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    SEC Soccer Today: September 21

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

    Alabama Downs Georgia, 2-1, in SEC Home Opener
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In the span of four minutes the Alabama Soccer team was able to secure its first victory over Georgia since 2004 as it downed the Bulldogs, 2-1, Friday night in front of 1,102 fans at the Alabama Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improve to 6-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in Southeastern Conference play.
    After an even first half, Alabama quickly seized the momentum of the match. Within the first four minutes of the period, the Tide scorched the back of the net twice.
    Freshman Katie Bourgeois got the scoring going just over a minute in as the newcomer buried a through ball from sophomore Pia Rijsdijk and beat Ashley Baker far post for her team-leading seventh goal on the season.
    Rijsdijk would set up another Alabama goal just two minutes later as she split the Bulldog defense once again, this time finding junior Molly Atherton, who ripped her fourth goal of the year. After the two helpers, Rijsdijk now has three on the season.
    Georgia then pulled within one when Meghan Gibbons bent a one-on-one opportunity around Tide keeper Shelby Church in the 56th minute. Gibbons took a Nikki Hill pass on the near sideline and recorded the goal from 16 yards out.
    Georgia outshot Alabama, 15-13, with Madeline Barker leading all players with four tallies. Bourgeois, Rijsdijk and Atherton paced the Tide with three shots apiece.
    Church allowed the one goal and made three saves while Baker tallied a match high seven saves in the losing effort. Church has allowed one goal or less in seven contests this season.
    Alabama will continue play on its home pitch when it welcomes Mississippi for a Sunday SEC matinee on Sept. 23. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m., at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.

    Gator Soccer Defeats No. 23 Tennessee 2-1
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A goal in each half gave the University of Florida soccer team (5-3-1, 2-1 SEC) a 2-1 win over No. 23 Tennessee (6-2-2, 1-1-1 SEC) Friday in front of a soggy James G. Pressly Stadium crowd.
    The earliest Gator score of the season came off a 20-yard crack from junior transfer Adriana Leon. The ball from outside back Lauren Silver found Leon just above the box. Her shot hit the cross bar and then down into the goal at 5:31.
    “I remember seeing so much open space in front of me because the defenders backed down, so I shot it,” Leon said.
    It was Leon’s second consecutive score for the Gators, as she hit the golden goal Sunday in UF’s 2-1 overtime win at Auburn.
    The Gators’ second goal started when Leon, located at the top of the box, received the ball from Havana Solaun and then played the ball left as Solaun continued her run through the box. Solaun took the ball to end line and then sent a cross to the middle of the goal. Senior McKenzie Barney was able to get a touch on it to score in the 52nd minute just before UT goalkeeper Julie Eckel got her hands on it.
    “My goal was literally the most team-oriented goal you could get. It’s exactly what we are trying to go for,” Barney said. “The ball went between Annie Speese and Havana multiple times. We found Adriana, so we had her in the mix. We found Havana wide, which is what we want to do because then it provides a ton of space for me to get in the box. I just went near and tried to hit the ball in. It’s the epitome of what we are trying to do on the attack.”
    It was Barney’s third goal of the season and her second consecutive Friday with a score.
    Tennessee cut the Gator lead with a goal by sophomore Hannah Wilkinson in the 73rd minute. A ball was played for Alexis Owens making a run down the right side of the field. The ball Owens crossed from the end line found Wilkinson and she scored from three yards.
    Both goalkeepers came up with big stops Friday. Just two minutes into the match, Wilkinson had a 1v1 opportunity off a counter attack, but Florida sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Burke made the stop on her 10 yard shot. Later in the half, Leon was awarded a penalty kick after she was fouled just inside the box. Eckel made the save to keep UF from taking a 2-0 first half lead.
    For the match, Burke turned in two saves and Eckel had four.
    Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh liked what she saw from the Gators Friday, especially in the first 45 minutes.
    “I think we played really well with a lot of confidence in the first half.  We did a great job keeping the ball and creating opportunities. I thought we did a really great job in the first half,” Burleigh said. “My only disappointment in the team was that we got away from what we did well in the first half, in the second half.  They were obviously throwing more numbers forward, which is to be expected when they’re down. We just fell a little more into their game which isn’t really our game plan.”
    With just 24 second left in the half, Gator All-American Erika Tymrak suffered a left sprained ankle and was helped from the field. She did not return the match and will be examined by UF medical personnel later this weekend.
    A heavy rain shower began almost simultaneously with the start of the match. The rains became a light shower by the end of the half and almost the entire match was played under some rain.
    Florida continues home play Sunday when Georgia (5-4-1, 1-1-1 SEC) comes to Pressly Stadium. Match time is set for 2 p.m. and the match airs live on CSS (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 259). Georgia suffered its first league loss, a 2-1 decision, at Alabama Friday evening.

