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    SEC Soccer Today: October 7

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


    OXFORD, Miss. – A pair of freshmen came up big on Sunday afternoon to help put the Rebels back in the win column as Ole Miss (10-5, 3-5 SEC) defeated Kentucky (8-5-1, 3-4-1 SEC) by a score of 2-0 at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.

    After two weeks on the road where the offense got several opportunities but couldn’t convert the shots into goals, the two goals on Sunday from area products keyed the Ole Miss win. Sara Coleman, a Laurel, Miss., native put the Rebels on the board with her first half goal, while Memphis native Olivia Harrison capped the scoring for Ole Miss with a second half goal.

    The Rebel defense also came up big, pitching its sixth shutout of the season behind the play of goalkeeper Kelly McCormick and aggressive back line.

    The win marks the fifth consecutive victory over the Wildcats for Ole Miss and ties the overall series with Kentucky at 9-9-1.

    “It feels good to be back in the win column,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “We finally broke the lid off the goal and got a win over a very good Kentucky team. That’s huge for us and our confidence as we prepare to go back on the road. I’m happy with the team and the overall performance.

    “Rafaelle Souza and Mandy McCalla get a lot of attention, so that means other players get opportunities,” Mott said. “Sara did a good job of taking her goal and so did Olivia. That puts us in a good spot as we move forward and get ready for a tough Vanderbilt team.”

    Ole Miss got on the board in the first half when Coleman delivered a strike in the 41st minute from the near side to get the scoring started. Rafaelle Souza took the ball down the far side of the field and dribbled into the box, sending the ball across to Coleman who beat the defender one-on-one and delivered the first blow to put Ole Miss up 1-0.

    The Rebels came out in the second half and continued to apply early pressure to the Wildcat defense, possessing the ball on the Kentucky side of the field for the early part of the period.

    Ole Miss got some breathing room in the 68th minute when Harrison delivered an outstanding shot from the far side along the baseline that bent in over the line close to the near post before a Kentucky defender would knock the ball out. But the keen eye of the far official called the goal as the Rebels took the 2-0 lead on the Wildcats.



    AUBURN, Ala. - Senior Kylie Bono scored off a free kick in the 60th minute to lift the Tennessee soccer team to a 1-0 road victory over defending SEC Tournament champ Auburn on Sunday at Auburn Soccer Complex.

    Tennessee improved to 10-3-2 on the year and 5-2-1 in SEC play. Auburn fell to 8-7 and 4-4 in conference games. Including Friday’s 1-0 win at South Carolina, UT now has wins over the 2011 SEC regular season and tournament champions.

    "Two wins on the weekend - it's a great weekend. Two shutouts on the weekend - it's a great weekend," Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky said. "Great goal by Bono. It was another second-half goal about 15 minutes in and then our kids just kind of bear down and get another shutout. Seven goals against in 15 games is big-time. Our team just continues to battle."

    Taking the free kick a few yards from the front left corner of the box, Bono rocketed a shot that sunk below Auburn goalkeeper Amy Howard into the lower right center of the net. The score was Bono's fourth of the year and her third game-winner. The UT senior now has seven career game-winners.

    The scoreless first half was very competitive as each team had four shots. Auburn had a 5-2 edge on corners, but much of the action was in the battles at midfield.

    In the 19th minute, junior midfielder CC Cobb was injured near midfield, heading a goal kick from Julie Eckel. Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to the local hospital.

    Tennessee came out with renewed tenacity in the second half. After her goal 15 minutes into the period, Bono fired another shot in the 72nd minute near the center of the net that was saved by Howard. In the 77th minute, senior Amy Harrison had a good shot from the top of the box that curved just left of the post.

    "Losing CC Cobb hurt us a little bit, but other kids stepped up," Pensky said. "Alison Clarke stepped up. Susan Ferguson stepped up. So, another great team win and I'm very proud of our kids' resilience . I'm very prod of the three seniors who gave us 90 minutes - Ali Hall, Amy Harrison and Kylie Bono playing with a terrific desperation. That's what you need out of your leaders and that's what they're giving us."

    The Lady Vols finished the game with a 12-10 shot advantage. Auburn had a 6-4 edge on corner kicks.

