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    SEC Soccer Today: October 5

    Auburn 2, Mississippi State 0
    Georgia 2, Ole Miss 0
    Texas A&M 5, Alabama 0
    Missouri 2, Kentucky 1
    Vanderbilt 3, Arkansas 2
    Tennessee 1, South Carolina 0
    Florida 2, LSU 0

    Auburn Topples Mississippi State, 2-0
    AUBURN, Ala. – Ana Cate scored her first goal of the year and freshman Alexa Allen collected her third as the Auburn soccer team scored a pair of second half goals to defeat Mississippi State, 2-0, on Friday night. The win pushed Auburn’s record to 8-6-0, 4-3-0 SEC, the first time this season Auburn has been above .500 in league play.
    “With how many different people we had in the lineup and with the different people scoring, those are the things we will draw confidence from,” Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. “We have to keep this momentum rolling.”
    Deadlocked at 0-0 at the half after out-shooting Mississippi State (7-6-1, 0-6-1 SEC) by a 7-4 count, Auburn upped the pressure in the second, ripping off 13 shots to just four for Mississippi State. Of Auburn’s 20 shots on the night, 14 went on frame, forcing Mississippi State goalkeeper Skylar Rosson into making 12 saves.
    Cate and Auburn were able to finally break-through in the 63rd minute when she headed in a rebound following a Rosson save on an Ashley Kotero header. The goal was the 15th of the senior’s career, placing her in a tie for tenth in the Auburn record books.
    “Coming off the tough start of the SEC season that we had, to get three straight wins has been awesome for our confidence and for our momentum,” Cate said. “Losing to Mississippi State last year, we knew we couldn’t look past them and towards Tennessee.”
    Auburn’s relentless attack needed just eight minutes to strike again. Mary Coffed played Maddie Barnes inside the six and with Barnes in close, her attempt at a shot was deflected out to Allen, who calmly slotted in the clincher.
    “I knew I had to keep it (the shot) low because we really needed to finish this game off,” Allen said.
    With the Auburn offense controlling possession it left little for Amy Howard but the few times she was tested, she answered the call, finishing with three saves.
    Auburn played the match without senior defender Mary Nicholson and senior midfielder Jessica Rightmer and used freshmen Sophie Simantel and Natalie Donaldson in their place in the starting lineup.
    Auburn remains at home for a Sunday tilt with No. 25 Tennessee. The match is set to begin at 1pm CT and will air live on CSS.

    Georgia Posts Road Shutout Of Ole Miss

    OXFORD, Miss. - The Georgia soccer team scored two goals and held the SEC’s most potent offense scoreless in Friday night’s 2-0 win over Ole Miss Friday night at the OM Soccer Complex.

    The Bulldogs scored their first goal in the 26th minute and added an insurance in the 75th, while keeping the Rebels – who entered tonight leading the league in goals, points, and assists – off the scoreboard in the victory.

    Georgia tonight improves to 6-6-2 (2-3-2) while Ole Miss drops to 9-5-0 (2-5-0).

    “It was a great effort,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “We’re so excited to come out of here with the win. It’s been a while since we got a good result. We beat a great Ole Miss team tonight. I thought we played well in the first half, but the second half was all them, and we know that. They came at us and put us under pressure, and we held on strong. The second goal was against the run of play, but we held on defensively and got the win.”

    It was only the second loss of the season for the Rebels at home, and only the third time they were shut out.
    The Bulldogs broke through with 20 minutes remaining in the first half when Jenna Owens was fed the ball up top and beat the last defender and then the goalkeeper, firing the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the 1-0 lead.

    The Bulldogs had a chance at a second goal in the first half when Nicole Locandro flicked one to Susannah Dennis, whose shot was corralled by keeper Kelly McCormick. With three to go in the first, Madeline Barker sent a cross over from deep on the left wing, and freshman Andie Fontanetta just barely missed getting a head on it from the far post. Fontanetta was making her return to the field for the first time since breaking her collar bone on Aug. 19 vs. Furman.

    The Bulldogs went into halftime guarding their one-goal lead, leading Ole Miss in shots by a tally of 7-6.

