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    SEC Soccer Today: October 14

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


    SECOND-HALF SURGE LIFTS UT PAST LSU, 3-2, IN OT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Sophomore Hannah Wilkinson scored the game-winner in the 96th minute after seniors Kylie Bono and Amy Harrison found the back of the net in regulation and the Tennessee soccer team battled hard for a 3-2 overtime win over LSU on Sunday at Regal Soccer Stadium.

    "The resiliency of this team to come back from 1-0 was great. Then to give up the tying goal was so disappointing and, honestly, uncharacteristic of our group," UT head coach Brian Pensky said. "Then to find a way to get a third goal was big-time. It shows a lot about our resilience and the fight and sticking with it and then it also says a lot about technique. Caroline Brown's turn there, her running with it, the weight of her pass and Hannah Wilkinson's finish was big-time. Actually, all three of our goals today were probably three of our top eight goals this fall."

    In the sixth minute of overtime, junior Caroline Brown found Wilkinson in the box with a light tap. Wilkinson sped forward and ripped a shot from about six yards out, sending the ball to the left center for her second game-winner of the year.

    After a scoreless stalemate in the first half, Tennessee (11-4-2, 6-3-1 SEC) and LSU (6-7-4, 2-6-2 SEC) unleashed the offense in the second period.
    LSU took a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute when Fernanda Pina knocked in a corner kick from Jade Kovacevic from the left side.

    UT did not wait very long to respond. One second into the 68th minute, Brittney Wade tapped the ball lightly to her right at the top of the box to set up Bono flying up the middle for a beautiful equalizer to the upper left of the goal.

    The Lady Vols' lead grew to 2-1 in the 82nd minute when Brown initiated another UT attack. Brown passed the ball to Tori Bailey in the box and the sophomore midfielder took it diagonally to the left side before sending a cross in for Harrison. Harrison headed the ball in from about from a few yards out for her fifth score of the season.

    LSU answered just three minutes later. At 84:01, Alex Arlitt ripped a shot from the top center of the box to the top left corner past a diving Julie Eckel to even the game at 2-2.

    Three yellow cards were issued late in the game. Kovacevic received one in the 86th minute, UT's Caroline Capocaccia received one in the 93rd minute and Arlitt got one in the 94th minute.

    Tennessee had a 19-11 advantage on shots and a 7-5 edge on corner kicks. Eleven of UT's shots came after halftime.

    Bono and Harrison applied the most offensive pressure for UT. Bono fired team highs of six shots and five shots on goal. Harrison had five shots with three on goal. Wilkinson had three shots, two of which were saved.

    Eckel improved to 11-4-2, making three saves in the win. Brown had two assists for the Lady Vols.

    LSU's Alex Ramsey led the Tigers with four shots. LSU goalkeeper Megan Kinneman tallied a game-high 10 saves and fell to 6-7-4 on the year.

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    Aggies Derail Vanderbilt, 4-0

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – No. 9 Texas A&M Soccer wrapped up the SEC Western Division title and remained in the hunt for the SEC regular-season crown with a 4-0 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores on Sunday afternoon at VU Soccer Complex.

    The Aggies’ win coupled with Auburn’s 1-0 loss to Arkansas on Sunday gives A&M a 10-point lead over Auburn in the SEC Western Division standings with three matches remaining. Texas A&M improved to 14-2-1 overall and 8-1-1 in the SEC. The Aggies’ conference points tally advanced to 25, remaining two points behind Florida, who posted a 4-1 win over Mississippi State on Sunday, for the lead on the league’s overall ledger.

    Jordan Day went the distance in goal to become the first Aggie player to record double digits in the shutout column during a season. She now owns a school-record with 10 shutouts on the season and has 19 for her career. It marked the 11th shutout of the season for Texas A&M, one shy of the school mark of 12 set in 2006.

    Annie Kunz had the quick draw for the Aggies, scoring a goal just 54 seconds into the contest. A&M was applying pressure from the opening kick and when the Commodores were unable to clear an attack Kunz collected the ball near the left elbow of the penalty box. She regrouped from 15 yards out and sent a rocket into the right side netting for the 1-0 lead.

    The Aggies’ offense continued flying high in the sixth minute. Lindsey Witz sent a diagonal cross into the box from 30 yards out. Kunz was unsuccessful getting a head on the ball, but the miss allowed the ball to settle at the feet of Beth West on the left side of the goal area. West sent in a shot from five yards out and Vanderbilt’s starting netminder Alexa Levick was left in an unenviable possession and had no chance of a save.

    In the 15th minute, Texas A&M continued its mastery on set pieces in league action. Jayne Eadie sent in a free kick 10 yards off the right touchline from 35 yards out. With four Aggies crashing into the goal area, Kunz’s head found the ball. Kunz made easy work of it from five yards out, planting it into the back of the net to inflate the cushion to 3-0. The Aggies have scored on set pieces in all 10 of their SEC matches and have logged 14 set piece goals in conference play.