    Iyana Moore led the team with four shots, including one on goal. Bono had three shots on goal. Eckel (10-3-2) had one save in the win and picked up the 15th shutout of her career.


    Razorbacks Top Tide for First Time Since 2006
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas scored twice in the first half and got three goals by three different players to post a 3-1 Southeastern Conference soccer victory over Alabama at Razorback Field on Sunday.
    Arkansas led the entire way in improving to 6-7-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the SEC. Alabama is 7-5-2 and 2-4-2. The win is Arkansas’ first over Alabama since 2006.
    “I thought the girls did a great job preparing for the game,” head coach Colby Hale said. “Alabama is very good. We liked our game plan and the girls executed it well. It’s a great win and we’re very proud, and we certainly take confidence from it, but there are things we need to get better at and we’ll work on them this week.”
    After leading 2-0 at the break, Alabama closed within 2-1 on a penalty kick at 62:15, but Arkansas put the game away on Jeriann Okoro’s score at 85:23.
    Arkansas was called for a foul in the 63rd minute at the top of the 18. Merel Van Dongen took the penalty kick for the Crimson Tide and scored to cut the margin in half.
    In the 86th minute, Okoro got the ball outside the top left corner of the 18, dribbled in and lofted an arching shot over a defender and above the outstretched hands of keeper Emily Rusk in the right corner of the net.
    Rusk played the second half in goal for Alabama and made four saves with the one goal allowed. Shelby Church started and made one save and allowed two scores.
    Both teams had 13 shots for the game, but Arkansas had an 8-5 lead in shots on goal.


    Gamecocks Shutout Georgia, 1-0, For First SEC Win of 2012

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina junior Gabrielle Gilbert scored her second goal of the season to lead the Gamecocks (4-6-4, 1-4-3 SEC) to their first SEC victory of the season in a 1-0 win against Georgia (6-7-2, 2-4-2 SEC) Sunday afternoon at Stone Stadium.

    The victory was the first against the Bulldogs at Stone Stadium since the 2006 season, which was also the last Gamecock regular season victory over the Bulldogs.

    Gilbert scored in the 21st minute with assists from Dani Henry and Danielle Au, marking her second goal in as many Sunday’s after also scoring last Sunday in a 1-1 draw at Vanderbilt. Sophomore Sabrina D’Angelo registered five saves to record her second shutout of the season.

    “I’m thrilled,” South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said of the game. “We’ve been working hard and getting closer but not quite finishing games. Today is a great feeling to get back on the winning track.”

    “It was a great feeling,” Gilbert said. “We’ve been working so hard for us. It’s a weight off of our shoulder, and this was a huge step for us. We’re going to keep working forward to keep getting those wins because this isn’t the end.”

    Shelley Smith used a new attacking lineup Sunday with Rae Wilson, Raina Johnson and Ali Whitney earning starts as the forwards and Abby Sams taking the attacking midfield role. The move saw immediate positive dividends, much like the decision to change the formation last weekend led to three goals in two matches, as the fresh faces put early and constant pressure on the Bulldog defense. Johnson made her mark by frustrating the defenders with her all-over-the-ball style of play while Whitney used her strength to put the ball into play from the flank and on throw-ins. Wilson nearly broke the game open in the 13th minute with a header off a D’Angelo free kick that was barely saved by Georgia’s Ashley Baker.

    As the lineup began to slowly resemble its previous starting look, the Gamecocks continued to press until Gilbert notched her goal at 20:46. Dani Henry sent a ball into the box that Dnaielle Au put towards the net, but Baker came up with the save. Gilbert, who was making a run down the right wing, continued to run through the play and was rewarded with the rebound into the net.

    “Any goal is huge,” Smith said. “Gabby has come up with some big ones for us. Her effort all year has been tremendous. We’ve put her in several positions on the field and she’s made a difference in all of them. Obviously scoring goals is huge. Huge credit to Gabby and what she’s brought to the field.”

    The Bulldogs came close to equalizing in the 38th minute when Susannah Dennis knocked a ball into the goal, but the play was nullified due to an offsides call and the Gamecocks went into the break with a 1-0 halftime lead.

