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    SEC Soccer Today: August 22

    Ole Miss 5, Troy 0
    Arkansas 1, Missouri State 0
    San Diego 1, Texas A&M 0

    Ole Miss Shuts Out Troy 5-0 In Midweek Tilt

    TROY, Ala. - Freshmen emerged in a big way for the Rebels on Wednesday afternoon as Ole Miss (3-0) picked up a 5-0 road win over Troy (2-1) at the Troy Soccer Complex.

    Freshmen played a part in four of five goals scored on the afternoon, including three goals scored by first year players and one goal scored off a freshman assist. Olivia Harrison led the way, notching the first two goals of the afternoon, while Sydney Eddy also netted a goal as both players scored for the first time on the season.

    It marked the first shutout of the season for the Rebels and sophomore goalkeeper Kelly McCormick. Ole Miss' defense played well on the afternoon, allowing only five shots for the afternoon and only one shot on goal.

    Ole Miss out-shot the Trojans 26-to-5.

    "It was a really good overall performance from start to finish," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "We were able to get after them in the first half. It was big for us to go into halftime feeling comfortable and then come out in the second half and continue that tone. Three games in six days was difficult, but we wanted to set the tempo at the pace we wanted. We did a really good job of being a dangerous against them."

    The Rebels got off to a quick start, notching three goals in a burst of offense in the first half.

    Ole Miss got on the board in the 32nd minute when Brooke Theobald served up a corner kick that Olivia Harrison delivered to the back of the net to make it 1-0 in favor of the Rebels. Harrison struck again eight minutes later, taking a cross from fellow freshman Bethany Bunker to make it 2-0 for Ole Miss.

    Another freshman got in on the action in the closing minutes of the first half when Sydney Eddy put one in the back of the net from about 10 yards out to give Ole Miss the 3-0 lead on the Trojans. Maddie Cunningham served the ball up to Many McCalla who passed the ball to Eddy for the score.

    Rafaelle Souza helped build on the lead for the Rebels early in the second half, taking a corner from Sara Coleman and delivering the header to give Ole Miss the 4-0 advantage in the 52nd minute.

    Souza then came up with an assist in the 68th minute, sending the ball into the box where McCalla headed it in for the 5-0 lead. That lead would hold the rest of the way as Ole Miss snagged the win.


    Razorbacks blank Missouri State, 1-0

    FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas got a second-half goal and recorded its second straight shutout for a 1-0 soccer victory over Missouri State at Razorback Field on Wednesday.

    Arkansas had a 22-6 advantage in shots and an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal, and got the game's only score at 47:52 from Haley Hatcher. Jessie Givens and Margaret Power assisted on the score, passing ahead to Hatcher, who dribbled right at MSU goalkeeper Chelsea Voet. Hatcher got inside the six and Voet tried to cover the ball, but it got away and Hatcher got around her for a five-yard shot into an open net.

    "Every game is important and every game is a new challenge," head coach Colby Hale said. "We put together a game plan to try to deal with the challenges. The girls have done fantastic. I'm very proud of everybody. At this stage, what we want to do is look at each challenge that's ahead of us. We're excited to be 3-0, but what we're really focusing on is just taking the games one at a time."

    "We're obviously really excited about being 3-0, but we take each game one at a time," Tyler Allen said. "We're going to celebrate tonight then start looking to SMU (Sunday's opponent)."

    Kelly Roliard had two saves in goal on Wednesday for the Razorbacks.

    Arkansas (3-0-0) scored just one goal, but put pressure on the Bear defense the whole game. Hatcher, Beth Stratton, Teni Butler, Margaret Power, Allie Chandler, Jeriann Okoro and Ashleigh Ellenwood all had two or more shots.

    Hatcher had two shots on goal while Stratton, Butler, Power, Okoro, Ellenwood and Alex Starrett all had one.

    The Razorbacks out-shot MSU 16-3 in the second half.

