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    SEC Soccer Today: September 16

    SOCCer RESULTS
    Georgia 2, Arkansas 0
    Kentucky 3, Mississippi State 0
    Missouri 1, South Carolina 0
    Texas A&M 4, Ole Miss 0
    Alabama 1, LSU 1
    Vanderbilt 1, Tennessee 1
    Florida 2, Auburn 1

    Gibbons Scores Two In Win Over Arkansas

    ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team got two goals from junior Meghan Gibbons just over two minutes apart in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Arkansas at the UGA Soccer Stadium, good for the Bulldogs’ first Southeastern Conference victory of the season.

    With the win Georgia finishes the opening weekend of conference play unblemished including Friday night’s 0-0 tie with Vanderbilt here, as UGA now sits at 5-3-1 (1-0-1) on the season.

    “It was important for the team and for the forwards mentally to get a goal today,” Gibbons said. “We’ve had some trouble scoring and sometimes that’s a mental block, so we needed to get the first one and I know they’ll keep coming now. This was an important win for our team and we’re very happy about it. It’ll give us some momentum heading into some road games next weekend.”

    “This was a much-needed win,” added head coach Steve Holeman. “We were at home and you have to protect your home field. The defense has been doing their jobs, and it was fantastic for the offense to come in and score two today. We needed this and we got it, so we have to use it going forward.”

    After the two teams played a scoreless first half with shots locked at five apiece, the Bulldogs came alive offensively out of the locker room as shots wound up 13-1 in Georgia’s favor after intermission. It didn’t take long to break the tie as the Bulldogs got their first score of the day in the 48th minute with Carli Shultis starting the play on the left side, feeding a header up to Gibbons, who took a touch and sent it past the keeper for the 1-0 Georgia lead.

    But Gibbons wasn’t finished, as the Texas native then took a service from Nikki Hill inside the box and volleyed it past the keeper for the 2-0 advantage just two minutes later. It was the third multi-goal game of Gibbons’ career, who today tallied her first two goals of the 2012 season.

    The Georgia defense made sure to lock down after getting the lead, allowing just the one Arkansas shot in the final 45:00 of action as goalkeeper Ashley Baker captured her second consecutive shutout and third of the season, while the Bulldogs have now kept the opposition scoreless for four straight halves.

    The Bulldogs had some additional scoring chances in the second half, including a good look for junior attacker Madeline Barker, who fired one at the keeper off a tap up field from Bella Hartley, but the Razorbacks’ Kelly Roliard came up with the stop. With under four minutes to go, Barker had another shot get blocked to set up a Georgia corner kick.

    Georgia ended outshooting Arkansas by a count of 18-6, including that 13-1 margin after halftime. Baker was tested just three times in goal in collecting the blank sheet, while Gibbons and Susannah Dennis led the way in the stat column offensively, each taking four shots on the day. Shultis and Hill were credited with assists on Gibbons’ goals.

    Georgia improves to 10-2-3 all-time vs. the Razborbacks, who drop to 3-5-0 (0-2-0) with today’s loss. The Bulldogs have gotten goals from eight different players in 2012.

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    Women’s Soccer Earns First SEC Weekend Sweep in Lipsitz Era

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team (7-1-0, 2-0-0 SEC) tallied three goals on Sunday afternoon, marking its largest offensive output of the season, to hand the Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-1-1, 0-1-1 SEC) their first loss of the 2012 season by a final tally of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at the UK Soccer Complex.
     
    “To get six points on a weekend means a lot,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “Today was the day when we grew up some. We did it all together, and as I said in the locker room, you don’t have to be anyone other than who you are. I thought it was a good step in what is going to be a grind.”
     
    The opening goal of the game was charted in the fourth minute of the game when freshman Kelli Hubly slipped one past the keeper to give the Wildcats the early lead. Hubly got the ball on a nice feed at the outer edge of the 18 after freshman Courtney Raetzman worked the ball through the middle of the field. Junior Caitlin Landis gave the feed on the far side to Hubly who knocked it home. It was Hubly’s second goal of the season.
     
    UK would strike again just eight minutes later when Landis notched her first goal of the season in the 12th minute to give the Wildcats the commanding 2-0 lead. The strike from Landis came fromabout 10 yards out after Hubly had a nice entry ball past the MSU back line. The ball was struck near post on one touch and past the keeper.
     
    Kentucky controlled most of the possession throughout the game, collecting seven corner kicks to MSU’s two. The Wildcats recorded 21 shots overall in the game to the Bulldog’s six.
     
    Kayla King finished off yet another outstanding weekend in net with a shutout performance. The Louisville, Ky.,native has now been a part of five defensive shutouts on the 2012 campaign as this was her first individual shutout of the season. Sunday, King recorded three saves while facing six shots overall.
     
    Sophomore Arin Gilliland rounded out the scoring, charting the third goal on the season for the Lexington, Ky., native and second on the weekend. After senior Natalie Horner hit the crossbar on a corner kick, the ball came out to a waiting Raetzman, who passed it to a waiting Gilliland who headed it in far post for the goal. The third goal of the game marked the highest offensive output in a single game versus an SEC opponent since Oct. 29 vs. Vanderbilt in a 4-2 win a year ago.
     
