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    SEC Soccer Recap: Opening Night 2013

    Friday Night Soccer RESULTS
    South Carolina 2, UNC-Wilminton 0
    Florida 3, FGCU 1
    Tennessee 3, Oklahoma 1
    Wake Forest 3, Kentucky 1
    Texas 2, Georgia 0
    Arkansas 1, Kansas 0
    Mississippi State 3, South Alabama 2
    Duke 1, Texas A&M 0
    LSU 1, Lousiana Tech 0
    Ole Miss 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 0
    Auburn 0, Clemson 0
    Missouri 5, Pacific 1
    UAB 3, Vanderbilt 1


     Gamecocks Open 2013 with Shutout Win Over UNC-Wilmington

    Columbia. S.C. - It didn’t take long for the South Carolina women’s soccer team to get the 2013 season started as senior forward Danielle Au struck early as the Gamecocks defeated UNC-Wilmington 2-0 tonight at Eugene E. Stone Stadium in the season opener.

    “It feels great to finally get started, we’ve being waiting for this day since the season ended last fall,” Head Coach Shelley Smith said. “The girls have been working so hard for this time and they all came in fit and ready to go and it’s nice to finally put it out there in a meaningful game against a great opponent. It was a good test for us.”

    In the 10th minute, sophomore Raina Johnson began the buildup to Au’s goal as the midfielder was able to get a short pass off to freshman Chelsea Drennan before being knocked to the ground. The midfielder slotted a through ball into Au who corralled the ball in the box and hit a quick strike past UNC-Wilmington goalkeeper Lissu Rahkola.

    Freshman forward Sophie Groff nearly doubled the lead 10 minutes later as she found space in the box for an open header, but the attempt sailed wide.

    The Gamecocks averted danger in the 36th minute as junior defender Christa Neary came up with a key slide tackle on a Seahawk attacker who was all alone 10 yards from goal. Neary managed to get enough of the ball leaving Gamecock junior goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo an easy opportunity to pick up the ball.

    With the shot total tied at four apiece at the half, the Garnet and Black had the momentum, but the Seahawks came out the aggressor with early long range shots, but none troubled D’Angelo.

    Despite the attempts by UNCW to tie up the match, sophomore Stevi Parker put the game away in the 54th minute. With a long ball down the left flank from sophomore Coryn Bajema, Drennan turned and ripped a ball across the face of goal that Parker took and hit a shot to the far post that found the back of the net.

    South Carolina held an 11-9 shot advantage in at the game. Freshman Sophie Groff led the Gamecocks with three shots while Au and Neary added two apiece. D’Angelo recorded her eighth career shutout putting her one shutout away from matching Lindsay Thorstenson and Carrie Warner for fourth on the all-time list at South Carolina.

    Season tickets for women's soccer, which includes admission to all home games, are currently on sale in the Gamecock Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets online at GamecocksOnline.com, or by calling 1-800-4SC-FANS. Cost for season tickets for men's soccer is $25 for adults and $10 for youth (17 and under).



    Gators Open the Season with 3-1 Win Over FGCU

    Freshman Savannah Jordan gave the Gators’ the go-ahead goal in the 81st minute and then added an insurance score just under five and a half minutes later as No. 9 Florida opened the season with a 3-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast Friday evening at the James G. Pressly Stadium.
    Junior Havana Solaun scored the season’s first goal in the 35th minute off the double assist from freshmen Brooke Sharp and Pamela Begi─Ź. The Eagles tied the match just before halftime when Ally Kasun headed in Melissa Arnold’s corner kick. It was the 13th season-opening win in Florida’s 19-year history.
     
    GATORS STARS
     
      *   Solaun, a graduate of Gainesville’s Buchholz High School, scored the first goal of the season off a 12-yard left-footed shot. It is the second goal in a season’s debut for Solaun as she also scored UF’s second goal in a 2-0 win at Miami in 2011.
     
      *   Jordan, from Fayetteville, Ga., is the first Gator freshman to score twice in a season opener since Aimee Wagstaff in the program’s debut match in 1995.
      *   The Gators limited the Eagles to a single shot.
     
