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    SEC Soccer Recap: Sunday, September 29

    SUNDAY SOCCER SCHEDULE/RESULTS
    South Carolina 1, Arkansas 0
    Alabama 4, Tennessee 2
    Missouri 1, Florida 0
    Ole Miss 7, Auburn 0
    LSU 3, Mississippi State 2
    Texas A&M 3, Vanderbilt 0
    Kentucky 1, Georgia 0

     

    No. 22/20 Gamecocks Blank Arkansas 1-0

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina (9-1-1, 2-1-0) wrapped up the weekend with its second win of the Southeastern Conference season as the team dominated the possession battle in 1-0 match against Arkansas (8-3-0, 1-2-0) this afternoon at Stone Stadium.

    “We knew that we needed to play our game and not our opponents game; keeping the ball, a lot of possession, and create chances,” South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said. “I thought we did really well Friday night to be more offensive than we had been in the past few games and we were hoping to do that today. It was a difficult game, Sundays always are, but I thought we handled the Sunday game well.”

    The Gamecocks came out looking to play the possession game, picking their spots as Arkansas was content to sit back and absorb pressure throughout. Carolina had a pair of early opportunities early from strikers Danielle Au and Sophie Groff, but each had their attempts blocked.

    The Garnet and Black’s persistence paid off in the 20th minute as Raina Johnson scored her fourth goal of the season to break the deadlock. Sophomore defender Caroline Gray raced up the flank, tapped the ball to freshman midfielder Chelsea Drennan before receiving the ball back in the corner. Gray hit a quick rising cross that Arkansas keeper Cameron Carter was unable to get a hand on before it dropped to back post where Johnson crashed in and got a header off with a pair of Razorback defenders right with her.

    In the 34th minute, Au went 1-on-1 on at the edge of the 18-yard box with an Arkansas defender and created enough space to get a hard shot off, but it sailed just over the crossbar. Three minutes later, redshirt senior Rae Wilson got on the end of a low cross from six yards out, but the striker’s volley attempt was snared by Carter.

    The Razorbacks saw their best opportunity of the match come in the 59th minute after a short clearance from the Gamecocks. Arkansas was able to send a high ball back over the top that dropped to the feet of Allie Tripp eight yards in front of the net, just as Carolina was trying to push forward. Tripp though was unable to muster a clean shot on goal and the attempt was easily grabbed by junior keeper Sabrina D’Angelo.

    Arkansas had another chance to double the lead in the 64th minute as Chelsea Drennan sent a corner into redshirt junior Taylor Leach at the penalty spot, but the defender’s sliding effort drifted off to Au on the left side. The striker hit a hard strike back toward goal, but her game-high fourth shot sailed over the bar.

    With the Gamecocks still applying pressure, senior midfielder Elizabeth Sinclair sent a diagonal pass to sophomore Stevi Parker on the left flank in the 71st minute. The midfielder hit a hard cross to right side where fellow sophomore Bay Daniel was waiting just outside the six. The forward struck a hard header back across goal, but Carter quickly reacted to her right to pull the ball out of the air.

    In controlling fashion, Carolina managed to hold a 12-7 shot edge, but allowed just one shot on goal compared to its five, while also managing a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. With her eighth shutout of the season, and 15th of her career, D’Angelo moved into a three-way tie for the second-most shutouts in program history alongside with Laura Armstrong and Elise Matthews.

    The Gamecocks will carry their two-match win streak into Gainesville, Fla., next weekend as they travel to No. 7 Florida for a 7 p.m., ET showdown on Oct. 4.

    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 women's soccer is $25 for adults and $10 for youth (17 and under).





    Big First Half Lifts Soccer Team Past Tennessee, 4-2

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama soccer team erupted for three first half goals and held on to defeat Tennessee, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Soccer Complex.

    It marked the Crimson Tide’s second Southeastern Conference win of the weekend (UA defeated Vanderbilt, 5-2, on Friday) to improve to 4-6 on the year and 2-1 in SEC play.

    Senior Molly Atherton began the offensive onslaught in the opening half when she found the back of the net just 5:34 into the game to stake her team to an early 1-0 lead. It marked her first goal of the season.

    The score stayed that way until the 28:39 mark when Laura Lee Smith scored on a penalty kick, which was her third goal of the season. Just over two minutes later, junior Pia Rijsdijk added to the lead with her third tally of the year off an assist from Katie Bourgeois to give Alabama a commanding 3-0 lead.

    Tennessee (6-3-2, 1-1-1) would battle back in the second half, cutting the Tide lead to 3-2 on a pair of goals by Amy Neal in the 54th and 63rd minutes of play.

