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    SEC Soccer Today: August 31

    soccer RESULTS
    Georgia 2, South Florida 1
    Tennessee 2, Kennesaw State 0
    Texas A&M 4, Rutgers 1
    Alabama 9, South Alabama 0
    Mississippi State 3, Louisiana-Monroe 0
    Auburn 2, Samford 0
    Kentucky 2, UNC-Greensboro 0
    Florida State 1, Florida 0
    Vanderbilt 2, Middle Tennessee 0
    Ole Miss 8, UALR 0
    Missouri 4, Arizona State 1

    Bulldogs Defeat South Florida, 2-1
    ORLANDO, Fla. - The Georgia soccer team used a pair of header goals off corner kicks to defeat Big East opponent South Florida 2-1 Friday night in neutral-site action in the first game of the UCF Tournament on the campus of Central Florida in Orlando.
    Georgia scored in the 29th minute on a header from senior midfielder Susannah Dennis before conceding the tying goal just before halftime. The Bulldogs then received another tally the same way – this time off the head of redshirt freshman Bella Hartley – to retake the lead just three minutes after halftime and would hang onto it.
    The win moves Georgia to 4-1 on the season – the Bulldogs’ best start through five games since going 4-0-1 in 2009. USF falls to 2-2 with the loss.
    Georgia’s Carli Shultis collected assists on both goals on the night, while Nicole Locandro was credited with one.
    “We faced a lot of adversity today – this is a moment when, as a coach and a staff, you’re incredibly proud of your team,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “We stepped up and battled even when they got the goal back at the end of the half. They stepped up and got the game-winner off a set piece. Set pieces can be the difference so many times. We had to call upon a lot of players tonight, and we played hard, grinded it out, and got the win today.”
    The Bulldogs took the lead in the 29th minute on their fifth corner kick chance of the game, as Shultis played a short ball inside to Locandro at the corner of the 6-yard box. Locandro played it right back to the foot of Shultis close to the sideline, and the junior sent a left-footed service inside the box where Dennis was waiting to head it home. Both players were credited with the helper on Dennis’ first score of the season.
    But USF answered late in the first frame on their own set piece opportunity. After the Bulls’ free kick hit Georgia’s wall initially, midfielder Taylor Patterson followed it up with a cross inside and Sharla Passariello finished with four minutes left before the break.
    It remained even at 1-1 at the break, with the Bulls owning the edge in the shot column at 8-3 and Georgia keeper Ashley Baker recording four saves through the first 45:00.
    The second half was all Georgia at the start, and just two minutes in Madeline Barker played a great seam ball up to Dennis, whose close-ranged shot was blocked by the Bulls keeper Christiane Endler to keep things tied. Georgia had another big chance just moments later as Shultis stayed on her defender and broke free to leave herself one-on-one against Endler, who came up with the poke save over the net.
    But on the ensuing corner, Shultis sent a long ball into the box where Hartley was stationed, and the rookie didn’t miss as she sent the header into the back of the net for her fourth goal in five games.
    Georgia would own the run of play after that, responding offensively to fire 14 shots to South Florida’s seven in the second half to finish up 17-14 in that category at the final whistle. The defense stepped up in front of Baker to preserve the one-goal lead, with Baker finishing with seven saves to tie her season-high. The Bulldogs held a commanding 12-2 lead on corners, and made them both count.
    Georgia improves to 2-0 all-time vs. the Bulls and 6-4 vs. the Big East.
    The Bulldogs are back in action here on Sunday, taking on host and ninth-ranked Central Florida at 2:30 p.m. Live audio and the live blog will be running on