    Huge Crowd Watches Razorbacks Get Huge Win
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The second-best crowd in school history saw one of the biggest wins in program history as Arkansas’ soccer team knocked off No. 18 Kentucky 3-2 at Razorback Field on Friday.
    The win improves Arkansas to 4-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the Southeastern Conference while UK is now 7-2-0 and 2-1-0.
    A crowd of 1,575 packed Razorback Field and saw Arkansas’ first win over a ranked opponent. Since 1999, Arkansas was 0-30-2 against ranked teams. The only crowd larger than Friday’s total was 1,709 for a game against South Carolina in 2001.
    “We’ve been playing well, but not finishing,” head coach Colby Hale said. “We feel like we deserve this win. This is our first win against a ranked team and we earned it. The crowd was great, but I’m more excited for the girls. We worked hard and got the result.”
    The Razorbacks dominated the first half then held on for the victory.

    Lindsey Mayo scored twice, Allie Tripp had two assists, Ashleigh Ellenwood scored and Blake Pruitt had an assist.
    Ellenwood got the scoring started at 14:33 when she bounced in a 25-yarder from the top right corner of the 18.
    Kentucky answered less than a minute later when Courtney Raetzman scored off a pass from Arin Gilliland.
    Mayo then scored twice over a 13-minute stretch to put the Razorbacks in control.
    Her first score came off a double assist from Tripp and Pruitt at 29:44. She scored again at 41:12 off a corner kick from the far right by Tripp.
    The Razorbacks went into the break with an 11-4 advantage in shots and a 3-1 lead on the scoreboard.
    Kentucky turned the tables in the second period and had a 16-3 advantage in shots, but the Wildcats didn’t close the gap until 76:31 with Kirsten Robinson scored unassisted.
    Arkansas possessed the ball and the only other serious threat for the Wildcats came in the 79th minute when a foul gave UK a free kick from 25 yards out. Alyssa Telang got a hard shot through a hole in the Arkansas’ wall, but the attempt was wide right.
    “We knew we had been playing well,” Mayo said. “We had to come out, focus and finish our chances, and we did that. I’m happy about the goals, but I could not have done it without my teammates. It was a team effort. We worked hard in practice and grinded, and we’re going to keep it up.”
    For the game, Kentucky had a 20-14 lead in shots and an 8-5 lead in shots on goal. UK also led 10-5 in corners.
    In goal, Kelly Roliard matched her career high with six saves. She had six Sunday at Georgia and has 22 in the last four games.
    The Razorbacks are home again on Sunday, playing host to South Carolina at 1 p.m. at Razorback Field.