    The Rebels came out firing in the second half and had several chances at the equalizer, but Barker soon took advantage of a Bulldog chance down the other end when she took control on the left side and dribbled across the field, where she set up her shot from the right and sent it over McCormick to give Georgia the 2-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining.

    Georgia’s defense buckled down to keep Ole Miss from finding the back of the net despite taking 12 shots, and Bulldog veteran netminder Ashley Baker answered when called upon in making three highlight-reel save as time expired to seal the win.

    The Bulldogs found a way to limit Ole Miss’ opportunities – particular those of Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza, each with 10 goals to their names in 2012.

    Georgia moves to 9-7-2 all-time vs. Ole Miss, while Holeman made his return to the field where he led the Rebel soccer program for 15 years before leaving for UGA in 2010. Holeman, incidentally, is now just five wins shy of 200 for his career.

    The Bulldogs are back on the road Sunday at South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. will offer live audio and the live blog.

    Aggies Roll to 5-0 Win over Alabama
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – With over 50 former players, who helped build Texas A&M into the premier soccer program in the Big 12, in attendance, the No. 5 Aggies continued their trek to establish themselves as one of the premier teams in the SEC with a 5-0 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Ellis Field on Friday evening.
    With the victory, the Aggies remained the only unbeaten SEC team in league play with a 6-0-1 mark. Texas A&M remained atop the SEC overall standings with 19 points, one point ahead of the No. 16 Missouri Tigers and No. 18 Florida Gators. The Aggies kept their SEC Western Division lead at seven points ahead of the Auburn Tigers.
    The Aggies improved to 12-1-1 and extended their unbeaten string to 12 matches, the longest since the 2007 season when A&M also had an 11-0-1 stretch. The only longer unbeaten streak in school history came in 2002 when Texas A&M went 15-0-1 over a 16-match span.
    Shea Groom lit the fuse on the Texas A&M offense in the ninth minute of play. As she dribbled down the right side of the pitch, she lulled the Alabama defense to sleep before booming a shot in from 30 yards out. With no chance of a save by Crimson Tide netminder Shelby Church, the shot ruffled the netting on the left upper 90 to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
    The Aggies took advantage of the Crimson Tide’s inability to clear a free kick for their second goal of the half. In the 30th minute Jackie Tondl launched a free kick from midfield. An Alabama defender headed the ball at the top of the penalty box, but the clearing attempt went to the foot of Allie Bailey who sent a shot in from 25 yards out. Church, who was already a couple steps off her line, took another step up before retreating. The retreat was too late and Bailey’s shot sailed over her head into the back netting for the 2-0 lead.
    Texas A&M scored its next goal on a penalty kick. The scoring opportunity was set up off a short corner kick play. Beth West scooted the corner kick offering out to Leigh Edwards. Edwards entered the box down the right flank and was taken down two steps inside the penalty box to draw the foul. Annie Kunz was called on to take the penalty kick and she stymied Church and before the Aggie soccer legends in attendance could be announced at halftime, Texas A&M staked claim to a 3-0 lead.
    The Aggies’ brilliance on set pieces continued early in the second half. Katie Perry was called on to take a free kick two yards off the end line and two yards to the right of the penalty box. She sent a perfect pass into the foot of Kelley Monogue who was two steps inside the penalty spot. Monogue sent the ball past a bewildered Alabama goalie to give A&M a 4-0 advantage.
    The final goal came on yet another set piece, for Texas A&M, who has scored on set pieces in each of the last seven games. From 45 yards out, Jayne Eadie launched a free kick into the penalty box. Groom got her head on the ball from eight yards out and knocked it past the keeper to cap off the cavalcade of goals.
    Jordan Day and Renee McDermott combined on Texas A&M’s 10th shutout of the season. Day made four saves in 73:35 of action. McDermott closed out the game with two saves in 16:25
    Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday when the Aggies host Florida in a 12:30 p.m. contest at Ellis Field. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

    No. 16 Mizzou Notches 2-1 Overtime Win Over Kentucky

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior Alyssa Diggs scored two goals, including the game-winner 7:45 into overtime, to give the No. 16 Mizzou soccer team a 2-1 overtime win over Kentucky Friday night at Walton Stadium. The win improved Mizzou's record to 11-2 overall and 6-1 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Wildcats fell to 8-4-1 and 3-3-1.

