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    SEC Soccer Today: Friday, October 4

    Friday Soccer RESULTS
    Tennessee 3, Ole Miss 0
    Alabama 3, Georgia 2
    South Carolina 2, Florida 1
    Kentucky 3, Mississippi State 1
    Texas A&M 3, Auburn 1
    LSU 5, Arkansas 3
    Missouri 1, Vanderbilt 1


    Tennessee Upends Ole Miss, 3-0

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Caroline Brown scored on a breakaway in the 68th minute, CC Cobb rocketed in a score in the 76th and Amalie Thestrup scored in the 86th to lead the Tennessee soccer team to a 2-0 win over No. 25 Ole Miss on Friday at Regal Soccer Stadium.

    With the win, Tennessee (7-3-2, 2-1-1 SEC) improved to 3-0 against ranked teams this season. Ole Miss fell to 9-3-1 and 2-2-0 in SEC play.

    Ole Miss' Rafaell Souza fired the first shot of the game in the second minute, breaking into the right side of the box and shooting wide left.

    Katie Lenz took UT's first shot in the fifth minute off cross from Caroline Brown deep in the box. Lenz's shot was blocked and set up a corner kick from Cheyenne Spade. Brown followed with a header that went wide off a second ball played in.

    UT kept up the offensive pressure over the next 15 minutes. Susan Ferguson had a shot go wide in the eighth minute and Ole Miss keeper Kelly McCormick stopped a free kick by spade in the 10th minute.

    McCormick made a great save diving to her right to turn away a shot by Tori Bailey in the 19th minute. In the 21st minute, McCormick turned away a shot from Spade coming from the far left side.

    UT keeper Julie Eckel made her first save of the night in the 24th minute on a shot by Mandy McCalla from outside the box.

    Ole Miss had an opportunity to pull ahead in the 30th minute when a header by Jessica Hiskey off a corner kick from Souza went wide.

    In the 68th minute, Lenz collected the ball at midfield and found Brown streaking up the field down the near side. Brown cut into the box past a defender to put the ball in the upper left corner for her fifth score of the season.

    In the 76th freshman Aaran Parry pushed a ball forward and found Cobb in the middle of the Rebels' third. Cobb dribbled the ball 15 yards and put the ball in the upper middle for her first score of the season.

    Tennessee will next host No. 17 South Carolina on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. The match will be televised on ESPNU with Glenn Davis and Cat Whitehill on the call. Fans can also view the match embedded on

    Sunday is also Camper Reunion Day and all summer campers are invited to participate as kid captains, walking out with the Tennessee soccer team during lineups. The first 100 kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a complimentary hot dog and drink.

    Alabama Soccer Team Stuns No. 20 Georgia in Overtime, 3-2

    ATHENS, Ga. – Senior Molly Atherton scored just 1:16 into the first overtime to lift the Alabama soccer team to a stunning 3-2 victory at Georgia on Friday night.

    Junior forwards Pia Rijsdijk and Dani Herubin each added a goal and assist, as the Crimson Tide claimed its third consecutive victory in Southeastern Conference play. Alabama improves to 5-6 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

    Atherton’s game-winner came at the 91:16 mark of the match, when Herubin sent a long cross to the far post. Atherton leaped over the Georgia defender and drilled a header into the low corner for her second goal of the season and fifth career game-winner.

    Georgia (9-3, 2-2 SEC) came into the match with ranked No. 20 in the nation by Soccer Times, No. 24 by Soccer America and boasted a stellar RPI of No. 17 in the nation. However, it was the Crimson Tide who was the aggressor from the beginning, never trailing throughout the contest.

    Herubin got things going on the offensive end for the Tide in the 44th minute, as she netted her first goal of the year off a cross from Rijsdijk to give Alabama a 1-0 lead going into the locker room.

    Georgia would tie the game at the 57:51 mark on a goal from Nicole Locandro. But Rijsdijk answered in the 70th minute when she scored her fourth goal in three games by finishing a loose ball rebound in front of the Bulldog goal to put Alabama back on top.

    It looked as if Alabama was on its way to a victory in regulation, but the Bulldogs scored with just over two minutes remaining when Madeline Barker beat UA goalkeeper Emily Rusk to even things at 2-2, essentially sending the game into extra time.

