|Friday SOCCER RESULTS
|Tennessee 2, UCF 1
|Mississippi State 3, FAU 1
|Kentucky 7, Eastern Kentucky 0
|Georgia 3, Mercer 0
|Alabama 2, Georgia State 1
|Arkansas 2, St. Louis 0
|Florida State 3, Florida 0
|Samford 1, Auburn 0
|Ole Miss 5, Northwestern State 0
|Missouri 4, Southeast Missouri State 0
|Texas A&M 3, Arizona State 1
|LSU 0, TCU 0
|Vanderbilt 2, Memphis 1
|South Carolina 0, Boston University 0
Tennessee Comes Back to Upset No. 17 UCF, 2-1
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Tennessee soccer team surged in the second half on goals from Cheyenne Spade and Hannah Wilkinson and amazing saves by Julie Eckel to upset No. 17 UCF, 2-1, on Friday night in Orlando.
Tennessee improved to 2-1-0 while UCF fell to 2-1-0. Spade scored the equalizer in the 54th minute and Wilkinson netted the winner in the 81st minute. UCF led at the half thanks to a 21st minute score by Jennifer Martin.
Early in the second half, UT had a great offensive opportunity when a UCF foul was committed outside the left side of the box. Spade sent in a nice kick about six yards in front of the goal, but Wilkinson's header was high of the crossbar.
On a free kick about 10 yards outside the UCF box, Spade netted the equalizer in the 54th minute, bending in a beautiful shot over defenders that bounced in near the right post. The goal evened the game at 1-1 and was Spade's second of the year.
In the 62nd minute, Eckel made a spectacular save. Lena Petermann sent a ball into the box from the far left side that got bounced around in traffic before Eckel made the save, diving to her left on the ground.
Another UCF offensive barrage followed in the 67th minute. Marissa Diggs fired a shot off the crossbar from outside the box. Kayla Adamek's rebound attempt was smothered by Eckel, keeping the game locked at 1-1.
In the 78th minute, Spade played another beautiful free kick into the box from the left side. The ball was headed in, but offsides was called on Tennessee, negating the score.
In the 81st minute Wilkinson had a running header to give UT the match-winner. Spade took a free kick from the exact same spot she had on the offsides call. This time, Wilkinson zoned in on the ball near the far post and a running, diving header punched he ball into the right side of the net. The score was Wilkinson's first score of the season.
The first half played pretty even through the first 20 minutes, but Jennifer Martin's goal in the 21st gave all the momentum to the Knights, who controlled possession until halftime.
The Knights fired the first shot of the game in the eighth minute as Kayla Darden rocketed one in the box. Eckel came up with a save by the far post.
In the 11th minute Tennessee sophomore Susan Ferguson fired a shot from about 25 yards out on the far side. The shot carried well, but landed right into the arms of Maldonado.
In the 16th minute, Carleigh Williams was issued a yellow card for a foul at midfield.
Fifteen seconds into the 21st minute, Spade took Tennessee's first corner kick. Her ball went in at a low trajectory and was knocked away by the UCF defense. The Knights charged the other way immediately.
UCF took a 1-0 lead later in the 21st minute when Sophie Howard found Martin on a cross to the left side of the box. Martin punched in the score from outside the box just past a diving Eckel.
With 13:20 left in the half, Tennessee's Caroline Brown had the ball in the UCF third when a random female ran onto the field. Stadium security chased down the individual and the clock was stopped. A drop ball followed to determine possession.
At the half, UCF held a 10-1 advantage on shots and a 5-1 edge on corner kicks.
Tennessee returns to Knoxville on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match against James Madison.
Taylor, Bender, Sullivan Lead MSU to 3-1 Win Over FAU
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Mary Kathryn Taylor and Chelsi Bender scored their first collegiate goals and Elisabeth Sullivan added her fourth of the season Friday afternoon as the Mississippi State soccer team knocked off Florida Atlantic 3-1 in the opening game of the Embassy Suites Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
Aaron Gordon’s squad improves to 2-1 on the season and will play for the tournament championship when it meets host Florida Gulf Coast at Noon CST on Sunday.
