|Maryland 2, Alabama 1
|Ohio State 1, Missouri 0
|Memphis 2, Vanderbilt 1
Alabama Soccer Drops First Match of Season
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Maryland scored a late goal to stun the Alabama soccer team, 2-1, in front of a school record crowd of 1,630 fans at the Alabama Soccer Stadium on Thursday night. With the loss, Alabama falls to 5-1-0 on the year, while Maryland improves to 4-1-1.
The Terrapins’ Becky Kaplan scored her second goal of the game at the 88:47 mark of the second half, turning on two Alabama defenders and placing the ball in the far post, to stun the crowd and give Maryland the road win.
“It was a good game by both teams in front of a great crowd,” Alabama head coach Todd Bramble said. “It’s a tough loss, but it will prepare us for conference play.”
The game was a back-and-forth affair, with Maryland jumping out early to silence the large crowd. Just three minutes into the match, Maryland broke on a counter attack, where Haley Brock was able to play a through ball to Kaplan, who chipped junior Shelby Church to put Maryland in front 1-0.
Alabama responded just 23 seconds later, as freshman Merel Van Dongen was able to put her head on a Meghan Duffy free kick to even the score at one apiece. It was Van Dongen’s first career goal and Duffy’s third assist of the year.
Alabama will have the weekend off as it prepares for Southeastern Conference play to begin next week. Alabama will travel to play Tennessee and LSU, starting on Friday in Knoxville.
No. 10 Mizzou Falls in Overtime to Ohio State, 1-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State scored 24 seconds into the first overtime session to defeat the No. 10 University of Missouri soccer team 1-0 Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio. The loss dropped Mizzou to 5-1 on the season, while the Buckeyes improved to 4-2.
Just 24 seconds into overtime, Ohio State's Tiffany Cameron knocked in a pass from Marisa Wolf to give the home squad the victory.
Play went back and forth all contest, with neither team gaining much of an advantage. In the opening minutes Mizzou had chances from seniors Taiwo Adeshigbin and Haley Krentz and sophomore Kaysie Clark but none could find the back of the net.
Missouri's defense stepped up in the final minutes of the first half to thwart a few Buckeye scoring opportunities. Ohio State's Tiffany Cameron had a near breakaway chance but freshman Candace Johnson sprinted in and poked the ball away. A minute later, sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein came off her line to stop an Ohio State shot and the Tiger defense was able to clear the rebound.
In the final seconds of the first, junior Domininque Richardson blasted a 45-yard shot that looked like it would squeeze into the upper right corner of the net but sailed just over.
Mizzou and Ohio State had chances in the second half but neither squad managed to convert. As time wound down in regulation, Krentz crossed a ball to the far post from the near endline. Senior Jessica Greer, stationed right in front of the post, got her head on the ball but her shot flew just wide of the goal to send to contest into overtime.
Both teams took 15 shots in the contest, while the Tigers had an 8-7 corner kick advantage.
Sauerwein made six saves in net for Missouri.
Mizzou returns to the pitch next weekend when the Tigers officially open Southeastern Conference play with two road contests. The squad travels to Auburn, Ala., on Friday, Sept. 14 to face Auburn at 7 p.m. CT, before a game against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT).
Tigers' deflection beats VU in 2OT
NASHVILLE - A deflection off the cross bar fell to the feet of Diamond Simpson and her golden goal gave visiting Memphis a 2-1 double overtime victory over the Vanderbilt women's soccer team Thursday at the VU Soccer Complex.
The game was scoreless past the 80th minute, when a pair of Commodore freshmen linked up to put Vanderbilt on the board. Andie Lakin played a ball over the top to Cheyna Williams, whose run put her in the Memphis box. Running to her left, Williams turned with her right foot and her shot beat Tiger goalkeeper Christa Strickland to the far post.
The Tigers scored an equalizer in the 88th minute. Kylie Davis played a dangerous serve into the six-yard box that was headed down by Taylor Isenhower to the feet of Christabel Oduro. Oduro's shot bounced past the left post to tie the game at 1-1.
Though the Commodores controlled the first overtime period, outshooting Memphis 4-1, the teams were deadlocked after 100 minutes. A bad bounce would help decide the game in the 102nd mark. Off a corner kick, Kelley Gravlin took a shot from distance that hit the crossbar and bounced across the goal to Diamond Simpson's feet. Her finish from inside the 6' finished the game.
It was not the first time that the crossbar had been unkind to the Commodores. With just seconds until halftime, VU freshman Jamie Kator laced a shot from just outside the 18' that beat UM's keeper but just deflected off the cross bar and back into the field.
The Commodores will play their final non-conference game of the 2012 season on Sunday, traveling to Bowling Green, Ky., to face Western Kentucky. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT start.