|Kentucky 1, South Carolina 0
|Arkansas 2, Missouri 1
|Auburn 4, Vanderbilt 1
|Alabama 1, Florida 0
|Tennessee 1, Texas A&M 0
|Georgia 3, Mississippi State 0
|LSU 3, Ole Miss 2
Gilliland Guides Kentucky to Third-Straight 1-0 Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind Arin Gilliland’s team-leading sixth goal of the season and brilliant play in the back line, the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team (11-5-1, 6-4-1 SEC) downed the South Carolina Gamecocks 1-0 in a Friday night game nationally telecasted by Fox Sports South.
“I think we are changing and evolving,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “There was no such thing as winning 1-0 games early in the season. We knew we needed to score a lot more because we were giving up a lot of goals but I think we’re defending as a group much better. We’re sort of finding a way. As the season moves on, you hope that you learn how to do that.”
The goal came in the late stages of the first half, as Gilliland got the ball off a South Carolina (5-8-4, 2-6-3 SEC) turnover in midfield. The sophomore dribbled through a couple of initial defenders, and fired a shot that took a slight deflection off a Gamecock defender, and changed the path of the shot. The ball sailed on the wet pitch into the near-side and the Lexington, Ky., native clocked her sixth goal of the season.
Kentucky’s offense generated many more opportunities in the second half, as the Cats outshot South Carolina 11-6, including an 8-3 margin in the second frame. Both teams ended up with three corner kicks on the night, as all three of the Wildcats’ corners came in the second half.
Junior goalkeeper, and defending Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Kayla King posted her third-straight shutout, as the UK back line only forced the Louisville, Ky., native to make one save on six shots faced. King came into the season with no shutouts to her resume, and has logged four on the 2012 campaign. With the win, King now improves to 10-2-0 on the year in the cage.
Gilliland took a team-high four shots in the game, with two of them being on target. Caitlin Landis also had two shots on goal with three overall shots, and freshman Kelli Hubly had two shots.
The Wildcats now move to 11-5-1 overall and 6-4-1 SEC. With the win tonight, Kentucky has now clinched a spot in Orange Beach, Ala., for the third-consecutive season.
The win was UK’s third-straight 1-0 win, as Kentucky downed Tennessee on Oct. 12 in Knoxville, Tenn., and defeated Georgia 1-0 in Athens, Ga., Sunday afternoon.
UK will finish out the weekend in Lexington, playig host to the Auburn Tigers at 2:30 p.m. ET at the UK Soccer Complex. The game will serve as the front end of a doubleheader with UK men’s soccer, who is slated for a 5:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
Razorbacks Rally By No. 16 Missouri, 2-1
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Arkansas scored twice in the second half and rallied for its second win ever over a ranked team with Friday’s 2-1 Southeastern Conference victory at No. 16 Missouri.
Missouri, which had allowed just 12 goals all year and was 8-0-0 at home, led 1-0 at the break.
Ashleigh Ellenwood scored both goals, including the game-winner off a pass from Allie Chandler with just over five minutes to play.
The Razorbacks, who earlier this year beat No. 18 Kentucky 3-2 for their first win over a ranked team, are 8-8-1 overall and 5-5-1 in the SEC. Missouri is 13-4-0 and 8-3-0.
“It’s awesome and we’re proud of the girls,” head coach Colby Hale said. “They fight and to their credit, it’s all them. They put in the work, fight for every ball, and execute adjustments and game plans. Missouri is a fantastic team and they cause a lot of problems, but our kids dealt with it.”
After several near misses late in the game, Ellenwood punched in a shot from the top of the six to give Arkansas the win.
With the game tied 1-1, the Razorbacks had several attacks stopped inside the box, but Chandler passed from the right flat into the 18, and Ellenwood dribbled to the top of the six and beat keeper McKenzie Sauerwein for the game-winner at 85:19.
After the score, Arkansas packed in the defense and held off a couple of Missouri attacks with Allie Tripp clearing one pass into the box and Missouri just missing on a long shot that was just over the crossbar.
“I thought the back four had their best performance as a group,” Hale said. “They did a great job eliminating chances and fought hard in the box. They made things as difficult as possible for a team that is very good.”
Missouri out-shot the Razorbacks 27-13 and had a 12-5 lead in shots on goal. The Tigers also had an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks. Keeper Kelly Roliard, who was coming off a career-high seven-save effort in Sunday’s win over Auburn topped that with 11 saves against the Tigers.