After MSU starting keeper CJ Winship made an early save on a Claire Emslie header, Mary Kathryn Taylor made her homecoming a memorable one as she gave the Bulldogs the lead with her first-career goal.
The Pace, Fla., native’s strike came in the ninth minute on State’s first shooting opportunity of the match. Freshman Annebel ten Broeke notched her second assist as she dropped a pass off to Taylor, who lined a shot into the upper 90.
“In the first few minutes, we had to settle into the game having to play our fourth different lineup. I think we were trying to figure out where we were in those first few minutes, but we won a ball, caught the other team on the break and Mary Kathryn buried a great goal into the corner that got us started,” Gordon said.
“We challenged our players to respond, and after a good week of practice, we did,” Gordon said. “It’s hard to win on the road any time, but I thought our team acclimated well to the travel and the conditions and it paid off.”
Taylor and Sullivan had follow-up chances stopped by FAU keeper Courtney Zwetsch, but Bender pushed the MSU lead to 2-0 as she netted her first goal with five minutes to go before halftime.
Senior Morganne Grimes served a free kick into the box that found Halee Heltsley, who then flicked the ball on to Bender for the left-footed strike.
“Toward the end of the half, both teams were fatigued due to the heat, and we had a set play that Chelsi finished nicely,” Gordon said.
The Bulldogs were unable to take the two-goal lead to the half, however, as FAU got on the board with 1:30 remaining. Kelsey Parry sent the Owls’ fourth corner of the first half into the box where it found the left foot of Taylor Sorrels for the finish.
The first half was an evenly-played one, with Florida Atlantic claiming a 5-4 shots advantage. The Bulldogs, however, took a 4-2 edge in on-goal opportunities.
Mississippi State came out gunning to open the second half. Ten Broeke started the half with a shot that was saved by Zwetsch, but the Dawgs capitalized moments later on a Sullivan penalty kick.
“We talked at halftime about the things we needed to do. We came out and created some chances, and we got a penalty kick that Elisabeth buried,” State’s first-year coach said. “Were able to make the two-goal advantage hold up, and late in the game we were able to get a bunch of players in which enabled us to rest some players for Sunday.”
The Memphis native was fouled attempting a shot in the box, and she buried the ensuing penalty into the left side for her 27th-career goal and school-record fifth-straight match with a score.
Sullivan nearly had her second of the afternoon in the 62nd minute, but Zwetsch denied her with one of her four saves in the contest.
A solid showing from the MSU back line and three of four saves from Meara Johnson in the final two minutes sealed the match.
“Dana Forbes was great at right back, and I thought the back line was very good overall. We were also very good on the break today,” Gordon said. “Darbi Filliben contributed a lot for us today. She really came in and gave us a lift by winning some balls. She looked very confident out there.”
Johnson’s first stop came off a Taylor Sorrels header at the 87:35 mark. On the following corner kick, Andreina Sifontes put a shot on frame that the Brampton, Ontario, native managed to snag.
With just over :30 left, she denied a Gabriella Sosa header to seal the win and give the Bulldogs a chance to vie for the championship.
The Owls ended the match with a 13-11 shots advantage, but the Bulldogs were the more accurate side, taking a 7-6 edge in one-goal opportunities. FAU earned five corner kicks to State’s one, but were whistled for five offsides violations.
Swift’s Hat Trick, Gilliland’s Three Assist Push UK Past EKU
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team got points from seven different players in the offensive attack as the Wildcats shutout the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 7-0, on Friday night at the UK Soccer Complex.
Freshman Zoe Swift recorded goals in the 18th, 51st and 58th minutes to record the first UK hat trick since 2006. The three tallies on the night were also the first six career points for the Naperville, Ill., native, who also added an assist onStuart Pope’s 60th-minute goal for a seven-point night.
