|Samford 3, Kentucky 1
|South Carolina 3, East Carolina 0
|Florida State 1, Arkansas 0
|Florida 3, New Mexico 2
|Vanderbilt 4, Western Kentucky 1
|Texas A&M 2, Central Michigan 0
|UCLA 1, Tennessee 0
|Mississippi State 1, Southern Miss 0
Harris Scores First-Career Goal in 3-1 Loss to Samford
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Cailin Harris netted her first-career goal Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Cardinal Classic as the Wildcats fell 3-1 to the Samford Bulldogs. The loss was the first of the season for UK, who fall to 5-1 on the season and complete non-conference play with five wins for the third consecutive season.
“I think that Samford absolutely deserved the win today,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “We have no excuses today. I think that one of the things we have to learn is that we have to be ready for every team and respect the game enough to be ready every game. We tried to pick things up in the second half and dig ourselves out of the hole we created and it is very typical when you dig yourself a hole that you start hitting the post and have back saves. Unbelievable credit to Samford. They outhustled us, they outworked us, theycared about us more, were more passionate and I thought they deserved the win.”
In just the second minute of the game, Samford struck with the game’s opening goal. Senior forward Kaley Blanton scored from 40 yards out on a ball that hung up in the air and entered the net near the upper 90, past Kayla King.
Blanton struck again in the 17th minute on a rebound goal for the Bulldogs. After Lindsey Hansen hit the left post, the ball deflected out to the six, when Blanton struck home the rebound to a wide open net. The goal was the second of the game for Blanton. The Bulldog goal was the first goal allowed by UK to its opposition on the season through six games.
Kentucky cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 31st minute on freshman Harris’ first-career goal. After the Wildcats earned a corner kick and the ball was served in byDanielle Krohn, there were multiple deflections in and around the box. Harris got her boot on one of the deflections from about 10 yards out and struck it far post for the goal.
Harris was rewarded for her goal with selection to the Cardinal Classic All-Tournament Team, joining King and Arin Gilliland.
UK went into the half trailing 2-1. It was the first time all year UK has trailed at any point in a game this season, and also the first time Kentucky has trailed in a game at the half since Oct. 19, 2011 when UK trailed Georgia 1-0 at the intermission.
The Bulldogs scored again in the 60th minute on a shot past King to the far post by Brittany Hoffmann for Samford. The ball came in on the far side, and after taking a couple of touches and shedding the defender, Hoffmann struck far post for the goal.
The last time Kentucky allowed three goals in a single game was Oct. 2, 2011 vs. No. 9 Florida in a 3-0 defeat. The Cats had allowed one or fewer goals in seven consecutive games dating back to 2011.
Freshmen Lead Gamecocks In Non-Conference Finale Win
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Freshman Courtney Angotti-Smith scored a brace and classmate Raina Johnson added another as the freshman Gamecocks led South Carolina (3-2-1) to a 3-0 victory against East Carolina (3-4-0) in the non-conference finale at Stone Stadium.
Angotti-Smith and Johnson scored their first career goals on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to continue the trend of strong scoring outputs by first-year players for Shelley Smith’s team. Through four matches, Angotti-Smith has seven points on two goals and three assists, and the freshman class as a whole has scored seven of South Carolina’s nine goals this season.
“They both came up huge for us,” Smith said of the freshmen. “It’s something we talked about for this game. Substitutes make a difference for us. Obviously both of them came in and scored within a few minutes of them coming on to the field. They did their jobs perfectly to come into the game, make an impact and give us a lift. Credit to both of them to do a good job for us.”
Earning assists on the day were Elizabeth Sinclair, Lani Smith, Danielle Au and Stevi Parker. The points were the first of the season for juniors Sinclair and Au. South Carolina concluded the match with a 20-2 shot advantage – allowing no shots on goal – and 9-2 edge in corner kicks. The two shots allowed were the fewest by a team since the Gamecocks held Ole Miss to only one shot in a 3-0 victory on October 1, 2010. That match was also the last time the Gamecocks held an opponent without a single shot on frame.
Angotti-Smith put the Gamecocks ahead in the 23rd minute with a strike 16 yards out from a feed by Sinclair to give the early 1-0 lead. The Goose Creek native entered the match just 79 seconds earlier and immediately made her presence known on the pitch. However, despite a 12-2 shot advantage in the opening half, the Gamecocks weren’t able to capitalize on the early attempts, something that Smith talked to her team about at the break.
“We didn’t follow the gameplan that we should have,’ Smith said of the first half effort. “The game got away from us. The second half we played soccer. It looked nice. It was creative. We played to feet and moved the ball. For the most part we were organized defensively. We had very few turnovers compared to the first half. That’s the way we need to play.”