“Kelly made a couple of big saves,” Hale said. “We scored two goals and created chances where we could have scored a couple more. It was a good SEC game.”
Ellenwood had five of Arkansas’ shots with the two scores, her third and fourth of the season. Sam Wolf and Jeriann Okoro had two shots each.
On Missouri’s ninth shot attempt of the first half, the Tigers broke through for a score. Abi Raymer scored off a pass from Haley Krentz. Raymer got the pass at midfield and hit a line drive from 40 yards out into the top right corner of the goal at 27:46.
Before the Tiger score, Arkansas had the two best chances to score.
Five minutes in, the Razorbacks had a scoring opportunity. A long throw-in for Okoro was knocked out by Missouri for an Arkansas corner. Tripp played it to the far post where Ellenwood just missed a header attempt, but Wolf was on the back side and attempted a shot, but the Tigers blocked it at the post.
Twenty minutes in, on a second corner, Tripp went to the back post again and this time Ellenwood was able to make a play on the ball, but her header was high and out.
The Razorbacks had a chance to tie it inside the last minute of the period. A pass gave Beth Stratton possession even with the defense, and she out ran her defender inside the box for a one-on-keeper attempt, but the hard shot deflected off the keeper and rolled away.
Through the first period, Missouri had a 10-6 lead in shots and a 7-3 lead in shots on goal.
Arkansas made a bid to tie it six minutes into the second period. After a Tiger foul, Tripp had a free kick from 35 yards out. Tripp played it to the top of the six, trying to find Ellenwood, but Sauerwein made the catch.
The Razorbacks did tie it in the 60th minute. Chandler passed to her right for Okoro, who tried to cross back to the middle. The ball bounced off a defender to Chandler. A defender knocked it out to the left. Ellenwood ran it down, controlled it at the left edge of the 18 and scored into the right corner from 20 yards away.
The score was just the eighth allowed by Missouri in its last 13 games.
Arkansas made a play to take the lead in the 81st minute. Ellenwood, running down the middle of the field, passed ahead and to her right to Chandler, who got a one-on-one with the keeper. UM’s Sauerwein came out to the top of the six and covered just as Chandler was about to attempt a shot.
With five minutes to go, Okoro got around the keeper inside the box, but a defender dropped back and blocked her shot at the left post for Arkansas’ two best chances to take the lead prior to Ellenwood’s game-winner.
The Razorbacks head to Starkville, Miss., for Sunday’s game at Mississippi State. The contest is being televised by ESPNU at 3 p.m.
Auburn Clinches SEC Tournament Berth With 4-1 Win At Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Auburn soccer team is going to a 12th consecutive Southeastern Conference Tournament after picking up a 4-1 win at Vanderbilt on Friday night. Auburn received goals from four different players in the win, which improved Auburn’s record to 10-8-0, 6-5-0 SEC and puts Auburn in sixth place in the SEC with two league matches remaining. Vanderbilt fell to 5-8-5, 2-5-4 SEC.
“This is a huge victory tonight,” Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. “This is a good Vanderbilt team. To be able to clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament this early and know we are playing in the postseason is great for this team. It was a fantastic effort by our team.”
Senior Mary Coffed played a big role in the win, scoring the game-winner in the eighth minute and then collecting the first assist on the second goal, the first time this season she has been involved in multiple goals in the same match.
“We were so fired up playing the game,” Coffed said. “We saw this as an opportunity to extend our season with a win in this game. We scored four great goals in a crucial match. It was exciting to see everyone come together tonight.”
Coffed opened the scoring with her 15th career goal as Auburn capitalized on a free kick. Bianca Sierra served a ball in that Ashley Kotero flicked back to Coffed. The goal, which was struck from eight yards out, was the first in a first half for Auburn since the 4-2 win over South Carolina, a span of five matches. The goal also placed Coffed in the Auburn career record books, in a six-way tie for 10th in career goals.
“Getting an early goal was key tonight,” Hoppa said. “It was a great free kick where Ashley flicked it perfectly to Mary. That gave us some cushion even though we lost the run of play in the first half. In the second half to have three different people put goals away and end this game was fantastic. We got a lot of players a lot of minutes. The kids came off the bench and did a really good job of finishing the game.”