    "From the start, we've had core values, and one of them is to be a team that grinds," Sam Wolf said. "We look at each game like we're 0-0. They haven't been pretty, but if we grind, we have a chance."

    The teams were scoreless after the first half, but most of the period was spent on Missouri State's end of the field. The Razorbacks had six shots while MSU had two. Both teams had two shots on goal.

    Arkansas had the best chances to score. The first came on a corner kick from the far right by Allen to Power, who headed a hard shot directly at MSU's Voet for the save 16:20 into the game. Five minutes later, Chandler passed inside the 18, but Voet came out and hit the ground to cover the ball just before Okoro could get off a shot attempt from 12 yards.

    Kelly Roliard had two saves in goal for the Razorbacks.

    Arkansas had a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.


    Toreros Top Aggies in 1-0 Heartbreaker

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The No. 12 Texas A&M soccer team (1-1) dropped a 1-0 decision at San Diego (1-2), Wednesday at Torero Stadium.

    “Obviously we’re disappointed,” head coach G Guerrieri said. “We didn’t put in the kind of effort we needed. Even though we outshoot them 10-2, we take 10 shots and we only get two on goal, which is unacceptable.

    “I thought that San Diego played harder than we did, especially in the middle part and it paid off for them. They were able to keep us off balance. They get the one break; I think they took their first shot just a minute before they took their second shot. We didn’t pick it up until we went down a goal and that’s unacceptable from our side. It’s something that we’ve got to correct internally immediately.”

    The Toreros controlled the run of play for much of the first half but the Aggie defense had a bold showing, allowing no shots in the first 45 minutes, despite four corner kicks by USD.

    The Aggies left the half with two shots, including one on frame. In the 31st minute, sophomore Katie Perry fired at 22 yards from goal and forced a save by Torero goalkeeper McKenna Tollack.

    A corner kick by redshirt junior Jayne Eadie in the ninth minute set up another scoring opportunity when the ball was passed around the attacking third before Eadie again collected the ball and sent a shot high from the top of the 18 yard box.

    The teams entered the half in a scoreless draw and the Aggies leading in shots, 2-0.

    In the 71st minute, sophomore Allie Bailey headed a pass toward goal from the six yard box and the shot was blocked.

    The Toreros’ first shot of the match came with just over 12 minutes left in regulation, and flew wide of the frame. Only one minute later in the 79th minute, USD netted the lone goal with a shot by Emily Dillon. Lexi Deol sent Dillon a long ball that she then controlled through the A&M defense and went one-on-one with Aggie goalkeeper Jordan Day before taking a shot just outside the six yard box. USD never got another look at the goal.

    The Aggies got down to business in the final 10 minutes of the match on the heels of a Shea Groom shot from the 18 yard box that forced a save. Soon after, sophomore Annie Kunz entered the match and led the offense.

    Eadie took a pair of corner kicks in the 81st minute and placed a ball perfectly in the box that junior Rachel Lenz headed wide.

    With four minutes left in regulation, Groom dribbled toward the right corner of the pitch and slotted a ball to sophomore Kelley Monogue in the six yard box. Monogue juggled the ball high before Kunz headed a shot that was blocked.

    Kunz played another header just a minute later that went wide to the far side of the goalmouth off of another corner kick by Eadie.

    Sophomore Meghan Streight added to the excitement in the Aggie attacking third with a shot that went wide with just 1:00 left in the match. Kunz took one last shot, which was blocked, in the final thirty seconds of the match.

    A&M’s late offensive surge brought the final shot count to 10-2 and the shots-on-goal count to 2-1 in the Aggies’ favor, but it wasn’t enough and the Aggies’ game count evened to 1-1 with the loss to the Toreros.

    “The question we have is if we can take that many shots at the end of the game, why can’t we put that kind of passion and hard work into the full 90 minutes? I think that San Diego did a good job of that. They played with a lot of heart. They played with a lot of emotion and played great. They deserved it and we didn’t deserve it and that’s the way the game goes.”