The Gamecocks took the halftime to speech to heart and responded with a two-goal second half while keeping the Pirates without a single shot. Sophomore goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo was the benefactor of a defensive effort that allowed zero shots on goal in 90 minutes of action for her first shutout of the season and fifth of her career.
Johnson tallied the second goal of the match at 61:15 with assists by Au and Smith after Au sent a ball into the box that Smith headed up to allow Johnson to tap it across the line for the 2-0 advantage. Angotti-Smith would add the final tally at 69:43 with a header from Parker’s cross to cap a solid first two weeks for the freshman.
“It was very important to come out and show what we could do this time, because we didn’t do well (against Clemson),” Johnson said of getting the victory.
Razorbacks Push No. 1 Florida State, But Fall 1-0
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas pushed top-ranked Florida State to the limit and allowed just one goal while missing on a few scoring opportunities in a 1-0 loss to the Seminoles at Razorback Field on Sunday.
Arkansas was playing a No. 1-ranked team for the first time in program history. FSU (6-0-0), which has the top spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire poll, scored at the 16:11 mark and that’s the only goal the Seminoles needed.
The Razorbacks generated several scoring chances and just missed on tying or possibly taking the lead.
Head coach Colby Hale was pleased with his team’s effort, but he wants the Razorbacks to finish those opportunities.
"We can’t just play hard and be happy," he said. "Yes, we played hard, but we still lost. We have to keep growing and concentrate on the little things. You can see the chances for goals happening, but we have to put them in."
A few chances were sprinkled throughout the second half. At the 52-minute mark, Allie Chandler got inside the box and beat her defender for a one-on-one with keeper Kelsey Wys. Chandler’s shot went wide right from 10 yards out.
At the 67-minute mark, Alex Starrett dribbled down the right side and drew Wys out from the net. Her shot from the right side at the left post went wide left.
At the 91-minute mark, Tyler Allen took a hard shot from the top of the 16, but it bounced off a defender for a team save. With less than two minutes to play, Allen played a corner kick into the box from the far side, and Allie Tripp’s header went left.
"I feel like we played well against a really good team," defender Kaylyn Cooper said. "We are growing and this helps us for the start of Southeastern Conference play."
For the game, Florida State had a 19-8 advantage in shots with a 7-2 lead in shots on goal. FSU had a 9-3 shot advantage in the first half and a 10-5 lead in the second.
Arkansas keeper Kelly Roliard had five saves.
Chandler led the Razorbacks with two shots, and she and Teni Butler had shots on goal.
"We are going to see talent like this in the SEC," Tripp said. "We played well, but we had a few mistakes and we can fix them."
FSU’s score came at 16:11 when Tiffany McCarty battled for a loose ball and knocked it in from five yards in front of goal. Jamia Fields passed inside to McCarty at the right post, who got tangled up with a couple of Razorbacks, but she dug the ball out and shot into the center of the net.
"A lack of communication is one of the things that hurt us and it cost us on their goal," Hale said. "When we start doing the little things, we’ll wins games."
No. 24 Gator Soccer Defeats New Mexico 3-2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 24 University of Florida soccer team (3-2-1, 0-0 SEC) roared out of a lightning delay to score the tying and go-ahead goals to defeat New Mexico (3-4-1, 0-0 MWC) 3-2 Sunday afternoon at the James G. Pressly Stadium.
The Lobos’ Rachel Montoya took advantage of a Gator backline miscue to score the only goal of the opening half. She pounced on the ball played between two UF defenders to score an unassisted goal from 14 yards in the 21st minute.
A pair of sophomores worked together to score the Gators’ first goal early in the second half. The play began when senior All-American Erika Tymrak won the ball with a spinning move between a pair of Lobos at the center of the field. Sophomore Havana Solaun ran onto the ball played by Tymrak and she brought it down to just above the 18-yard box. The ball Solaun played left found sophomore Annie Speese making a run in the box. Speese took a couple of touches before sending a right-footed shot which scored in the middle upper coordinate of the goal. It was Speese’s first goal of the season.
The Lobos regained the lead in the 57th minute when Natalie Jenks, located deep in the Florida box, sent a ball that cut up through the box diagonally. Stephanie Rowe ran onto the ball and scored her first goal of the season from 18 yards.
Shortly after the Lobos second goal, lightning in the area forced the teams from the field. Play resumed after a 50-minute delay.
Florida quickly knotted the score at 2-all off a goal that was predicted by sophomore Maggie Rodgers during the break from play.
“We were in the locker room and I just had this feeling that Erika was going to score. Then I went up to her, told her it maybe eight times until she said, ‘okay I get it Maggie, I know I’m going to score,’” Rodgers said of her Gator medium moment. “We just kind of body-slammed each other (after the goal). I told her she was going to score and she said it was because of me.”