    RECORDS: Florida (1-0, 0-0 SEC); Florida Gulf Coast (0-1, 0-0 ASC).
    THE SERIES: Florida is now 4-0 versus FGCU. All of the meetings have come since the 2011 season. The Eagles scored their first goal versus the Gators tonight.



    Tennessee Downs Oklahoma for First Win

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 2013-14 Tennessee sports season started with a bang on Friday night as Tori Bailey, Caroline Brown and Cheyenne Spade scored goals to lift the UT soccer team past Oklahoma, 3-1, at Regal Soccer Stadium.
     
    Before a boisterous crowd of 1,524, Tennessee (1-0-0) benefited from strong play by old and new stars alike to win its seventh consecutive season opener. Bailey scored in the 13th minute, Brown's match-winner came just before halftime in in the 45th minute and Spade netted her first goal as a Volunteer in the 49th minute.
     
    “All wins are good and certainly to get the first one is huge for our team’s confidence,” UT head coach Brian Pensky said. “We are a new team and you never know when you go into our first game. With the preseason game last week, so you start to get a feel for your team. When you get to play for real, that’s when the lights are on and you really get to measure yourselves.”
     
    Goalkeeper Julie Eckel (1-0-0) made a strong season debut in goal, making eight saves as Oklahoma fired 14 shots to Tennessee's 13. OU had a 5-4 edge on saves.
     
    Kassidie Stade (0-1-0) took the loss after allowing three scores and making one save.
     
    Bailey, who started in the midfield and played 64 minutes, took the ball off a deflection and made a move to split two defenders. At the top of the box, Bailey ripped a shot on the ground to the lower left to give UT the 1-0 lead.
     
    Devin Barrett evened the game in the 38th minute when a foul in the box gave her a PK. She sent one in on the lower left to tie it at 1-1.
     
    As the clock ticked toward halftime, Brown made a vintage move with 23 second left on the clock. Junior Megan Erskineplayed through ball to freshman Emily Morrow. Then Brown muscled her way diagonally through the right side of the box and fired a shot to the upper right corner. UT took a 2-1 lead into the break. 
     
    In the 49th minute Brittney Wade sent a pass into the box to fellow junior Hannah Wilkinson. Wilkinson pushed a ball out to Spade, who started at midfield, corralled the ball and fired a shot to the lower left corner to push Tennessee's lead to 3-1.
     
    Eighteen different Volunteers saw action on Friday night, including seven newcomers.
     
    Tennessee will next face Samford in Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday at 7 p.m.



    Kentucky Falls at Wake Forest

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 15/10 Wake Forest Demon Deacons came from behind to capture a 3-1 season-opening win over the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team on Friday Night at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. 
     
    "First of all, you have to give a lot of credit to Wake Forest," UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. "We knew when we scheduled this game, we were coming down here to play one of the best teams in the country on opening night. I thought we played okay at times, but had mental lapses in other moments of the game. 
     
    “After we took the lead, we gave up a goal in the last five minutes of the first half, and in the first five minutes of the second half. We also gave up a lot of set pieces, which we know makes them so dangerous, and that was the difference in the game. It takes incredible focus for 90 minutes to beat a team like Wake Forest, and tonight, we didn't have that."
     
    Kentucky took the lead in the game, when freshman Jade Klump collected her first-career goal in the 37th minute. Klump played a ball in from the left side when defender Stuart Pope broke through the Wake Forest defense from the left flank. Pope beat two defenders and slipped a through ball into the waiting boots of Klump who took an advancing touch before firing it past Aubrey Bledsoe. 
     
    The goal was Klump’s first-career strike, while Pope tallied her first point in over a year. The assist was the second in Pope’s career after striking for an assist in her freshman campaign in 2011.
     
    Wake Forest responded just five minutes later, as Caroline Wootten netted a goal past Kayla King in the 43rd minute of the game. A through ball was played through the Kentucky defense into the top of the 18, and Wooten buried it near post to square the match.
     
    No sooner had the teams emerged from the locker room in the second half, Wake Forest added another goal, as Riley Ridgik struck gold from 10 yards out in the 47th minute after receiving a cross from Katie Stengel. Stengel worked the ball down the left side before cutting back towards the net and sending a cross across the box to the feet of Ridgik who finished. 
     