“Zoe is very good at finding little schemes and little holes to score goals,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “We knew that she would score a lot of goals here, but part of being a goal-scorer is that you have to have a very short memory. She had a couple last week that she should have finished, and she’ll be the first to tell you that. All we told her was just keep working and it will come.”
Swift posed a multitude of problems for the Eastern Kentucky (0-3-0, 0-0-0 OVC) defense, who got in behind the back line multiple times, taking quick, effective touches and putting home chances. The hat trick for Swift came as the first for UK since Guileana Lopez scored three times against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1, 2006 at the UK Soccer Complex.
In addition to the three goals from Swift, the Wildcats got three assists fromjunior Arin Gilliland, who was inserted into the lineup as a forward for the first time all season on Friday night. Gilliland tied the UK program recordwith three assists in a single game, as the Lexington, Ky., native became the first Wildcat to accomplish that feat since Elizabeth Ramsey had three assists in a game in 2003 against the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks.
“What I like is her mobility and the way that she combined and played with her teammates,” Lipsitz said. “Sometimes, we look at Arin and just think that she should just take everybody on her own. She let the game come to her and didn’t force it and found her holes.”
Kentucky struck early and often, as Pope scored the first goal of the match in the seventh minute as she got a tremendous through ball from defender Cara Ledman on the left flank, who then served it into the box where it was finished to the far post for Pope’s first goal of the season.
Pope would add another goal in the 60th minute on a ball that worked its way to Cara Ledman at outside back, who then played it across the middle to a waiting Pope at the top of the 18, who rifled it past a diving keeper to give the Fayetteville, Ga., native the two-goal game.
Junior Caitlin Landis also got in on the action, scoring a goal in the 35th minute to record her first goal of the season, and first point of the 2013 season.
Kentucky dominated the game for all 90 minutes, possessing the ball a majority of the match, and outshooting the Colonels 30-5 in the two halves of play. The Wildcats took 11 shots in the first half and launched a season-high 19 shots in the second half.
The seven goals for Kentucky marked the first time UK has scored seven or more goals in a single game since Kentucky charted seven goals against EKU in the 2006 season. UK also earned seven corner kicks on the night, with sophomoreAllie Gorgol taking a career-high three corners.
“We obviously spent a lot of time on our attack this week in training,” Lipsitz said. “We made a lot of changes. There was a lot of excitement in the program this week, not just with the coaches, but with the players as well. They were really excited. We also finished chances, and that’s something we have been struggling with.”
Senior captain Kayla King and freshman, Ayanna Parker, combined to post Kentucky’s second-straight shutout in as many games. The Wildcat back line of Kelli Hubly, Cara Ledman, Olivia Jester and Kaitlin Miller combined to allow only five shots for EKU in the game.
UK will now complete its second-straight weekend split as the Wildcats venture north to Toledo, Ohio to take on the Toledo Rockets in a Sunday match at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Georgia Soccer Wins Home Opener, 3-0
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia soccer team posted its highest scoring output of the young season Friday night, earning a 3-0 win over in-state rival Mercer in the home opener at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
The Bulldogs got goals from freshmen Marion Crowder and Rachel Garcia and senior Nicole Locandro while posting their second consecutive shutout in front of a near-capacity crowd of 1,715. Georgia tonight improved to 2-1 on the season while Mercer falls to 1-1-1.
“This feels like a big improvement [from last weekend],” said head coach Steve Holeman, now just two wins shy of 200 for his career. “We made a lot of progress this week. The last two times vs. Mercer it took until overtime to beat them, and today we saw some separation. I like that we defended well – we didn’t do that well last weekend. As a team the midfield defending was fantastic, our backs kept it compact, and the forwards pressed well, and we did a good job of limiting Mercer’s opportunities.”
Georgia had several early chances to get on the board, but first broke through in the 27th minute as the freshman Crowder took the ball on her own into traffic before finding an open shot around the 18-yard box and hammered it home to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead on her first career score.
The Bulldogs were outshooting Mercer by a count of 9-3 at the break, and kept the Bears off the scoreboard for the first 45:00 in part due to a defensive save for senior All-SEC defender Torri Allen, who cleared a ball off the line with under a minute to go before the break.