The goal was scored just over two minutes after play resumed. Tymrak remarked that the Lobos presented Florida with a riddle which they needed to solve.
“They sat behind the ball so we kind of had to treat it like a puzzle and break it down. When they put a lot of numbers behind, something that will break that down is give and go’s,” Tymrak said. “I saw (Annie) Bobbitt in a gap and I gave it to her. I made a run, she played it right back on my foot and I looked up and saw the far post open so I hit it.”
The goal was Tymrak’s second of the season and the 25th of her career.
The Gators took a 3-2 lead in the 66th minute off a header from senior Holly King. The Gators were awarded a free kick a few paces above the upper left corner of the box. The ball fellow senior Jo Dragotta sent into the box was flicked off the head of King for her first goal of the season.
There was a near-call by the official on the play, but King’s goal stood.
“Jo and I can read each other really well so I knew exactly where she was going to play it. She played a perfect ball to me and I just headed it in with a girl dragging my jersey backwards,” King said. “The ref saw the girl pulling my jersey back as I was heading it so he was going to call the penalty, but it went in so he just called the goal.”
Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh liked that the Gators found a way to win Sunday.
“It’s a big win for us because it’s a bit of a contrast in styles. For us to find a way to solve that and particularly in the predicament we were in says a lot about the character of this team,” Burleigh said. “We were in a hard situation.”
Burleigh said the Gators were calm during the lightning break. “During the rain delay the team was pretty calm, there wasn’t any panic,” Burleigh said. “It is important for us to understand that combinations are key to making goals. The tying goal was actually a combination right in front of the box.”
Vanderbilt Defeats Western Kentucky
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Four first-half goals, including a pair by freshman Kelsey Tillman, propelled the Vanderbilt women's soccer team to a 4-1 victory Sunday on the road at Western Kentucky.
The victory puts the Commodores back at .500 (3-3-1) at the close of non-conference play. Vanderbilt's four-goal performance marks the squad's highest offensive output since VU's 2010 season opener at UAB (a 5-1 win).
Western Kentucky actually tallied the game's first goal when Christen Sims scored in only the fifth minute. But Tillman would tie the game up on an unassisted score less than five minutes later, the first goal of her young Vanderbilt career.
In the 17th minute, freshman Cheyna Williams linked up with Tillman at the top of the 18-yard box, and Tillman's second goal gave the Commodores a 2-1 advantage. Williams would score a goal of her own in the 30th minute. Off a deflection, she controlled a ball inside the 18' and fired into the corner of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
Sophomore Ashley Oswald capped the scoring in the 42nd minute. After collecting a ball inside the box, she changed directions to beat a WKU defender and finished past the Toppers' goalkeeper to give Vanderbilt its final 4-1 advantage.
Vanderbilt's three-goal advantage gave Coach Greene a chance to see some reserve players on the field for extended periods. Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Morrish made her first career appearance and stopped three WKU shots in the second half.
Aggies Topple Central Michigan, 2-0, For Their Fifth Consecutive Win
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The intensity of the heat let up some at Ellis Field on Sunday afternoon, but the same could not be said for the intensity of the Aggies’ defense as No. 14 Texas A&M notched its fourth shutout in the last five games in a 2-0 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas.
Texas A&M (6-1-0) broke the scoring seal early in the contest. In the fifth minute of play, Meghan Streight served a ball in from the left touchline to Katie Perry who was making a run down the center of the pitch. Perry got the ball from 25 yards out and launched a shot towards an unsuspecting Central Michigan netminder. The ball ruffled the back of the net and the Aggies staked claim to a 1-0 lead.
The Aggies would go nearly 80 minutes before scoring their next goal despite owning much of the possession and a healthy shot advantage. Texas A&M outshot the Chippewas 19-9 for the game and 17-8 over the scoreless span.
The Maroon and White tacked on their late insurance goal in the 85th minute. Shea Groom advanced the ball down the left side to the end line and sent a ball to the left corner of the goal box. Leigh Edwards needed just one touch to flick the ball to Chelsea Grooms who was sitting unchecked eight yards out in the center of the pitch. Grooms used the inside of her right foot to send the ball left of a lunging keeper for the 2-0 advantage.
After starting the season 1-1, the Aggies have played their last five games at the friendly confines of Ellis Field, allowing just one goal in 450 minutes of action. Jordan Day, who has played all 630 minutes in goal for Texas A&M this season, has not allowed an opponent tally in the last 336 minutes of action dating back to Rutgers’ goal in the 24th minute of action.
