|Kentucky 2, Louisville 0
|Texas A&M 3, Long Beach State 0
|Mississippi State 6, Mississippi Valley State 0
|New Mexico 2, Georgia 0
|Ole Miss 4, UAB 1
|LSU 0, Florida International 0
|Tennessee 0, Cal State Northridge 0
Kentucky Upsets No. 12 Louisville In Road Opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind goals from freshman Kelli Hubly and junior Natalie Horner, coupled with spectacular goalkeeping from Derby City native Kayla King, the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team (5-0-0) knocked off No. 12 Louisville (4-1-0) on the road 2-0 in a dramatic, thrilling rivalry game at Cardinal Park Friday night in the opening game of the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky.
“I learned that we have an incredible amount of passion,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “Not just for the game of soccer, who we want to be on and off the field, but for one another. We talk about you never know who is going to be the one. You look at someone like Kayla King who got herself fit, and found out who she wanted to be. She made a decision to be a great soccer player,” Lipsitz said.
The Wildcats and Cardinals played a physical first half that saw UK record multiple scoring chances. The best chance to break open the scoring was in the 35th minute when junior Caitlin Landis turned and faced at the top of the 18, shook the defender and fired a low missile that ricocheted off the right piping and sailed wide.
In the opening half alone, UK connected for 11 shots with two of them recorded on goal, as well as three corner kicks.
In the 57th minute, Hubly had a shot from about 15 yards out that needed a keepers touch to be pushed over the top of the bar to elude the goal. Hubly was re-firing a ball in off of a corner kick from the far side that fell to herfeet that was saved. Just two minutes later, Cara Ledman fired from distance after a beautiful feed from Arin Gilliland and the ball just went wide.
UK took a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute when Natalie Horner struck gold on a setpiece for the third time this year. The Krohn to Horner connection has beendeadly lately, as the tandem has combined to score three goals in three games, including two game-winners.
In the 71st minute, King came up absolutely monumental after a shot from Charlyn Corral was headed for the net but was deflected over the top of the bar by King at the last chance. The junior from the Derby City came up huge for the Cats, charting six saves.
No save may have been bigger on the night for the hometown kid than in the 79th minute when a penalty kick was stopped by King. The PK was the first penalty attempt that UK has faced all season.
The Wildcats struck again in transition, just a minute after the stopped PK when Gilliland played a perfect ball in from 35 yards out to a running Hubly, who struck the ball past the keeper and in for a goal. The run came from the far side and the shot was placed perfectly in the near post. The goal was Hubly’s first-career goal, and also marked the first point of the young season for Gilliland.
The win over No. 12 Louisville was the first win over a ranked opponent for UK since the Cats took down No. 14 Tennessee on Oct. 14, 2011. The Wildcats under Lipsitz have won four games against ranked teams in his four years at the helm.
UK will next take on Samford Sunday in the closing day of the Cardinal Classicwith the game scheduled to start at Noon ET.
Aggies topple No. 16 Long Beach State, 3-0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - With another Friday night came another win over a nationally ranked team at Ellis Field for the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies as the Maroon and White triumphed over the No. 16 Long Beach State 49ers, 3-0.
One week after thumping then-No. 16 Rutgers, 4-1, Texas A&M once again imposed its will and dispatched of a quality opponent in impressive fashion. This time it was in front of 1,996 fans in a nationally televised game on FOX Soccer Channel.
Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue came off the bench to spearhead the Aggies’ arsenal. The two sophomores combined to account for all three of the goals.
Texas A&M (5-1) drew first blood in the 31st minute. Leigh Edwards gathered the ball at the right corner of the goal box and fed a pass to Kunz out front. Receiving the ball at six yards out, Kunz had no trouble putting the ball in the back of the net and the Aggies owned a 1-0 lead with 14:40 remaining in the first half.
The Aggies kept the offensive pressure turned up heading into the intermission. Fellow reserve Catalina Clavijo offered up a pass to Monogue at the penalty arc. Monogue launched an unstoppable shot into the right upper 90 and Texas A&M claimed a 2-0 lead as the ball cascaded down the right netting.
Texas A&M’s final goal came in the waning moments of the match. With 4:31 remaining in regulation Shea Groom made a charge into the penalty box at the right corner. Drawing the attention of the lone defender and the netminder, Groom sent a pass to Kunz just left of the penalty spot. Kunz took one dribble and drilled a shot from 12 yards out with no chance of a save by the flailing keeper, inflating the Aggies’ cushion to 3-0.
The Maroon and White owned a 19-9 margin in shots, including 11-4 in the first half. Texas A&M also held the advantage in shots on goal (9-4) and corner kicks (6-2).