Auburn needed just over a minute of play in the second half to increase its lead to 2-0 as Maddie Barnes made a back-post run on a Coffed cross and headed in the goal, her second of the season.
Tori Ball put Auburn up three goals in the 73rd minute when she dribbled up the field and through the Vanderbilt backline before putting one past the diving Vanderbilt goalkeeper for her fifth goal of the season.
Logan Beal capped the Auburn scoring with her first career goal, finishing off an Ana Cate cross in the 81st minute for the insurmountable 4-0 lead.
Vanderbilt avoided the shutout with 15 seconds remaining as Erin Myers scored off of free kick.
Auburn’s 12 straight SEC Tournaments is the third-longest active streak in the league behind only Florida (18) and Tennessee (15), both of which already clinched their spots.
Auburn travels to Kentucky on Sunday for a 1:30pm CT kickoff. Auburn is chasing Kentucky in the overall SEC standings, sitting just a point behind UK.
Alabama Blanks No. 11 Florida, 1-0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team made a first half lead stand up as the Crimson Tide knocked off the 11th ranked Florida Gators, 1-0, Friday night at the Alabama Soccer Stadium. It was the first time in program history that Alabama had defeated Florida and it was also the highest ranked opponent that the Tide has ever defeated.
With the win, Alabama improves to 8-7-2 overall and 3-6-2 in the Southeastern Conference, while Florida falls to 12-4-1 overall and 9-2-0 in the SEC. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Tide and also snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Gators.
The Crimson Tide scored the game’s only goal late in the first half thanks to a pair of its underclassmen forwards. Sophomore Pia Rijsdijk forced a Gator turnover and was able to find freshman forward Katie Bourgeois streaking into the box. Bourgeois collected the through ball and slid the ball to the back post, putting Alabama up 1-0 in the 39th minute. The goal was the eighth of the season for Bourgeois, while Rijsdijk collected her sixth assist.
Alabama made the goal stand up with some superb defending and goalkeeping. After outshooting the Gators, 9-5, in the first half, the Crimson Tide goal was under siege in the second half, as Florida outshot the Tide, 8-2, in the second frame, forcing junior goalkeeper Shelby Church to make several key stops late in the match to preserve her third shutout of the season.
Church recorded five saves to secure her third shutout of the season. Rijsdijk and Florida’s Adriana Leon led all players with five shots.
UA returns to the Alabama Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon with a match against South Carolina. First kick is set for 1 p.m.
Wilkinson Scores Early, Tennessee Upsets Texas A&M, 1-0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Hannah Wilkinson scored at exactly 10 minutes into the game, Julie Eckel had a career-high 11 saves and the Tennessee soccer team stood its ground to upset No. 9 Texas A&M, 1-0, Friday night at Ellis Field.
“It was a great win,” UT head coach Brian Pensky said. “Great goal. CC Cobb had a great little ball in to Hannah and it was a class finish. It was just a gritty performance. That’s a good team – they have a lot of attacking weapons, they’ve been scoring a ton of goals this fall and they’re very good on set pieces. It reminded me of our Missouri game in terms of in our own box we had to scratch and claw and fight. Obviously we did that. Julie Eckel was great in goal tonight holding and our backs were great and so was everybody. It was a very very big win in our league and I’m very proud of our team tonight.”
This marks the second year in a row that UT (12-4-2, 7-3-1 SEC) has upset a ranked Texas A&M (14-3-1, 8-2-1 SEC). In 2011, UT took a 1-0 win in Knoxville over then-No. 18 Texas A&M.
Wilkinson scored from the right side of the box with exactly 35:00 left in the first half. After corralling a pass from CC Cobb from the midfield circle, Wilkinson took the ball in to the box on the right side and fired from about 10 yards out. She split the goalkeeper and one defender to find the middle of the net for her sixth career goal.
The first-half box score was not UT's usual first-half box. Usually the first-half leader in shots, the Lady Vols found themselves trailing the Aggies by a 13-5 margin at the break. Eckel had already reached her season high in saves with seven at the 45-minute mark. Texas A&M also had a 6-4 edge on corners in the first period.
For the game, Texas A&M outshot UT, 23-9 and had 10 corner kicks to the Lady Vols' six.
Wilkinson finished the night with five shots and two shots on goal. Tori Bailey and Alison Clarke also had shots on goal for Tennessee. CC Cobb had the assist on the game-winner.