    The Aggies’ lead ballooned to 4-0 in the 51st minute of action. A deflection of an A&M cross bounced out to Leigh Edwards who sent a shot in from 25 yards out. The Commodores backup keeper Shannon Morrish was able to leap and get a mitt on it, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and hit the golden side the end line for the goal.

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    Razorback Blank Auburn, 1-0
     
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas got a goal from Sam Wolf in the 62nd minute and held off several late attacks by Auburn for a 1-0 Southeastern Conference soccer victory over the Tigers at Razorback Field on Sunday.
        
    The win is Arkansas’ first over the Tigers since 2000, and improved the Razorbacks to 7-8-1 overall and 4-5-1 in the SEC. The Tigers are now 9-8-0 and 5-5-0.
        
    “It wasn’t pretty, but we got the result,” head coach Colby Hale said. “We want to be a team that grinds out wins, and that’s what we did today. We dodged a bullet or two, but earlier this year we had some games that didn’t go our way. We had players fighting for 90 minutes with heavy legs and they deserve the win. We’re really proud of them.”
        
    The only score came at 61:45 after an Auburn foul in the deep right corner, just outside the 18. Allie Tripp played the free kick from about 23 yards away into the six, and Wolf stepped up from the back side and headed the shot into the right corner of the goal.
        
    The Tigers put pressure on the Arkansas defense the rest of the way, but the Razorbacks turned back each attempt. At the 75-minute mark, Kala Faulkner took a hard shot from the top of the 18, but it went high over the crossbar. In the 78th minute, keeper Kelly Roliard punched out a corner by the Tigers, and Faulkner’s follow shot again went high, this time from the edge of the six.
        
    In the 83rd minute, Tori Ball got to the corner of the defense and fired a hard shot at the right post, but Roliard dove to her left to knock the ball out. A minute later, a Razorback foul gave the Tigers their last good chance with a free kick from the left corner outside the 18. Ana Cate shot into the Razorback wall, which bounced toward midfield. Cate took the follow shot, a hard liner, but Roliard made the save.
        
    Roliard finished with a career-high seven saves.
        
    The Tigers had 17 shots with seven on goal while Arkansas had eight shots with three on goal.
        
    The game was also Senior Day with Andrea Carlson and Allie Chandler closing their home careers.
        
    “Those kids have a special place in our hearts,” Hale said. “They will be sorely missed, but I’m really excited about the successes we’re having this year for them.”
        
    Carlson is from Tulsa and Chandler is from Mesquite, Texas.
        
    “It hasn’t really hit me yet that this is our last home game,” Carlson said. “We’re still looking forward to playing more games, but everything has ended great this year.”
        
    “This is great,” Chandler said. “Everything fell into place this season.”
        
    Neither team generated many good opportunities in the first half. Both clubs had six shots with two shots on goal.
        
    Auburn missed a chance early with a flurry of three shots, all inside the box. Mary Coffed hit the first off the left post. Ashley Kotero got the rebound, but her shot was blocked. Coffed played a shot off the block, but her second attempt bounced off the crossbar before the Razorbacks cleared.
        
    Chandler had Arkansas’ first shot on goal around the 25-minute mark, splitting the defense and hit a hard shot from 22 yards away, but Auburn’s Amy Howard made the save.
        
    With 11 minutes left in the period, a Tiger foul gave Arkansas a free kick above the left corner of the 18. Allie Tripp played the kick into the six, and Ashleigh Ellenwood was just short of getting to the ball for a close header attempt. Tripp later had a header inside the six, but Howard made another save.
        
    Auburn had three corners in the period, but Ellenwood headed two of those out of the box for easy clears by the Razorbacks.

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    Women’s Soccer Earns First Road Sweep in Lipsitz Era

    ATHENS, Ga. – With a career-high 10 saves from Kayla King, an early sixth-minute goal from Arin Gilliland, and great defense from the UK back line, the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team knocked off the Georgia Bulldogs 1-0 for the first time since 1999 to earn an SEC weekend road sweep for the first time under head coach Jon Lipsitz.

    “It is huge to be able to go on the road, especially for the second weekend in a row and get six points,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz. “That was hard. Georgia seems to be a little bit snake bit with all the injuries and balls just not finding the net. They were the better team today, but for us there are a lot of ways to win a game. One of them is to score early on the road and hang on. That’s what we did today.”

    Kentucky took the early lead in the game just six minutes in, capitalizing from a midfield turnover from Georgia. The Bulldogs lost possession thanks to pressure in the center from Olivia Jester, which allowed junior Caitlin Landis to retrieve it and slip a through ball about 30 yards from goal to Gilliland. Gilliland took a burst of a first touch, exploding past her defender and striking for her fifth of the season to the far post.

