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    SEC Soccer Today: August 26

    Soccer RESULTS
    Alabama 4, UAB 0
    Georgia 5, South Dakota State 0
    South Carolina 3, Jacksonville 0
    Vanderbilt 1, Oklahoma 1
    Ole Miss 1, Louisiana-Lafayette 0
    Florida 3, Duke 2
    Tennessee 2, VCU 0
    Mississippi State 5, South Alabama 0
    N.C. State 2, LSU 1
    UC-Irvine 1, Auburn 0
    Missouri 3, California 2
    SMU 4, Arkansas 0

    Alabama Soccer Wraps Up Weekend with 4-0 Win
     
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alabama soccer team scored one goal in the first half and then exploded for three more in the second half to race past UAB, 4-0, Sunday afternoon at West Campus Field. With the victory the Crimson Tide remain unbeaten at 3-0-0 on the young season.
     
    The scoring came from all over for the Tide as four different players found the back of the net, including three who got on the stat sheet for the first time this season.
     
    Much like on Friday the Tide got things going late in the first half. Sophomore forward Pia Rijsdijk gave Alabama the early lead by running away from the UAB defense on a senior Josie Rix pass and slipping it past Blazer keeper Courtnie Northern in the 38th minute. The goal was the first on the season for the 2011 all-region selection.
     
    Alabama promptly carried over the momentum and sealed the contest after the break. Junior Molly Atherton scored her first goal of the season, burying a cross from senior Lindsey Sillers in the 62nd minute.
     
    In the final minutes of the match the Tide stepped on the accelerator and scored twice in the span of two minutes to cap off the scoring.
     
    Sophomore Theresa Diederich tallied her second goal on the season when she blasted a free kick from the left side, 18 yards out in the 86th minute.
     
    Junior Kendall Khanna then wrapped the lopsided decision up with her first on the season. Khanna handled a freshman Kaylee Semelsberger pass and found the net from the top of the box with less than two minutes remaing.
     
    Alabama outshot UAB, 13-6, with the Tide putting nine on frame. Diederich led UA with four shots while junior keeper Shelby Church earned her second clean sheet on the year on the strength of two saves.
     
    Alabama will continue its tour of matches against instate opponents as the Crimson Tide will head to Mobile next week. Alabama will face South Alabama on Friday, Aug. 31, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m., at The Cage.
     




    Georgia Soccer Routs South Dakota State, 5-0
     
    LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Georgia soccer team scored five goals in a game for the first time since 2010 in coming away with a weekend split in the Kansas Invitational, defeating South Dakota State by a 5-0 score Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex in Lawrence, Kan.
     
    Georgia’s scoring barrage included three goals within five minutes in the second half – and two from Bella Hartley – as the Bulldogs move to 3-1 on the season. The Jackrabbits slip to 1-2-1 on the year with today’s setback.
     
    “This was obviously uplifting for us,” Hartley said. “The first half was a little hectic and we didn’t score a lot even though we had 14 shots. In the second half we came out and got more, and put them away. This is a great confidence builder for us.”
     
    “We needed that, without question,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “We weren’t pleased with our first half performance but we made some adjustments and were more efficient after halftime. We scored some great goals today.”
     
    The Bulldogs got on the board just four minutes into the game as senior midfielder Susannah Dennis was fed a ball inside from Carli Shultis on the right wing. Dennis settled and fired one on frame, and Madeline Barker was on the other end to tap it past the keeper for the early 1-0 lead, her first of the season, with Dennis getting the assist.
     
    Georgia was in control for the rest of the first half but couldn’t add another tally despite outshooting SDSU by a count of 14-0 through the first 45:00.
     
    The Bulldogs continued where they left off early on in the second half, earning three early corners after the break but couldn’t find the goal off the set pieces. But Georgia’s constant pressure on the Jackrabbits was finally rewarded in the 53rd minute, when Hartley turned and fired one into the top right corner of the goal nearly identical to her tally vs. Furman last weekend. That gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead on her second of the year and her career.
     