Jordan Day recorded her third shutout of the season. The sophomore made four saves on the evening and lowered her goals-against average for the season to 0.50.
With strong play in the midfield and on defense by the Aggies, Long Beach State (4-2) had few opportunities to threaten. The 49ers best opportunity to score came in the 68th minute when Nadia Link thought she had a goal, but it was waved off due to an offsides infraction.
Marrina Meyers made five saves in goal for the 49ers. Link led the team with four shots, including two shots on goal.
Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday as the Aggies host a 1:30 p.m. contest against the Central Michigan Chippewas. For the game, “Kids Get In Free” with the purchase of an adult ticket. Limit four kids (aged 12-and-under) per adult. Also, fans with a ticket from Saturday’s football game can purchase a $3 general admission ticket.
Bulldog Soccer Improves To 6-0 With 2-0 Blanking Of MVSU
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Dana Forbes and Amy Hoover each scored as Mississippi State improved to 6-0 on the season with a 2-0 victory against Mississippi Valley State Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
Forbes’ decisive goal in the 24th minute was the first of the Whitby, Ontario, native’s MSU career. Hoover gave the Dawgs the added cushion when she headed her fourth goal of the season into the back of the net in the 68th minute.
The defense made the advantage hold up, limiting the Devilettes (0-5-0) to just seven shots as the Bulldogs matched a school record with their fourth-straight shutout.
“Dana did really well tonight. She had a great game and got better as the game went on,” MSU coach Neil Macdonald said. “Amy has been outstanding for us this season. Her work rate in the middle of the park has been fantastic. She seems to get from 18 to 18 effortlessly at times, and she came on in the second half and got that goal that helped everyone relax a little bit.”
Senior Skylar Rosson made the save on MVSU’s lone chance on target. The Edmond, Okla., native claimed the 10th clean sheet of her career, tying her for the second-most by a Bulldog keeper.
State fired a season- and program fifth-most 36 shots, putting 10 of those attempts between the posts.
The Dawgs’ first real scoring threat came in the 23rd minute when junior Elisabeth Sullivan had a shot saved by MVSU goalie Shelby Willcocks. Sullivan had her consecutive games with a goal streak stopped at four, one shy of the program’s top mark.
MSU capitalized on its next chance a minute later. Forbes dribbled to create an opening and fired a 25-yard shot that found the top corner of the far post for the 1-0 Bulldog lead.
Freshman Mary Kathryn Taylor nearly extended the lead with a couple of chances late in the first half. Willcocks made a brilliant save on a 33rd-minute attempt by the Pace, Fla., native, and with just over a minute left, she hit another shot that Willcocks deflected just enough to send it off the post. Fellow rookie Halee Heltsley was there for the follow-up, but her attempt carried just outside the near post as the Dawgs took the 1-0 advantage to the half.
“We had a hard week of training, so I thought we looked tired at times. Some of our passing was off, and our first touch was off at times, especially in the first half,” Macdonald said. “We created a lot of chances, but the finesse to finish things off wasn’t quite there for us.”
Mississippi State set an aggressive tone to the second half, pounding eight shots at the Devilettes in the opening 10 minutes.
In the 68th minute, MSU pressure created a throw-in in the MVSU final third. Gracie Irby tossed the ball to reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Honeye Heydari. She turned and served a ball into the box that Hoover headed past Willcocks for the decisive goal.
Irby earned her first collegiate point in the match, while Heydari collected a point in her sixth-straight contest to tie Jessie Moore and Amy Van Zandt for the school record for consecutive games with a point.
Willcocks claimed eight saves on the night for the Devilettes.
Mississippi State wraps the non-conference slate Sunday, hosting in-state foe Southern Mississippi in a 7 p.m. kickoff at the MSU Soccer Field.
Bulldogs Fall 2-0 To New Mexico
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia soccer team took a 2-0 defeat at the hand of visiting New Mexico on Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium, allowing a goal at the end of each half in its final non-conference outing of the season.
The Bulldogs were unable to find the back of the net for the second straight game as Georgia drops to 4-3 while New Mexico improves to 3-3-1. The Lobos got both goals on the night from senior midfielder Rachel Montoya.
“Our possession was better tonight, but we weren’t effective or efficient in the final third,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “We need to get better in the penalty box. I thought our defense was solid. We made some improvements from last weekend, but the area we need to continue to get better in is scoring goals.”
“Throughout the non-conference season we played some tough teams,” Holeman said. “We’ve played well at times. We need to get better in the final third and be more dangerous. We have some tough matches coming up in the SEC and that’s the real stuff. We have some work to do – something has to change.”
Georgia had its best chance of the night to that point with under 10 minutes to go in the first half, when sophomore Madison Meyers pulled away from a defender but played the ball just a bit too far in front of her as keeper Kelli Cornell was able to dive on it to get her squad out of trouble.