After narrowly missing the back of the net on back to back corner kick chances, Georgia got its second goal of the night via a penalty kick as freshman Gabby Seiler was brought down inside, and the senior Locandro did not miss as she stepped in to take it, making it a 2-0 lead in the 51st minute.
The lead increased to 3-0 when senior attacker Madeline Barker placed a perfect corner kick service inside, and the rookie Garcia made it count, heading it past the keeper for the third and final score of the night for the home team in the 69th minute. Barker was credited with the assist on the play.
Mercer’s keeper Maggie Cropp used a huge point-blank save on Georgia forward Andie Fontanetta with four minutes to play to save it from becoming 4-0, but the Bulldogs came away with the 3-0 win and out-shot the Bears 20-3 at night’s end. Georgia took 10 corner kicks to Mercer’s three.
In Georgia’s last two outings, it has held opponents to a combined four shots, limiting Houston to just one and Mercer to three. Tonight the Bulldogs improved to 10-0-1 all-time against the Bears and 13-4-2 all-time in home openers.
Next up the Bulldogs will face off against Furman here on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., with Georgiadogs.com to offer live video coverage beginning just before kickoff. Admission is free.
Alabama Defeats Georgia State, 2-1, In Overtime
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama sophomore midfielder Merel Van Dongen scored two goals, including the game winner on a penalty kick in overtime, to lead the Crimson Tide to a 2-1 win over Georgia State on Friday night.
It marked the Tide’s (1-1) first victory over the season, while the Panthers fall to 0-1-1.
Alabama dominated the contest, outshooting the Panthers, 22-6, on the night. Van Dongen and Molly Atherton led the Tide with four shots apiece.
Freshman Mia Jahr and junior Pia Rijsdijk assisted Van Dongen’s first goal, which came in the 65th minute of play. However, Georgia State responded just over five minutes later, at the 70:03 mark, to even things up.
The score stayed that way until Atherton was dragged down in the penalty area at the 93:13 mark to set up Van Dongen’s heroics.
The Tide will return to action on Sunday, when it hosts Mercer. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Alabama Sports Complex. Following the game, the movie “Finding Nemo” will be played on the stadium’s video board.
Razorbacks Improve To 3-0 On Season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas soccer team picked up its third win of the season Friday night as the Razorbacks (3-0) defeated the Saint Louis Billikens (1-2) by a score of 2-0.
“We are not too concerned with being 3-0 right now, we just like to focus on the next task at hand,” head coach Colby Hale said. “It was definitely a team effort for us tonight. We are very confident with our depth, I know this is a strength for us to be able to have great depth at every position.”
The Razorbacks jumped off to a quick start by scoring 2 unanswered goals in the first half. Rachel Riggs started things off after the feeds from Margaret power and Tyler Allen to make the score 1-0 in the 28th minute. Margaret Power would also score a goal off of an assist from Allen in the 32nd minute, which would take the teams into halftime with a Razorback lead of 2-0.
The Razorbacks were able to outshoot the Bilikens by a total of 15-4 including holding SLU to just 1 shot in the first half. Arkansas would also tally 14 corner kicks in the game to just 2 for SLU.
“I owe everything to my teammates tonight,” midfielder Allen said. “I am excited to build on our success this season, and I am really looking forward to our match against Missouri State on Sunday.”
Arkansas is 3-0 on the season for the second time under Hale, and only the third time in program history. The 6 goals in the first three games for the Razorbacks are the most since 2009.
The Razorbacks return to action on Sunday Sept. 1, when they travel to Springfield, Mo., to challenge Missouri State Bears (0-3). The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (CT).
No. 8 Florida soccer loses 3-0 to No. 3 Florida State
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Three opening half goals gave No. 3 Florida State a 3-0 win over No. 8 Florida Friday evening in front of a crowd of 4,279 - the fifth largest ever at James G. Pressly Stadium.
