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    SEC Soccer Today: September 28

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

    Razorbacks Shutout Tennessee, 1-0
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Arkansas scored an early goal and its defense made it hold up as the Razorback soccer team recorded a big 1-0 Southeastern Conference victory at Tennessee on Friday.
    The Lady Volunteers were receiving votes for this week’s top 25 and were No. 18 in the NCAA RPI rankings. Arkansas is 2-0-1 in its last three games, beating No. 18 Kentucky and tying defending SEC champion South Carolina 1-1 in double-overtime before Friday’s win.
    Arkansas is 5-5-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the SEC while UT is now 7-3-2 and 2-2-1.
    “The one thing we had not done this year was prove we can play on the road,” head coach Colby Hale said. “The effort and the performance they put in defensively was unbelievable. We were trying to think of an uncontested shot or a header that they won and we had a hard time coming up with one. Every ball served into the box, we got to. It was just a gritty, gritty performance and I couldn’t be happier.”
    Arkansas put pressure on the Lady Volunteers with an early goal. At 13:58, Evan Palmer passed from the right side to Allie Chandler in the middle of the field at the top of the 18. Chandler made a move around the top defender and fired a 15-yarder into the top right corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead. The score is the 12th of her career.

    “That was a great play,” Hale said. “She picked up the ball in the midfield, beat a couple of players and put it in the top corner. Not only did she score the goal, but the defense she put in was outstanding.”
    Tennessee entered the game with six shutouts in 11 games, which ranked second in the SEC. The loss is the first for UT at home this year in six games and the only other team to blank the Lady Volunteers is UCLA.
    Sophomore Sam Wolf started in goal and her first test came in the 20th minute. Wolf came out to meet a pass deep into the box and was able to clear just before the attacker reached the ball.
    Two minutes later, Wolf made her first save on a ground ball shot from the left corner of the 18.
    In the 26th minute, Tennessee crossed from the far corner into the six, but a header attempt went high over the left post of the goal and out. With 13 minutes left in the period, a header set up another shot for UT, from 12 yards out on the left side, but it was high over the goal.
    UT’s best chance came at 42:41 after an Arkansas foul at the top of the 18. Ali Hall had a free kick from inside 30 yards and she hit a hard ground ball that got by the Arkansas wall, but Wolf made the save on the ground at the right post.
    For the period, Tennessee had a 9-5 lead in shots and a 2-1 lead in shots on goal, but Arkansas led 1-0 on Chandler’s goal.
    For most of the second half, Arkansas packed in the defense and forced Tennessee to create a goal.
    Early on, in the 50th minute, Chandler created a chance after another pass from Palmer. Chandler dribbled down and got an angle around three defenders to put a shot on goal at the left post.
    In the 53rd minute, a foul on Arkansas gave UT a free kick from the left, 35 yards out. The kick sailed into the box just outside the six, but Allie Tripp headed it out.
    In the 60th minute, Tennessee crossed inside and several players for both teams tangled up and were on the ground, but Arkansas was able to clear and force the Lady Vols into a throw in.
    Arkansas came right back and UT was called for a foul at the top of the 18, about 25 yards out. Allie Tripp took the shot over the UT wall and tried to curve it into the right post, but it was just wide.
    Arkansas avoided several close calls the rest of the way.
    Wolf punched out a header after a cross in the 65th minute and made a save on a follow-up shot. With 11 minutes remaining, a header after another corner went wide right. With just more than five minutes to go, Wolf jumped on a cross into the box just in front of a UT attacker.
    The game ended with Tennessee rushing to get off a corner from the far side in the final 10 seconds. UT got the corner away, but time ran out before the Lady Vols could make a play on the ball.
    Tennessee finished with a 21-10 advantage in shots, but only a 5-3 lead in shots on goal. UT also led in corner kicks, 7-1.
    Wolf finished with five saves.
    “It wasn’t pretty and they dealt with a lot of adversity, but we got the win,” Hale said.
    The Razorbacks are on the road again on Sunday for a noon tilt at No. 24 Florida.