    Moore, Ferguson Lead Tennessee to 2-0 Win at Kennesaw State

    KENNESAW, Ga. -- Sophomore Iyana Moore and freshman Susan Ferguson scored their first career goals to lead the No. 21 Tennessee soccer team to a 2-0 victory at Kennesaw State on Friday.
    “Any win in the bigger picture is a good win and we had a couple of kids get their first career goals,” Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky said. “Iyana had a few for us in the spring. Obviously this being a real goal – it’s different, it changes things. I thought she did very well showing some composure in front of the goal and just pushing it past the goalkeeper. Susan, she’s just working hard. We’re throwing her in different roles – wide back and a little bit of wide midfield – and she’s responded to everything. So it’s nice to see that work and rewarded with a goal.”
    Moore, who is from nearby Marietta, Ga., returned home in style, booted in the game-winner in the 24th minute to push Tennessee to 5-0. Moore broke free from two defenders and Kylie Bono found her on a dash up the middle of the box. The sophomore forward ripped in a shot while sprinting to the far right corner.
    Ferguson notched her first goal for the Orange and White in the 38th minute. Senior Alexis Owens was tied up in a scrum right in front of the net and a defender knocked the ball right to a charging Ferguson. The UT rookie fired the ball into the lower right corner to give the Lady Vols a 2-0 cushion.
    The Tennessee defense extended stretch of no goals allowed to 259:59. The Lady Vols enjoyed a 19-4 shot advantage, keeping Kennesaw State (1-3) on its heels for the majority of the game.
    Twenty-six players saw game action for Tennessee in the victory and the tempo and intensity of the game never let up. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Hannah Steadman made her career debut as the second-half starter in goal and senior goalie RB Wyatt came in later and recorded UT’s only save of the game. Sophomore starter Julie Eckel played 45 minutes and improved to 5-0 with the win.
    “Everybody matters on this team,” Pensky said. “Everybody puts in the work. The starting 11 doesn’t work any harder than the kids that sometimes don’t get to play a whole lot.”
    Tennessee continues its three-match road swing next week when it heads to California to face Cal State Northridge on Sept. 7 and UCLA on Sept. 9.

    Aggies Soccer Topples Rutgers, 4-1
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- With a blue moon in the sky and the Scarlet Knights on the pitch, the Maroon and White prevailed as the No. 17 Texas A&M Soccer team posted a 4-1 win over No. 16 Rutgers at Ellis Field on Friday evening.
    Rutgers (4-1) drew first blood with their initial shot of the contest in 24th minute of action. With Texas A&M taking the first nine shots of the game the Scarlet Knights finally threatened with a corner kick. Rutgers sent an offering into the penalty box but the Aggies were unsuccessful in an attempt to clear the ball allowing Amanda Devolk to put the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
    The Aggies responded quickly with an equalizer in the 28th minute. Rachel Lenz fired a shot on goal and the save trickled away from Rutgers’ starting netminder Emmy Simpkins. Kelley Monogue collected the loose ball and knocked it into the goal to tie the game at 1-1.
    Texas A&M (3-1) took its first lead of the game in the 31st minute. Meghan Streight took a short-range shot in the goal area that was saved, but bounced away. Once again Monogue benefited off the carom for the goal and the 2-1 lead.
    The Aggies tacked on an insurance goal in the 51st minute. After a collision on the end line, the referee granted a penalty kick for Texas A&M. Allie Bailey went left with the penalty kick to stymie the Scarlet Knights’ reserve goalkeeper Jessica Janosz.
    Texas A&M capped off the scoring in the 78th minute. Annie Kunz collected the ball near the right corner of the penalty box and unleashed a laser to the side netting on the far post for the 4-1 advantage.
    The Aggies owned a 20-10 advantage in shots, including 12-3 in the first half. Kunz, Monogue and Shea Groom each had four shots. All four of Monogue’s shots were on goal.
    Jordan Day registered two saves to improve to 3-1 on the year.
    The Aggies return to action on Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. contest against the Saint Mary’s (Calif.) Gaels.

    Alabama Soccer Blows Past South Alabama, 9-0
    MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama soccer team continued its goal scoring ways as it downed South Alabama, 9-0, Friday night at The Cage. With the win the Crimson Tide remain perfect at 4-0-0 on the season.
    The 9-0 decision was the biggest victory for the Tide since Sept. 19, 2007, against Alabama State. Freshman Katie Bourgeois scored just over two minutes in and the onslaught continued throughout the match as the newcomer scored four times on the evening.
    The four goals are the third most ever scored in a single game by a Crimson Tide player. The rookie now has six on the season in just four matches.
    Junior Molly Atherton also had a multi-goal game as she found the net once in each half. Sophomore Theresa Diederich and seniors Kaitlyn Smith and Lindsey Sillers also joined the action.
    Alabama scored just twice in the first half but completely broke the game open with seven second half goals, including three tallies in the span of two minutes.
    Junior goalkeeper Shelby Church recorded her third shutout of the season on the strength of four saves. Alabama was peppering the USA goal all contest as it outshot the Jaguars, 36-7. Bourgeois and Khanna paced the Tide with six shots apiece.