    Just over three minutes later, Jenna Owens took advantage of her good position in front as she tapped one past the keeper for Georgia’s third of the day. Assists went to Barker and Shultis on the play as they set up Owens for her first of the season making it 3-0. And two minutes after that, Hartley again showed her range as she fired one in from the right side off a pass from Owens to make it 4-0. It was Hartley’s team-leading third goal of the season as Georgia capped its three-goals-in-five-minutes outpouring to take the commanding lead.
     
    Later in the half, Georgia’s Jenna Buckley fouled a Jackrabbits player on a breakaway chance, and was given the automatic red card as the last defender in the play – leaving the Bulldogs to play with just 10 players for the final 27 minutes.
     
    The Bulldogs weren’t finished on offense after that despite playing a man down, as freshman defender Emma Sonnett stepped in to take a free kick on the right side and placed it perfectly just under the crossbar and over the keeper’s hands to make the score 5-0 with 11 to play. It was Sonnett’s first career goal.
     
    The Bulldog defense – anchored by the keeper Woody – buckled down at the end to preserve the shutout, as Woody finished with three saves on five SDSU shots in collecting her first blank sheet in her first career start in goal. The stat line finished with Georgia outshooting the Jacks 23-5 and awarded 10 corners to South Dakota State’s five in the winning effort.
     
    Today marked the first time since 2010 vs. Georgia State that the Bulldogs scored five goals in a game. The squad scored four goals three times last seasons. It was Georgia’s first ever meeting vs. SDSU or any Summit League team, now with the 1-0 mark in the series.
     
    The Bulldogs are next in action next weekend, staying on the road and heading to Orlando, Fla., to meet South Florida and host Central Florida in the UCF Invitational on Friday and Sunday.

     






    Gamecock Freshmen Provide Spark In 3-0 Shutout of Jacksonville

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina freshmen Coryn Bajema and Stevi Parker provided the offense in a 3-0 shutout of Jacksonville Sunday afternoon in women's soccer action at Stone Stadium.

    Bajema's two first-half goals gave her three total on the weekend, and Parker earned her first career goal in the 53rd to pace the attack. Fellow freshman Courtney Angotti-Smith registered two assists in the game, giving the Goose Creek native a total of three assists in her first two games in a Gamecock uniform.

    Darien Vercillo registered one save in the shutout for the Gamecocks (2-1-1), her third clean sheet in four games this season. Jacksonville drops to 1-2-0 on the year.

    "There are a few freshmen that have started for us and played a lot of minutes," South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said. "We're impressed by what they've done. They transitioned to come in and jump right into the college game. Obviously we always have freshmen come in and do great things. There are a few that have come in right away, and there are more that are coming in and giving us good minutes. I'm definitely pleased with the freshmen."

    Bajema tallied her first goal of the day at 7:58 after collecting the ball 30 yards out, turning and striking it over Jacksonville goalkeeper Jill D'Amico for her second goal in as many games. Just 20 minutes later, Bajema would notch her second of the match following a corner kick in the 28th minute. Andie Romness took the corner and found Christa Neary on the back post who sent a shot on frame that was saved by D'Amico. Angotti-Smith collected the rebound and Bajema tapped it across the line at 27:50 for the 2-0 advantage.

    The 28th minute goal was the third consecutive South Carolina goal scored by the freshman from Lynden, Washington. She teamed with Angotti-Smith for the second straight match on the goal.

    "That always makes a difference in the game," Smith said of the two early goals. "It was nice to see us come out and play well to start the game. It's always an advantage when you get that first goal to break through and not wait too long to finish your chances. That was a great way to come out today."

    Jacksonville had the first look of the second half when Raquel Weckhurst earned a breakaway in the 49th, but her attempt was tip-saved by Vercillo to preserve the clean sheet. Parker would instead be the next person to earn a goal after getting the third tally for the Gamecocks in the 53rd from the top of the '18 with assists by Gabrielle Gilbert and Angotti-Smith.

    Bajema came close to her first career hat trick in the 56th with an attempt in front of the net that was sent over the crossbar. Jacksonville also fell victims to bad fortune with a shot by Becca Massip eight yards out that was volleyed off the line by a Gamecock defender.