    No. 9 Mizzou Notches 2-1 Win at Georgia

    ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 9 Mizzou soccer team won its fifth consecutive victory with a 2-1 win at Georgia Friday night in Athens, Ga. The victory improved the Tigers record to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Bulldogs fell to 5-6-1 and 1-3-1.

    "Overall it was a competitive game," Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "Georgia was one of the toughest teams we've played all season. Their record certainly doesn't reflect how good they are. They were a handful."

    The Tigers nearly got on the board just five minutes into the contest when junior Dominique Richardson lofted a cross into the box. Senior Haley Krentz ran onto the pass but her left-footed one-timer sailed right of the goal.

    The offensive connected in the 19th minute on a counter attack when sophomore Abi Raymer gave Mizzou a 1-0. The midfielder corralled the ball at the top of the box, dribbled around a defender and unleashed low shot that went to the left of the Georgia keeper. The tally was the fifth of the season for Raymer.

    Georgia equalized the game at 1-1 in the 36th minute when Meghan Gibbons sent a 25-yard chip shot on goal. The shot snuck past Tiger goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein and just into the top left corner of the net.

    Missouri's offensive came out firing in the second half and notched the game-winner less than four minutes into the frame. Junior Alyssa Diggs faked out a defender and dribbled into the left side of the box before striking a 16-yard shot to the far post. The ball sailed to the left of the Bulldog keeper and into the net for a 2-1 Tiger lead.
    Mizzou continued to unleash a flurry of shots on goal but could not connect on another goal. Three minutes after Diggs' tally, senior Adeshigbin rocketed a shot from the top of the box that a Georgia defender saved on the line. Krentz pounced on the rebound and took a shot of her own but the Bulldog goalie just managed to save the shot.

    Sauerwein preserved the Tiger victory with eight minutes left when she made a diving save to her right on a shot from Jenna Owens.

    The Tigers had a 27-16 advantage in shots and a 15-8 edge in shots on goal.

    Sauerwein made seven saves during the game.

    Mizzou continues its road trip with a game at Tennessee on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT).

    Sample's Winner Lifts Tigers to First SEC Win at Mississippi State, 1-0
    STARKVILLE, Miss. – The first career goal by redshirt freshman Victoria Sample proved to be the game-winner as she buried a centering pass by fellow freshman Jade Kovacevic in the 81st minute to deliver a 1-0 victory for the visiting Tigers over SEC West rival Mississippi State on Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
    Sample netted her first collegiate goal on a 12-yard strike at the 80:44 mark to lead the Tigers (5-4-3, 1-3-1 SEC) to their first Southeastern Conference win of the 2012 season while pushing their winning streak against the Bulldogs (7-4, 0-4-1) to eight-straight matches dating back to the 2005 season.
    LSU is also unbeaten in its last nine matches against its division rival with an 8-0-1 mark in the series since the 2004 campaign.
    Kovacevic generated the attack after forcing a Mississippi State turnover just inside the midfield stripe. After racing into the area, Kovacevic got end line and waited for her support to arrive while shading herself from a Bulldog defender. She then cut inside and centered the ball to Sample streaking into the area for a one-time strike under the crossbar from near the penalty spot for what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Tigers with just 9 minutes, 16 seconds to play.
    “I was going to take it up the middle, but decided to go end line because that’s what Brian (Lee) teaches us to do,” Kovacevic. “I looked up to see if there was a chance for an early ball, but there wasn’t at that point. I just waited for support and crossed it to Tori (Sample). She struck it well.”
    A native of Seabrook, Texas, Sample has played her way into the midfield rotation for the Tigers this fall after she was forced to redshirt a year ago when she suffered a season-ending knee injury during preseason training in the weeks leading up to the 2011 season.
    Sample became the ninth different goal scorer for the Tigers this season as she is now tied as the team’s second-leading scorer with five points on the campaign.
    “We’ve been needing to get in the box more going forward, and I just kept running when Jade took it end line,” Sample said when describing the play in front of her. “She played a great ball to me. It was an easy ball to strike. I just one-timed it and we were excited to see it in the net. She made a great effort to create the chance for us.”
    The stat sheet showed a deserved victory for the Tigers as they held a 15-12 edge in total shots and an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks for the match.
    The Tigers nearly struck first in the 28th minute when freshman striker Colby Maffei pounced onto a loose ball in the box and fired an open 14-yard strike on frame that forced a diving save from Bulldog goalkeeper CJ Winship. Maffei came within inches of netting her second goal of the season as Winship dove to her left and punched the ball out for an LSU corner kick.
    The Bulldogs responded just three minutes later with their best opportunity of the opening frame in the 31st minute on a dangerous run into the area by left winger Elisabeth Sullivan.
    Sullivan played a through ball to freshman striker Honeye Heydari streaking through the middle of the box as Heydari fired a strike off the left post from 12 yards near the penalty spot. Sophomore striker Dana Forbes nearly buried the rebound with a 10-yard strike from the right side of the area as the ball was then cleared out of danger by the Tigers.
    The sides played to a scoreless draw at halftime with the Bulldogs holding a slight 7-6 edge in the shot count and 4-2 advantage in shots on goal, while the Tigers led the way 4-2 in corner kicks.
    LSU’s junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman made six saves on the night for her fourth shutout of the campaign and 10th clean sheet of her career in leading the defensive effort.
    “We had to roll up our sleeves and grind out a win tonight,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “It was a great night in Starkville for the LSU Tigers as volleyball was also able to come in and get a big SEC win as well. We’ve certainly got a lot more work in front of us with another tough road test on Sunday afternoon.”
    After securing their first SEC win of the season on Friday night, the Tigers will make the trip to Athens, Ga., on Sunday afternoon to battle the Georgia Bulldogs at the UGA Soccer Complex with kickoff set for 3 p.m. CDT. ESPNU will televise Sunday’s match live as part of its continued coverage of SEC soccer.