Eckel had an outstanding night in goal, surviving a barrage of 23 Aggie shots to finish the night with a season-high 11 saves. Prior to Friday's match, no team fired more than 15 shots against the Lady Vols.
Six different Aggies had multiple shots. Meghan Streight and Shea Groom each had four shots and Jayne Eagle and Bianca Brinson had three apiece.
UT next heads to Oxford, Miss., to face Ole Miss on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on SportSouth and in non-SEC areas on ESPN3.
The Lady Vols will return to Regal Soccer Stadium for its regular season home finale against Georgia on Oct. 25. It is UT's Goal Pink game and Tennessee will celebrate Senior Night.
Locandro Paces Georgia Over MSU, 3-0
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Georgia soccer team went on the road and claimed three big points in the SEC standings Friday night, defeating Mississippi State by a 3-0 score at the MSU Soccer Field in Starkville, Miss. Junior Nicole Locandro led the way with two goals and an assist on the night.
With the win Georgia improves to 7-9-2 (3-6-2) and remains in the hunt for one of the 10 available spots in the SEC Soccer Championships set for Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Orange Beach, Ala., with two games to play.
“We needed that one,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “It’s great for the girls. We’ve been in so many close matches and it’s nice to see them rewarded for their efforts. Once again we stepped on the field and played well, and it’s nice to get the result.”
“We’ll enjoy this victory and then focus on our next opponent tomorrow,” Holeman said. “We’re in control of our destiny now [for the SEC Tournament] and don’t have to worry about what other teams do if we win our games. We need to take it one at a time – there’s two left and we know it and we will come out with great effort.”
Georgia struck early in this one, as Locandro put the Bulldogs up 1-0 in the sixth minute as she headed in a perfectly placed Andie Fontanetta corner kick at the near post just 5:46 in. It was Locandro’s third goal of the season, while Fontanetta picked up the assist for her first career point.
The Bulldogs enjoyed their share of additional chances in the first frame, including a big one with 25 minutes remaining when Locandro found Cooper open in front, but Cooper was whistled barely offside on a play that would’ve left her one-on-one with MSU keeper Cj Winship.
Georgia had another corner opportunity – one of five in the first frame and 10 overall – with seven minutes to play in the first half when Carli Shultis fired it off the set piece to Locandro, whose shot was blocked. It then found its way back out to Shultis, whose attempt was saved by Winship.
At the end of the first half Georgia led in shots 9-2 and still guarding that 1-0 lead, searching for insurance on the road.
With under 29 minutes to go in the second, Fontanetta put together a great run on the right side before sending one across the goal to an awaiting Meghan Gibbons, whose shot was stopped and poked out for a Georgia corner. Defender Jenna Buckley earned a shot off the kick, but her low line drive from the top of the 18 was stopped.
The Bulldogs then went up 2-0 as Locandro found Chika Ibiam in front, and Ibiam put away her first career goal from the center into the bottom right to pad the lead in the 64th minute. The assist went to Locandro.
Ibiam and Locandro would then team up to find Georgia its third goal, as Ibiam was taken down inside the box to earn a Bulldog penalty kick. Locandro would finish into the right side past Winship to make it 3-0 in the 69th minute, good for her fourth goal of the season and second via a PK.
The Bulldogs then held on to preserve the shutout – their sixth of the year – and limit MSU to just five shots all night. Georgia ended ahead in that category, 22-5, with Locandro owning five of those to lead both teams. Georgia netminder Ashley Baker was forced to make just one save on the night as the UGA defense put in another solid effort in front of her.
Mississippi State drops to 8-9-1 (1-9-1) on the season. Georgia is now 12-3 all-time vs. the other Bulldogs.
Georgia will head to College Station, Texas, for Sunday afternoon’s meeting with SEC West leader Texas A&M. The Bulldogs have never faced TAMU. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. ET and Georgiadogs.com will offer live audio and blog coverage. The Bulldogs will play the regular-season finale next Thursday night vs. Tennessee in Knoxville.
Tigers Score Three Unanswered Goals to Defeat Ole Miss, 3-2
OXFORD, Miss. – Sophomore standout Alex Arlitt led the charge with a goal and an assist in the second half to force overtime, and junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman completed the comeback with a penalty kick goal in extra time to give the Tigers a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Rebels on Friday night at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.