    Neary tested Jacksonville's keeper with a strike from a free kick in the 79th that was caught in front of the goal. Neither team had a strong look in the final 10 minutes of action. South Carolina ended the match with a 16-7 shot advantage, including nine shots on target.

    "I think we're more aggressive," Smith said of the emerging offense. "We're not waiting for things to happen. We're creating. That's what we need to do. You're not going to score goals unless you're proactive. It's just been a much more progressive offense these last two games."

    South Carolina hosts Clemson in a rivalry match under the lights at Stone Stadium on Saturday, September 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

     






    'Dores, Sooners Tie at 1-1

    NORMAN, Okla. - Freshman Cheyna Williams scored her second goal of the weekend to help the Vanderbilt women's soccer team earn a 1-1 draw on the road against Oklahoma Sunday.

    While earning a point on the home field of a Big 12 opponent might make most teams starting seven freshmen or sophomores ecstatic, Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Greene had reason to think his Commodore side deserved a better result. Vanderbilt held Oklahoma without a shot over the game's final 54 minutes and outshot the Sooners by a 16-6 tally on the day. Still, the second-year head coach was proud of the performance of his young squad.

    "From the outset of that game we wanted to find out what our team is made of," Greene said. "Playing against a Big 12 opponent on the road on a Sunday afternoon is a big test, and our team responded fantastically. We dominated possession throughout the game and it was unfortunate that we gave up a goal."

    The Commodores took two shots in the game's first 30 seconds, but it was Oklahoma that broke through first. In the fourth minute, Annalisa Hall found Sam Howell in the VU box, and Howell's header gave the Sooners a quick 1-0 lead. The two teams would combine for only four more shots in the first 45 minutes, with three of those coming from the Commodores.

    The Sooners opened the second half with a flourish, taking their final four shots of the game in the period's first 11 minutes. At the 57:47 mark, Vanderbilt equalized. Freshman Kelsey Tillman found classmate Cheyna Williams on a diagonal run into the box. Williams turned with the ball, beat two defenders and fired a bending shot with her left foot around OU goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire and inside the far post.

    "Cheyna played well for us again," Greene said. "She is a handful for people to deal with, and as a freshman she's been tremendously consistent in her performances."

    Vanderbilt had three shots over the final 20 minutes of regulation, but the contest reached 90 minutes without a victor. The Commodores controlled both overtime periods, but failed to find the back of the net. Vanderbilt had four shots in the first 10-minute overtime and two in the second, but the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

    "Give their keeper credit, she made a number of great saves when we had some fantastic opportunities late in the game," Greene said. "And I have to mention the performance of our defensive unit: Kendra [Hendrix], Amanda [Essay], Erin [Myers] and Tex (Taylor Richardson). They had a big challenge going against one of the top players in the country, and our back line was tremendous today. They gave Oklahoma nothing."

    Williams led all players with seven shots on the day, including six shots on goal. Commodores Kelsey Tillman, Andie Lakin and Ashley Oswald each had two shots. OU's Devonshire was credited with eight saves on the day. Five of those came in the final 15 minutes of regulation and the two overtimes.

    The Commodores return to Tennessee for a pair of non-conference games next weekend. Vanderbilt will travel to Murfreesboro on Friday to face MTSU at 7 p.m. CT. The Commodores then host their home opener on Sunday, Sept. 2, when Gonzaga visits the VU Soccer Complex for a 1 p.m. match.

     






    Rebels Roll To Victory On Souza's Fourth Goal Of Season

    OXFORD, Miss. – Rafaelle Souza delivered her fourth goal of the season in the 12th minute of Sunday’s match to deliver a 1-0 victory for Ole Miss (4-0) over the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette (2-1) at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.

    Olivia Harrison found Alix Hildal out wide with the initial pass, allowing Hildal to cross the ball into the box for Souza who found the back of the net. It was the first game-winning goal of the season for Souza, who leads the team with four goals on the year.

    From there, the Rebels held on as Ole Miss and sophomore goal keeper Kelly McCormick delivered a second straight shutout with the 1-0 victory. The Rebel back line was solid again, limiting the Ragin’ Cajuns to only three shots on goal for the afternoon.