    The first half would end with UK managing just two shots in the opening 45. The Wildcats captured four corner kicks to the Bulldogs two, and keeper Kayla King recording all five saves in the first frame.

    The goal would stand as the only goal of the game, and propel UK to the 1-0 win. The final tallies would show UGA outshot the Wildcats 21-8 and record one less foul than UK at 11-10. The Cats won the corners, taking six to the Bulldogs’ four in the game.

    Kayla King tallied her second-straight shutout, marking her third-career blanking of an opponent. Sunday’s game marked the 14th time this season that UK has held its opponents to two goals or less. The back-to-back shutouts are the first since Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 when UK beat UNC Greensboro 2-0 and SEMO 1-0 in Lexington.

    Sunday, King recorded a career-high 10 saves against the Bulldogs, while also tallying three saves vs. Tennessee Friday night, marking 13 saves on her first-ever 2-0-0 SEC weekend in net.

    “The best compliment I can give any of my players is that they did their job. Kayla did her job today, and all of this weekend,” Lipsitz said.

    The win was UK’s first in 13 tries over UGA as the Wildcats had gone since the 1999 season without a win over Georgia. Kentucky’s last win over Georgia in Athens, Ga., was a year earlier in 1998. In addition, it was the first SEC weekend sweep on the road for UK since the 2000 season when Kentucky knocked off Alabama and Auburn on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 2000.

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    No. 12 Gator Soccer Takes 4-1 win over Mississippi State on UF Senior Day

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Four goals by three different seniors led to the No. 12 Gator soccer team’s (12-3-1, 9-1 SEC) 4-1 win Sunday over the Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-8-1, 1-8-1 SEC) on a day celebrating Florida’s senior class. It was the ninth-consecutive victory for Florida, all against SEC opponents.

    With the match tied at 1-all, three goals in a 10-minute span put UF in command. Senior midfielder Jo Dragotta broke the tie when she scored her second game-winning goal of her Gator career in as many matches. She scored her first game-changer on Friday in the Gators 2-1 victory over the No. 14 Missouri Tigers.

    It was an emotional win for the Gators as they commemorated the careers of five seniors; McKenzie Barney, Dragotta, Holly King, Erika Tymrak and Kathryn Williamson.

    The Gators first score came just over four minutes into the match, marking the earliest goal scored by the team this season. Three seniors accounted for the goal that started when King passed the ball up to Tymrak who then glided past two defenders to play a through ball off to an open Barney. Bulldogs goalkeeper Skylar Rosson came up to the six-yard box to defend but Barney was able to cross the ball in low just past Rosson to the far left post. This was Barney’s fifth goal of her senior season.

    “Erika dribbles and commits defenders,” Barney said. “She committed two defenders and I made the run that I always make when she commits those players. I took a touch and found that the keeper wasn’t at the post so I tried to hit it there.”

    The Gators out-shot the Bulldogs in the first half 12-0 but Barney’s shot was the only one that resulted in a goal. The Bulldogs first shot of the match was a goal at 46:26, which tied the two teams with a goal each. The score happened when Bulldog midfielder Jasmine Simmons crossed the ball from the left side of the field into Florida territory. The ball found the head of Madison McKee who bounced it back to Honeye Heydari at the top of the box. Heydari was able to strike the ball past the hands of a diving Taylor Burke to the far left post.

    “We had trouble getting our rhythm and they had that one chance, that one counter,” Barney said.  “It was something that we just had to take a deep breath and relax. We’re just going to play our game and be more disciplined.”

    The three-goal flurry started with a blast from Dragotta at 70:47. After battling back-and-forth in front of Mississippi State’s goal, the Gators were finally able to get the ball past defenders and finish. Sophomore Annie Speese broke away from defenders fast enough to get the ball off to Dragotta whose 20-yard strike scored at the top right corner of the net.

    “Sometimes our team needs something to boost us up and that second goal definitely boosted us up,” Dragotta said. “I’m just really proud of my team.”

    The Gators third goal came off a free kick from Tymrak who took the shot just outside of the 18-yard box at 76:53.

    “I got taken down at the top of the box so when I put the ball down I saw a four-foot gap between the wall and the post,” Tymrak said. “The keeper was kind of behind the wall so I just looked at the spot and dropped it low. I basically just focused on hitting the spot because no one was there.”

    Florida scored again at 80:23 with a penalty kick from Dragotta after the Bulldogs’ goalkeeper Rosson received a red card and was ejected for denying a goal-scoring opportunity with a foul on freshman Claire Falknor. Dragotta took the opportunity to get her first career double when she scored the penalty shot past backup goalie CJ Winship. Dragotta has scored five goals in her Gator career – all in the last seven matches. She has scored in each of Florida’s last three matches.

