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    SEC Soccer Today: September 14

    Texas A&M 1, LSU 0
    Kentucky 2, Florida 1
    Mississippi State 0, South Carolina 0
    Tennessee 2, Alabama 1
    Georgia 0, Vanderbilt 0
    Ole Miss 4, Arkansas 1
    Missouri 2, Auburn 0

    Aggies Win SEC Debut, 1-0, Versus LSU
    BATON ROUGE, La.  – Texas A&M Soccer found success in its Southeastern Conference debut with a 1-0 win over the LSU Tigers on Friday evening.
    The Aggies’ defense continued its dominance with their fourth consecutive shutout and the fifth blanking of an opponent in the last six games. Jordan Day extended her scoreless streak in net to 426 minutes.
    A&M broke the scoring seal early through the first half. Jayne Eadie offered in a corner kick from the left corner arc. Meghan Streight received the pass in the center of the field eight yards in front of the goal mouth and redirected the ball back to the left. Rachel Lenz used her head to squeeze the ball between a lunging netminder and the left post and to the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
    The Maroon and White owned a 19-9 advantage in shots, including 9-2 in the second half.
    The Aggies return to action on Sunday when the Maroon and White travel to Oxford for a 1 p.m., contest against the Ole Miss Rebels.

    Kentucky Upsets No. 13 Florida in SEC Opener

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman midfielder Courtney Raetzman scored her first-career goal in the 47th minute off a corner kick in what ended up to be a golden goal as the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team (6-1-0, 1-0-0 Southeastern Conference) knocked off the No. 13 Florida Gators (3-3-1, 0-1-0 SEC) 2-1 on Friday night in front of 1,348 people at the UK Soccer Complex. It was the Wildcats first win over Florida since the 2006 season.
    “One of the things that we talked about before the game and at halftime is the best way to play against a great possession team is to possess the ball,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “I just think we needed to stay calm and needed to possess the ball. Florida is the benchmark of our conference. They have been for a long, long time. I have such unbelievable respect for the way they play, their talent and their coaching. I knew in order to play against them, we had to possess the ball. I thought that we stayed on course.”
    The opening goal of the game was notched in the 13th minute by UF’s Mckenzie Barney off of a penalty kick. The goal was the second of the season for Barney after UK was whistled for a foul inside the box for tripping.
    Just 17 minutes later, when the clock read 30 minutes, the Wildcats earned theirsecond PK of the season after a foul was committed inside the area by the Gators. Sophomore defender Arin Gilliland calmly stepped up and knocked in her second goal of the season past the keeper into the upper-left corner of thenet.
    After the Wildcats knocked around the ball with possession before earning a sequence of corner kicks, resulting in the game-winning goal from Raetzman. The ball was served in by junior Danielle Krohn into the 18 before fellow junior CaitlinLandis got a foot on it and knocked it down to a waiting Raetzman. The freshman dumped the ball past a diving keeper to the far side, tallying the 2-1 lead for the Cats.
    After multiple scoring chances went by the wayside for the Gators in the second half, UK withstood a barrage of shots in the final minutes to close out its first win over Florida since the 2006 season in the SEC Tournament Championship game.
    Junior Kayla King continued to be solid in net, charting six saves in her 90 minutes in the cage. King had many diving saves that kept the Wildcats ahead in thesecond half, as the Louisville, Ky., native faced 11 Gator shots in whole.
    UK came into the game raking first in the conference in corner kicks and added to it on Friday night. The Wildcats earned nine set pieces from the corner while just allowing Florida to notch one corner all night long.
    The back line of Gilliland, Natalie Horner, Alyssa Telang and Ashley VanLandingham had another solid performance in front of King, whipping multiple chances away from UF in the game and allowing one or less goal for the sixth time in seven games in 2012.
    UK next faces undefeated Mississippi State (7-0-1, 0-0-1 SEC) on Sunday afternoon at the UK Soccer Complex. It will also be UK’s Kick-Cancer Match in which there will be many promotions to support pediatric cancer research at UK. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. ET.