Junior Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored her first two goals of the match in a span of just over two minutes to put the Seminoles up 2-0. Sophomore Michaela Hahn pushed FSU's lead out to 3-0 with her unassisted goal with 49 seconds to halftime. The three-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the Seminoles of their 10 wins versus Florida.
Florida had an early chance to score when the Gators intercepted a FSU pass and Havana Solaun sent the ball forward. The shot by Annie Speese was just touched out for a Gator corner kick. Freshman Savannah Jordan also recorded a pair of shots on goal Friday.
Auburn Soccer Falls At Samford, 1-0
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Despite out-shooting Samford, 13-10, a runaway Samford goal early in the second half gave the Bulldogs all it would need for a 1-0 win over Auburn. The Tigers fell to 0-2-1 on the season while Samford improved to 2-1 with its second win over an SEC team this season.
“I give Samford a lot of credit, they came out and played a great match tonight,” said Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa. “We just got beat and they did it the way we knew they would, on the counter-attack.”
The Bulldogs scored in the 58th minute on a Malcanisha Kelley goal. Despite a few good looks at the goal, Auburn was not able to find the equalizer.
“We got a little tight after we gave up that goal and that is youth,” said Hoppa. “We panicked and the energy went to Samford. We have a lot to learn, we have to finish our opportunities that we get and we have to grow up quick.”
Auburn and Samford battled to a scoreless tie in the first half. The Tigers out-shot the Bulldogs 9-1 in the half with the last shot being a Brooke Ramsier attempt that went off the left post. Alyse Scott manned the net in the opening half, coming up with two big stops on Samford corner kick attempts.
Samford scored its lone goal as Malcanisha Kelley pulled the trigger from 25 yards out, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute. She picked up the ball from Trine Taule at midfield and took off straight for the goal.
Alicen Wright was in goal in the second half. She logged one save while giving up the goal.
Casie Ramsier led Auburn with four of the team’s shots. Her sister, Brooke Ramsier, and Tori Ball also logged two each.
Auburn will return to the field on Friday, Sept. 6 as the Tigers host Mercer in the first of six-straight home matches. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT, at the Auburn Soccer Complex.
Rebels Blank Northwestern State For 5-0 Victory
OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebels continued to take advantage of solid ball movement and an aggressive offense as three players notched goals and Ole Miss (3-0) defeated Northwestern State (0-3) by a score of 5-0 on Friday night.
Seniors Rafaelle Souza and Mandy McCalla both notched two goals each, while sophomore Bethany Bunker added a fifth goal for the home team.
“We moved the ball really well early on, and Rafa was able to create an early goal off the penalty kick,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “We were able to move the ball all night long, play quickly and move the ball around. Mandy got in on the action with two great goals and Bethany (Bunker) had a great goal to start the second half and put things out of reach.”
Ole Miss scored quickly, converting on a penalty kick in the fourth minute of play to get on the board. Souza took the ball at the top of the box on the far side and dribbled in before being taken down, drawing the foul and setting up the shot. The senior then drilled the penalty kick to get the scoring started for the Rebels.
Souza notched her second goal of the night a short time later, taking a pass from Olivia Harrison at the far top corner of the box again and lined up her shot. The ball rose and was tipped by a leaping goaltender into the back of the net as she tried to make the stop on the Souza shot, giving Ole Miss the 2-0 lead in the 16th minute of play.
McCalla got in on the scoring 15 minutes later, notching the Rebels’ third goal of the night in the 31st minute of play. McCalla cut toward the goal from the near side and took a deflected ball off a cross, gathered it in and beat a defender before burying the ball in the net.
Ole Miss would lead 3-0 at the half.
The Rebels picked up the scoring again quickly in the second half, notching the fourth goal of the night in the 47th minute. Bunker took the ball on a fast break and drove two thirds of the field by herself before lining up the shot and driving it into the goal for the 4-0 lead.
The Rebels capped the night’s scoring in the 56th minute of play on McCalla’s second goal of the night. Sophomore Jennifer Miller took the ball on the near side and dribbled past a defender before sending the ball into McCalla in the middle of the box. McCalla then converted the goal for what would prove to be the final margin of victory.