    The game Sunday also marked UK’s annual Kick-Cancer Game, in which portions of Sunday’s game went to the research of pediatric cancer. The Wildcats wore special gold uniforms to mark their support. All of the gold uniforms will go on sale via auction Monday morning at UKathletics.com/auctions.
     
    “Raising money for the Pediatric Cancer Oncology Center here at UK just means the world to us,” Lipsitz said. “Our lives were changed when we met Allison Berger over there a few years ago. Meeting her and her family and now getting to do this every year in her honor, raising money and giving back to the kids is amazing for us. We are so honored to do something to give back.”
     
    Coupling Sunday’s win with the 2-1 win Friday over No. 13 Florida, Kentucky completes its first SEC-weekend sweep under Lipsitz. The full allotment of six points comes as the most points UK has earned on an opening weekend of conference play since 2003 when UK tallied two wins.

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    No. 17 Mizzou Defeats South Carolina, 1-0

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Junior Dominique Richardson scored a goal with two minutes left in regulation to propel the No. 17 Mizzou soccer team to a 1-0 win over South Carolina Sunday afternoon in Columbia, S.C. With the win, the Tigers improve to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Gamecocks fell to 3-3-2 and 0-1-1.

    "South Carolina really put us through a tough test today, they were extremely hard to break down," Mizzou Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "That team will win a lot of games this year"

    With two minutes remaining in regulation, sophomore Abi Raymer found Richardson, who one-timed a left footed low shot that went to the right of the Gamecock goalie and into the back of the net. The tally was the third of the season for Richardson, while Raymer recorded her second assist of the year.

    The game went back and forth for much of the match. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein kept the Gamecocks off the board in the 21st minute when she got a hand on a South Carolina shot and deflected it off the crossbar. The Gamecocks gathered the rebound and put another shot on net but Sauerwein corralled it to end the scoring chance.

    In the 30th minute, Mizzou countered off a South Carolina corner, as junior Alyssa Diggs dribbled up the field and passed off to freshman Reagan Russell. Russell unleashed a shot from the left corner of the box but the Gamecock's keeper saved the shot.

    With 30 second left in the first half, redshirt freshman Lauren Flynn took a header from senior Kelsey Mulcahy, made a move and passed into the box. Diggs ran onto the pass but South Carolina's goalie came off her line and snatched the ball away from Diggs.

    The Tiger offense came out firing in the second half, as the squad got off six shots in the first 12 minutes of the frame. In the 65th minute, sophomore Kaysie Clark nearly got the Tigers on the board when she uncorked a 13-yard shot but her attempt sailed just to the left of the goal. Three minutes later, Flynn sent a cross into the box that found junior Dominique Richardson's foot. Richardson one-timed the cross but South Carolina's goalkeeper made a sprawling save.

    Missouri had a 17-8 shot advantage, including a 14-1 edge in the second half.

    Sauerwein made two saves in net and recorded her fourth shutout of the season.

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    Aggies Post Historic Shutout of Ole Miss, 4-0

    OXFORD, Miss.  – Texas A&M Soccer combined an opportunistic offensive effort with another strong defensive showing to post its fifth consecutive shutout, 4-0, against the Ole Miss Rebels on Sunday afternoon. It marks the first time in program history that the Aggies have notched five straight shutouts.

    With the win, Texas A&M (8-1-0, 2-0-0 SEC) earned its seventh consecutive victory and moved alone into first place in the SEC Western Division standings with six points.

    Entering the game the offense of previously undefeated Ole Miss (8-1-0, 1-1-0 SEC) was putting up prolific numbers, averaging 3.75 goals per game. The Aggies were able to silence the unstoppable Rebel force with solid goalkeeping play by Jordan Day and another strong effort by the backline of Lyndsey Gnatzig, Rachel Lenz, Jackie Tondl and Lindsey Witz.

    Day made seven saves in goal for the Aggies. The defense held Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza, who entered the game with a combined 18 goals, to just four shots on goal.

    Texas A&M drew first blood early in the first half at the 6:39 mark. Meaghan Streight handled the ball at midfield and lobbed a pass to Annie Kunz who slipped past the Ole Miss defense. Kunz collected the ball form 30 yards out with no one between her and the goal except Rebels netminder Kelly McCormick. McCormick took the bait and charged off the line. When McCormick got 15 yards out, Kunz chipped a shot from 25 yards out that took one bounce in the goal area before crossing the line for the 1-0 lead.

    The Aggies inflated the cushion to 2-0 with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. Streight picked up her second assist on a free kick from 40 yards out. She served the ball into the box with Shea Groom standing on the penalty spot. By the time the ball entered the penalty box Groom was able to work to 12 yards out where she headed the ball right of the goalkeeper for the 2-0 lead.