    With only a few minutes left in the first overtime session, junior Danielle Nottingham dribbled the ball into the left corner of the box and sent a pass about 12-yards in front of the net. Diggs pounced on the ball and sent a low shot past Kentucky's goalkeeper and into the right corner of the goal. The tally was the team-leading sixth of the season for Diggs, while Nottingham posted her fourth assist of the year.

    "We are very proud of our group to win this game in overtime," Mizzou Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "In the second part of period two we thought Kentucky really took it to us. They have a great team."

    Diggs initially put Missouri ahead 1-0 in the 31st minute when she one-timed a lose rebound in the box following a shot from senior Haley Krentz. Krentz notched her team-leading seventh assist of the year on the play.

    Missouri continued to get good looks on net but could not convert their chances. Diggs had two near-chances early in the second have but one shot went to the right of the goal and the goalkeeper got a hand on the other.

    In the 65th minute, freshman Candace Johnson unleashed a 40-yard shot that went over the Kentucky keeper's head but bounced off the crossbar. Junior Taylor Grant also had a shot clank off the crossbar after receiving a pass from Diggs.
    Kentucky seized on Mizzou's missed chances and knotted the score at 1-1 in the 84th minute. Senior Alyssa Telang lofted a long pass into the box that sophomore Arin Gilliand headed into the back of the net. The Wildcats continued to threaten in the waning minutes of regulation but Missouri's defense held firm to send the match into overtime.

    The Tigers had a 19-15 shots and a 7-5 lead in shots on goal.

    Sauerwein made four saves in net for the Mizzou.

    Missouri returns to the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 7 when the team hosts Mississippi State at 1 p.m. at Walton Stadium.

    Dores get double OT win in Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Freshman Cheyna Williams scored twice and sophomore Gena Inbusch netted the game winner in the 105th minute as the Vanderbilt women's soccer team took a 3-2 win Friday at Arkansas.

    In damp conditions on a cold, windy night in Fayetteville, both teams had their fair share of good and bad bounces. Vanderbilt capitalized on the game's final bounce and also benefitted from 12 saves by sophomore Alexa Levick.

    Vanderbilt never trailed in the game. Williams gave the Commodores a 1-0 advantage in the second minute. After a nice Vanderbilt buildup, Williams trapped a ball near the penalty spot and maneuvered between three Arkansas defenders. After a touch past the defender to her left, Williams struck a shot past the near post to give VU a 1-0 lead at the 1:03 mark. The Commodores had scored in the 10th minute of two games this season, but tonight's goal marked their earliest strike of the year.

    The Razorbacks equalized with less than one minute to go in the first half. A misplayed pass by the Commodore defense was intercepted by UA's Allie Chandler, who tucked the ball under a charging Levick to tie the score at 1-1.

    Williams grabbed the lead back for VU in the 59th minute. Freshman Kelsey Tillman played a through ball down the left side that Williams ran onto and dribbled toward the end line. After beating an Arkansas defender Williams struck a shot that deflected off UA's keeper and into the goal.

    Levick saved a penalty kick in the 75th minute. Tyler Allen shot high to the right and Levick dove and deflected the ball over the crossbar. But Arkansas would equalize with just over a minute to play. After a Razorback free kick from 40 yards out, Yvonne DesJarlais found herself on the end of a deflection and volleyed the ball into the goal.
    Friday's game marked Vanderbilt's seventh overtime contest of the season, and Vanderbilt's first victory in extra time. In the 105th minute of the game, Vanderbilt played a ball ahead that looked destined to be picked up by Arkansas' goalkeeper. But under pressure from Inbusch, the ball was misplayed, and the VU sophomore calmly put the ball into the back of the net to give Vanderbilt the win.

    The Commodores will spend the night in Fayetteville before flying to Baton Rouge, Louisiana tomorrow. Vanderbilt faces LSU on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. CT in a game that will be televised by SportsSouth.

    Tennessee Ends Losing Streak to South Carolina, Winning 1-0

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Caroline Brown scored in the 54th minute to lift the Tennessee to a 1-0 victory over South Carolina on Friday at Eugene E. Stone III Stadium, ending a five-game, five-year losing streak against the Gamecocks.