    Alabama took the opening kickoff in overtime and scored before Georgia even had a chance to possess the ball, sending the team into a wild celebration.

    Rusk, who entered the match leading the SEC in saves per game, finished with four stops on the night to improve to 5-4 as the Tide’s starting goalkeeper.

    Alabama began the year with two wins in its first eight matches, scoring just four goals. However, the Crimson Tide has reeled off three straight wins, outscoring the opposition by a combined total of 12-6.

    The Crimson Tide will return to action on Sunday when it hosts LSU at 1 p.m. CT at the Alabama Soccer Complex.

    Leach Sends No. 19 Gamecocks Past No. 8 Florida, 2-1, In Double Overtime

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 19 South Carolina (10-1-1, 3-1-0) did what no team in SEC history has been able to do—win back-to-back games in Gainesville, Fla. On a header from Taylor Leach in the 109th minute, the Gamecocks walked out of James G. Pressly Stadium with a 2-1 double-overtime victory tonight over No. 8 Florida (8-3-1, 1-2-0).

    With just under 90 seconds remaining in the match, midfielder Chelsea Drennan lined up a corner kick. The service looked similar to an earlier corner from the freshman, but this time, Leach was able to place her header further toward the right and the ball found the back of the net. It was only Leach’s second career goal. For Drennan, it was her sixth assist of the season, tying Kayla Grimsley’s freshman record for most assists in a season.

    The Gators took the upperhand hand early on in the match, controlling possession, but were unable to break down a tough Gamecock defense. With half chances coming from each side, the game didn’t see it’s first shot until the 33:52 mark. Looking for Leach, sophomore Stevi Parker’s corner was intercepted by Florida and a counter attack ensued.  The ball was knocked out wide to striker Savannah Jordan who ripped a shot wide of the right post.

    South Carolina made their first opportunity of the match count in the 38th minute as redshirt senior defender Christine Watts served a ball to the penalty spot that forward Bay Daniel got on the end of. With Florida keeper Taylor Burke back, the sophomore rose up and guided the ball inside the right post for her second goal of the season.

    Pressure ensued from Gators and the shots came, forcing Gamecock keeper Sabrina D’Angelo to come up with a pair of saves. Despite the stops, D’Angelo had a bit of bad luck with under a minute remaining in the half. Florida’s Havana Solaun got space on the right side and sent a driving cross into the box that the Gamecock keeper laid out to grab, but the ball came off of her hands and landed at the feet of Jordan who went left on an open net for her 12th goal of the year.

    The second half continued just as the half ended, with the game being played much more open as both teams had their chances to put the opposition on their heels.

    Solaun corralled a ball at the top of the 18 in the 55th minute and hit a low strike to the left post, but D’Angelo came up with a big diving stop on the liner.

    The Carolina junior was called upon less than 10 minutes later as a jostling battle between Jordan and Leach ensued. Leach went down just inside the box, leaving Jordan with a 1-on-1 with D’Angelo, but the keeper raced off her line and slid out just as the Florida striker took an attempt on goal.

    With under 18 remaining in regulation, sophomore Carly Ray sent a long throw-in into the box that was flicked on to the far post, but the Gamecocks were unable to pounce the ball before Burke was able to pick up the bouncing ball.

    The Gamecocks had their best chance of half in the 79th minute as midfielder Chelsea Drennan lined up for a corner. The freshman’s service found the head of Leach on the far post, but the centerback’s strong header toward the right post was stopped by Burke as she went to the ground.

    In the 103rd minute, Jordan scored what appeared to be the game-winner, but she was called offside, which gave Carolina the chance to snatch the win in the final minutes.

    The Gamecocks will head up north to Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday as they take on Tennessee. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m., ET and will air live on ESPNU.

    Hubly’s Three-Point Night Powers No. 19 Kentucky Past MSU

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sophomore Kelli Hubly scored her first goal of the season, which turned out to be the game-winning goal in the 49th minute and also assisted on Kentucky’s first goal to lift the No. 19 Wildcats past Mississippi State, 3-1, on Friday night at MSU Soccer Stadium.