    “Sunday games are tough,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “It was our first Sunday afternoon game. It was hot and hard to get going. That was a good goal by Rafaelle (Souza) to set us up and give us some breathing room. Our finishing wasn’t great, but you have to credit Louisiana-Lafayette for that.”

    The Rebels outshot Louisiana-Lafayette 21-to-8 as Ole Miss’ offense kept the pressure on the visiting team for most of the afternoon.

    Ole Miss had a chance to extend the lead to two goals in the 64th minute when freshman midfielder Jennifer Miller took a solid shot on goal from outside the 18-yard box. Miller’s shot forced a leaping save from Louisiana-Lafayette’s goal keeper as Amanda Moorefield punched the ball up over the crossbar, setting up a corner kick for the Rebels with the save.

    The Rebels will return to action on Friday as part of a six-match home stand, hosting UALR at 7 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. It is the first of two big matches on the weekend for Ole Miss, who will also host Texas Tech at 7 p.m. on Sunday night. Admission to all matches is free.

    Fans of Ole Miss and Ole Miss Soccer can keep up with all the latest news on the Rebels by visiting OleMissSports.com or following the Rebels on twitter via @OleMissSoccer or on Facebook by liking Ole Miss Soccer.






    Gator Soccer Upsets No. 2 Duke 3-2 in Overtime
     
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior All-American Erika Tymrak’s first goal of the year was golden as the University of Florida soccer team (1-1-1, 0-0 SEC) upset No. 2 Duke (2-1, 0-0 ACC) in the second day of action at the Carolina Nike Classic Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field.
     
    It wasn’t unexpected that the contest would be pushed to overtime, as this was the third consecutive meeting between Florida and Duke that went to extra minutes. Unlike the two meetings in 2010 – a 1-1 2OT tie in Durham and 0-0 2OT in Gainesville in the NCAA Second Round - a winner was determined today.
     
    It was a give-and-go play that ended the match in the 93rd minute. Tymrak brought the ball down to the top of the box and sent it right to fellow senior McKenzie Barney. Barney sent the ball back to Tymrak who continued her run into the box.
     
    “I looked up and saw McKenzie wide open. I gave her the ball and then made a run in the box,” Tymrak said. “She put it literally right on my foot. I don’t really remember much of it because I was so in the moment. I kicked it and it might have deflected off of someone, but it went in.”
     
    Tymrak’s score finished the Gators comeback from a first-half two-goal deficit. The Blue Devils struck first when junior Gilda Doria struck a 20-yard shot in the ninth minute. Cassie Pecht scored her second goal of the season after she intercepted a Gator pass to hit an unassisted goal from 20 yards in the 29th minute.
     
    A pair of sophomores synced up to score Florida’s first goal in the 39th minute. Havana Solaun, located just above the middle of the box, sent a through ball into the box which found Jillian Graff. Her right-footed shot from 15 yards scored at the lower right corner of the goal.
     
    “I saw the gap in the defense between the two center backs so I made a run across the line,” Graff said. “Havana played a great ball through and I took a touch and shot it.”
     
    It was Graff’s first goal of the season and the third of her career.
     
    Graff’s goal was “huge”, according to Tymrak, as it sent the Gators to halftime down by just a goal.
     
    A second-half cross by Tymrak ended up as the tying goal in the 64th minute. Florida was awarded a corner kick and Annie Speese sent the ball to Tymrak, who moved the ball along the end line. She saw an opportunity to put the ball into traffic and the ball she sent deflected off of a Duke player’s back to score for the Gators.
     
    “The coaches always say just drill it in (in that situation) because it will hit off of someone. I just looked up and saw a bunch of our players and a bunch of their players so I drilled it waist high and it deflected,” Tymrak said. “It was really exciting because it tied the score.”
     
    It was the first time an opponent registered an own goal versus Florida since the Oct. 7, 2011 3-2 overtime win over Auburn at the James G. Pressly Stadium.
     
