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    SEC Soccer Tournament: Wednesday

     

    2012 SEC Soccer Tournament * Orange Beach, Ala.
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Match 3 * Recap
     
    No. 2 Texas A&M 1, No. 10 South Carolina 0 (OT)
     
    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network
     
    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (Oct. 31, 2012) – Texas A&M, playing in its first-ever Southeastern Conference Soccer Tournament on Wednesday, got a taste of just how competitive the annual league tournament is, as the second-seeded Aggies escaped with a 1-0 overtime win against 10th-seeded South Carolina at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.
     
    “It’s been an historical season all the way around with everything for Texas A&M and our university becoming a member of the SEC,” Texas A&M head coach G. Guerrieri said. “It’s such a great conference; you can tell – South Carolina is the No. 10 seed and they’re a heck of a team. They battled hard and they really pushed us today. It’s nice to get this past us, it’s nice to be able to get our feet underneath us now that we’re in new surroundings and I’m happy that we get a chance to stay a couple more days in this beautiful town.”
     
    The Aggies’ junior captain Jayne Eadie drew South Carolina goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo out of the goal in the match’s 94th minute and found the back of the net on a rebounded ball to give Texas A&M the victory. For Eadie, it was her second game-winner of the season.
     
    “It’s exciting to get the win and move on to the next round,” Eadie said. “We just had to grit it out. South Carolina obviously is a physical team. They’re going to throw a tackle in everywhere, so we just have to match them and then get our quality on the ball, and obviously get forward.”
     
    Texas A&M (17-3-1) advances to play the winner of the quarterfinal match-up between No. 3 seed Tennessee and No. 6 seed Auburn, which is slated for a 2:30 p.m. CT start on Wednesday. Friday’s semifinal match is set for a 4 p.m. CT kickoff.
     
    “We’ve got some great competitors and the goal there was a good indicator,” Guerrieri said. “You look at our captain who scores the goal in Jayne Eadie and she’s a hard, determined, skillful, but really confident player. Our team was confident that we were going to win the game, but we would have liked to have taken care of business a little bit earlier.”
     
    The Gamecocks out-shot the Aggies 11-9 in the match, but Texas A&M connected on its only shot attempt in the extra period.
     
    South Carolina, which defeated Arkansas in overtime in Monday’s first round, finishes its season with a 7-10-4 overall record.
     
    “Honestly, we were playing at a complete disadvantage playing a game on Monday and coming into Wednesday,” South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said. “We knew that, but I give a lot of credit to our players to come in and battle. I was obviously hoping for a win today, I thought they deserved it, especially for our senior who went down in the back [Dani Henry] and couldn’t finish the game. It hurt us, but they gave it their all. I am very proud of the team’s performance. Credit to Texas A&M to get the goal they needed and that’s what the SEC Tournament is all about. We battled and came to battle against the top teams in the country. It’s just unfortunate that we’re finishing our season now; I wish we could play another day, but we gave it our all and, overall, I was proud of the performance.”
     
    For all of the latest information on SEC Soccer and the 2012 SEC Soccer Tournament, log on to www.SECDigitalNetwork.com.


     


    2012 SEC Soccer Tournament * Orange Beach, Ala.
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Match 4 * Recap
     
    No. 6 Auburn 0, No. 3 Tennessee 0 (Auburn advances 5-3 in PKs)
     
    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network
     
    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (Oct. 31, 2012) – The instructions were simple.
     
    Heading into penalty kicks on Wednesday night at the Orange Beach SportsPlex, Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa told senior goalkeeper Amy Howard that all she needed her to do was to stop one shot. Howard halted senior Tennessee midfielder Kylie Bono’s attempt on the Lady Vols’ fourth try to seal the victory for sixth-seeded Auburn and send the Tigers into the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.
     
    “When you go into a shootout, the advantage is always to the shooters,” Hoppa said. “We just asked our goalkeepers to make one save. That was all we needed. For Amy, that’s what she did. She got close to a couple, guessed wrong on a couple, but made that one same and that’s all we needed.”
     
    Auburn (12-9) made each of its five penalty kicks, while third-seeded Tennessee made its first three before Bono’s miss. The Tigers out-shot the Lady Vols 22-14 in the match and Howard came up with six saves for Auburn.
     
    “I was thinking that if I react – all they ask is just one – then we can do it,” Howard said. “Our five shooters placed it so well, it was incredible. They won that for us and I was lucky enough to get one.”
     
    Auburn, the defending SEC Tournament Champion, won on Wednesday after losing to Tennessee 1-0 on Oct. 7 in Auburn, Ala.
     
    The Tigers advance to Friday’s SEC Tournament semifinal, where they will face second-seeded Texas A&M at 4 p.m. CT.
     
    “Texas A&M is a great team. We had a really good game with them in College Station. I think, for us, recovery is going to be the first key,” Hoppa said. “We will look at a lot of film and try and regroup. We need to be better than we were today. We’ve got to defend better and then we’ve got to do a better job of getting quality looks. I thought we settled for shots that were too far away from the goal and that’s not going to work against people like [Texas A&M goalkeeper] Jordan Day. We’re going to have to get a lot closer to the goal.”
     