After the sides played to a 2-2 draw in regulation, Arlitt drew a foul in the area after nearly breaking free from the Ole Miss back line on an attack inside of three minutes of the start of extra time.
That’s when Kinneman came out from her own goal to take the ensuing penalty kick as she stepped up to the spot and buried the game-winner in the 93rd minute to give the Tigers the victory and three points in the league standings in their pursuit of a spot in the SEC Tournament. They now find themselves in qualifying position in 10th place on the SEC table.
Kinneman converted a penalty kick for the second time this season as she also scored against 18th-ranked Kentucky on Sept. 23 for the first goal of her collegiate career.
With the win, the Tigers (7-7-4, 3-6-2 SEC) extended their unbeaten streak to five-straight games against the Rebels (12-6, 5-6) as they are now 3-0-2 in the series since 2008. They also improved to 9-6-4 against their SEC West rival in the all-time series that dates back to the 1996 season.
It marked the second year in row that the Tigers scored a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Rebels as they also defended their home field at the LSU Soccer Stadium a year ago.
“I actually didn’t know initially that it was a PK. I couldn’t see if it was inside the box or outside the box. That’s when Jodi (Calloway) turned around and said, ‘that’s you,’” Kinneman said. “This was a really big game for us, so I knew I had to make it count. Thankfully, I did.
“We played some really good soccer in the second half to get back in it. We were passing, we were moving. It just felt like a different game. It was a great team effort.”
With the Tigers facing a 2-0 deficit coming out of the halftime break, Arlitt sparked the comeback with an inspired effort in the second half as she not only scored her team-leading fourth goal of the year, but also served up her first assist of the campaign to force LSU’s ninth overtime match of the year.
Arlitt pulled one back for the Tigers just seven minutes from the start of the second half when she reversed field on an Ole Miss turnover in the midfield and fired a bullet inside the right post from about 20 yards in front of the goal to cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 51:57 mark. She found herself on the attack again in the 59th minute when she beat an Ole Miss defender to the right end line, and served a cross over the head of Rebel goalkeeper Kelly McCormick to junior striker Danielle Murphy standing inside the six-yard box for the finish inside the left post to draw LSU level at the 58:31 mark.
Murphy’s first goal of the season was just what the Tigers needed to force overtime as neither team could break the deadlock over the final 31 minutes, 29 seconds.
The Tigers have now played to overtime nine times in 18 matches on the year while improving to 3-2-4 in extra time with Friday’s dramatic come-from-behind win in Oxford.
“We were really playing against the odds having to come back from 2-0 down, so we knew it was going to be a fight to try and get ourselves back in it,” Arlitt said. “I knew that if the ball ever came to me, I needed to do everything in my power to create a chance with a goal or an assist or whatever.
“Once you just get one goal back, you’re in it and the whole mindset of the team changes. We played with more confidence and knew we could get the equalizer.”
Junior striker Mandy McCalla gave the Rebels an early lead in the match as she found the back of the net in the 11th minute for her first of two goals on the night.
After running onto a square ball near the midfield circle, McCalla dribbled to the arch and unloaded a right-footed strike from the top of the penalty box that found the back of the net inside the left post to give the home side a 1-0 lead at the 10:31 mark. It was the 11th goal of the season for the Rebel junior.
It only took 10 minutes for McCalla to push the Ole Miss lead to 2-0 while scoring her second goal of the night following a Rebel corner kick in the 21st minute of play. After the initial corner kick service was cleared out of the area by the Tiger defense, freshman forward Sara Coleman played the ball back into the area as McCalla cleaned up the loose ball at the top of the six-yard box at the 20:11 mark for her team-leading 12th goal of the 2012 campaign to complete the scoring for the home side.
“It was a real smash-and-grab for us tonight,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “We didn’t play well at all in the first half, but our kids showed great character to come out in the second half and get a couple of goals and come away with a big win in overtime. We certainly needed the result and the three points tonight.
“Artie (Alex Arlitt) really sparked the comeback with her effort. She scored a great goal to get us back in it, and kept it going from there.”
The Tigers will remain on the road this weekend as they make their first trip to Columbia, Mo., to battle the 16th-ranked Missouri Tigers in a match that is set to kick off at 1 p.m. CT at the Audrey J. Walton Soccer Stadium. LSU will wrap up the 2012 regular season on Thursday night by playing host to the Arkansas Razorbacks at the LSU Soccer Stadium in Baton Rouge.