    Alabama will return to the Alabama Soccer Stadium to face off against the Mercer Bears. Kickoff is set for Sunday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. CT.

    Strong First Half Powers MSU Soccer To 3-0 Win Against ULM

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Elisabeth Sullivan scored a goal and added two assists as Mississippi State rolled to a 3-0 win against Louisiana-Monroe Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
    Mississippi State did all of its scoring in the first half en route to improving to 4-0-0 on the season. Sullivan capped the scoring with her fourth goal of the season. Freshman Honeye Heydari and sophomore Amy Hoover added the Bulldogs’ other two goals.
    “From the 20-minute mark on I thought we played really well. We moved the ball quickly and created a lot of offensive chances,” Neil Macdonald said. “We need to tighten some things up defensively in the transition, but overall, I’m very pleased.
    “Elisabeth, Amy and Honeye are playing really well and moving the ball quickly,” he added. “They are making good decisions when it comes to taking players on, and they are combining really well when they need to.”
    State took a season second-most 30 shots in the game, putting 13 chances on frame. The Bulldog defense turned in its second-straight blank sheet in the win. Goalies Skylar Rosson and CJ Winship didn’t have much work on the evening as MSU held the Warhawks to just four shots, all coming in the second half.
    MSU didn’t have to wait long for the game’s first strike. Morganne Grimes connected with Sullivan, and she then slipped a ball between defenders to freshman Heydari for her third goal of the season in the 12th minute.
    Hoover extended the lead to 2-0 as she netted her third goal of the campaign in the 41st minute. Zehra Syed found Sullivan, and the Memphis, Tenn., native connected a pass to Hoover for a shot that sailed over the keeper and into the far post.
    After assisting on the first two goals, Sullivan decided get into the scoring column four minutes later. Freshman Mary Kathryn Taylor sent a diagonal pass across the field, and it slipped by the ULM defender to Sullivan, who fired it into the back of the net to give the Bulldogs the 3-0 halftime edge.
    “We were stringing passes really well. Honeye and I are really beginning to click. We were playing really good through balls all night,” Sullivan said.
    Although the Bulldogs were unable to add to the scoring in the second half, they continued to dominate the offensive end of the pitch, firing 15 shots.
    The Dawgs opened the stanza with five shots in five minutes, culminating with attempts from Heydari and Dana Forbes that were saved by ULM keeper Alex Holland.
    Sullivan nearly had her second goal of the night in the 65th minute, but Warhawk reserve goalie Karlin Aloisio made the save.
    Aloisio denied the Dawgs again in the 72nd minute. Jasmine Simmons fired a brilliant free kick toward the top shelf, but Aloisio dove to her right and managed to deflect the ball away.
    Rosson did not have to make a save on the night, while sophomore CJ Winship stopped ULM’s lone on-goal chance in her MSU debut.