    MSU Soccer Opens League Play with Hard-Fought 0-0 Draw at South Carolina
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Facing a road and league opener in the same match is daunting for a young team, but the Mississippi State soccer team rose to the challenge and came away with a 0-0 draw against South Carolina Friday night in Columbia.
    Despite the draw, the Bulldogs earned a point in the SEC table and kept their undefeated streak intact as they improved to 7-0-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the league. South Carolina ran its record to 3-2-2, 0-0-1 SEC.
    State also extended its school-record shutouts streak to six, and MSU senior goalie Skylar Rosson set a new school record with her 12th-career blank sheet as she saved a season-high eight shots.
    “To come to Columbia for our first road match and come away with a point is a great achievement for our team,” Neil Macdonald said. “I thought we were outstanding for the full 110 minutes. We created some great opportunities and had chance to clinch it. I’m really proud of the way our girls battled and fought a very good South Carolina team. Hopefully this is just another building block for us.”
    Rosson and the Bulldog defense came up big in the second overtime to prevent a couple of early South Carolina chances at the golden goal.
    The first was a long shot toward the back post by Andie Romness that Rosson saved. The second came on a free kick from 30 yards out. The Christa Neary kick was saved by Rosson, but she lost possession of the ball and Angotti-Smith’s follow-up went wide.
    Mississippi State had a chance to win it on a free kick with a minute left. Freshman Honeye Heydari struck the ball from 25 yards out, but Vercillo made the save as she tipped it over the crossbar.
    The Dawgs quickly sent the corner kick into the box, and it was batted down to Morganne Grimes for a header that was stopped off the line by a USC defender.
    South Carolina claimed five shots in the final overtime to take a 19-13 edge in the match. After the two squads combined for eight shots in the first half, the two teams fired 15 times in the final 45 minutes of regulation.
    The Dawgs nearly broke the deadlock with seconds left before the halftime whistle. Freshman Mary Kathryn Taylor out-worked her defender down the right side and hit a shot toward the top shelf that D’Angelo was able to tip over the crossbar to send the match to half tied 0-0.
    South Carolina made the first challenge of the second half in the 50th minute. Danielle Au fired a ball toward the far post from distance, but Rosson made a diving save to send the ball wide.
    Moments later the Gamecocks sent a free kick into the box that was headed toward goal by Elizabeth Sinclair, but Rosson once again made the stop.
    Sullivan earned the Bulldogs’ first shot of the second half in the 57th minute as she sent a bending shot toward the far post only to see it carry just wide of goal.
    South Carolina had a chance to break the deadlock in the 78th minute on a long throw-in that Courtney Agnotti-Smith headed toward the goal. Rosson made the save but the ball ended up on the turf and Shannen Jainudeen cleared it out of danger.
    With just over two minutes left, Danielle Au fired a shot on the ground toward the left post that Rosson dove and deflected around the post to send the match to overtime
    State maintained possession in the opening extra session, taking both of the period’s shots. The first threat at the golden goal came two minutes in. Sullivan made a run down the middle and flicked left to Heydari, who took a shot that was saved by Vercillo.
    Heydari created another attempt a minute later, but the shot carried just past the far post.

    Bono, No. 23 Tennessee Edge Alabama, 2-1 in OT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior Kylie Bono punched in the winning goal in overtime to lift No. 23 Tennessee past Alabama 2-1 in their SEC soccer opener Friday at Regal Stadium.

    Bono recorded her third goal of the season on a rebound off the goalkeeper with 3:10 left in the first overtime as Tennessee improved to 6-1-1 this season.

    "We talk a lot about getting something across the goalkeeper's face and disrupting her and making it hard for her," head coach Brian Pensky said. "When you're fortunate enough to have a 5-11 striker on the team as Hannah Wilkinson is, she got across her face and kept the ball alive. I tell you what, a lot of kids sky that ball over the crossbar. Kylie Bono did a great job, clinically just punching it into the back of the net. Great effort all around from a number of players."

    Both teams did their scoring in the opening minutes of the match. Laura Lee Smith put Alabama (5-2, 0-1 SEC) in the lead early when she took a header off a corner kick by Merel Van Dongen and an assist by Theres Diederich in the 12th minute.

    Alabama's lead did not last for long, thanks to the work of Tennessee's newest addition. Hannah Wilkinson evened the score at 1-1 with her first goal in Tennessee uniform on an unassisted play from six yards out, shaking one defender and freezing the goalkeeper before firing a shot on the right side of the net.