The Lobos then broke the scoreless tie with under six minutes to go in the first half after Ashley Baker made a save on a shot by Elba Holguin, but the rebound went out to an open Montoya in front and she fired it past Baker to give New Mexico the 1-0 lead. The halftime score would remain 1-0 in favor of the visitors, with Georgia edging the Lobos in shots, 6-5 through the first 45:00.
Georgia found a bit of an offensive rhythm in the second half but was continuing to struggle to find the mark.
With 17:53 to go in the second half the Bulldogs had a good chance when Susannah Dennis got her head on a cross, and Meghan Gibbons nearly had a look at the ensuing loose ball before she collided with the goalkeeper and it was cleared away.
Montoya would then strike again to give her side the 2-0 lead, as she stepped in to take a free kick from nearly 35 yards out and placed it just over the fingertips of Baker and in.
With the clock hovering around two minutes to go, sophomore Tori Cooper had a good look after a short dish from Bella Hartley, but her shot went wide. After pulling a defender to add a player up front, the Bulldogs were still unable to get on the board as New Mexico walked away with the 2-0 victory.
Georgia ended with the lead in shots on the night, 12-10, putting just four on frame. Baker came away with four saves for the Bulldogs while Dennis and Carli Shultis each led the way with three shots apiece.
Tonight was the Bulldogs’ first meeting against New Mexico in program history, as Georgia is now 3-4 all-time vs. Mountain West Conference opposition.
Georgia is off the remainder of the weekend and will open the SEC schedule a week from tonight, hosting Vanderbilt for a 7 p.m. contest in Athens. Live video will be available on Georgiadogs.com.
No. 25 Rebels Down UAB 4-1 To Remain Unbeaten
OXFORD, Miss. – The 25th-ranked Ole Miss soccer team matched the best start in school history on Friday night when Ole Miss (7-0) defeated UAB (0-6) by a score of 4-1 to finish non-conference play with an unblemished record.
The win matches the seven straight wins Ole Miss put together in the 2003 season for the best start in program history.
Ole Miss willed its way to the win with timely goals and precision play when needed on the night. The Rebels converted a pair of penalty kicks as two of the team’s four goals on a night when three different players put the ball in the net.
“One of our goals at the start of the season was to go undefeated in non-conference play, so we’re happy to have done that,” said Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott. “We’re trying to get the ball in dangerous positions and we’ve been able to do that for our attackers. We had some unfinished business from last year and we’re hungry to get into conference play, but we have to take it one game at a time and treat it like we’re starting a new season now.”
Alix Hildal got the Rebels on the board with her first goal of the season in the 14th minute, taking a pass from Erin Emerson and driving it into the goal. Emerson got the pass at the top of the box and passed it back out to Hildal who centered and scored to give the Rebels the 1-0 lead.
Ole Miss extended the lead to 2-0 in the 43rd minute when Mandy McCalla scored her seventh goal of the season on a penalty kick after being taken down in the box on a break.
The Blazers came out firing in the second half, converting a goal early in the period, scoring in the 49th minute when Johanna Liney took a pass from Megan Collins and got it past the Rebel goalkeeper. The goal snapped a streak of four consecutive shutouts by the Rebel defense.
Ole Miss wasn’t done scoring, though, pushing the lead back out to two goals when Rafaelle Souza scored the first of her two goals off a penalty kick in the 69th minute. Freshman Jessica Hiskey drew the foul in the box when she was taken down, setting up the kick from Souza that the junior converted with ease.
Souza scored again a few minutes later when she received a free kick from Brooke Theobald in the box and put the ball in the back of the net. Theobald took the free kick near midfield following a UAB foul and placed it perfectly in the box for Souza who converted the shot to give the Rebels the 4-1 victory.
Ole Miss will return to action next weekend, opening Southeastern Conference play with a pair of home matches against Western Division foes. The Rebels will host Arkansas at 7 p.m. on Friday night before taking on 14th-ranked Texas A&M at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to all matches is free.
Rebel fans can keep up with all of the latest news on the Ole Miss soccer team through several different outlets, including OleMissSports.com. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter @OleMissSoccer and can “like” the team on Facebook by searching for Ole Miss Soccer.
LSU Extends Unbeaten Streak with 0-0 Draw vs. FIU
BATON ROUGE – Junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman saved each of Florida International’s six shots on target to pitch her third shutout of the 2012 season on Friday night as the Tigers played the visiting Panthers to a scoreless draw in 110 minutes of action at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
Kinneman’s heroics were certainly felt in the first overtime period when she denied the Panthers a Golden Goal victory on breakaway opportunities by strikers Ashleigh Shim and Chelsea Leiva in the 96th and 97th minutes for two of her six saves on the night. Each time she raced off her line to cut off the angle for the opposition before making a diving save to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard.