    Auburn Blanks Samford, 2-0
    AUBURN, Ala. – Tori Ball and Tatiana Coleman each scored for the Auburn soccer team, which snapped its two-match losing skid with a 2-0 blanking of Samford on Friday night. The win moved Auburn’s record to 3-2-0 while Samford fell to 0-3-0.
    Ball, who had netted five game-winners on six goals in her career coming into the match, added another on Friday night, striking a free kick from 40 yards out for what proved to be the difference-maker. Following a Samford foul in the ninth minute Ball, who has been starting on the back line, addressed the ball almost even with the top of the circle before launching a shot over Samford goalkeeper Melissa Montgomery’s hands for the 1-0 Auburn lead.
    “I didn’t even know I could even kick it that far,” Ball said. “(Associate Head Coach Amy Berbary) always says kick it to the runners path. I hit it straight to the keeper and she just happened to be off her line.”
    “To be honest both myself and Amy Berbary looked at each other and thought, ‘that’s not the ball we wanted her to play.’ That was our initial reaction but wow, what a great strike,” Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. “We knew they were young in the goal and that was in the scouting report. Tori played a perfect ball right in there and we needed it. That goal really changed the first half.”
    Samford came out of the second half pressing, forcing Auburn goalkeeper Amy Howard into a handful of clutch saves. None was bigger than her diving stop with 26 minutes left and Auburn up just a single tally. Samford, which was controlling possession for a long stretch, had a pair of players bearing down on Howard, who came off her line to stop the first line of attack. The move almost backfired as Amanda Abbott found herself at point-blank range but her one-touch was swatted away by Howard, who had to dive to her right and back to make the save, ultimately preserving her 17th career shutout as she made three saves on eight Samford shots.
    “This was a heck of a game. Samford always gives us a good game because we are in-state rivals,” Howard said. “We stepped up to the challenge. We never gave up.”
    Coleman iced the game in the 77th minute with her first goal of the year, taking a Natalie Donaldson pass inside the box before striking a liner past Montgomery. The goal was the eighth of her career and first this season after tallying a team-high three assists in the first four games. She would finish the match with a team-high six shots, putting five on frame, as Auburn put 10 of its 17 shots on goal.
    “It was hard going through four games with no goals,” Coleman said. “To finally get one in, there is a tremendous weight off my shoulders; all the pressure is off.”
    “I hope this opens the flood gate (for Tatiana). I know she was feeling the pressure coming off a great freshman year. The goals just weren’t falling for her, even tonight she had so many good looks,” Hoppa said. “We were really happy she got one and hopefully that is one of many for this season.”
    Auburn returns to action on Sunday at noon when it plays host to William & Mary. Admission is free.

    Kentucky Cruises to 2-0 Win over UNC Greensboro

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – In a game that saw Kentucky dictate the flow of possession, tally 17 shots and muscle nine corner kicks, the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team defeated the UNC Greensboro Spartans 2-0 on Friday night to move to 3-0-0 on the season, in the opening night of the Tropical Smoothie Invitational.
    “I definitely felt like we were very dangerous tonight,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “What I really liked was that we created it through passing. We talked at halftime about the need to possess the ball. The longer we had it, the more the game would open up.”
    Kentucky got on the board in the 14th minute with a beautifully-crafted pass from junior Caitlin Landis about 25 yards away from goal that caught freshman Cara Ledman in stride making a dynamic run on the near side. After a handful of dribbles to shake the defender, Ledman tucked in the game-winning goal from six yards out to the far post past a diving Jamie Simmons.
    The goal was Ledman’s second on the young year while Landis recorded her second assist as well. The tandem of Landis and Ledman hooked up for a UK goal in the season-opener vs. Coastal Carolina in a 2-0 win.
    Senior Natalie Horner struck in the 83rd minute off a re-fire from one of UK’s nine corner kicks. The ball was swung in from the near side by junior Danielle Krohn, who connected with Horner who was waiting at the six and flung it past the keeper.
    UK continued to have a solid back line all night, only allowing the Spartans four total shots, zero corner kicks and kept a clean sheet for the second time in the three games played thus far in 2012.
    “A week ago, I stood here and mentioned that we had great individuals in the back line, but I didn’t think we were playing together. Today was phenomenal.” Lipsitz said.
    Kayla King and Kayla Price combined to keep an empty scoreboard for the opposition for the second out of three games. King earned her third win in as many tries Friday night, while Price served 45 minutes in the cage tallying one save.
    The move to 3-0-0 on the season puts Kentucky tied atop the Southeastern Conference as one of only five remaining teams without a loss thus far. In addition, the Cats are the only team within the SEC to not allow an opponent to score allseason. Kentucky is 3-0-0 for the second consecutive season and the undefeated start marks the third straight year UK has won its first three games.
    In earlier action Friday at the Tropical Smoothie Invitational, No. 14 Louisville defeated Southeast Missouri 4-0 to also move to 1-0 on the weekend. The Invitational will wrap up Sunday afternoon with Louisville and UNC-Greensboro scheduled to tangle at noon followed by Kentucky taking on SEMO at 2:30 p.m. ET.