    Wilkinson was playing just her third match for Tennessee and was making her home debut for the Lady Vols. She joined the team during its road trip to California last week after completing play for New Zealand in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

    Tennessee hosts Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

    UGA Plays To Scoreless Draw With Vanderbilt

    ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia soccer team fired 26 shots and forced Vanderbilt keeper Alexa Levick to make 13 saves, but the Bulldogs failed to find the back of the net in Friday night’s 0-0 tie with Vanderbilt in the SEC opener at the UGA Soccer Stadium.

    The 26 shots were the second-most of the season and the third time in 2012 the Bulldogs had 20 or more chances, but the game ended scoreless as Georgia moves to 4-3-1 (0-0-1) on the year. Visiting Vanderbilt is now 3-3-2 (0-0-1). The Bulldogs have now been shut out in three straight games.

    The Bulldogs played in front of a season-high crowd of 2,024 tonight.

    “Our focus this week was to be more dangerous in the final third, and we were,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “Obviously their keeper had a phenomenal game. We created so many good opportunities and she stoned us a couple times from point-blank, one-vs.-one. We played well but just didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”

    The Bulldogs had their chances in each period of tonight’s game, including 10 shots in each half of regulation. Two of Georgia’s best looks at the goal all evening came in the first seven minutes, as Jenna and Owens and Madeline Barker each had close-range shots saved by Levick to set the tone for the keeper’s night. With under 19 minutes to go in the first, sophomore midfielder Tori Cooper had a good look as Owens dished it up to her in the middle, but Levick again roped in the shot.

    Vanderbilt then had perhaps their best chance of the night to that point when Cherrelle Jarrett got a header on a cross and was wide open in the center, but Ashley Baker came up with the stop for Georgia.

    Ten minutes into the second half of regulation, Meghan Gibbons had one saved from inside the six-yard box and it rolled over the end line to set up a Bulldog corner kick, but Georgia was unable to finish the set piece. With 30 minutes left, Gibbons was wide open in the middle and carried the ball up field before dumping it off to Owens, whose shot was again corralled by Levick.

    The Georgia defense held up its end of the bargain in the second half – allowing just three shots all period, including a stretch of over 35 minutes. The Commodores finally got one off with six minutes to go in the second, but the Ashley Oswald shot went wide and it remained scoreless.

    Levick made another great save with five minutes to go in the second half on a header by Gibbons, and Georgia knocked on the door again just two  minutes later only to see a Cooper running strike sail high. The Bulldogs earned a corner kick as time hovered around a minute to play, and it was taken by senior Susannah Dennis, but Tori Patterson’s header on the cross was off the mark.

    Georgia had an opportunity in the first 30 seconds of the first overtime period when Cooper placed a great ball on the foot of Gibbons, who turned and fired from point-blank range, but it was pulled in by Levick.

    Midfielder Nicole Locandro had a long-range look go just wide with 2:20 to go in the first added period, and with 30 seconds left Dennis’ header went wide as she connected with a loose ball in the middle and the teams remained scoreless with 10:00 to go.

    Four minutes into the second OT, Cooper was open in front but saw Levick take it away from her in front, and the keeper blocked another chance for Cooper just moments later. Levick then made her 13th and final save – proving to be the one that would preserve the shutout – on a deep shot for Cooper that bounced away, but no Georgia players were there to tap in the rebound.

    The Bulldogs finished up 26-11 in shots despite not finding the back of the net, with Baker needing just two saves down the other end to secure her second blank sheet of the year.

    Georgia is now 1-1-1 on the season in overtime games, and 2-1-1 at home. Gibbons led the Georgia effort with six shots, while Cooper had five. The Commodores’ leading scorer Cheyna Williams fired three for the visitors. The Bulldogs tonight moved to 9-8-1 all-time in SEC openers and 10-9-1 vs. Vanderbilt.

    Georgia is back at home on Sunday, set to take on SEC West foe Arkansas at 1 p.m. Live video coverage will be available on beginning just before kickoff.