    Texas A&M did not rest on its laurels in the second stanza. Seven minutes into the half, Witz snuffed out a Rebels’ attack and cleared the ball to start the counterattack. Kunz received the ball at midfield and dribbled down the right touch line. Kunz beat a defender before launching a shot from 25 yards out at the right corner of the penalty box. Her blast glanced off the right post before ruffling the back of the net for her second goal of the game and sixth of the season.

    The A&M lead ballooned to 4-0 with 22:15 remaining in the game. Allie Bailey launched a shot from 10 yards out. The shot ricocheted back to Bailey who sent the carom into the back of the net for her third goal of the season.

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    Alabama Soccer Plays LSU to a 1-1 Draw

    BATON ROUGE, La. – The Alabama soccer team earned its first point of Southeastern Conference play as it tied LSU, 1-1, Sunday afternoon in a match televised on CSS. After the weekend the Crimson Tide moves to 5-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in SEC action.

    After Carlie Banks scored in the waning moments of the first half to give the Tigers an early advantage, but Pia Rijsdijk evened the score in the 51st minute for the Crimson Tide. The sophomore handled a Theresa Diederich pass and buried her fourth goal on the season.

    Junior keeper Shelby Church played the full 110 minutes in goal, making two saves on the afternoon. LSU (4-2-3, 0-1-1 SEC) keeper Megan Kinneman was under duress for most of the contest as the junior made 11 saves.

    Alabama outshot LSU, 27-9, with junior Kendall Khanna leading the way with seven shots. UA outshot LSU in every period, including a 14-4 advantage in the second half and a 4-0 margin in the second overtime.

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    NO. 23 TENNESSEE TIES VANDERBILT, 1-1, ON SUNDAY

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 23 Tennessee and Vanderbilt both scored in the first half, but neither team could put one in the net again in a 1-1 double-overtime tie Sunday at Regal Stadium.

    "We had 22 shots miss the frame," Pensky said. "So we've got to get better in and around the goal. We also had 10 corner kicks and we've got to get better on our set piece opportunities."

    The match wrapped up a long weekend for Tennessee (6-1-2, 1-0-1 SEC) and Vanderbilt (3-3-3, 0-0-2). The Lady Vols beat Alabama 2-1 in overtime on Friday, while Vanderbilt recorded a tie with Georgia.

    Tennessee took an early lead when newcomer Hannah Wilkinson scored from three yards out on a cross from Katie Lenz in the 12th minute. In just four games since joining the Lady Vols, Wilkinson has scored two goals.

    Vanderbilt struck back in the 24th minute when Dana Schwartz fired in a goal with an assist by Cheyna Williams.

    For the rest of the game, both teams came close to scoring again. Tennessee took 10 corner kicks during the game, including one with less than 10 seconds left in overtime. Amy Harrison took the kick and Lenz took a last-second shot that was saved by Vanderbilt's defense to preserve the tie.
    A total of 37 fouls were called in the physical match between the two teams, Vanderbilt with 21 and Tennessee with 16. There were also three yellow cards distributed.

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    No. 22 Gator Soccer Takes 2-1 OT Win at Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. – The first goal for junior transfer Adriana Leon is golden as the No. 22 University of Florida soccer team (4-3-1, 1-1 SEC) claimed a 2-1 overtime win at Auburn (4-5-1, 0-2 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a AU Soccer Complex crowd of 831.

    Leon, who joined the Gator team this fall after playing for Notre Dame the last two seasons, ended the match with just 32 second remaining in the first overtime. The play started after an exchange of glances between Leon and Erika Tymrak led to a quick free kick after Auburn committed a foul above their box.

    “Erika and I made some eye contact. We knew the pass was on,” Leon said. “No one was around me so she played the ball quickly off the free kick. I just turned and saw the shot was open and I took it.”

    Leon’s 18-yard shot scored at the far post to finish Florida’s come-from-behind effort. She is the first since Taylor Travis in the 2010 opener versus Miami to have their first Gator goal be golden.

    The Gators found themselves behind early Sunday. AU’s Tatiana Coleman, from deep in the Florida half, crossed the ball into the middle of the box. Mary Coffed one-touched the ball into the far post to score her third goal of the season.

    A free kick goal in the 72nd minute tied the match at 1-all. The Gators were awarded the free kick about 30 yards above the Tiger goal. Jo Dragotta sent the ball into the six-yard box where it knocked around until fellow senior Holly King put it in.

    “Jo gave a great ball into the box. I think I brought it down with my thigh past the defender,” King said. “It was right in front of the keeper so I just toe-poked it right under her at the near post.”

    It was the second consecutive Sunday the two seniors synced up for a goal as the duo also combined on a free kick to provide Florida’s final score in a 3-2 win over New Mexico. Sunday’s goal was King’s second of the season.

    After Florida’s 2-1 loss at Kentucky Friday, the coaching staff wanted the Gators to work on being composed when playing from behind.

    “We have some fiery leaders on this team but sometimes that’s not what we need. They are great when we need to keep our standards high and great when we need to motivate people but in these two games this weekend, we needed calm and we challenged our leaders to do that,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “In terms in our ability to keep the ball and to create chances we did a much better job tonight. I think that was a direct response to Friday.”