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    SEC Soccer Recap: Sunday, October 6

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

     

    Aggies Win Streak Extended to Four Matches

    COLUMBIA, Missouri -- The Texas A&M Aggies ran their win streak to four matches with a 2-1 win over the Missouri Tigers at Walton Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Maroon and White have outscored SEC opponents 16-2 during the win streak. With the win, the Aggies increased their league point total to 12, just one-point behind first-place LSU (13) in the SEC standings.

    After dictating the terms of play to no avail in the first 42 minutes of action, the Aggies finally drew first blood with 2:59 remaining in the first half. After a free kick by Missouri was deflected to the right touchline, Bianca Brinson collected the ball and raced through the Tigers’ midfield and defense from penalty box to penalty box before dumping the ball to Liz Keester 20 yards out. Keester launched a shot into the left upper 90 to give A&M a 1-0 lead going into the intermission.

    Texas A&M (9-3-1, 4-1-0 SEC) owned substantial margins in shots (15-2), shots-on-goal (7-1) and corner kicks (4-0) in the first half, but had numerous scoring chances snuffed out by Missouri netminder McKenzie Sauerwein who had six saves in the opening stanza.

    Kelley Monogue fired off six shots in the first half, including four shots-on-goal. In the 15th and 17th minutes, Monogue unleashed shots from 20 yards out only to have Sauerwein go to a knee for a save and make a diving save at the left post. In the 28th minute, Monogue sailed a shot a mere inches over the crossbar from 18 yards out. Sauerwein punched a Monogue offering over the crossbar from 15 yards out in the 32nd minute. Keester forced a diving save from Sauerwein in the 10th minute and a Karlie Mueller shot from 20 yards out in the 20th minute required a punch save.

    Despite the wind emboldening the Missouri attack, A&M several other chances for goals early in the second half but were unable to put the biscuit in the basket. In the 54th minute, Sauerwein made a save on an Annie Kunz shot from 20 yards out and she got her mitt on a Groom shot from 10 yards out and Kunz missed the clean-up shot in the 64th minute.

    The Aggies finally scored what would prove to be an important insurance goal in the 71st minute. Shea Groom sent a shot in from just outside the six-yard box. Sauerwein made a save, but the ball corralled to the foot of Allie Bailey who sent it home for the 2-0 lead.

    The Maroon and White lead became precarious again in the 86th minute when Missouri finally broke the scoring seal. Danielle Nottingham worked the ball down the right touchline and sent a cross into Alyssa Diggs who beat Jordan Day to the left side from eight yards out.

    Day made two saves in goal for the Aggies to pick up her 41st career win. Sauerwein made 11 saves for Missouri.

    Texas A&M finished the contest owning wide margins in shots (27-8) and shots-on-goal (13-3), but the Tigers evened corner kick chances at 5-5.

    The Aggies return to action on Friday when the Maroon and White host the Arkansas Razorbacks in an 8 pm contest at Ellis Field.





    Razorbacks Defeat Mississippi State 1-0

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Fueled by a stout defensive performance and a game-winning goal by sophomore Ashley Ellenwood, the University of Arkansas soccer team put together a 1-0 shutout win against Southeastern Conference (SEC) foe Mississippi State (MSU) on Sunday at Razorback Field.

    Ellenwood’s fourth game-winner of the season came at the 49:17 mark of the second half, while the Razorback defense limited the Bulldogs to just six shots on the day, including one in the second half.

    Arkansas now stands at 9-4 on the season and 2-3 in SEC play, while Mississippi State slips to 3-9 and 0-5 in the SEC.

    “This is a very important three points,” head coach Colby Hale said. “It wasn’t always pretty, but the players committed to the game plan and executed it perfectly. We showed great resilience after a tough result on Friday but that is one thing about this group, I never doubt their fight.”

    Just one of MSU’s six shots was on frame, as the Razorback defense earned its sixth shutout of the year and second in SEC play. Freshman Taylor Erwin made his first career start in net and was forced to make one save. Erwin made another brilliant diving save midway through the second half, but it didn’t count due to a foul being called before the shot.

    Ellenwood’s goal set the tone for the second half, as the Razorbacks controlled much of the play over the final 45 minutes, evident by the 6-1 shot margin. The goal came in the 50th minute when Ellenwood collected a turnover on the MSU side of the field and worked her way to the upper left of the goal box where she fired a shot off the cross bar that just crossed the line. The goal was Ellenwood’s team-best sixth of the year, as Arkansas is now 6-0 this season when she scores.

    For more information on Arkansas soccer, follow @RazorbackSoccer on Twitter.





    No. 19 Kentucky Picks Up 2-1 Win Over Vandy, Sweeps Weekend

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team got two early goals in the second and fourth minutes, which propelled them to a 2-1 road win over Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex in Nashville, Tenn.

    “Obviously it’s a great feeling to pick up three points this afternoon and a weekend sweep in the SEC,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “We are going to take a lot out of this weekend moving forward. We challenged our team to come out focused and ready to play, and they obviously did that by scoring two early goals.”

    The game’s opening goal came just 85 seconds into the match, as Zoe Swift scored her seventh goal of the season to put Kentucky into the lead early. Swift got a through ball at the top of the 18 from Stuart Pope, who then created space to her left and slotted Swift the ball. Swift took the pass, and finished it two-touch into the near post, past the keeper for the lead.

    Just two minutes later, Kentucky extended its lead when Swift found the running feet of Arin Gilliland to put UK up 2-0. Swift had the ball, extending the width of the attacking third for Kentucky, and then condensed space by feeding the ball through to a waiting Gilliland who rifled it into the back of the net.