    No. 22 Gator Soccer Loses 1-0 No. 1 Florida State
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Florida soccer team (1-2-1, 0-0 SEC) dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision at No. 1 Florida State (3-0, 0-0 ACC) in front of the Seminoles’ second-largest crowd ever of 2,243 Friday at the Florida State Soccer Complex
    A header off a long throw-in scored the Seminoles’ goal in the 10th minute. Jessica Price threw the ball to the corner of the six-yard box where Kristin Grubka flicked the ball back to the far post to score her first goal of the season.
    An equalizer looked like it was scored early in second half when sophomore Havana Solaun hit after the feed down the middle of the box from senior All-American Erika Tymrak, but an offsides call waved off the goal. The two tried to combine again in the 71st minute, but Seminole goalkeeper Kelsey Wys made the stop.
    “The offsides was very close,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “For the other ones, we need to have a bit more composure. We had awesome chances. Ultimately, that final execution was the difference in the game.”
    In the 66th minute, Tiffany McCarty intercepted a pass on the Gator backline, but the shot she took from inside the box was deflected out for a corner kick by Gator goalkeeper Taylor Burke. On the corner, Carson Pickett sent a curling ball that was headed to the far post upper corner, but Burke got an outstretched hand on it to keep it out of the goal
    Burleigh thought Burke handled the issues presented by the Seminoles, including their long throw-in, well Friday.
    “I thought she did a great job handling their long throw-in,” Burleigh said. “She had that one great one-on-one save that was the difference in keeping us in the game.”
    For the match, Burke recorded four saves and Wys posted five.
    The Gators had a great look in the final three minute. Senior Holly King won the ball just inside the middle of the field and sent it forward to Tymrak. She played a ball from the top of the box to Solaun, who was making a run through the left side but her shot was high.
    Although disappointed with the final result, Burleigh liked what she saw from the Gators Friday.
    “I thought we really played well. I loved the way we played, especially the second part of the first half and all of the second half,” Burleigh said. “I loved the way we played.”
    Tonight finished a three-match road-stretch top-15 teams for Florida, as last weekend the Gators tied then No. 14 North Carolina 0-0 20T and defeated then No. 2 Duke 3-2 OT. Now the Gators return home to play host to Florida International (2-1, 0-0 SBC) on Sunday, Sept. 2. FIU lost 1-0 at Florida Gulf Coast Friday evening. Sunday’s start time is at 7 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium and admission is free. It is “Gators Go Green Night” and the first 500 fans receive recycle totes. Plan to attend the post-match autograph session to have all the Gators sign a 2012 team poster just for you.

    Schwartz's two goals sink MTSU

    MURFREESBORO - Senior Dana Schwartz recorded the Commodores' first multi-goal game of the 2012 season to help her Vanderbilt women's soccer side earn a 2-0 win over MTSU on Friday at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium.

    Both of Schwartz's goals were assisted by freshman Cheyna Williams, who has notched points for the Commodores in each of the last three games.

    Vanderbilt got on the board in the 20th minute. Freshman Andie Lakin played a ball down the left side in to Williams, who beat a defender before crossing the ball to the corner of the six-yard box. Schwartz got on the end of the pass and finished low past the near post to give Vandy a 1-0 lead.

    The insurance goal came in the 52nd minute. A nice team buildup freed Williams on the left side of the box, but MTSU Jessica Gilchrist came out and made a nice save of Williams' shot. The rebound scooted across the box where Schwartz again met the ball and delivered a low bullet into the back of the net.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Levick made five saves to earn her second shutout of the season and improve the Commodores to 2-1-1 on the year.

    Vanderbilt, which plays nine of its first 11 games on the road this season, will finally play host to its home opener on Sunday when Gonzaga visits the VU Soccer Complex for a 1 p.m. CT kickoff. Live video and live statistics will be available on this site.