    Coleman Leads Auburn In 3-1 Win At LSU
    BATON ROUGE, La. – Tatiana Coleman scored a goal and added an assist, the first time this season she has figured into two goals in a game, as the Auburn soccer team picked up its first Southeastern Conference win of the season with a 3-1 win at LSU on Friday night. The win evened Auburn’s record at 5-5-0 overall (1-2-0 SEC) while LSU fell to 4-3-3, 0-2-1 SEC.
    “Any road win in the SEC is massive,” Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. “I am really proud of our effort and proud of our soccer. We possessed the ball way better than we did last weekend and that was something we focused on. Three great finishes all in the run of the play, it was fantastic.”
    Auburn’s first shot on goal didn’t come until the 31st minute but Mary Coffed made it count as she buried a Coleman cross into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season. Coleman, who has assisted on all four of Coffed’s goals this season, had sent a cross into the box that traveled more than half the length of the LSU penalty box before an uncovered Coffed capitalized for the 1-0 Auburn lead.
    The goal was the 15th of Coffed’s career, which ties her with four others for 10th all-time in Auburn history.
    Coleman extended the lead to two, 2-0, 10 minutes later when she went 1v1 on an LSU defender at the top of the box and slotted a shot inside the left post. The goal was just the second of the year for Coleman, with Natalie Donaldson picking up her third assist of the year on the play.
    “It always great to score goals,” Coleman said. “I have been feeling the pressure. I had to step it up tonight and play for the name on the front of my shirt, not the back of my shirt, and I worked really hard to get that goal.”
    LSU came out of the half pushing the pace and it finally paid off in the 55th minute when Fernanda Pina beat Auburn goalkeeper Amy Howard from 10 yards out to make it 2-1. The goal was the only one allowed by Howard, the Mandeville, La., native, who finished the night with five saves.
    “It was really great to get this win coming off of two tough losses,” Howard said. “We made progress last weekend and we came and showed that here tonight.”
    Auburn wasted little time in negating Pina’s goal as Tori Ball scored her fourth goal of the season just three minutes later, holding a defender off on her hip before beating LSU goalkeeper Megan Kinneman with a sharp-angle shot to put Auburn up 3-1.
    “We always talk about the third goal being so critical and when they went 2-1 that is a very scary lead because they have the momentum,” Hoppa said. “The response we had to get Tori Ball’s goal within three minutes was fantastic and really ended their momentum and almost effectively ended the match because it was such a good response to their goal.”
    The win was Auburn’s third straight for Auburn over LSU and its first in Baton Rouge since 2006.
    Auburn remains on the road for its next match, travelling to College Station, Texas, for its first-ever meeting with new SEC member Texas A&M. Kickoff is set for 1:30pm.

    Aggies Blank South Carolina, 2-0
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 10th-ranked Texas A&M Soccer team extended its school-record shutout streak to six consecutive games with a 2-0 win over defending Southeastern Conference regular-season champion South Carolina at Ellis Field in the SEC home debut for the Aggies.
    Texas A&M (9-1-0, 3-0-0) notched its eighth consecutive win, the Aggies’ longest streak since Sept. 26-Oct. 24, 2010, and extended its lead in the SEC Western Division to five points. A&M and Missouri are the only two teams to earn wins in all three of their SEC games and earn all nine points on the season. Alabama is second in the Western Division with four points.
    The Aggies got the only goal they would need in the 25th minute of action. For the third consecutive game, Texas A&M scored off a set piece. This time Jayne Eadie sent a corner kick in from the right corner arc. Meghan Streight got her head on the ball at the top of the goal area and sent into the left netting from six yards out for the 1-0 advantage.
    Before breaking the scoring seal, Texas A&M had a handful of scoring chances early in the game that did not pan out. Streight took a pair of shots from close range in the sixth minute of action with one shot blocked and the other shot cleared off the goal line by a South Carolina defender. Eadie hit the crossbar on a driven free kick from 30 yards out in the 18th minute.
    The Aggies’ two missed scoring opportunities early in the first half were sandwiched around a great goalkeeping save by Jordan Day. In the seventh minute, the Gamecocks’ Rae Wilson launched a shot from point blank range while on the ground, but Day’s cat-like reflexes resulted in the save.
    South Carolina (3-4-2, 0-2-1 SEC) put itself behind the eight ball in the 41st minute when Christa Neary was issued her second yellow card of the game and the resulting red card. The Gamecocks spent the last 59 minutes with 10 players on the pitch.
    The Gamecocks made their last stand in the 64th minute. After Day was unable to corral a free kick into the penalty box form 40 yards out, South Carolina’s Ali Whitney gained control of the ball and sent it goalward, but Karlie Mueller kept the shutout in tact with a defensive save.
    Texas A&M added an insurance goal later in the 64th minute with Annie Kunz team-leading seventh goal of the season. After a scrum broke up in front of the goal, Chelsea Jones collected the loose ball on the left side of the penalty box and worked her way to the end line. Jones chipped a pass towards the top of the goal box where it found the head of Kunz. The Golden, Colo.-native knocked the ball right of the netminder for the 2-0 lead.
    The Aggies withstood the aggressive style of the Gamecocks and owned a 17-6 shooting advantage for the game, including 8-1 in the second stanza.
    Day made one save and earned her seventh shutout of the season. She lowered her goals-against average on the season to 0.30.
    Texas A&M return to Ellis Field on Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. contest against the Auburn Tigers. With a win against the Tigers, the Aggies would have their longest win streak since stringing together 10 in a row in 2007.