With the Aggies midfield stomping out counter-attacks and the backline marking defenders aggressively, Central Michigan (4-2-1) had to resort to spraying buckshot with few of their nine shots in the game coming inside the penalty box. Day made three saves on the afternoon, all with plenty of time to read the action of the ball.
In five games at Ellis Field, Texas A&M has outshot opponents by an average of 22.0-8.4 and the shots on goal advantage stands at 46-18.
NO. 22 TENNESSEE FALLS TO NO. 2 UCLA, 1-0
LOS ANGELES –The No. 22 Tennessee soccer team fought hard on Sunday at Drake Stadium, playing 53 scoreless minutes with No. 2 UCLA, but a rebound goal off a missed cross in the second half lifted the Bruins to a 1-0 win over the Lady Vols.
Tennessee (5-1-1) saw its school-record shutout streak end at 533:23. UCLA (5-0-1) pulled ahead when UT goalkeeper Julie Eckel (5-1-1) dove for a cross from Taylor Smith that found its way to Rosie White. Eckel could not adjust in time as White punched in the goal right of the center of the net.
Tennessee’s two best scoring chances came from sophomores Iyana Moore and Hannah Wilkinson. With the game scoreless in the 51st minute Moore tried to hook one in from the right side, but UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made a diving save to prevent it from reaching the upper right corner of the net. The Tennessee attack stepped things up when UCLA took the 1-0 lead. In the 69th minute, Hannah Wilkinson set herself near the top center of the box and booted a high arcing shot that just grazed the top of the crossbar.
The Lady Vols were outshot 12-4. UCLA held a 5-4 edge on corner kicks.
Eckel recorded four saves in the loss. Defenders Sirna, Ali Hall and Brittany Wade played the full 90 minutes in the loss.
Simmons’ Golden Goal Carries MSU Past USM For Seventh-Straight Win
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Jasmine Simmons scored the golden goal in the 98th minute as Mississippi State wrapped a perfect non-conference slate with a 1-0 overtime win against Southern Mississippi Sunday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
Morganne Grimes claimed possession of the ball on the back line. She sent a diagonal ball over the USM defense to sophomore Dana Forbes.
Forbes, two days removed from her first-career goal, dribbled down the right side and served a ball across the face of the goal to Simmons for the one-timer into the back of the net.
“Morganne played a great ball into Dana, and she took off. I tried to get into the box, and Dana played a cross and I finished,” Simmons said.
The Dawgs improved to 7-0, the most consecutive wins to open the year since the 2009 squad claimed eight-straight wins to begin the season.
After being out-shot 6-4 in the opening half, MSU dominated offensive possession the rest of the way, out-firing the Golden Eagles 19-5.
“Southern was excellent tonight. They had a great plan and really frustrated us most of the evening,” Bulldog head coach Neil Macdonald said. “I thought we were a little sub-par in our attacking, but we persevered and fought with them the whole way. Our seniors came up big. Madison McKee really changed the game when she went in, and Jasmine grabbing the winner was great.”
Senior Skylar Rosson was tested four times by the USM attack, but the Edmond, Okla., native was up to the challenge as she thwarted every challenge to post the team’s fifth-straight shutout, a new school record.
Rosson pitched the 11th solo clean sheet of her career, tying Taryn Holland for the school record.
USM goalie Lindsey Schwaner stopped seven shots in the contest as the Golden Eagles fell to 2-3-1 on the year.
It was not an easy challenge against a determined Southern Mississippi squad.
The Golden Eagles threatened in the 12th minute on a shot by USM points leader Danica Roberts that was saved by Rosson.
State countered and found Elisabeth Sullivan on the left wing. Sullivan fired a ball toward the far post, but her attempt curved wide of target.
USM had another chance in the 21st, but Rosson kept the match scoreless with a nice save on Missy Wentz’s shot. The Golden Eagles got behind the MSU defense moments later, but Chelsea Cruthirds’ sliding attempt on the cross sailed wide of the post.
Sullivan found her own breakaway opportunity in the half’s final ticks. She fired a shot from just inside the 18-yard box, but USM goalie Lindsay Schwaner made the save to send the scoreless tie to halftime.
The Bulldogs opened the second half pressing hard for the go-ahead goal. SEC Freshman of the Week Honeye Heydari weaved through defenders in the 56th minute, but she was unable to get enough angle on the shot to carry it past Schwaner.
The Golden Eagles countered two minutes later and created a breakaway opportunity with Brook Hendrix. Hendrix dribbled down the middle of the pitch at Rosson, but the Bulldog goalie made a diving stop on the 1-v-1 attempt to keep the match tied 0-0.
Southern Miss nearly clinched the win on a corner kick with just under two minutes remaining. Shelbi Moeller’s headed Wentz’s service toward the top shelf, but the ball carried over Rosson’s out-stretched hand and just over the crossbar.