    Kentucky (9-2-1, 3-1-0 SEC) picked up its ninth win in its last 10 overall matches, and also collected its fourth-straight win over the Bulldogs. In the last four seasons, UK has outscored MSU 13-2 and now owns the series lead 12-3-0.

    “We have been struggling to finish quite a bit,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “As much as we have worked on that, we still need to finish the chances that we have a little bit more. We need to focus on doing the details better like possession and playing and moving. With that being said, it’s a road win in the SEC, so that almost feels like one and a half victories. We faced a team tonight that gave us all we could handle and we are happy to survive.”

    The game’s opening goal came off the foot of senior Caitlin Landis in the 37th minute, when she laced a shot past the diving keeper into the right corner of the net. Landis got an entry ball played in from Danielle Krohn, who then gave it off to Hubly who served the ball over to Landis for the finish. The goal for Landis was her second of the season, as she also scored in Kentucky’s win over EKU.

    Just 12 minutes later, Hubly scored her first goal of the season, and logged herseason-high third point of the night as she pushed a rebounded shot into anopen net to give the Wildcats the 2-0 lead. The initial shot was sent in from Landis, who had it deflected by an MSU defender and the ball came out about 10 yards in front of the goal. Hubly then lifted the ball over the trouble andslotted it into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.

    Sophomore Cara Ledman scored her first goal of the season in the second half in the 58th minute. Ledman received an entry ball into the box from Kacie Kumar, who got the ball from the midfield and sent it into the attacking third for a waiting Ledman on the flank. Ledman then shot a rifle past the keeper into the right edge of the net for the goal. The goal for Ledman and assist for Kumar wereboth their first points on the season.

    Keeper Kayla King had a magnificent night in the net for Kentucky, stopping two major MSU chances in each of the halves. In the first half, King punched out a ball that was destined for the net, and King leaped, reached and soared into the air to knock the ball out of the net.

    “We gave up a lot of dangerous opportunities in this game,” Lipsitz said. “We are fortunate that Kayla King played the best game of her life tonight. She bailed us out quite a bit.”

    In the second half, King also made a diving save to keep the game at 3-1 with just under 10 minutes to go in the game.

    UK takes to the pitch next against Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET in Nashville. The game will be telecast live on Fox Sports South with Dave Baker and Katie Witham on the call. The game will also be available on and the WatchESPN app.

    Aggies Top Auburn, 3-1

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies fell behind in the fourth minute of action, but battled back for a 3-1 win against the Auburn Tigers in SEC action Friday evening at the Auburn Soccer Complex.

    Auburn (4-7-1, 0-4-0 SEC) drew first blood in the fourth minute of action. At midfield, Kala Faulkner knocked a pass to Casie Ramsier who offered a lob service that Tori Ball chased down in the penalty box. Ball fired a shot from 10 yards out to beat Aggie netminder Jordan Day to the left side.

    Texas A&M (8-3-1, 3-1-0 SEC) evened the match at 1-1 in the 10th minute. Bianca Brinson tossed a throw-in into the penalty box and after the ball went unclaimed on the first bounce, Shea Groom knocked a header into the six-yard box where Allie Bailey was able to drive a shot into the back of the net for the equalizer.

    The teams went into the intermission tied at 1-1 despite various chances to score. Forty seconds after Bailey’s goal, Day made a diving save of a shot by Ball to keep the scored tied. For A&M, Liz Keester ripped a shot from 15 yards out in the 13th minute that Auburn netminder Alicen Wright had to make a leaping save on in the 12th minute. Wright also made a jumping save on a shot that Groom rocketed from 30 yards out in the 28th minute. With 90 seconds remaining in the first half, Meghan Streight got her head on a free kick offering from Karlie Mueller but it sailed a yard left of the goal.

    The Aggies owned advantages in shots (10-5), shots-on-goal (7-4) and corner kicks (4-2) in the opening stanza.

    Brinson and Bailey each recorded quality shots in the beginning of the second half, but the Aggies were unable to stake claim to a lead until the 68th minute when Leigh Edwards rifled a shot from 25 yards out she bulls-eyed through a hole between the hands of a jumping Wright and the crossbar for the 2-1 lead.