    Auburn Storms Back To Down South Carolina, 4-2
    AUBURN, Ala. – Trailing by two goals just 19 minutes into the match the Auburn soccer team stormed back with four unanswered goals to claim a 4-2 win over South Carolina on Friday night. Four different players scored for Auburn, including a pair of freshmen in Natalie Donaldson and Kala Faulkner, who each scored for the first time this year.
    “Obviously we never want to go down 2-0 but I think this game showed what this team is capable of,” Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. “For us to be able to come-from-behind and put four goals on the scoreboard against a quality team like South Carolina really shows the potential of this team.”
    Bianca Sierra started the comeback as she converted on a penalty kick after freshman Alexa Allen drew a foul inside the 18 to draw Auburn (6-6-0, 2-3-0 SEC) within a goal, 2-1, 34:30 into the match.
    The game stayed that way through halftime before Auburn busted out of the intermission, putting five shots on goal after mustering just two in the first 45 minutes. Auburn’s intense pressure finally paid off in the 59th minute when Donaldson streaked in to finish off a Maddie Barnes feed out to the top of the box to tie the match at 2-2. Donaldson, who started the second half after coming off the bench to play 20 minutes in the first half, sent in a low liner that South Carolina goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo was partially screened on, causing a late reaction.
    “Tatiana Coleman made a great near-post run which got us the ball and then Maddie laid it off to me,” Donaldson said. “I shot it left-footed and it went off a player and in.”
    It took less than eight minutes for Auburn to completely turn the tables on South Carolina as Faulkner went 1v1 with a defender a step outside the box before blasting a shot past D’Angelo.
    “The first half I had a chance to score but it went wide and as a defender you don’t get a chance to score much,” Faulkner said. “Last weekend was one of our best possession weekends and that flowed over into this game. I overlapped Mary Coffed and I didn’t see anyone in the box so I cut it back and saw it was open so I just shot.”
    Coleman iced the game in the 76th minute when she bombed in a 25-yard blast to the opposite upper 90 for her third goal of the season.
    Both of South Carolina’s (3-5-3, 0-3-2 SEC) goals came off the foot of Danielle Au as she twice finished off South Carolina corners following rebounds. The first came in the 14th minute, the earliest Auburn had allowed a goal this year, as she collected a blocked shot rebound. The second was just six minutes later as a Stevi Parker shot hit the crossbar and went right to Au’s feet.
    The four goals were the most scored by Auburn in a SEC match since it defeated Kentucky, 4-1, in the 2011 conference opener. It was also the most allowed by South Carolina, which had allowed just seven goals coming into the match, since a 4-2 loss to Alabama in 2004.
    Auburn returns to the field at 2pm on Sunday when it plays host to Ole Miss.