    Through three matches, the Gators now have a win, loss and a tie. Just over a week ago, the team opened with a disappointing 4-1 loss to Miami. Now after tying perennial power and No. 14 North Carolina 0-0 2OT and defeating 2011 NCAA College Cup finalist Duke today, the Gators got some validation that they are better that what they showed in the opener.
     
    “I know this is the biggest win of the season since it is the only one,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said with a laugh. “It was just a much-needed win and confidence boost for this team. We overcame a lot in this game. After going to overtime in a battle with North Carolina Friday night, to be able to have the legs to go into overtime today and win this after overcoming a two-goal deficit shows the character this team has.
     
    “It was a huge game for us because of the way we started the season against Miami,” she continued. “It would be easy for us to have some self-doubt, but everyone on this team knew that we are a really good team and we just had to go out and prove it.”
     
    Florida finishes its three-match road stretch versus top-15 teams this Friday when it travels to No. 3 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC). Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex and the match will be available on ESPN3. The match can also be heard on ESPN 850/900, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington calling the action.






    Tennessee Stays Unbeaten with 2-0 Victory over VCU

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee remained undefeated to start the 2012 soccer season by wrapping up the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic with a 2-0 victory over VCU on Sunday at Regal Stadium. Senior Kylie Bono scored the game-winner three minutes in and junior CC Cobb curved in a goal off a corner kick.

    Coupled with a 1-0 overtime victory over William & Mary on Friday, Tennessee finished the weekend 2-0 to win the Lady Vol Classic. The team is off to a 4-0 start for the first time in program history to begin the Brian Pensky's coaching era in Knoxville. UT's three shutouts in its first four games and one goal allowed in its first four games are also program bests.

    "On Sunday, sometimes you've got to dig in a little bit - especially after an emotional, physical game that went 107 minutes on Friday night," Pensky said. "You've got to dig in. I think the whole group tried to dig in as best we could. I don't think we were at our best, but we dug in and got a win."

    Bono got Tennessee on the scoreboard early with her second goal of the season on an unassisted header in the second minute of the match.

    Cobb added to the Tennessee lead by scoring her first goal wearing the orange and white. The Florida State transfer hooked her corner kick right into the net in the 67th minute to put Tennessee ahead 2-0.

    Tennessee goalkeeper Julie Eckel has recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season and has three overall to begin her sophomore year. The Lady Vols have allowed just one goal all season (vs. Samford) and have held opponents scoreless for the last 280 minutes of match play.

    VCU dropped to 1-2-1 on the season.

    UT enjoyed a 15-6 shot advantage in the game, never surrendering its early momentum from Bono's header.

    Tennessee junior Caroline Brown, who scored the game winner against William & Mary on a penalty kick in overtime Friday, was named MVP of the Lady Vol Classic. She was one of four Tennessee players named to the team, joining Eckel and defenders Ali Hall and Allie Sirna.






    MSU Soccer Rolls Past South Alabama 5-0 To Win Bulldog Classic
     
    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Neil Macdonald wanted more offense from his 2012 Mississippi State soccer team coming into the season, and he got it Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs rolled to a 5-0 win against South Alabama to claim the Bulldog Classic championship.
     
    Amy Hoover scored twice, her first multiple-goal effort, and Elisabeth Sullivan added her third goal of the weekend to go along with scores from freshman Halee Heltsley and senior Madison McKee.
     
    Sullivan was named Bulldog Classic MVP after tallying seven points on three goals and an assist in the two matches. Freshman Honeye Heydari, Hoover, and junior Morganne Grimes joined her on the all-tournament team.
     
    “(Sullivan) is just an outstanding wide player. She can beat players 1-v-1, she can combine with others, and she is dangerous in front of goal. I think she is sometimes faster with the ball at her feet. She had two great performances this weekend,” Macdonald said.
     
    “It felt amazing to get back in the groove and help the team win,” Sullivan said. “I’m really excited and honored to be named the MVP. The entire team worked really hard and never gave up.”
     
    Heydari added two assists Sunday to go along with a goal and an assist in Friday night’s 3-2 win against UT Martin. Grimes not only helped the Dawgs pitch a shutout on Sunday, but she also tallied a career-best two assists in the contest.
     