    Three now share Florida’s lead for season goals at five each – Barney, Dragotta and sophomore Havana Solaun. Tymrak, who leads UF with six assists, shares the season points lead with Solaun at 14 each.

    The 2012 senior class claims the nation’s sixth-highest number of wins over the last four seasons with a record of 64-19-6. They have been a part of two Southeastern Conference title teams and have advanced to the NCAA tournament the last three seasons.

    “Our seniors are a really special group,” Coach Becky Burleigh said. “They contribute in ways you see on the field and they contribute in ways you don’t see off the field. They’re great leaders and they have certainly left a legacy for this program that’s going to be tough to follow.”

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    SANDERS, SOUZA LEAD OLE MISS PAST SOUTH CAROLINA

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – A pair of goals from Samantha Sanders and Rafaelle Souza paced the Rebel offense on Sunday and led to a weekend sweep of road contests as Ole Miss (12-5, 5-5 SEC) defeated South Carolina (5-7-4, 2-5-3 SEC) by a score of 2-1.

    Ole Miss defeated Vanderbilt 1-0 on Friday night to start off the weekend as the Rebels have now won three straight matches – two by shutout.

    The Rebels will now return home to close out the home portion of the schedule with a pair of matches next weekend against LSU on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Tennessee at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in a match televised by SportSouth.

    “This was a great win and I am so happy with this team and the character, heart and determination they showed today,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “For us to get a second goal before halftime was huge, and we held on and fought like crazy in the second half to pick up the win.

    “We’ve been really good in the second half when we have a lead,” Mott said. “I’m proud of the effort. It’s been a long time coming (grabbing a weekend sweep on the road). Picking up six points in the standings on the road is huge in this league.”

    Ole Miss picked up where it left off on Friday night with a pressing offense that out-shot the host Gamecocks 7-to-3 in the first period. The pressure paid off with the Rebels picking up a pair of goals in the first period.

    Souza got the Rebels on the board when the junior took a cross inside the six-yard box from senior Alix Hildal and drilled it in the net to put Ole Miss on top 1-0. It was the 11th goal of the season for Sousa who now leads the Rebels and the Southeastern Conference in goals. Souza tallied nine goals last season as a sophomore.

    South Carolina answered in the 28th minute as Taylor Leach scored her first goal of the season to knot the score at one. Carolina Gray flicked a header to Leach off a corner kick from Andie Romness that Leach converted into a game-tying score.

    The score didn’t remain tied for long, as Sanders broke the stalemate five minutes later.

    The freshman defender made a heads up play when to give the Rebels the 2-1 lead in the 33rd minute. Mandy McCalla took a ball from Brooke Theobald and headed it toward the goal. The ball hit the crossbar and deflected back into the box where Sanders lined it up on goal and buried it in the net to put Ole Miss on top at the half.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly McCormick and the Rebel defense did the job in the second half, clamping down to keep the Gamecocks out of the goal on the way to the win. South Carolina out-shot the Rebels 7-to-6 in the second period, but Ole Miss posted the shutout in the second half to pick up the win.

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    No. 14 Mizzou Downs Alabama, 2-1

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Junior Dominique Richardson scored the game-winning goal with just minutes remaining to give the No. 14 Mizzou soccer team a 2-1 win over Alabama Sunday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tigers improve to 13-3 overall and 8-2 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Crimson Tide fall to 7-7-2 and 2-6-2.

    "We felt Alabama was one of the better teams we've played all season," Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "We're very fortunate to steal this win today on the road. We thought our overall depth really helped us today with this performance but at the end of the day good teams find a way to win."

    With just over a minute left in the contest, sophomore Taylor Grant played a ball up to the middle of the field that Richardson collected. Richardson eluded a pair of Alabama defenders, dribbled into the box, and smashed a shot past the Crimson Tide keeper and into the back of the net. The goal was the fourth of the season for Richardson, while Grant tallied her second assist of the year on the play.

    Mizzou wasted no time getting on the scoreboard when junior Alyssa Diggs notched her seventh tally of the season in the fourth minute. The Coppell, Texas, native gathered a loose ball in the Tigers' offensive half, dribbled around a defender and into the box, and unleashed a shot into the left netting for a 1-0 Missouri advantage.

    The Crimson Tide nearly tied the game in the 29th minute when Lindsey Sillers blasted a shot right on net but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein punched the ball over the crossbar. Mizzou's defense held firm in the 43rd minute but junior Danielle Nottingham knocked away Alabama's shot near the goal line.
     
    Alabama's Pia Rijsdijk knotted the score at 1-1 in the 62nd minute when she collected a loose ball in the box and managed to poke a shot past Sauerwein. The home team almost took its first lead of the day late in the second half when Rijsdijk had a breakaway opportunity but senior Allison Hu recovered to thwart the scoring chance.

    Sauerwein made six saves in the goal for the Tigers.