    The Aggies put the match out of reach in the 86th minute when Groom skirted a pass through two defenders to Annie Kunz at the right corner of the six-yard box. Kunz launched the ball into the far side-netting for the 3-1 advantage. With the goal, Kunz became the 11th player in school history to log 30 career goals.

    Texas A&M owned advantages in all the offensive categories, including 20-13 in shots, 10-6 in shots-on-goal and 10-6 in corner kicks.

    Day went the distance in goal for the Aggies, making four saves and winning the ball in the air on three of six corner kick opportunities for Auburn. It marked the 40th career win in goal for Day.

    With the win, the Aggies remained in second half, just one point behind first place LSU who has started league play at 3-0-1.

    The Aggies return to action on Sunday when they travel to Columbia for a 1 pm match against the Missouri Tigers.

    SEC-Leading Tigers Defeat Razorbacks, 5-3

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Friday night’s match between LSU and Arkansas turned into an old-fashioned SEC West shootout as freshman Summer Clarke scored a hat trick and fellow freshman Emma Fletcher dished out three assists to lead the Tigers to a 5-3 victory on a record-setting night to maintain their SEC lead at Razorback Field.

    Clarke scored LSU’s first hat trick in nearly four years with goals in the 20th, 60th and 63rd minutes to double her season total entering the match, while senior Danielle Murphy found the back of the net in the 44th minute and freshman Rebecca Pongetti scored her first career goal in the 86th minute to keep the Tigers (7-3-2, 3-0-1 SEC) at the top of the league table.

    Fletcher was also brilliant with her play in the midfield as she matched LSU’s single-game record with three assists to set the team’s freshman record with nine assists on the season.

    With the win, the Tigers extend their unbeaten streak to five-straight matches on the season dating back to a 1-0 shutout at Rice on Sept. 15. They also run their winning streak over Arkansas (8-4, 1-3) to 10-straight in the series and six-straight in matches played at Razorback Field since the 2004 regular season.

    “What a wild night of SEC soccer,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee following his team’s 5-3 win on Friday night. “We could kind of sense that a night like this was coming for quite some time from our attacking standpoint. Our front line players have been putting themselves in great positions all season long, and the goals just came tonight. I thought each was very well taken tonight.

    “Our young players are really talented, and in combination with the great senior leadership we’re getting from our upperclassmen, it’s leading to some great results for our team to this point in the season.”

    Clarke opened the scoring for the Tigers in the 19th minute when she buried her fourth goal of the season with a class strike from the top of the area after an attack by Fletcher and freshman Megan Lee.

    Fletcher led the charge with a run through the middle of the Arkansas defense before laying the ball off to Lee in the left side of the penalty area. Lee pulled back an excellent centering pass to Clarke at the top of the box for a right-footed strike that beat Razorback goalkeeper Cameron Carter to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the 19:52 mark of the opening frame.

    The Razorbacks struck back less than four minutes later through junior striker Jeriann Okoro in the 24th minute as she split the LSU defense and finished unassisted inside the left post from the right side of the area.

    But LSU’s two first-half substitutions then gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead on the stroke of halftime when seniors Nina Anderson and Danielle Murphy combined for the go-ahead goal in the 44th minute. Anderson raced into the area and got end-line for a cross to the far post, where Murphy buried a free header into the back of the net for her first goal of the season at the 43:05 mark.

    The see-saw affair continued into the second half as the Razorbacks leveled the score again in the 54th minute through striker Yvonne DesJarlais, who headed home an end-line cross whipped into the box to the top of the six-yard box by Okoro racing to the end line down the right side. DesJarlais’ equalizer was her second goal of the season as the Razorbacks fought back to 2-2 at the 53:12 mark.

    Clarke and Fletcher then combined to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead with a pair of goals scored just over three minutes apart midway through the second half to complete their record-setting night. Clarke found the back of the net for the second time on the hour when she was played through the Arkansas back line by Fletcher for a one-time strike from 14 yards inside the right post. Fletcher then led a counter attack in the 63rd minute to free up Clarke down the right side as she took a touch into the area and finished over the goalkeeper’s head for her hat trick.

    Clarke is now the team’s leading goal scorer on the season as she doubled her total to six goals on the campaign. She has also scored in each of her last two starts with four goals in conference play.