    Mississippi State won the tournament for the second-straight year and improved to 3-0 on the season, the best start since the 2009 squad began the year with a school-record eight consecutive wins.
     
    Mississippi State, which converted five of eight on-goal chances Sunday, has scored 10 goals through the season’s first three games, the most in that span since the 2001 SEC Western Division championship squad netted 11.
     
    The Bulldogs converted both of their on-goal chances in the first half, with Hoover and Heltsley giving State a 2-0 halftime advantage.
     
    “I was really pleased with the performance from start to finish. We moved the ball well, and it got better as the game went along,” Macdonald said. “There were some very good individual performances, but the foundation of what we do is through the team moving the ball around and working for one another. As a coach, I am delighted to see our team perform like that.”
     
    Hoover put MSU in front 1-0 with her first goal of the season in the 23rd minute. Sullivan worked the left wing and connected with her at the near post. The Brookhaven native chipped the shot over USA goalie Lauren Arnold to put the Dawgs in front.
     
    “My team worked really hard to get the ball toward the goal, and I was there to finish,” Hoover said.
     
    With 16 seconds remaining in the first half, Heltsley gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead as she took a Grimes pass and fired it into the back of the net for her first collegiate goal.
     
    Mississippi State wasted no time in adding to the lead in the second half, as Hoover netted her second goal of the afternoon in the 52nd minute. Heydari’s 1-v-1 opportunity was saved by Arnold, but Hoover picked up the rebound and put the ball into the top shelf.
     
     “I’m so happy to see Amy put together such a dominating performance. I thought she was the best player in the park today,” Macdonald said. “Her ability to win the ball in the middle and her pressing of the ball were outstanding, and she had a couple of really nice goals.”
     
    Sullivan put State in front 4-0 14 minutes later. Heydari found Sullivan streaking down the left wing, and the Memphis native chipped a shot over reserve Jaguar keeper Melissa Drish into the far post.
     
    The Bulldogs’ final goal came in the 75th minute off a Grimes pass over the top of the South Alabama defense that found McKee. The Clinton native dribbled around Drish and tapped home State’s final goal of the afternoon.
     
    Senior Skylar Rosson made four saves on the afternoon as she pitched her first shutout of the season. The Edmond, Okla., native now has eight shutouts for her career, tying her for second all-time with Sarah Roberts (1997-98).
     
    After being out-shot by one in the opening 45 minutes, Mississippi State fired nine shots in the final half to take a 14-11 advantage.
     
    Arnold and Drish made a save each as the Jaguars fell to 2-2-0 on the year.
     
    The Bulldogs hit the road for the first time next weekend, venturing to Hattiesburg for the Southern Miss Soccer Invitational. MSU faces Georgia State at 1:30 p.m. Friday before closing the weekend against Louisiana-Monroe in an 11:30 a.m. first kick.






    LSU Drops 2-1 Decision to Visiting N.C. State
     
    BATON ROUGE – LSU’s senior striker Carlie Banks opened her account with her first goal of the season in the 28th minute of play to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead, but the NC State Wolfpack stormed back to take home a 2-1 victory on a steamy Sunday afternoon at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
     
    The Tigers (1-1-1) broke the ice at the 27:31 mark when Tiger left back Nina Anderson stole possession near the midfield stripe and made a class run into the left side of the penalty area. Anderson found Banks on a centering pass in the middle of the area as Banks fired a 14-yard strike inside the right post to give LSU a 1-0 lead.
     
    The Wolfpack (2-2) answered 10 minutes later when sophomore defender Shelli Spamer rifled NC State’s first shot of the match off the crossbar from 35 yards and freshman striker Shannon Colligan followed with the rebound from the top of the six-yard box for her first career goal at the 37:43 mark. The sides took a 1-1 draw into the halftime break.
     
    Sophomore forward Cheyenne Spade gave NC State a lead it would not relinquish in the 52nd minute when she fired a one-time volley into the back of the net from the top of the six-yard box following a free kick service to the far post by Spamer near the right sideline.
     