    Tennessee improved to 9-3-2 and 4-2-1 in the SEC while South Carolina fell to 3-6-4 and 0-4-3 in the conference. The win was UT's first over the Gamecocks since a 3-2 double-overtime win on Sept. 27, 2007.

    “It’s a win,” UT head coach Brian Pensky said. “There’s nothing like winning. We talk about it all the time. There’s no greater feeling than winning, especially on the road. Nobody on our roster has beaten USC and only assistant coach Joe Kirt and director of soccer ops Hemant Sharma on our staff have defeated South Carolina.

    “It was great to see Caroline have such an impact because of what she has been going through, injury-wise.”

    Caroline Brown found the back of the net for the third time this season in the 54th minute. CC Cobb booted the ball into the far right corner for Brittney Wade and the sophomore defender sent a cross to about eight yards from the middle of the goal, connecting with Brown for the game-winner to the lower right side of the net. Cobb and Wade were credited with the assists.

    In a scoreless first half, South Carolina had the edge in possession despite Tennessee's 6-4 edge on shots. The Gamecocks had three corner kicks and numerous crosses into the box that were squandered.

    In the 30th minute, Allie Sirna made a terrific team save on an open net. USC's Andie Romness took a set piece from about midfield sending it into a crowded box. After a few bounces, Sirna made a great kick save in the middle of the net as UT goalkeeper Julie Eckel was playing further up.

    Tennessee will next play at Auburn on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on CSS and ESPN3 here. Former Lady Vol soccer player Cameron Broome is on the call for CSS.

    No. 18 Gator Soccer Wins 2-0 at LSU
    BATON ROUGE, La. – Senior All-American Erika Tymrak provided the No. 18 University of Florida soccer team (9-3-1, 6-1 SEC) the game-winning goal in her first return to action since being sidelined with an ankle sprain Sept. 21. The Gators posted a 2-0 win over LSU (5-5-4, 1-4-2 SEC) in front of 1,290 Friday at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
    Possession was dominated by the Gators for the vast majority of the match, but it wasn’t until the 74th minute that Florida was able to break through.
    The scoring play started when sophomore Lauren Silver brought the ball down the left side and sent it right to Tymrak at the top of the 18-yard box.
    “Lauren was playing outside back and she dribbled it up. She got it to me at the top of the 18 and I split two defenders and took it end line,” Tymrak said. “I was face up with the goalie and was waiting for her to make a move. I just picked my corner and hit far and it went in.”
    It was Tymrak’s third goal of the season. She was sidelined with a left ankle sprain just before halftime of the Sept. 21 Tennessee match and tonight’s appearance was her first since then.
    For the second consecutive match, a Gator goal was scored in the final minute of the match. Last Sunday, it was Tatiana Perez converting a penalty kick with 31 seconds on the clock. Tonight, it was fellow sophomore Havana Solaun bringing the ball down the center of the field to score with just 36 ticks remaining.
    The changes LSU made trying to find the tying goal in the final minutes helped lead to the goal, Solaun said.
    “They were playing really high defense for the last 10 trying to get that goal. That kind of opened up the field for us,” Solaun said. “They were playing a high line and Caroline [Triglia] saw me and played me through. Then it was me and about half the field so I just took it in.”
    Solaun now leads Florida with five goals this season, including three in the last five matches.
    Florida head coach Becky Burleigh liked the Gators’ defensive effort, as LSU was limited to three shots for the match.
    “I thought it was a great defensive effort by our team. LSU really had no looks on goal and we created quite a few opportunities,” Burleigh said. “I was happy we scored the second goal once the game got stretched out a little bit because they started to press. I thought we were unlucky to score only two.
    “You have to credit LSU,” she continued. “I thought their goalkeeper made some good saves and I thought they played hard defensively but I felt it was a matter of time before we broke them down.”
    Florida continues road action versus SEC Western Division opponents Sunday at No. 5 Texas A&M (12-1-1, 6-0-1 SEC). The Aggies defeated Alabama Friday in College Station, Texas. The UF-Texas A&M contest can be seen on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 251) Sunday at 1:30 p.m.