    No. 15 Mizzou Defeats Ole Miss, 2-1

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 15 Mizzou soccer team used two second half goals to post a 2-1 win over Ole Miss Friday night in front of 1,539 fans at Walton Stadium. With the win, the Tigers improved to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in Southeastern Conference play. The Rebels fell to 8-2 and 1-2.

    Mizzou nearly opened scoring in the 10th minute but sophomore Taylor Grant's blast bounced off the left post. One minutes later, the Ole Miss offense struck when Rafaella Souza raced down the left side and sent a cross into the box. Bethany Bunker got her foot on the ball and sent it past Mizzou goalie McKenzie Sauerwein for a 1-0 Rebel lead.

    The Tiger offense peppered the Ole Miss goalkeeper with shots in the rest of the first half but could not find the back of the net for a 1-0 Ole Miss halftime advantage.

    In the 63rd minute, senior Haley Krentz dribbled along the endline and sent a pass across the goalmouth. Sophomore Abi Raymer pounced on the pass and drilled a shot into the left side of the netting for a 1-1 contest. The goal was the fourth of the season for Raymer, while Kretnz notched her team-leading sixth assist of the year on the play.

    Redshirt freshman Lauren Flynn recorded Mizzou's game-winner in the 78th minute off of a Tiger corner. Krentz lofted a ball to the far post that bounced around finding Flynn. The defender one-timed a 15-yard shot over the Rebel's keeper and into the upper netting for a 2-1 game. The tally was the first of Flynn's career.

    Missouri's offense continued to push but could not score again for a 2-1 final.

    The Tigers outshot the Rebels 26-14 and had 10 corners to the Rebel's one.

    Sauerwein recorded four saves in goal for Missouri.

    Mizzou returns to the pitch on Sunday, Sept. 23 when the team hosts Vanderbilt at 1 p.m.

    Four score in Vanderbilt win at Miss. State

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Four Commodores scored goals as the Vanderbilt women's soccer team earned a 4-2 victory Friday at Mississippi State.

    "It's never easy to play at Mississippi State," VU Head Coach Derek Greene said. "They are a hard-working team. I've been in the conference 10 years and this is the best Mississippi State team I've seen in a long time. We were not particularly sharp in the first half, but it was exciting to get four goals on the road while we're not playing our best."

    Sophomore Brittney Thomas scored the first goal of her Commodore career in the 14th minute. Freshman Erin Myers served a free kick into the 18-yard box and Thomas slid her header inside the post to give Vanderbilt a lead its would hold for the remainder of the game.

    In the 19th minute, senior Dana Schwartz expanded the Commodores' lead. Freshman Cheyna Williams played a dangerous ball into the box that ended up at Schwarz's feet, and the finish gave VU a 2-0 advantage. Mississippi State got its first of the game less than two minutes later when Elisabeth Sullivan scored an unassisted goal at 19:56.

    Freshman Kelsey Tillman opened the second half scoring her third of the season in the 56th minute. A shot from Thomas deflected off the post and Tillman cleaned up the rebound to stake the Commodores to another two-goal advantage. That goal proved important when Sullivan notched another goal in the 66th minute to bring MSU within one at 3-2.

    The game's final goal came in the 78th minute when a corner kick from sophomore Ashley Oswald glanced off classmate Gena Inbusch's head and into the back of the net.

    One highlight for the Commodores was the debut of redshirt-freshman Taylor Elliot, who played 15 minutes in her first collegiate game after missing the 2011 season due to injury. Junior Sarah Hook and freshman Keegan Thimons also saw their first SEC action of the year. "I was glad to see us get a lot of minutes to some players that haven't seen them at times," Greene said. "That allowed us to give some players rest that got through two overtime games last weekend. We're excited for the win and will be ready to go on Sunday."

    The Commodores will fly to Columbia, Mo., tomorrow for a Sunday meeting with Missouri that kicks off at 1 p.m. CT.