    Kentucky Earns Critical Point in 2-2 Draw with No. 6/8 Texas A&M

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Coming off a double-overtime victory over LSU on Sunday in Baton Rouge, La., the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team earned a 2-2 draw with the sixth-ranked team in the country in Texas A&M on Friday night as the Wildcats got two goals from freshman Kelli Hubly.

    “I just thought it was such a fantastic game,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “Texas A&M is just pure class. Getting to know we are getting to play them every year is only going to make our program better. That’s what I want from a big-time match-up.”

    The scoring commenced in the 52nd minute when Hubly was in the right place at the right time as fellow newcomer Cara Ledman hit the right post on the initialshot, and the ball came back out free to the middle of the six. Hubly tallied her third goal of the season when she buried the ball into the back of the net off the rebound giving the Wildcats the early 1-0 lead.

    Texas A&M responded quickly, tallying the equalizer just 14 minutes later in the 66th minute as Kelley Monogue rifled a shot into the upper 90 from about 23yards out. The shot was magnificent, as Monogue was even with the UK back line and powered a shot past a diving Kayla Price.

    The 1-1 score would last all of 14 minutes as Hubly struck once again. The Elk Grove, Ill., native was the finishing touch on a great team goal with Caitlin Landis and Courtney Raetzman recording assists on the tally. The ball came in from about 35 yards out when Landis received the ball, shook defenders and found a running Hubly through the middle of the box.

    The goal was Hubly’s second of the game, and fourth of the season as she now has 10 points only 11 games into her freshman campaign. Fellow freshman Raetzman also continued her five-match point streak tallying her team-high 11th point on the season.

    Texas A&M would score the game’s final goal, and the equalizer, as the clock struck 84 minutes when Monoque found gold on the back end of a set piece after a Kentucky handball was called about 28 yards from goal. Aggie forward Meghan Streight came through with the assist as the scoring closed.

    The two overtime periods saw a combined two shots between the two sides, while Kentucky recorded the lone corner kick in the extra sessions.

    Sophomore Kayla Price kept her undefeated season alive, earning the decision and improving to 1-0-1. The Lexington, Ky., native was only forced to make three saves while facing 16 shots. TAMU keeper Jordan Day earned the draw, playing all 110 minutes in the decision to move to 10-1-1.

    The Wildcats return to action Sunday afternoon in Lexington as the Cats face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the front end of a doubleheader with UKmen’s soccer at Noon ET.

    Alabama Rallies Back to Tie Vanderbilt
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team came from two goals down late in the second half to earn a pivotal point as it tied Vanderbilt, 3-3, after two overtimes in a Southeastern Conference matchup Friday night.
    With the draw, Alabama moves to 6-3-2 on the year and 1-2-2 in SEC play. Vanderbilt goes to 4-4-4 overall and 1-1-3 in the SEC.
    Alabama fell behind early, as Vanderbilt scored the game’s first goal in the ninth minute of play, but were able to strike back just 12 minutes later, as junior Molly Atherton collected a cross from sophomore Pia Rijsdijk and blasted a laser to the back of the net.
    The Commodores were able to extend their lead with a goal just before halftime, and added to their lead with a goal in the 56th minute.
    The Tide began its comeback in the 68th minute, as Kendall Khanna crossed a low ball that sophomore Theresa Diederich was able to put past the goalie, cutting the score to 3-2. Just nine minutes later, Atherton scored her second goal of the evening and sixth of the season, putting a long range shot over the keeper to tie the game at 3-3.
    The two teams would remain scoreless through the end of regulation and through both overtimes, though both had chances. Vanderbilt hit the cross bar twice in the first overtime, while the Crimson Tide’s Katie Bourgeois had her breakaway attempt turned away by Alexa Levick in the second overtime.
    Alabama outshot Vanderbilt, 21-11, including 14-5 in shots on goal. Junior Shelby Church had two saves for the Crimson Tide, while Levick made 11 saves on the night to keep the Commodores in the game. Atherton finished with four shots on goal, while Rijsdijk put three on frame.
    Alabama will travel to Lexington on Sunday, as the Tide face off against the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. CT.