    After a two-hour plus rain and lightning delay that halted play, the game continued shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET with Wake extending their lead in the 70th minute on a Jackie McSally goal off a corner kick from Katie Stengel. Stengel had a career-high three assists in the game. 
     
    The loss is the first for Kentucky under head coach Jon Lipsitz in a season-opening game, as UK was 4-0-0 in his previous four opening matches. 
     
    Kentucky will complete the opening weekend of play on Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats welcome the Utah Utes to the UK Soccer Complex for a 1:00 p.m. ET match. The Utes come in 1-0-0, with a 2-0 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the first game of the NCAA season on Friday afternoon. 
     
    For continuing coverage of UK women’s soccer, log on to UKathletics.com. 



    Georgia Drops Opener at Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas --- The Georgia soccer team allowed a set piece goal less than five minutes in and could never recover in Friday night’s 2-0 season-opening loss to Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. 
     
    The Bulldogs suffered just their second loss in a season opener since 2005, now 14-3-2 all-time in those games. 
     
    “It’s not the start we wanted,” said fourth-year head coach Steve Holeman. “We knew Texas was very good on free kicks and they got their first goal that way, then another one off a corner. They are fantastic in the air. [The early goal] wasn’t a good start to our game and it’s not a good start to our season, but we saw a lot of positives out there. We’ll be fine.”
     
    The Longhorns got on the board just 4:52 into the game off the free kick when they were awarded the free kick after a Georgia foul, and Lindsey Meyer and Sharis Lachappelle each got a head on it before Brooke Gilbert finished into the back of the net to give UT the 1-0 lead. 
     
    Georgia had their first big chance with 26 minutes to play in the half when freshman Gabby Seiler fired a long shot from outside the 18, but it sailed wide. With 18 to go, fellow rookie Marion Crowder was open in front after a Georgia clear, but the keeper charged and beat Crowder to the ball before the freshman could get a foot on it. The Bulldogs had a corner toward the end of the frame, taken by senior defender Carli Shultis, but freshman Lauren Tanner’s flick on it was blocked as the clock hovered toward a minute. Texas entered the locker room at intermission guarding its one-goal lead, up in the shot column 8-2.
     
    The Bulldogs had a big opportunity with under 40 minutes remaining in the second half when senior forward Madeline Barker carried the ball all the way up field by herself and fired a rocket from long range, but it was barely wide. Barker sent another ball over from the right side, and Crowder was there, but keeper Abby Smith was able to break up the chance with 34 to go.
     
    Texas then moved the lead to 2-0 when Meyer finished on a loose ball after a Longhorn corner kick in the 65th minute, and that score stood up as UT improved to 1-0 on the year and Georgia dropped to 0-1 in the early going. 
     
    Seiler led Georgia with three shots on the night, while Barker had two. Keeper Caitlin Woody finished with seven saves. 
     
    The Bulldogs will remain in the Lone Star State for Sunday’s game vs. Houston at 2 p.m. ET. Georgiadogs.com will offer live audio coverage and the Georgia Soccer Live Blog, each beginning just before kickoff.



    Mississippi State Falls to South Alabama

    MOBILE, Ala. –Junior Shannen Jainudeen and senior Elisabeth Sullivan each scored goals, but the effort fell short as Mississippi State soccer suffered a 3-2 road setback at South Alabama on Friday. 
      
    Jainudeen headed home a Morganne Grimes free kick for her second-career goal in the 50th minute to tie the match after Lauren Allison scored the first of her two goals to give USA a 1-0 halftime lead. 
      
    Allison broke the 1-1 tie seven minutes later, netting a Jordan Duncan pass into the far post. Duncan extended the advantage to 3-1 four minutes later as she chested home a Tatum Perry pass. 
      
    “I think we were ready to play, but for some reason we came out flat in the first 20 minutes. We weren’t as physical as we needed to be and didn’t win any first or second balls, and that was the difference in the match. We are a young team that started four freshmen, and they learned tonight that you have to be ready to compete every single game,” head coach Aaron Gordon said. “I thought we played our best 15 minutes of the game at the start the second half, and I was proud of the way we climbed back after falling behind 3-1. 
      
    “I told the team we need to learn from this game and flush it out of our system to get ready for Arkansas State. We are looking to get back out there on Sunday in front of our fans,” Gordon said. 
      