    South Carolina began the second half just as strong as the first, but it was Georgia that had the first dangerous strike when Carli Shultis rifled a shot from range in the 60th that D’Angelo tip-saved into the crossbar to keep the Bulldogs off the board. Gilbert made a bid for her second goal in the 65th with a header from an Andie Romness free kick that Baker was able to save.

    The teams played an even half the rest of the way with both teams getting threatening looks at various stages of the game in a second half that saw 11 combined shots.


    No. 18 Gator Soccer Upsets No. 5 Texas A&M 2-1

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Saturday it was Gator football posting the upset over No. 4 LSU. Today, it was Florida’s fútbol team claiming the upset win.

    The No. 18 Gator soccer team (10-3-1, 7-1 SEC) took a 2-1 win at No. 5 Texas A&M (12-2-1, 6-1-1 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a chilly Aggie Soccer Stadium crowd of 2,096. Florida ended the Aggies’ 12-match unbeaten streak and its 18-match home unbeaten streak.

    Play by the Gators was a bit frenetic in the opening minutes, evidenced by A&M being awarded three corner kicks in the first 12 minutes. Once the Gators found their rhythm, they started to put pressure on the Aggies goal.

    “I thought we were a little rattled at the beginning of the game. Our composure wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “It didn’t help that A&M had several corners in a row – that’s a strength of A&M. I think that was in part what rattled us. But once we got a hold of the ball a little bit and kept our possession going that gave us some confidence to keep it going.”

    But it was the Aggies who scored first off a set piece in the 22nd minute. Sophomore Shea Groom headed in a corner kick at the post off the assist from Beth West.

    The Gators began to mount their fourth come-from-behind victory of the season with a goal off a set piece of their own seven minutes later.

    Senior All-American Erika Tymrak was fouled just outside the right side of the Aggies box. The free kick taken by Jo Dragotta scored at the far post in the 29th minute, aided by fellow senior McKenzie Barney distractive run in the box causing confusion right above the goal.

    “The credit completely goes to McKenzie Barney. It wouldn’t have gone in if she didn’t do that tricky play and let it go between her legs,” Dragotta said. “They weren’t expecting that and that allowed the ball to score. The credit goes to her for sure.”

    It was Dragotta’s second goal of the season and of her career.

    Placing the ball in a key zone led to the goal, Burleigh said.

    “What we are trying to do is play that ball in what we call the ‘corridor of indecision’. It is a tough ball for a keeper because it is a ball where she has to decide to come out or not. When you put the ball there, good things usually happen whether we get on the end of it or not. So that was one of those balls.”

    The go-ahead goal started again off a set piece. Tymrak tapped a pass off the free kick to Havana Solaun located at left side of box. Solaun returned the pass to Tymrak, who dribbled to eight yards and sent a centering pass to junior Adriana Leon located in the box. Leon pounded the ball into the roof of the net from 10 yards in the 39th minute.

    “I don’t remember too much about the play,” Leon said. “I do remember Erika passing the ball to inside the box. I just ran onto it and kicked it as hard as I could into the net.”

    It was Leon’s third goal of the season with all coming in the last six matches.

    A strong team defensive effort helped the Gators limit the Aggies to a single goal for the third time this season.

    “I think there were ups and downs in the game. There were a few times we lost our focus, but overall, I think we did a great job of keeping our focus and keeping our composure,” junior outside back Taylor Travis said. “The coaches talked to us about different changes, movements and tactics at halftime and we adjusted to that so we had an even stronger second half defensively.”

    The Gators had opportunities to add to their lead in the second half. Burleigh said that perhaps would have changed the final minutes of the match as the Aggies pushed to get the tying goal.


    No. 16 Mizzou Ousts Mississippi State, 2-0

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Sophomore Abi Raymer and senior Taiwo Adeshigbin each notched goals as the No. 16 Mizzou soccer team posted a 2-0 win over Mississippi State Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. The win improved Mizzou's record to 12-2 overall and 7-1 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Bulldogs fell to 7-7-1 and 0-7-1.