    “We’re disappointed, and the kids are disappointed too. We’ve just got to keep working to get better,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “Box-to-box, we played really well. We created a lot of chances but just couldn’t finish. We’ve got to have more accountability across the board. We have to be mentally strong enough to keep passing and step up to finish chances. The chances came for us, we just didn’t finish at times and their keeper (Victoria Hopkins) made a couple of really good saves.”
     
    Sophomore Alex Arlitt and freshman Haley Emerson provided the best chances for the Tigers to tie the score in the final 15 minutes of regulation.
     
    In the 78th minute, Emerson was played in behind the Wolfpack back line and found herself on a breakaway one-on-one with Hopkins. As Hopkins raced off her line, Emerson fired a shot from the spot that missed finding the net inside the left post by a matter of inches. Arlitt followed just over a minute later when she was also played in behind the NC State back line and fired a strike from 12 yards that was saved by a diving Hopkins toward the right post.
     
    The Tigers held the advantage on the scoresheet with a 14-12 edge in total shots and a 7-6 margin in shots on goal, as well as a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
     
    The Tigers resume their 10-game homestand next weekend as they will play host to Stephen F. Austin on Friday night at 7 p.m. CT before battling Houston on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium. LSU’s match with Houston is slated for a live television broadcast as fans across the Southeast can see the Tigers in action on Cox Sports Television for the second time in as many weeks.






    Auburn Falls to UC-Irvine, 1-0

    IRVINE, Calif. – The No. 21 Auburn soccer team held UC Irvine to just five shots but it was unable to generate much of its own offense as it too was held to just five shots in a 1-0 loss on Sunday afternoon. The loss was the second straight for Auburn, which fell to 2-2-0. Irvine improved to 1-3-0.
     
    “UC Irvine was a little hungrier than we were,” Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. “I thought we had more of the play but we just weren’t effective when we had the ball, especially in the final third.”
     
    Neither team could sustain an attack throughout the 90 minutes and when each was able to find opportunities, eight of the 10 combined shots went either high or wide of the net. Auburn goalkeeper Amy Howard finished with just one save while UC Irvine goalkeeper Jennifer Randazzo didn’t make any.
     
    “Irvine did a great job of crowding the middle of the field. Both vertically and horizontally it was very crowded with a lot of numbers and we didn’t do a good enough job of breaking it down or going around the outside,” Hoppa said.
     
    Auburn, which led the SEC in shots and corner kicks heading into the weekend, was held to just two corners while UC Irvine attempted four.
     
    UC Irvine finally lit the scoreboard in the 79th minute when Mady Solow fired a shot high over the arms of a leaping Amy Howard from 18 yards out. Natalia Ledezma had found Solow, who had raced in from the midfield to score her first goal of the season. The goal came on what would be the final combined shot of the afternoon.
     
    Mary Coffed’s header towards a wide-open net in the 56th minute went just high, thwarting what was Auburn’s best scoring chance of the afternoon. Tatiana Coleman had gained possession following an Auburn free kick, sending the cross to Coffed.
     
    UC Irvine appeared to score the game’s first goal in the 65th minute off of a corner but the goal was called off for a UC Irvine foul in the box before the ball went in.
     
    Neither team could muster much offense in the first half as the teams combined for just five shots, three by Auburn. None of the five shots were on frame either leaving each keeper without a first-half save. Auburn was able to take two corners to UC Irvine’s one but both of Auburn’s services went over the end line while UC irvine’s was simply cleared out.
     
    Auburn returns home for its next five matches, a stretch that begins Friday, Aug. 31 at 7pm when in-state foe Samford heads to the Auburn Soccer Complex. Admission is free to all regular-season home matches.
     




    No. 13 Mizzou Downs No. 15 Cal, 3-2

    BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 13 University of Missouri soccer team scored three second half goals to post a 3-2 win over No. 15 California Sunday afternoon in Berkeley, Calif. The win improves Mizzou's record to 3-0 on the season, while the Bears fall to 2-2.

    The Bears struck first in the ninth minute when they were awarded free kick deep in their offensive half. The kick was sent into the box, where Ifeoma Onumonu one-timed a shot that went beyond the outstretched arms of Sauerwein for a 1-0 Cal advantage.