    No. 24 Gator Soccer Defeats Ole Miss 3-1
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A trio of Gators scored to give the No. 24 University of Florida soccer team (7-3-1, 4-1 SEC) a 3-1 win over Ole Miss (9-3, 2-3 SEC) Friday evening in front of 1,957 at the James G. Pressly Stadium.
    Florida’s first goal started when junior Adriana Leon ran down a ball that was headed to the end line. She was able to just get a touch on it to keep it in and then played the ball to herself. Leon then sent a centering pass to Jillian Graff at the top of the box. Graff sent it up to Taylor Travis at the top of the Rebel defensive third. Her diagonal cross found Havana Solaun making a run down the right side of the box. Solaun took the shot and Mississippi goalkeeper Kelly McCormick looked to have made the stop but the momentum of Solaun’s shot carried the ball through McCormick’s hands and past the goal line.
    Solaun said the Gators’ patience paid off Friday.
    “This year we are trying to be the team that scores first and not have to chase. I thought we came out strong and executed what we wanted to. We kept the ball, played it around and stayed patient. It’s always hard when teams pack the back but we stayed patient,” Solaun said. “Taylor [Travis] got it out wide, made eye contact with me and then served a great ball.”
    She now leads the Gators this season with four goals. It was also her third consecutive goal versus Mississippi as Solaun scored both goals in UF’s 2-0 win in Oxford last season.
    The two teams exchanged goals within the span of two and half minutes in the second half.
    A give-and-go play led to the Gators’ second goal. Annie Speese brought the ball down the middle of the field and sent it left to Graff. Speese continued her run through the middle of the box and received the ball from Graff. She and a Rebel defender collided inside the six-yard box but she was able to touch the ball out to Graff just above the end line. Graff’s shot has just enough loft to go over McCormick’s outstretched hand and into the goal at 51:25.
    Graff, making her first start of the season, scored for the second consecutive match as she also turned in a goal in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Georgia.
    “I was really excited to start. A lot of emotions were going through me and I knew I had to make the best out of it,” Graff said. “I crossed the ball into [Annie] Speese and she was able to get a foot onto it but the defender blocked it. Everything kind of bounced the right way. It was a good effort by Speese.”
    Mississippi cut the lead to one when Erin Emerson was able to touch the ball left to Rafaelle Souza just above the left corner of the box. Souza’s left-footed shot from 20 yards had just enough curl to score at the far post at 53:41.
    Two consecutive shots set up junior Caroline Triglia’s first goal of the season as she gave the Gators some breathing room in the 75th minute. From just inside the Rebel half, Christen Westphal sent a ball to fellow freshman Claire Falknor at the middle of the 18-yard line. She touched the ball to Triglia, who was located just to her left. Triglia’s first shot was blocked by a Rebel defender but she used her right foot to hit the volley to the center of the goal.
    The goal forced Triglia to go against her nature and show some exuberance after her score.
    “I was dribbling it across the 18 and I shot it then the defender blocked it. It was still bouncing so I went at it again,” Triglia said. “It felt really good. I’m really shy so at first I didn’t want to celebrate but then Jo [Dragotta] jumped on me. I was so excited.”
    Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a tie in the league standings. Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh was happy with the win and happy the Gators earned another three points in the Southeastern Conference standings. But she would have liked to see the Gators convert more of their 14 shots into goals.
    “I think anytime you can get three points in the SEC is great,” she said. “I think that we limited their opportunities offensively. My only complaint is that we need to be more efficient with our scoring because we could have put this game away earlier.”

    Senior All-American Erika Tymrak did not play Friday as she is still listed as day-to-day after suffering a sprained ankle in last Friday’s 2-1 win over Tennessee.
    Florida finishes September competition Sunday when Arkansas (5-5-1, 2-2-1 SEC) comes to town. Arkansas claimed a 1-0 win at Tennessee Friday. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at Pressly Stadium. It is Youth Day and all kids and youth soccer teams are invited to the match. The first 250 kids receive a pair of Gator soccer socks.