The Tigers (3-1-2) extended their unbeaten streak to three-straight games as they played the Panthers (2-2-1) scoreless in 110 minutes of action in their first meeting on the pitch.
“Of course we want to score some goals, but I think that will come with the more games we play. The goals will come,” Kinneman said following the match. “We were creating some opportunities tonight, but we just weren’t finishing chances. We need to be sharper in the final third. We cleaned it up a little bit on defense, just have to stay focused through the whole game.
“I wasn’t thinking too much when they were on the break. A lot of it was just instinct and reaction. I just had to judge when to come out and steal ground to cut off their angle.”
Junior striker Addie Eggleston gave the Tigers their best opportunity to break the ice in the 29th minute of the first half with an opportunistic strike on one of the team’s five corner kicks in the frame and 11 corner kicks in the match. Within a minute after coming onto the pitch, Eggleston found herself on the end of a loose ball in the box following a service from the right corner flag by freshman Jade Kovacevic and fired a strike from eight yards on frame that forced a full-extension diving save toward the left post by Panther goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage.
Savage stood on her head once again in the 35th minute when LSU’s freshman Haley Emerson freed up sophomore striker Kaley Blades for a one-on-one opportunity in the left side of the area. Emerson played Blades in behind the Panther back line for a left-footed strike from eight yards that forced another diving save from Savage to preserve the scoreless draw going into the break.
The Tigers continued to pressure for the breakthrough into a second half played entirely in Florida International’s end of the field.
Just two minutes into the second half, Kovacevic made her presence felt with a brilliant end-line cross to the far post from the right side as she found freshman winger Heather Magee running free at the net through the middle of the area. Magee timed her jump for an open header, but missed an opportunity by a matter of inches that would have opened the floodgates for the home side.
The visitors were given their only opportunity in the dying seconds of regulation when Shim broke free from the Tiger defense after running onto a through ball behind LSU’s back line.
As she threatened to give the Panthers a dramatic victory in the final 10 seconds, Kinneman showed no hesitation in racing off her line and getting just enough of a glove on Shim’s chip shot from 12 yards to thwart the attack and force overtime as the remaining seconds ticked off the clock on the clearance by the Tigers.
The Tigers controlled the second half while finishing with a 15-2 shot advantage, but managed just two shots on target in the period. LSU held a decisive advantage on the final score sheet at 23-10 in total shots and 11-0 in corner kicks, but was unable to find the net in 110 minutes of action.
“We had plenty of the ball tonight. We certainly would have liked to get a goal out of it,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “They almost caught us on the break a few times, but Megan Kinneman made such great saves to clean the scoresheet. She has been fantastic all season long. We just have to start winning these games in front of her.”
The Tigers LSU will wrap up their non-conference schedule on Monday as they welcome the Memphis Tigers to Baton Rouge in a game that is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. CDT in Monday Night Futbol at the LSU Soccer Stadium. The team kicks off SEC play in eight days as it welcomes the Texas A&M Aggies into the conference next weekend.
No. 22 Tennessee Plays Cal State Northridge to Scoreless Tie
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- The No. 22 Tennessee soccer team and the Matadors of Cal State Northridge played a grueling, physical match Friday night to a scoreless tie at Matador Soccer Stadium.
Tennessee (5-0-1) had a 26-11 shot advantage over a tough Cal State Northridge (3-1-2) team that had received votes in this week's NSCAA poll. UT also had an 11-1 edge on corner kicks.
UT goalkeeper Julie Eckel (5-0-1) recorded four saves in the game while her CSUN counterpart, Cynthia Jacobo, tallied 11 stops. Both goalies played the full 110 minutes of the double-overtime tie.
Tennessee's attack was kept the ball on the home team's side of the field for the much of the night, but the Matadors were relentless. Cal State Northridge's passing was crisp and when the Lady Vols brought eight to the front on a blitz, the Matadors were skilled enough to turn dispossessions into breakaways that two-back sets of either Ali Hall and Allie Sirna or Caroline Capocaccia and Brittany Wade defended well.
Sophomore forward Iyana Moore had a team-high six shots with two on goal. Senior midfielder Kylie Bono, playing her first collegiate match in her home state, had five shots with three on goal. Midfielders Amy Harrison and CC Cobb each had three shots and two on goal. Jacobo had an outstanding night in goal for the Matadors as four of her 11 saves were what UT head coach Brian Pensky later called "next level."
Friday's match also marked the Tennessee debut for sophomore Hannah Wilkinson. The New Zealand native played 73 minutes off the bench and had one shot on goal.
Tennessee next sets its sights on its Sunday match at No. 2 UCLA.