    However, senior Kendall Khanna would put the game away with her first goal of the season in the 70th minute to result in the final score.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Rusk made four saves on the afternoon en route to picking up her fourth win of the year.

    Entering this weekend’s games, Alabama had only scored four goals in the first eight games of the year. However, the Tide’s offense erupted for nine goals in the two matches over the weekend.

    UA improves to 4-1 when playing at home this season.

    Alabama will continue Southeastern Conference play with a pair of games next weekend. The Tide will first travel to Athens, Ga., to square off with the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT). Alabama will then return home to take on LSU on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaSoccer on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found @UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.





    Soccer Knocks Off No. 7 Florida, 1-0

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Mizzou soccer team got a goal from junior Kaysie Clark notched a goal in the ninth minute and held to record a 1-0 upset of No. 7 Florida Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. The win marked the Tigers' first win over a top-10 opponent since a 1-0 victory over No. 7 Ohio State on Aug. 26, 2011.

    Missouri improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference play, while Florida fell to 8-2-1 and 2-1.

    The Gators finished the game with a 21-10 advantage in shots, including a 12-3 edge in the second half, but the Tiger defense held strong to post its fourth shutout of the season.

    The Tigers were the aggressors offensively early and took advantage of their opportunities. In the ninth minute, senior Danielle Nottingham sent a cross into the box from the right corner. Clark ran onto the pass, took a touch and calmly struck a right-footed shot that flew into the lower left corner of the net for a 1-0 Mizzou lead. The tally was Clark's team-leading fifth of the season, while Nottingham recorded her fourth assist in just four games in 2013.

    Just eight minutes later, senior Alyssa Diggs was taken down in the box by Florida's keeper to give Missouri a penalty kick. Nottingham stepped up for the chance and beat the goalie but her shot bounced off the right post to keep the score 1-0.

    Florida came out firing in the second half as the Gators put continuous pressure on the Tiger defense. The visitor's best chances came in the 73rd and 74th minutes, when successive Gator shots clanged off the crossbar and post.

    Mizzou packed its defensive box in the waning minutes as Florida took its last-ditch efforts to tally an equalizer. The Tigers defense stood strong for the 1-0 final score. Redshirt junior McKenzie Sauerwein made four saves in goal for the Tigers to post her third shutout of the season.

    Missouri travels to Nashville, Tenn., for a matchup with Vanderbilt on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The contest will be televised live on Fox Sports Midwest and SportSouth.





    No. 24 Rebels Shut Out Auburn With 7-0 Win

    OXFORD, Miss. -- The Rebels rebounded in a big way from the first home loss of the season, putting together an offensive outburst Sunday afternoon as Ole Miss (9-2-1, 2-1-0 SEC) defeated Auburn (4-6-1, 0-3-0 SEC) by a score of 7-0.

    The win was the largest margin of victory for the Rebels in a Southeastern Conference match in the history of the program as five different players scored on the afternoon, paced by two goals each from sophomore Bethany Bunker and senior Mandy McCalla.

    Senior Rafaelle Souza added three assists on the afternoon to help key the Ole Miss attack.

    "We passed the ball so beautifully all afternoon," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "The girls had so much energy and were fired up. We came out hungry and put the ball in the box and finished. It was a total team performance. A win like that doesn't happen in the SEC often, so we hope to take this and build on it as we go on the road. Tennessee and Georgia are two teams who are playing well right now. It will be a big weekend for us as we head back out on the road."

    Bunker and McCalla set the tone early, notching goals in the first four minutes of the game to give the Rebels the early 2-0 advantage. Bunker scored in the third minute off a pass from the foot of Rafaelle Souza on the far side of the box to put Ole Miss on the board. McCalla then took a corner from the near side off Souza's foot in the fourth minute and put it in the net.

    Ole Miss held the 2-0 advantage at the half following the quick goals.

    Bunker continued the quick strike attack for the Rebels in the second half, putting her second shot in the net 34 seconds into the second half as she dribbled down the far side of the field and into the box, beating the Auburn keeper one-on-one to put Ole Miss on top 3-0.

    Olivia Harrison notched her fourth goal of the season two minutes later, taking a shot from the top of the box in the 48th minute that hit the crossbar and dropped into the goal behind the line to extend the Rebels' lead.

    McCalla notched her second goal of the day in the 58th minute of play, taking a pass from Souza in the middle of the box after Souza played the ball to the near side of the field. McCalla then squared and shot, driving the ball between the legs of the Auburn keeper to put the Rebels on top 5-0.