Ole Miss will head back on the road this weekend to take on the Saint Louis Billikens at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Mizzou Notches 4-0 Victory Over SEMO
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team used two goals from freshman Lauren Selaiden and tallies from senior Dominique Richardson and junior Kaysie Clark to propel the squad to a 4-0 win over the SEMO Redhawks Friday night at Walton Stadium. The Tigers improved to 2-1 on the season, while the Redhawks fell to 0-3.
Selaiden's goals were the first two of her Tiger career, while Clark notched her second of the year and Richardson her first of the season.
Missouri's offense bombarded the SEMO defense from the opening whistle. In the 11th minute, sophomore Candace Johnson headed a free kick right at the Redhawk goalkeeper, who could not corral the shot. The rebound went back to Johnson, but the defender's shot flew wide of the net.
The Tigers got on the board in the 20th minute thanks to Richardson. After a shot from Clark was blocked, the rebound found Richardson stationed five-yards beyond the box. Richardson took one dribble and unleashed a rocket past SEMO's keeper and into the upper right netting for a 1-0 Mizzou advantage. The tally was Richardson's first of the year and 14th of her career.
In the 42nd minute, Missouri was awarded a free kick after SEMO was whistled for a handball. Redshirt senior Sarah Thune lofted a perfect ball to the far post that Selaiden headed home for a 2-0 Tiger lead. The assist was Thune's first point since her redshirt freshman campaign in 2010.
Mizzou nearly added another goal as the first half expired when redshirt freshman Loudell Crumpler ran down a ball behind the Redhawk defense. However Crumpler had a tough angle on the shot and bounced her two-yard strike off the right post.
Clark joined in on the action with her second tally of the season in the 55th minute. Freshman Erin Webb dribbled down to the left endline and sent a perfect cross 10-yards in front of the far post. Clark headed the pass at the feet of SEMO's goalie and over the goal line. The score was Clark's eighth career goal, while Webb picked up her first career point on the assist.
Selaiden added her second goal of the contest in the 66th minute for a 4-0 Mizzou advantage. Junior Taylor Grant sent a pass to Selaiden, who was running into the right corner of the box. Selaiden's shot sailed at the Redhawk goalie, who bobbled the ball and allowed it to go into the back of the net.
Redshirt junior McKenzie Sauerwein and freshman Kristen Rivers combined to record the shutout, Missouri's first of the season.
The Tigers outshot SEMO 21-3, including an 11-0 edge in shots on goal.
Mizzou travels to Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, Sept. 1 to face UMKC at 6:30 p.m.
No. 19 Aggies Vanquish the Sun Devils, 3-1
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies had three different players notch their first goals of the season in a 3-1 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils at Ellis Field on Friday evening.
Kelley Monogue, Liz Keester and Allie Bailey all notched goals in the victory with Keester’s being the first of her career.
The Aggies drew first blood in the 18th minute. Leigh Edwards was credited with the assist off the throw-in as she found the lightly marked Monogue near the penalty box*. The junior settled the ball at her feet, turned and fired a rocket to the left of the Arizona State goalkeeper Chandler Morris to break the scoring seal.
Less than four minutes later, Keester inflated the cushion to 2-0. After a Sun Devils’ defender intercepted a pass from Shea Groom, Keester wrangled the ball away and charged into the penalty box from the right corner. Going one-on-one versus Morris, Keester launched the ball from 15 yards out to the right of Morris for the 2-0 lead.
Texas A&M (2-1-0) took the two-goal advantage into the intermission, owning an 8-4 margin in shots and 4-2 edge in corner kicks.
Arizona State (1-1-0) capitalized on an Aggies’ defensive lapse to cut the lead to 2-1 in the 52nd minute. The A&M defense played an ill-advised ball back to goalkeeper Jordan Day. The Sun Devils’ Cali Farquharson beat Day to the ball at the top of the box and chipped a shot into an empty net.