    Tennessee, which is expected to earn an NCAA Tournament berth, falls to 14-5-2 on the season.
     
    “We’ve got to go home and get some bodies well, get rested and still be very excited,” first-year Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky said. “We’ve had an amazing season. We’re disappointed right now because we don’t get to advance and we want to be here Friday night playing in the semifinals and so that’s disappointing. We still have a ton to play for and we’re excited about that.”
     
    For all of the latest information on SEC Soccer and the 2012 SEC Soccer Tournament, log on to www.SECDigitalNetwork.com.


     


    2012 SEC Soccer Tournament * Orange Beach, Ala.
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Match 5 * Recap
     
    No. 1 Florida 2, No. 9 Ole Miss 1
     
    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network
     
    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (Oct. 31, 2012) – For much of the second half Wednesday, top-seeded and Southeastern Conference regular-season champion Florida felt out of system. But the Gators regained their groove when senior midfielder Erika Tymrak found the back of the net in the 89th minute to lift her team to a 2-1 victory against ninth-seeded Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.
     
    “I think we just had to keep our composure,” Florida head coach Becky Burleigh said. “We started to turn it into a little bit of a dribble fest instead of a passing game, which is our strength. That’s our fault, but you have to give Ole Miss credit for coming back and getting that goal. It was a great goal off their set piece.”
     
    Florida (15-4-1) jumped on the board in the 12th minute when senior Jo Dragotta scored from 12 yards out off a cross from Tessa Andujar to give the Gators an early 1-0 lead. Ole Miss evened the score at 1-all in the 81st minute as Erin Emerson scored off a corner kick.
     
    “They scored and it got to be a tight game, but I have enough confidence in our team that we could get it done, and we did,” Dragotta said. “Our seniors stepped up big time and put the game on their shoulders.”
     
    With time winding down in the match, Tymrak scored on a 24-yard free kick to break the tie and secure the win for her team.
     
    “We had a chance at the top of the box, Taylor Travis got taken out and we practice free kicks a lot in practice,” Tymrak said. “I knew where to hit it, so I just knew I had to bury it. I’m running on adrenaline right now, but I’m glad we got the win. We just have to move on to the next game.”
     
    Florida advances to the SEC Tournament semifinals, where it will play the winner of the Wednesday evening quarterfinal between fourth-seeded Kentucky and fifth-seeded Missouri. Friday’s match is slated for a 6:30 p.m. CT start at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.
     
    “They’re both great teams, but we can’t really focus on what team is going to win,” Tymrak said. “We just have to go into the game, stick to our game and not really focus on how they play. We need to focus on connecting passes, keeping possession and doing what we do best, and I think we’ll be fine.”
     
    The Gators out-shot the Rebels 15-7 in the match.
     
    Ole Miss drops to 13-9 following the loss to Florida in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.
     
    “We just tried to play as hard as we could,” Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott said. “It was a great finish by Florida on the second goal. I thought our kids came out and battled like crazy in the second half and I’m really proud of them.”
     
    For all of the latest information on SEC Soccer and the 2012 SEC Soccer Tournament, log on to www.SECDigitalNetwork.com.


     


    2012 SEC Soccer Tournament * Orange Beach, Ala.
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Match 6 * Recap
     
    No. 5 Missouri 2, No. 4 Kentucky 1
     
    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network
     
    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (Oct. 31, 2012) – Fifth-seeded Missouri scored a pair of first-half goals and held off a stingy fourth-seeded Kentucky team for a 2-1 win on Wednesday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.
     
    “We’re feeling great to beat Kentucky,” Missouri head coach Bryan Blitz said. “It’s a monumental event and we played a really great first half and they played a great first half and we feel great to move on.”
     
    Missouri (14-6) advances to play top-seeded Florida in Friday’s second semifinal. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.
     
    “We saw them a few weeks ago, so we’ll go back on tape and we’ll try to fix some things that we didn’t do well here in the second half,” Blitz said. “We’ll more concentrate on us. We know what they do and what they’re really good at. Right now, they’re the class of the conference.”
     
    Missouri scored a pair of goals in less than a two-minute span to go ahead 2-0 in the first half. Haley Krentz scored from 15 yards out in the 26th minute to put the Tigers on the board, followed by a goal from Alyssa Diggs in the 28th minute off a cross from Krentz.
     
    In the 73rd minute, Kentucky found the back of the net with a goal by Caitlin Landis to narrow the Wildcats’ deficit to 2-1.
     
    The Wildcats, who played a strong second half on Wednesday, fall to 13-6-1 on the season.
     
    “We have been talking about the fact that we have to be better from the beginning of the game; we have to play 90 minutes,” Kentucky head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “My job is to make sure that we do that and, clearly, I haven’t done a good enough job because we repeatedly are not our best in the first half. We knew it would catch us eventually and better now than in nine days in the NCAA Tournament. We have to learn from this and we have to regroup and realize that it has got to be important to us from the beginning.”
     
    For all of the latest information on SEC Soccer and the 2012 SEC Soccer Tournament, log on to www.SECDigitalNetwork.com.