    “It feels great,” Clarke said of scoring her first career hat trick with the Tigers. “Emma (Fletcher) was setting me up in good positions all night long, and I was just able to finish a few of those chances. It really was a back-and-forth game, so we knew we were going to have to keep scoring. It feels great to start scoring again and to help our team come out with another big win.”

    “It shows that our team has good character to keep fighting all the way to the end in a game like this,” Fletcher added of LSU’s victory on Friday night. “We’re playing well right now. I think we’re playing more as a team than maybe we were earlier in the season. We’re all playing for each other and working hard together to get the results.”

    The Razorbacks pulled one back yet again just over three minutes later when Okoro found midfielder Evan Palmer in the middle of the area for a shot off the left post and in to pull the home side within 4-3.

    But that’s as close as the Razorbacks would come as Pongetti left no doubt in the outcome when she scored her first career goal in the 86th minute on a 25-yard shot through Carter’s hands and into the back of the net to push LSU’s lead to 5-3 with just 4 minutes, 45 seconds to play in regulation.

    Clarke and Fletcher gave the Tigers a devastating 1-2 punch in the attack on the night to again lead LSU to the top of the SEC table with a 3-0-1 mark and 10 points in league play. Clarke scored the first hat trick by an LSU Tiger since Malorie Rutledge on Nov. 13, 2009, against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and the first in SEC play since Carlie Banks against No. 8-ranked Georgia on Sept. 25, 2009. With her three assists, Fletcher pushed her total to nine assists on the season to break Addie Eggleston’s freshman record of eight set back in 2010.

    The Tigers are now unbeaten in four matches to open SEC play for just the third time in program history, after posting team-best 4-0 starts in league play in both 2009 and 2011.

    The Tigers will wrap up another SEC road weekend on Sunday afternoon with a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in a match for control of first place in the SEC standings that is slated to open at 1 p.m. CT at the Alabama Soccer Complex. They return to home next weekend for a match against the Missouri Tigers that is scheduled for Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

    Mizzou Records 1-1 Tie at Vanderbilt

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Mizzou soccer team recorded 15 shots in two overtime sessions but could not convert as the Tigers posted a 1-1 tie with Vanderbilt Friday night in Nashville, Tenn. The tie put Missouri's record at 6-5-1 overall and 2-1-1 in Southeastern Conference play. Vanderbilt is now at 3-6-3 overall and 0-3-1.

    The Tigers had numerous chances in the extra 20 minutes but could not find the back of the net. Just 30 seconds into the second overtime, Vanderbilt was called for a handball in the box to set up a Tiger penalty kick. Senior Dominique Richardson's attempt bounced off the right post and a follow chance from junior Taylor Grant flew high.

    With just 1:20 left in the game, Richardson found a lane for another shot but her again her attempt hit off the right post. The loose ball rolled to the foot of senior Danielle Nottingham, but her chance sailed over the crossbar. Ultimately, neither team was able to put a goal across to end the game in a 1-1 tie.

    The Tigers had a 35-20 advantage in shots and a 7-5 edge in shots on goal.

    Redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein stopped four saves in net for Mizzou. Missouri wasted no time at the start of the match as the squad went up 1-0 less than three minutes in. Junior Kaysie Clark corralled a loose ball in the box and chipped a shot over the Commodore keeper and into the net. The tally was Clark's team-leading sixth of the season and third in the last four games.

    The teams went back and forth for much of the first half until Vanderbilt's Cheyna Williams converted a breakaway opportunity in the 26th minute. The Commodore received the ball before midfield, dribbled down the middle of the pitch and into the box. Sauerwein came off her line to challenge but Williams beat the Tiger to knot the score at 1-1.
    Sauerwein kept the game at 1-1 with spectacular goalkeeping in the 35th minute. Vanderbilt had one shot that the Mizzou defense blocked a first attempt then Sauerwein made a diving save on an immediate second shot.

    The score remained knotted at 1-1 despite numerous chances from both teams in the second half to send the game to overtime.

    Missouri returns home on Sunday, Oct. 6 to host Texas A&M at 1 p.m. as the Tigers try to Pack the Park. The match also stands as Mizzou's Play for Pink contest, where the first 750 fans will receive either pink Mizzou Soccer sunglasses or a pink Mizzou soccer t-shirt.