Sunday, Aug. 26).