    "We thought Mississippi State really challenged us today from a physical standpoint," Mizzou Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "We felt our group responded well and we are happy to earn a Sunday win."

    Mizzou took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute when Raymer sent a low shot to the left corner of the net. The ball eluded a slew of Bulldog defenders and went past Mississippi State's goalkeeper for Raymer's sixth tally of the season. Junior Dominique Richardson earned her first assist of the year on the play.

    Richardson and freshman Kaz James both narrowly missed scoring chances of their own late in the first half. Richardson unleashed a 35-yard bomb that caught the Bulldog keeper off guard but bounced off the left post. In the 36th minute, James corralled a loose ball off a shot from Adeshigbin and sent in a 15-yard shot, but her attempt sailed just to the right of the goal.

    Adeshigbin entered the scoring column in the 65th minute to put Missouri on top 2-0. The senior dribbled the ball from the right sideline and uncorked a blast from just inside the right corner of the box. Her shot flew right by Mississippi State's goalie for her sixth goal of the season.

    Missouri's offense continued to play well in search of another goal. Senior Haley Krentz had a breakaway opportunity but her shot sailed over the net. In the 69th minute, freshman Reagan Russell blasted a shot from the edge of the box but the ball hit off the crossbar.

    The Tigers had a 36-11 overall shots advantage and a 13-6 edge in shots on goal in the contest.

    Sauerwein made five saves in net for the Mizzou and earned her sixth shutout of the season


    Emerson's First Goal Lifts Soccer Past Vandy

    BATON ROUGE - Haley Emerson's first career goal as an LSU Tiger was golden as she scored the game-winning goal in the 108th minute of play to lift the Tigers to a 1-0 double overtime win over the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

    Just when it appeared the teams would play to a scoreless draw, Emerson found herself with possession of the ball at the top of the six-yard box following a cross into the area by fellow freshman Jade Kovacevic. Emerson composed herself and fired a strike past Commodore goalkeeper Alexa Levick for the Golden Goal at the 107:22 mark.

    Emerson certainly made the most of her first action of the afternoon as she entered the game for the first time at the start of the second overtime period.

    Emerson's first career goal was set up by a class 30-yard run to the end line through the Vanderbilt defense by Kovacevic as she served up her third assist of the season. Kovacevic is now tied for the club lead with fellow freshmen Fernanda Pina and Tori Sample as each has tallied three assists this season.

    The freshman duo helped lead the Tigers (6-5-4, 2-4-2 SEC) to their first home victory in Southeastern Conference play this season while snapping a three-game SEC unbeaten streak by the Commodores (5-5-5, 2-2-4) entering Sunday's match. Vanderbilt has now played four-straight double overtime matches over the past two weekends.

    "Brian (Lee) always tells us that every minute counts," Emerson said following the match. "He told me right before I went in to try to score a goal for us and win the game because I had fresh legs going in. Jade (Kovacevic) brought it down the line, and I just got into the box and kicked it in. Our team deserved to win this game today.

    "Jade works her butt off the entire game. Her crosses are amazing. Right when I scored, I looked over at her because she gave it everything she had."

    The Tigers turned up the pressure on the Commodore defense from the opening kick and nearly took a first-half lead through a pair of scoring efforts by senior midfielder Alex Ramsey.

    Following Sample's long throw-in from the right sideline, Ramsey found herself in space in the right side of the area where she chested the ball down and fired a full volley from 12 yards that sailed inches past the left post for a Vanderbilt goal kick in the 16th minute. Ramsey then struck again in the 36th minute as she took a touch across the top of the box and fired a strike on frame that was saved by Levick leaping high into the air and off the crossbar for one of LSU's six corner kicks on the afternoon.

    Junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman was outstanding in goal once again while matching her career-high for a single-season with her sixth clean sheet of the year.

    Kinneman organized an LSU defense that limited the Commodores to just one shot on goal on their 10 shot attempts during the match.

    The Tigers turned in perhaps their best performance of the SEC season while dominating the final scoresheet with a 20-11 shot advantage and 6-1 edge in shots on goal. They also led the way with the 6-4 margin in corner kicks in nearly 108 minutes of action Sunday at the LSU Soccer Stadium.