Bianca Brinson nearly gave A&M an insurance goal in the 72nd minute. She released a shot from the penalty spot to the right post, but Morris made a diving save to keep the margin at 2-1.
The Aggies were finally able to breathe easier in the 84th minute. From 25 yards out to the right of the penalty box, Karlie Mueller heaved a throw-in to the far post where she found Bailey unmarked two yards out for the goal and the 3-1 advantage.
Day went the distance in goal for the Aggies making four saves in the win. Morris made five saves, but yielded all three goals in the losing effort.
The Maroon and White owned a 16-11 edge in shots for the game, including 8-5 in shots-on-goal. Texas A&M also held a 7-4 lead in corner kick opportunities.
Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday when the Aggies host Pepperdine in a 1:30 pm contest at Ellis Field.
LSU Soccer Extends Home Unbeaten Streak While Playing TCU to Scoreless Draw
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Soccer team extended its home unbeaten streak to five-straight games while continuing its unbeaten run to start the 2013 season after playing the visiting TCU Horned Frogs to a scoreless draw in 110 minutes of action before 1,031 supporters on a beautiful Friday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
In the final two minutes of the second overtime period, junior striker Jodi Calloway nearly gave the Tigers the victory with a Golden Goal on the team’s seventh corner kick of the night.
Sophomore midfielder Fernanda Pina stepped up to the right corner flag and served a dangerous ball into the middle of the penalty area. As Tiger senior Alex Ramsey met a TCU defender on a 50-50 ball across the top of the six-yard box, the ball was deflected across the face of goal as Calloway charged to bury the game-winning strike.
But Calloway’s side-footed effort struck the outside of the left post and deflected away from goal where a TCU defender cleared the ball out of danger with just 1 minute, 20 seconds remaining.
Calloway finished the game with a team-leading four shots on the night, while Pina and freshmen Summer Clarke and Emma Fletcher fired three shots to lead the offensive effort for the Tigers in the match.
With the draw, the Tigers (2-0-1) extended their home unbeaten streak to five-straight games dating back to the SEC season a year ago while running their record to 1-1-1 in their three matches all-time against TCU (1-1-1). The LSU defense also pitched its third-straight shutout to open the 2013 season, marking the first time for the Tigers to post a run of three-straight clean sheets.
“At this point in the season, the important thing is the number of chances we’re creating as a team,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “As we move forward, we’ll need to be more precise in the final third as we continue to create more chances. I thought our back line was very efficient, especially protecting against the counter attack. I was proud of our effort tonight.
“This is the type of game where it’s unfortunate not to come away with the win, but we recognize our opponent also had some chances to come away with a result in the end.”
Clarke provided the Tigers with their first scoring opportunity of the night in the 14th minute after possessing near the center circle and dribbling through the TCU back line for a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper racing off her line to defend. That’s when Vittoria Arnold denied Clarke’s shot on goal and out of play for a corner kick.
The Horned Frogs nearly struck less than a minute later when Lauren Sajewich found herself on the end of a free kick and fired a header on frame that was kept out of the back of the net by LSU’s Megan Kinneman.
TCU almost took the lead again in the 35th minute of the first half when Kelly Johnson cut across the top of the box and fired a strike off the crossbar that was then played out of danger by the Tigers. Seconds later, LSU nearly took the lead by way of Fletcher when she saw Arnold drifting off her line and fired a 35-yard strike over the keeper’s head and off the right post.
Kinneman then forced overtime in the waning moments of the second half when she denied Johnson’s 10-yard strike on frame following a series of three corner kicks by the Horned Frogs with less than three minutes to play. Kinneman made a season-high four saves on the night to post her third clean sheet of the season and 14th of her collegiate career.
The Tigers ended the night with a 17-11 advantage in the final shot count, while the Horned Frogs held the edge with a 4-3 count in shots on goal. Each team attempted seven corner kicks on the night.
The Tigers will wrap up their four-game homestand to start the season on Monday night when they play host to the No. 6-ranked BYU Cougars in a Monday Night Futbol match that is set to kick off at 7:07 p.m. CT. It’s a match that will be televised live to a regional audience on Cox Sports Television with the broadcast beginning at 7 p.m.