    Mizzou's offense finally found the back of the net when Adeshigbin knotted the score at 1-1 just six minutes into the second. The senior dribbled the ball down the left side and unleashed a 16-yard yard that deflected over Cal's goalie for a 1-1 game. The tally was the third of the season for Adeshigbin to tie her for the team lead.

    Senior Haley Krentz gave Missouri its first lead of the game, 2-1, when she scored her first goal of the season in the 58th minute. Junior Danielle Nottingham sent a long cross to Krentz in the right side of the box. Krentz sent a low shot across the goal and into the lower left netting.

    Cal tied the match at 2-2 in the 74th minute when Betsy Hassett's low shot went to the right of Sauerwein for a Bear goal.

    The Tigers countered less than two minutes later off a corner kick. Krentz lofted a ball to the far post, where Raymer headed the ball back at the goal and past the Cal goalie for a 3-2 Mizzou lead. The tally was the second of the season for Raymer, including her second game-winning goal in as many games.

    The Bears pressed in the final minutes of the game but Mizzou's defense held to preserve the victory.

    Both teams recorded 19 shots and six corner kicks in the game

    Sauerwein made seven saves in net for the Tigers.
     
    Mizzou returns home to Walton Stadium next weekend with a pair of home contest. On Friday, Aug. 31 the Tigers host Arizona State at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. game against Tennessee Tech on Sunday, Sept. 2.




    Razorbacks Fall at SMU, 4-0
     
    DALLAS – SMU broke open a tight game with three goals in a six-minute stretch of the second half for a 4-0 home soccer victory over Arkansas Sunday evening.
                
    Arkansas had allowed just one goal through its first three games, but SMU’s Kenzie Scovill scored two by herself.
                
    “The first thing you have to say is that SMU is very, very good,” head coach Colby Hale said. “They beat us to the first ball, they moved the ball, their movement off the ball was very good and they defended very well as a team. They were fantastic. We’ve preached all year that when we do what we do really well, we’re pretty good. Tonight we didn’t do those things very well.
                
    Down 1-0 at the break, Arkansas came out and generated a quick attack with Phyllis George getting a shot from the top of the 18, but the attempt was wide right.

    SMU doubled its lead with a second goal less than 10 minutes into the second period. After a pass into the box to Scovill, UA keeper Kelly Roliard tried to clear the ball, but missed. Scovill got around Roliard for a shot into an open net from 10 yards out.
                
    The Mustangs padded their lead 90 seconds later when a shot bounced high over Roliard and a defender inside the six. Olivia Elliott got behind them and had an easy shot from point-blank range to make it 3-0 at 54:37.
                
    Less than five minutes later, it was 4-0 when Shelby Redman scored on a rebound shot by Courtney Smith.
                
    Jeriann Okoro got into the 18 for a one-on-goalie shot attempt and one of Arkansas’ better chances at the 75:00 mark, but keeper Lauren Bodden blocked the shot past the end line.
                
    For the game, SMU led in shots, 14-5, and in shots on goal, 9-2. Both teams had five corner kicks.
                
    “It’s just a mindset,” Hale said. “We’ve told them all year. There’s nothing to change or really fix. When we work and when we fight, and when we defend as a unit, we’re very good. When we don’t, this is what’s going to happen.”
                
    Midway through the opening period, SMU took the lead on a 20-yard score from just outside the 18 by Kenzie Scovill. Smith crossed from the left side and Mallory Baum headed the ball to Scovill, who lofted a shot into the top right corner of the goal, just under the bar and above the outstretched hands of Roliard.
                
    SMU’s defense was tough in the first period, limiting Arkansas to just two shots. The Mustangs had an 8-2 advantage in shots with four shots on goal.
                
    Arkansas had a chance to score at the 31:30 mark when Lindsey Mayo played a corner into the six. Haley Hatcher just missed a header opportunity at the front post and SMU came away with a goal kick.           

    Arkansas plays just once this week, returning home to Fayetteville for Sunday’s 7 p.m. tilt against Kennesaw State.