    Senior midfielder Emily Reid got in on the action in the 79th minute after being denied on a penalty kick earlier in the game. Reid took the ball from the near side and dribbled to the top of the box, squaring up 20 yards out and drilling the ball over the hands of the leaping Auburn keeper to add to the Ole Miss lead.

    Freshman Addie Forbus capped the Rebel scoring with her goal in the 86th minute when she took the ball from Emily Reid in the near side of the box and shot across the keeper, burying the ball in the net from close to 15 yards out.

    Ole Miss will return to action next weekend with a pair of road matches in SEC play when the Rebels travel to take on Tennessee and Georgia. The Rebels and Lady Vols will face-off at 6 p.m. CT on Friday before Ole Miss will face Georgia at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.





    THREE TIGERS SCORE IN COMEBACK DOUBLE OT WIN OVER MISSISSIPPI STATE, 3-2

    BATON ROUGE -- After falling behind 2-0 to the visitors inside of eight minutes from the opening kickoff, senior Nina Anderson and freshmen Summer Clarke and Megan Lee each found the scoresheet to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 comeback win in double overtime over Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

    The Tigers (6-3-2, 2-0-1 SEC) emerged victorious while playing their third-straight overtime match as they extended their unbeaten streak to four-straight games with Sunday’s result.

    The Tigers also won their ninth-straight match against the Bulldogs (3-7, 0-3) dating back to the 2005 season and extended their unbeaten streak to 12-straight matches in the series as they are now 11-0-1 against their league rivals since the 2002 season. LSU also moved to the top of the SEC standings with the victory, pending the result of Sunday’s nightcap between Georgia and Kentucky.

    After playing to a 2-2 draw into the second overtime period, Lee provided the heroics for the Tigers just over two minutes from the restart by scoring the game-winning Golden Goal for her first goal as an LSU Tiger.

    Fellow freshman Emma Fletcher made a class run into the attacking third before playing the ball to Lee in space between two Mississippi State defenders near the top of the box. Lee composed herself and put the ball on her left foot for a low-lining strike inside the right post in the 103rd minute to hand the Tigers a crucial three points in the SEC Championship race.

    “I thought this was my shot, this was my moment. I was really excited and really nervous,” Lee said of her feelings on lining up the game-winning shot. “It was a good slip pass by Emma Fletcher, and I got a good turn to it. I kind of wished for a better shot. You always want those wonder goals that you drive it top corner, but I’ll take the roller across the line. I hadn’t scored a goal yet, so it’s a really good feeling.”

    The Tigers found themselves chasing the game early on after conceding two goals to Mississippi State’s All-SEC striker Elisabeth Sullivan inside of eight minutes from the opening kickoff of the match.

    Sophomore defender Shelby Jordan picked out Sullivan for an open look at the top of the box in the fourth minute of the match as she turned and fired a left-footed strike inside the left post to give Mississippi State a 1-0 lead with her 10th goal of the season at the 3:58 mark. She then struck back just over three minutes later with her second goal of the match and 11th of the season by converting a penalty kick into the left side of the net to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 2-0 just 7:16 into the match.

    That’s when the Tigers went to work as Clarke pulled one back just three minutes later on a brilliant combination play with Lee in the 11th minute to get through the Bulldog back line for a left-footed strike into the back of the net from just beyond the six-yard box. It was Clarke’s third goal of the season, and her first since a 4-2 home defeat for the Tigers against No. 6-ranked BYU back on Sept. 2.

    Anderson then drew the Tigers level at 2-2 just before the break with her first goal of the year as she took a pass from Clarke in the left side and fired a 10-yard strike inside the far post at the 41:38 mark of the half.

    The Tigers turned up the pressure on the Bulldogs into the second half and first overtime, but were unable to find the net until Lee’s winner at the 102:05 mark of the second overtime. The Tigers ended the game with a 20-13 edge in total shots and a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks, while each team fired seven shots on goal on the afternoon.

    After the Tigers conceded two early goals to the Bulldogs, LSU’s senior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman saved each of Mississippi State’s five shots on goal down the stretch to lead the defensive effort in the victory.

    “It’s a big win. You play 11 games in a row in the SEC, and how you play in the tight games is going to determine where you stand at the end,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “Our team has shown good character. This is now three in a row that we’ve been to overtime. We certainly feel like we’re a stronger, fitter, faster team right now the later the game goes. I thought we kind of proved that again today.”

    The Tigers will head back on the road in SEC play next weekend when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday night at 7 p.m. CT at Razorback Field and Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face the Alabama Crimson Tide next Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Alabama Soccer Complex.