The Cougars are ranked as high as No. 6 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as they enter Monday’s contest. The Tigers hold a 1-0-1 edge in the series, which includes a 4-1 victory over the Cougars in Baton Rouge in 2008 and a 0-0 draw with 10th-ranked BYU in Provo, Utah, during the 2010 season.
Dores down Memphis, 2-1
MEMPHIS - The Vanderbilt women's soccer team captured an exciting 2-1 victory over Memphis on the road Friday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Freshman Simone Charley assisted on Vanderbilt's first goal and netted the Commodores' eventual game-winner.
Vanderbilt took the lead in the 15th minute. Charley ran down a ball in the deep left corner and passed it out to Williams inside the 18-yard box. The sophomore took two touches than fired a shot that glanced off the under side of the cross bar and into the far corner of the netting.
Memphis tied the game less than 10 minutes later. Nugene Nugest played a ball over a Commodore defender to Christabel Oduro, and the Canadian forward slid a shot past VU keeper Olivia Liebman. But it would be the VU freshman's only blemish as she made five saves to earn her first collegiate victory.
In the 53rd minute, Charley put Vanderbilt on top to stay. Again playing from the left side, Charley blew past her defender and fired a right-footed laser that ricocheted off the inside of the far post and across to the netting of the opposite corner.
The Vanderbilt defense held strong for the remainder of the contest, allowing Memphis only five more shots for the remainder of the game. Most of those efforts were from distance and lacked danger, though the Lady Tigers did have one near-miss in the 89th minute when a 24-yard shot from Honeye Heydari hit the crossbar and bounded away.
Vanderbilt returns home this Sunday, Sept. 1, when Rice visits the VU Soccer Complex for a rare Sunday night game under the lights.
South Carolina, Boston University End in Scoreless Draw
BOSTON – The South Carolina women’s soccer team battled Boston University to a 0-0 draw tonight at Nickerson Field.
“It was a tough game, a great road test for us,” Head Coach Shelley Smith said. “BU is a good team. They’re physical, they work really hard and they’re very hard to break down and we didn’t solve their pressure, especially in the first half. In the second half and overtime we put some more pressure on them, but we couldn’t find a goal. The team worked, the effort was there and we’re happy to come away without giving up a goal and stay undefeated, but we’re not happy about not getting a goal.”
Senior forward Danielle Au started things off early with hard shot to the right side and junior defender Andie Romness followed that up with a another attempt in the 13th minute before both sides began to settle into the flow of play. The Gamecocks began to pick up the tempo after crossing the 30-minute mark of the half. The passes in the middle and offensive third began to connect, but the final passes weren’t there.
BU closed the half by putting pressure on the Carolina backline, but the defense held strong despite giving up a pair of corners.
Carolina looked to come out quick in the half, pushing the pace, but the Terriers were able to hit a counter in the 49th minute, but the low shot was easy for junior keeper Sabrina D’Angelo to snag.
The Terriers had a golden opportunity in the in the 74th minute after a giveaway in the defensive third while D’Angelo was caught out. Madison Clemens went for a lofted shot, but it sailed just over the crossbar.
Neither side was able to find the back of net in regulation after only five shots total were attempted through 90 minutes.
The Gamecocks had their chances late in the first overtime, but the game-winner never came. After great play on the right side from senior Christine Watts and freshman Paige Bendell in the 96th minute, the senior attempted to split two defenders in the box before going down, but no call was given.
The Gamecocks had a pair of corners with less than two minutes to play in the first period of extra time, but the first was knocked wide of the goal with the second was punched out by BU goalkeeper Andrea Green.
South Carolina’s last effort of the match came from midfielder Chelsea Drennan. The freshman hit a hard shot from the top of the box with 20 seconds remaining, but the shot was blocked.
South Carolina will return to action Sunday afternoon as the team faces Northeastern at 1 p.m. ET in Brookline, Mass.