    Balanced Offense Power Rebels Past UALR

    OXFORD, Miss. - The Rebel offense wasted no time getting on the board Friday night, scoring in the sixth minute of play to get things started on a big offensive night as Ole Miss (5-0) defeated UALR (0-4) by a score of 8-0.

    The win was the third consecutive shutout for the Rebels who out-shot the Trojans 31-to-4 on the night.

    "There was lots of energy with the team tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "We got on them early and were able to settle down. Rafaelle (Souza) and Mandy (McCalla) gave us lots of quality minutes. Olivia Harrison came in and got some goals as did Sara Coleman. Having a good lead at halftime put us in a good position to play a lot of people."

    Souza scored the Rebels' first goal of the night in the sixth minute, taking a pass in the box from freshman Bethany Bunker and delivering it into the back of the net to put Ole Miss on the board. The Souza goal sparked the offense for the Rebels who would score five goals in the first half.

    McCalla scored the next two Ole Miss goals, burying her first shot in the net in the 15th minute off a pass into the box from Alix Hildal. McCalla then put the Rebels on top 3-0 a few minutes later when she took a cross from Souza in the 19th minute and put it in the goal.

    A pair of freshmen delivered the final two goals of the half for the Rebels as Harrison and Coleman both converted unassisted shots. Harrison dribbled into the box from the far side in the 32nd minute and delivered a hard shot off the hands of the keeper and into the net to extend the lead before Coleman came through following a penalty kick.

    In the 45th minute of the first half, Coleman was pulled down in the box on what looked to be a breakaway play, setting up a penalty kick on the foul. A diving save from the goal keeper prevented the conversion, but the ball deflected off the keeper and back out into the box where Coleman lined up the shot and scored to put Ole Miss on top 5-0 at the half.

    The Rebels didn't let up in the second half, putting a sixth ball in the net in the 53rd minute when Jennifer Miller drove a cross from the far side off the foot of Coleman into the net. It was the first of two assists on the night for Coleman, who sent in another cross in the 74th minute to freshman Brooke Theobald who scored her first goal of the season.

    Ole Miss capped the scoring in the 75th minute when Harrison delivered her second goal of the night when a cross was deflected off a defender in the box. The deflection came right to Harrison who lined up the shot and drilled it into the net for the 8-0 margin of victory.

    The Rebels return to action on Sunday when Ole Miss will host Texas Tech (5-0) at 7 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. Admission to all matches is free to the public.

    No. 10 Mizzou Dominates Arizona State, 4-1

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 10 University of Missouri soccer team used two goals from junior Dominique Richardson en route to 4-1 win over Arizona State Friday afternoon on a rain-soaked Walton Stadium. The Tigers improve to 4-0 on the year, while the Sun Devils fall to 1-3.

    Mizzou wasted no time to take an early lead as sophomore Abi Raymer put the Tigers on top 1-0 in the fifth minute. It was Raymer's third of the season and third in as many games.

    Junior Dominique Richardson gave the Tigers as 2-0 advantage in the 34th minute. The Fullerton, Calif., native corralled a pass from junior Brooke Williams and poked an eight-yard shot past the Sun Devil goalie and into the back of the net. It was Richardson's first goal of the year and Williams' first assist of the season.

    Richardson struck again in the 49th minute after Mizzou was awarded a penalty kick. The junior stepped up and sent a low shot to the left of the goalkeeper for the second goal of the game.

    In the 54th minute, senior Haley Krentz sent a cross into the box that found the foot of sophomore Kaysie Clark, who blasted a shot past Arizona State's keeper for a 4-0 Tiger lead. The tally was the first of the season for Clark, while Krentz recorded her team-leading fourth assist of the year.

    Arizona State's Devin Marshall got the Sun Devils on the board in the 61st minute for a 4-1 game. Sun Devil Holland Crook sent a long shot on net that Tiger goalie McKenzie Sauerwein punched away. Marshall jumped on the rebound and shot the back into the net.

    Mizzou outshot Arizona State 17-8 and had an 11-4 edge in corner kicks.

    Sauerwein made three saves in net for the Tigers.

    Mizzou returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 2 with a home contest against Tennessee Tech at 1 p.m.