    Aggies Roll to 3-0 Victory Versus Vanderbilt

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M Aggies scored three first-half goals to derail Vanderbilt en route to a 3-0 win over the Commodores in SEC action Sunday afternoon at Ellis Field.

    It capped off an historic weekend for the Aggies who combined to outscore Vanderbilt and Friday’s foe Mississippi State by a combined 11-0 margin. The 11-goal scoring differential matched the highest ever for Texas A&M in a league weekend, equaling the 1996 season when they beat Texas Tech (8-0) and Baylor (3-0) in weekend of Big 12 action.

    Texas A&M drew first blood in the 17th minute of action. Karlie Mueller launched a free kick into the six-yard box from 30 yards out and found the head of Shea Groom who knocked it in for her eighth goal of the season.

    Mueller notched her second assist of the match in the 26th minute when she sent a long pass into the box from the right touchline. Bianca Brinson got her head on the service and knocked a shot off the extended leg of a Commodore defender and into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead. It marked Brinson’s first goal of the season.

    Brinson set up the Aggies’ third goal when she was upended in the penalty box by Vanderbilt defender Taylor Richardson in the 37th minute. Allie Bailey took the penalty kick and converted when Commodore goalkeeper Olivia Liebman guessed the wrong way.

    The Aggies held decisive advantages in all of the offensive categories in the first half, including shots (17-4), shots-on-goal (8-2) and corner kicks (3-0), as they took a 3-0 lead into the intermission.

    Texas A&M (7-3-1, 2-1-0 SEC) continued to get scoring chances in the second half, but were unable to extend the lead. The Maroon and White once again posted advantages in shots (9-4), shots-on-goal (4-2) and corner kicks (3-0) in the second stanza.

    Mueller ended the weekend with five assists with four of the five coming on set pieces, with three free kick offerings and one corner kick serving.

    Jordan Day went the distance in goal to record her third shutout of the season and the 26th of her career. She made four saves, including two of the diving variety.

    Vanderbilt (3-6-2, 0-3-0) had two goalkeepers see action. Liebman started the contest and made five saves while allowing three goals in 45 minutes of action. Shannon Morrish made four saves and did not yield a goal in the second half.

    Texas A&M returns to action on Friday when the Aggies head to Alabama for a 7 pm match against the Auburn Tigers.





    Pope’s Goal Catapults No. 25 Kentucky Past Georgia For 1-0 Win

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Junior Stuart Pope scored her team-high ninth goal of the season in the 71st minute to lift the No. 25/19 University of Kentucky women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win on Sunday night at the UK Soccer Complex.

    “I think today was our best performance of the year,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “There might have been days where we have scored more goals or had more opportunities, but Georgia is such a fantastic team. We watched a lot of film and saw how difficult this game was going to be. For us to win this game means the world to us.”

    The win for Kentucky comes as the Wildcats’ eighth in the last nine matches and moves UK into a tie for second in the Southeastern Conference with six points in SEC play.

    In the scoring sequence, Kentucky sophomore Kelli Hubly kept the ball alive in the attacking third, and it by sliding and poking the ball with her cleat to a waiting Pope 20 yards from goal. After the rebound was collected by Pope at the top of the box, Pope took two touches to her right and fired a shot to the far post and Woody’s right for the goal.

    With the goal, Pope increases her lead as the leading goal scorer on the team with nine on the season, and has now scored in eight of the last nine matches. Pope also leads Kentucky in points on the season with 20.

    The win for Kentucky marks the first time the Wildcats have beaten the Dawgs in Lexington since the 1999 season. Sunday night’s win is also Kentucky’s second-straight victorious result over UGA for the first time since 1998-99.

    Kayla King collected her fifth clean sheet of the season, trying her career high for shutouts in a season that was set a year ago. King made the save of the night halfway through the second half on a shot from distance that King deflectedupwards, and forced the ball tracking for the back of the net to hit the bottom of the crossbar. The Louisville, Ky., native collected two saves on the night, stopping all 14 of Georgia’s shots.

    Sunday was also Kentucky’s annual Kick-Cancer Match in which UK wore gold jerseys to honor and support the fight against pediatric cancer. In addition to the jerseys, the game ball and Lipsitz’s tie will be auctioned off as well.

    “I cried a little bit before the game when (Steve and Crystal Berger) walked out on the field,” Lipsitz said of the pregame ceremonies in which the team honored the late Allison Berger. “To be able to wear our gold jerseys tonight on national television – there is nothing better.”

    All of the players’ jerseys will be up for auction on UKathletics.com with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the fight and research of pediatric cancer.

    For continuing coverage of UK women’s soccer, log on to UKathletics.com.