    With seven minutes to go, the Bulldogs cut the USA lead to 3-2 on Sullivan’s MSU-best 24th-career goal. Drish fumbled a cross in the box, and the ball landed at the feet of Sullivan for the one-timer into the net. 
      
    It was the 60th-career point for the Memphis native, putting her two back of the school record set by Jessi Moore in the 2001-02 seasons. 
      
    After freshman Meara Johnson stopped a late Nikki Shirtcliffe attempt, the Bulldogs marched downfield only to see a late equalizing opportunity and a 12-game unbeaten streak in non-conference play halted. 
      
    Johnson played the final half in goal, stopping one shot. Senior CJ Winship drew the starting nod, also making one save in the contest. 
      
    South Alabama starter Melissa Drish turned away eight Bulldog attempts in a contest that saw the squads combine for 39 shots. 
      
    The Jaguars claimed a 22-17 shots advantage, but State took a 12-9 edge in on-goal opportunities. South Alabama earned nine corner kicks to MSU’s four. 
      
    The Bulldogs open the home slate Sunday, hosting Arkansas State in a 1 p.m. kickoff at the MSU Soccer Field. Admission to the contest is free, and Bulldog summer campers are invited to come to the match wearing their camp T-shirts for an on-field recognition. 
      
    Free ice cream and Frisbees will be given away to the first 100 fans, and the Bulldogs will sign autographs following the contest. 
      
    For a full slate of this season’s Bulldog soccer promotions, go to www.hailstate.com/promotions. 



    Arkansas Downs Kansas in Opener

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas soccer team defeated the Kansas Jayhawks by a score of 1-0 on Friday night in Fayetteville. Sophomore Ashleigh Ellenwood scored the lone goal in the match off the dish from freshman Claire Kelley. 
     
    “We are going to try and stay grounded,” head coach Colby Hale said. “We are going to take things day-by-day and look at what some of the things are that we did well and what are some things we need to improve on. The defense was really grinding tough tonight, Kansas has a lot of good attackers and they really stepped up for us.”
     
    The Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0, 0-0) picked up the season opening win over the Jayhawks (0-1, 0-0) in front of a record crowd of 1,385 fans, which is good for the fourth-best attendance in Razorback Field history.
     
    The Razorbacks controlled the ball on the offensive side of the game tallying nine total shots with five shots on goal. Junior Tyler Allen led the way with two shots on goal for the team, followed by junior Jeriann Okoro and sophomores Margaret Power and Ellenwood each with one shot on goal.
     
    “We had some game plans going into tonight’s game,” defender Power said. “We wanted to win all of our one-on-one battles on the defensive side, we wanted win the ball in the air and not let in any easy crosses and I thought we did a great job tonight.”
     
    Arkansas defense helped solidify the win on the night. The Jayhawks fired in 11 shots with 5 being on goal. Arkansas freshman goal keeper Cameron Carter collected her first shutout of her young Razorback career. 
     
    “The fans were unbelievable tonight,” hale said. “That was a big time crowd for us, the fans were screaming and cheering for us and it awesome.” 
     
    The Razorbacks return to the pitch on Sunday Aug. 25, to face the SMU Mustangs. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (CT).
     
    For more information on Arkansas Soccer, follow @RazorbackSoccer on Twitter.



    No. 7 Duke Edges No. 12 Texas A&M

    COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – The No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies were edged out by the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils, 1-0, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 5,242 at Ellis Field on Friday evening. The match marked the season opener for both squads.
     
    Duke notched the lone goal of the match in the 52nd minute of action. Freshman Toni Payne weaved down to the penalty spot and offered an outlet pass to senior Kim DeCesare on the right flank. DeCesare took two dribbles and uncorked a shot from the right corner of the six-yard area to the left of Aggie netminder Jordan Day and into the side netting for the 1-0 lead.
     
    The Blue Devils’ goal gave Duke a 12-5 edge in shots through 52 minutes. Texas A&M was able to outshoot Duke 7-5 down the stretch, including 5-1 in the final 12 minutes but the Aggies were unable to find the back of the net for the equalizer.
     