    No. 22 Rebels Down Arkansas 4-1 In SEC Opener

    OXFORD, Miss. - The dynamic duo of Rebel juniors Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza continued to capitalize on aggressive defensive and offensive play from teammates on Friday night as No. 22 Ole Miss (8-0, 1-0 SEC) defeated Arkansas (3-4, 0-1 SEC) by a score of 4-1.

    The win opened Southeastern Conference play for the Rebels and set the school record for wins to start a season as Ole Miss has rattled of eight consecutive victories to start the season.

    McCalla and Souza each scored two goals on the night to help power the Rebels to the 4-1 win in front of a crowd of 1,363. With the victory, Ole Miss is now 13-4-1 all-time against Arkansas and 4-2 against the Razorbacks in conference opening matches.

    The Rebels will close out a six-game home stand on Sunday when Ole Miss will host No. 10 Texas A&M at 1 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. The Aggies are 7-1 on the season and coming off a win over LSU on Friday night.

    "We came out really flying and scored two goals in the first half on some brilliant plays by Rafaelle (Souza) and Mandy (McCalla)," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "The team is clicking offensively right now and it was a total team win for us. I'm really happy with the team overall.

    "It's good to get into conference play, but it's different," Mott said. "The intensity and energy level cranks up another notch. We had a great crowd again tonight and really drew off the cheering and chanting. It is becoming a tough place to play here it Ole Miss. We need that energy with us again on Sunday in a big match against Texas A&M."

    Things got started for the Rebels in the 28th minute when Souza and McCalla connected in the box for the first goal of the night. Souza delivered a cross in from the far side of the box to McCalla, who put it in the net to give Ole Miss the 1-0 lead.

    Souza wasn't down, however, coming up with a goal of her own less than four minutes later when she received a cross from Erin Emerson in the box and put it in the net herself to give the Rebels the 2-0 lead that Ole Miss would hold at the half.

    The Rebels struck again quickly in the second half when Bethany Bunker sent in a cross from the far side of the goal that Souza received in the box and converted for her second goal of the night to give Ole Miss the commanding 3-0 lead in the 53rd minute.

    Arkansas responded, scoring in the 73rd minute when Lindsey Mayo scored from in the box to cut the lead to 3-1.

    Ole Miss would come back to take the three goal lead with its final goal of the night in the 89th minute. McCalla lined up for a free kick following an Arkansas foul and delivered a shot over the wall and in over the head of the Razorback keeper to make it 4-1 in favor of the Rebels. It was the second goal of the night for the junior.

    No. 17 Mizzou Opens SEC Play With 2-0 Win Over Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 17 Mizzou soccer team earned its first-ever Southeastern Conference win as the squad defeated Auburn 2-0 Friday night in Auburn, Ala. The win improved Mizzou's record to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the SEC, while Auburn fell to 4-4 and 0-1.

    Sophomore Kaysie Clark gave the visiting Tigers a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute. The Liberty, Mo., native gathered the ball, dribbled into the left corner of the box and unleashed a low shot on net that ball flew past the diving Auburn goalkeeper and into the net. The goal was the second of the season for Clark.

    Less than five minutes into the second half Mizzou's offense seemed poised to strike again. Clark passed off to senior Taiwo Adeshigbin, who one-timed a shot. Auburn's keeper punched the attempt away, then knocked away and second chance shot from Adeshibgin.

    Missouri broke through a few minutes later as senior Haley Krentz blasted a 22-yard shot that sailed into the goal for a 2-0 Mizzou lead. The tally was the second of the season for Krentz, while sophomore Taylor Grant recorded her first assist of the year on the play.

    In the 60th minute, Clark nearly recorded her second goal of the game on a nice give-and-go in the box but Auburn's goalkeeper got her hand on Clark's point-blank shot to thwart the attempt. Five minutes later, junior Dominique Richardson uncorked a long-range shot to the far post but the keeper made a diving save on the ball.

    Auburn seemed poised to score in the 67th minute after redshirt sophomore McKenzie Sauerwein came off her line. The home Tigers blasted a shot on net but senior Allison Hu, stationed on the goal line, knocked the shot away.
    Missouri had a 19-14 advantage in shots and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks.

    Sauerwein recorded a season-high eight saves in goal.

    Mizzou travels to Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, Sept. 16 to face South Carolina at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) live on ESPNU.