    A&M had three prime opportunities to score in the final four minutes, but misfired. With just less four minutes left in the contest junior Shea Groom sent a cross in from the left to an unmarked Liz Keester towards the right post, but the offering missed finding the freshman’s boot by a yard. Groom had a shot blocked from eight yards out with 3:00 showing on the clock. With 1:15 remaining, junior Kelley Monogue sent a corner kick in from the left side and found the head of Annie Kunz, but the junior’s header went two feet high of the left upper ninety. 
     
    Day, the Aggie junior goaltender, made five saves in a valiant effort in goal for A&M. In the 36th minute she staved off a pair of shots at point-blank range by DeCesare to keep the contest scoreless going into the intermission.
     
    Sophomore Ali Kershner went the distance in goal for Duke making three saves in the shutout.
     
    Groom registered a team-high four shots, including two on goal. Keester added a pair of shots.
     
    DeCesare led all players with six shots, including fur on goal. Senior Kaitlyn Kerr took four shots and junior Kelly Cobb and senior Laura Weinberg added three apiece.
     
    In addition to the advantage in shots, Duke held the margins in shots-on-goal (6-3), but corner kicks were even at 5-5. 
     
    Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday when the Aggies host the UTSA Roadrunners in a 7 pm match at Ellis Field.



    Summer Clarke Scores First Career Goal to Lead LSU to Season-Opening Win

    BATON ROUGE – Freshman striker Summer Clarke opened her account in the 37th minute with her first career goal while finishing a brilliant through ball by fellow freshman Emma Fletcher to guide the Tigers to a 1-0 shutout of Louisiana Tech in their 2013 season opener in front of 1,135 supporters on Friday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
     
    The Tigers (1-0) remained unbeaten in two matches all-time against Louisiana Tech (0-1) while extending their home winning streak to three-straight games dating back to the 2012 season.
     
    On a Tiger counter attack late in the first half, Fletcher pounced on a Lady Techster turnover in the midfield and split the two Louisiana Tech center backs with a precise through ball to Clarke streaking into the open into the penalty area. Clarke then took a touch in stride and fired a strike into the back of the net from inside the six-yard box for her first collegiate goal.
     
    While assisting each other’s goals in a 4-1 victory over Nicholls State in their preseason exhibition match a week ago, Clarke and Fletcher are already forming a lethal combination for the Tigers in the attack. They posted 13 shots and five shots on goal between them with Clarke firing eight shots and two on frame and Fletcher totaling five shots and three on frame during the match.
     
    The two Tiger rookies are products of the Vancouver Whitecaps Elite Girls’ program during their youth careers as Clarke hails from Richmond and Fletcher is from Victoria in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
     
    “It was basically a perfect ball,” Clarke said of Fletcher’s through ball that freed her up for the goal. “I couldn’t miss it, so I just tried to place it I the corner. I thought the back line was really sharp today. They were really on point and were intercepting balls they were trying to play through. I thought we played a pretty good game. It was very fast-paced and competitive for our first game.”
     
    Clarke’s breakthrough was all the Tigers needed as the LSU defense turned in a strong effort on the night, limiting Louisiana Tech to just seven total shots with two shots on goal in the match.
     
    Senior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman was called into action in the 56th minute while making a leaping save on a bending ball from the right side of the pitch off the boot of Louisiana Tech striker Madison Doll. The keeper leaped across the face of goal and punched the ball out of the box with LSU taking possession going the other way. 
     
    Doll proved to be the greatest threat to the Tiger defense on the night as she finished with a team-leading four shots and both of her team’s shots on goal over the course of 90 minutes.
     
    “Those are tough balls. We call those a shot-cross because she was out wide, and that angle is really difficult to hit it. I don’t know that she was necessarily aiming for a shot there. She might have been trying for a cross and mishit it,” Kinneman said of Doll’s effort in the 56th minute. “It’s great to come out here on a Friday night with a lot of fans and get the win.
     
    “Everyone has been working hard, everyone wants to win and in this game we had to really grind it out in the end. I think we had good possession in the first half and set the tone. They were really pressing us here for the second half. I’m really glad that we were able to grind it out. It’s a good start for our team, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
     
    The final scoresheet showed the Tigers with a 21-7 advantage in total shots and an 8-2 edge in shots on goal while also leading by a 9-1 margin in corner kicks in the match.
     
    “It’s college soccer, so if you’re up a goal in the last five or 10 minutes, there’s always going to be the other team pushing,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee of the final minutes of the match. “We’re a young team for this season. We were happy to seal it off in the end. Their pressure was really hard to break down. They kept the score line low and they pushed forward at the end to try and sneak a draw or win outright.”
     
    The Tigers will return to the pitch on Tuesday as they welcome Louisiana-Monroe to Baton Rouge for a match that is set to kick off at 7 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium. The Tigers and Warhawks have squared off in four previous matches on the soccer pitch as LSU holds a 3-0-1 mark in the all-time series.



    Ole Miss Takes Out ULL to Open 2013

    OXFORD, Miss. – A crowd of 1,592 turned out on the opening night of the 2013 soccer season to cheer on the Rebels and were rewarded for the support as Ole Miss (1-0) defeated Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1) by a score of 4-0 on Friday night.
     
    Freshman forward Addie Forbus, the reigning record holder for goals scored in Mississippi high school history with 231 for her career, got things started for the Rebels in the 26th minute. Ole Miss would score another goal in the half and add two more in the second on the way to the season-opening victory.
     
    “It’s a good start for our season,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “We’re happy to score four good goals and turn in a clean sheet. We moved the ball really well. Without playing an exhibition game, it can be difficult to adjust to the speed of the game early on. We struggled a bit in the first half, but overall I’m very happy with the results.
     
    “Jennifer Miller had a great game and was just feeling it,” Mott said. “Addie (Forbus) scored quickly into her first college game. She’s a goal scorer and we hope she gets goals all year long. It was a good night for her.”
     
    Forbus put the Rebels on the board with her shot in the 26th minute, taking a ball from senior Rafaelle Souza in the middle of the box and beat a defender one-on-one. She then launched the ball into the net to score the first goal of the season.
     
    Miller got in on the action a few minutes later, putting the ball in the net in the 28th minute. The sophomore took the ball at the top of the box on the left side and passed the ball to herself as she dribbled past a defender before burying the ball in the net to give Ole Miss the 2-0 lead.
     
    The Rebels held that advantage at the half, out-shooting the Ragin’ Cajuns 8-0 in the first period.
     
    The second half saw Miller start the scoring again for the Rebels, connecting on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute to extend the lead to 3-0. Sophomore Olivia Harrison dribbled into the box from the left side and was taken down by a UL-L defender, setting up the penalty kick. 
     
    Miller took the shot, driving the ball past the diving hands of the keeper for her second goal of the night.
     
    Senior forward Mandy McCalla capped the scoring for the Rebels, putting her first goal of the season into the net in the 86th minute of play. The senior took the ball in the box off the foot of the freshman, Forbus, and sent it into the goal for the final 4-0 margin of victory.
     
    Ole Miss will return to action on Sunday night, playing in the first road contest of the season with a 7 p.m. kick-off at UAB.



    Auburn Claims Tie on the Road

    AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn and Clemson played to a scoreless tie in the first game of the season Friday night at the Auburn University Soccer Complex. Redshirt freshman Alyse Scott, who made her first collegiate start, saw 11 shots fired her way and saved two put on frame in the first half.
     
    "Tonight was less about the result and more about what we learned," said head coach Karen Hoppa. "I thought in the first half we were getting pushed around and we had to learn to fight while playing against a top-notch opponent."
     
    Playing in the season-opener, Hoppa thought her team came out with some jitters, but responded well as the game progressed.
     
    "We had some opening-night jitters in the first half, some of it was youth, but some of it was opening-night," said Hoppa. "We did a great job of improving from the first half to the second half. We had a lot of openings against a tough opponent, but couldn't convert."
     
    Both teams had multiple scoring chances in the second half, but neither team could find the back of the net. Auburn's best scoring chance came in the winding minutes of the second half when freshman Samantha Solaru put a shot on goal, but was deflected wide by Clemson goalkeeper, Kailen Sheridan.
     
    Auburn's first scoring chance came 19 minutes in the first half when Tori Ball headed a shot on frame, but was caught by Sheridan, who recorded three saves. Freshman Casie Ramsier led Auburn in shots with three while junior Tori Ball had two.
     
    Auburn will return to action at 12 p.m. CT, Sunday as the Tigers travel to No. 3 Florida State. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and will air locally on WEGL 91.1 FM. 



    Missouri Blasts Pacific

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior Taylor Grant and sophomore Reagan Russell each notched two goals and senior Danielle Nottingham tallied a goal and two assists as the Mizzou soccer team easily defeated Pacific, 5-1, Friday night in the season opener. Missouri improved to 1-0 on the year, while Pacific fell to 0-1.
     
    Mizzou's five goals all came from Mizzou players who combined to tally just one goal in 2012. Russell's two goals were the first two of her Missouri career, Grant's were her first two since she recorded four in her freshman campaign in 2011, and Nottingham matched her goal output from a year ago, when she played in the back line.
     
    Mizzou broke through in the 11th minute when Nottingham posted Missouri's first goal of 2012. Senior Alyssa Diggs played a short pass to Nottingham, who one-timed a six-yard shot into the back of the net. The tally was 10th of her Tiger career.
     
    Nottingham helped put Missouri ahead 2-0 in the 26th minute with an assist on Russell's first career goal. Nottingham sent a long pass up to the box that found the foot of Russell, who eluded the Pacific keeper for Mizzou's second goal of the match.
     
    In the 50th minute, Nottingham struck again as she sent another beautiful pass into the box. This time Grant pounced on the ball and sent a shot past Pacific's goalie for a 3-0 Mizzou advantage.
     
    Pacific's Maricela Padilla put the visiting squad on the board in the 53rd minute when she grabbed a ball at the top of the box and shot past redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein. Alex Hussar assisted on the goal, which put the score at 3-1.
     
    Russell put Mizzou up 4-1 with her second goal of the night in the 71st minute of play. Senior Brooke Williams gathered a free ball in the box after forcing a Pacific turnover. Williams passed back to Russell, who took the pass, dribbled to the right corner of the box, and unleashed a shot past Pacific's keeper.
     
    Grant tallied Mizzou's final goal of the match when she bent a corner into the net. Mizzou outshot Pacific 17-9, including an 8-3 edge in shots on goal. Sauerwein made two saves in net for the home Tigers.
     
    Missouri next hits the pitch on Sunday, Aug. 25 with a 1 p.m. road contest at Memphis. 



    Vandy Outshoots UAB but Falls 3-1

    NASHVILLE - Missed opportunities doomed Vanderbilt on its opening night as the Commodores' women's soccer team outshot visiting UAB, 19-6, but lost the game by a 3-1 margin. The Blazers scored two first-half goals and held on in the face of 13 second-half shots by Vanderbilt to earn the victory.
     
    The Commodores possessed the ball comfortably in the game's opening minutes and threatened the UAB box despite not recording a shot on goal until the 14th minute. The Blazers would tally the game's first goal against the run of play in the 29th minute. Erin Pincombe cross a ball into VU's penalty area, and a defensive miscommunication allowed Abby Phillips to get a clean header past VU goalkeeper Alexa Levick.
     
    UAB's second goal came just six minutes later on a penalty kick. Vanderbilt was called for a foul inside their own box and UAB's Johanna Liney converted from the penalty spot.
     
    Vanderbilt came out of halftime with new life and took a total of 13 shots in the second 45 minutes. Sophomore Jamie Kator played a number of dangerous balls off corner kicks, but repeatedly the efforts would slide past the wrong side of the goal post.
     
    On a UAB counterattack In the 71st minute, Liney played a cross toward Vanderbilt's six-yard box and a Commodore defender headed the ball past her own keeper to make the Blazer advantage 3-0.
     
    Vanderbilt fired six shots in the game's final 15 minutes and finally connected in the 83rd minute. After another dangerous Kator corner kick, freshman Krystina Iordanou had a point-blank shot blocked by a UAB defender, but the rebound found junior Taylor Richardson and the' left back finally put the Commodores on the board. It marks the first goal of her VU career. 
     
    Vanderbilt returns to action on Sunday, Aug. 25, when Oklahoma State visits the VU Soccer Complex for a 1 p.m. CT tilt. The Cowgirls were 1-0 winners at UT Martin on Friday night. Sunday is "Camper Reunion Day." All youth who attended 2013 Vanderbilt soccer camps can receive free admission to the game by wearing their camp t-shirt or bringing their voucher.