    The goal for Gilliland was her third of the season, and she picked up her 13th and 14th points on the season.

    Kentucky (10-2-1, 3-1-0 SEC) became the first SEC road team to win a conference match in 2013 on a Sunday, as the game was the first to finish on Sunday afternoon.

    Vanderbilt (3-7-3, 0-4-1 SEC) pushed numbers forward late in the game, and were able to put one past Kayla King in the 85th minute to avoid the shutout. King made only one save on the afternoon, as VU was only able to pick apart the back line of Kentucky for two shots on frame all day.

    Kentucky fired 32 total shots on the day, with nine on target. Kentucky was able to record five corner kicks in the first half and one in the second half.

    Caitlin Landis led Kentucky in shots with eight on the day. Gilliland had seven shots, with Swift tallying six on the afternoon. UK outshot VU 14-5 in the first half and 18-8 in the second half.

    With the win, Kentucky stays at second place on the Southeastern Conference table, with 12 points through five games. Atop the SEC table is LSU, who is sitting on 13 points through the opening five games of the SEC season.

    “As great as it is to pick up two wins, we are still coaches,” Lipsitz said. “We will learn from the mistakes we had this weekend, correct them, and get back to work in training this week. We were given two stern tests, and came away with six points, so it was a good weekend for us.”

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





    No. 25 Ole Miss Rallies Past No. 20 Georgia In 3-1 Win

    ATHENS, Ga. -- In a physical Sunday match, the seniors stepped up big for the Rebels as No. 25 Ole Miss (10-3-1, 3-2-0 SEC) rallied to defeat No. 20 Georgia (9-4-0, 2-3-0 SEC) by a score of 3-1.

    After falling behind in the first three minutes, the Rebels fought back for the win on a pair of goals from senior Rafaelle Souza and a goal from senior Mandy McCalla to grab the win. It's the first for the Rebels over the Bulldogs since the 2009 season in a game also played in Athens.

    Senior Erin Emerson also got in on the action, delivering the assist on the ball to McCalla for the game-winner.

    Ole Miss out-shot the Bulldogs 24-to-12 for the game as the Rebel offense kept the pressure on for much of the contest.

    "It was just an awesome performance from our players," "We went down early, but the fight and character of this team is awesome. To fight back and pick up a 3-1 win and really close things out is huge. It's a quality win on the road and gives us three more points in the standings. It's so hard to win on the road in this league and our guys just really wanted this and gutted it out for 90 minutes."

    Georgia took the early lead when the Bulldogs intercepted a clear from the Rebel defense and served it in behind the Rebel back line where Marion Crowder gathered the ball and beat the Ole Miss keeper one on one to take the lead in the third minute.

    Souza tied the game for the Rebels in the 20th minute when a handball was called on Georgia right outside the penalty box on the near side, roughly a yard from the end line. Souza lined up the free kick and bent it into the goal, tying the game at 1-1 and notching her 12th goal of the season.

    At the half, the Rebels and Bulldogs were tied despite Ole Miss holding a 16-to-6 advantage in shots and a 4-to-2 advantage in corner kicks.

    The Rebels took the lead in the 52nd minute when McCalla took a corner from Emerson in the box and headed it into the goal. Emerson delivered a perfect service from the corner on the far side to set up the McCalla goal, her 10th of the season.

    Ole Miss took the lead out to 3-1 in the 81st minute when Souza notched her second goal of the afternoon. The Rebels won the ball on a challenge and took off down the far side of the field before Jennifer Miller would dribble to the middle and send it over to Souza just outside the box on the near side. The senior then dribbled into the box and put the ball into the net to extend the lead to two goals.

    The Rebels would defend well down the stretch, keeping Georgia off the board in the final nine minutes to grab the 3-1 road win.

    Ole Miss will return to action with a single match next weekend, hosting the Vanderbilt Commodores at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.





    First-half scoring gives No. 8 Gator soccer a 3-0 win over Auburn

    First-half goals by three different players gave the No. 8 Florida soccer team a 3-0 win over Auburn Sunday afternoon at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

    Florida scored first off a corner kick collision at 15:07. The ball sent in by Christen Westphal was headed to the near post, but AU’s Kim Spence cleared it off the line back into play. Pamela Begic( and Auburn’s goalkeeper Alicen Wright went up to challenge for the ball and Begic( just got her head on it to put it in just inside the post. Both players came down hard and left the field under their own power, but did not return to play.

    Jillian Graff put in her second goal of the season at 30:09, placing a well-placed shot to the far post from 12 yards. Florida got their third score of the half just over nine minutes later when Lindsey Cooper sent a cross from the Auburn end line. The ball traveled just past the far post where senior Caroline Triglia headed it back to the goal. Auburn’s replacement goal keeper Alyse Scott made a touch on it, but the momentum was too strong and the goal was scored just inside the post.

    GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

    · Begic( now has four goals, sharing second with Havana Solaun among the 2013 Gators

    · Liz Slattery registered her first collegiate assist on Graff’s goal

    · Triglia now has two goals in 2013, equaling her collegiate season-high set in 2012. Of her six goals as a Gator, today’s was the first off her head.

    RECORDS: Florida (9-3-1, 3-2 SEC); Auburn (4-8-1, 0-5 SEC).

    THE SERIES: Florida leads the series 15-5-1 all-time.

    WORTH NOTING: Florida has now scored three goals in a half three times this season – at Florida International (second half), at Mississippi (first half) and today in the opening half…today was the second solo shutout for Nora Neset Gjøen and the sixth of the season for the Gators.

    UP NEXT: The Gators play one match next weekend as the team heads to Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State (3-9, 0-5 SEC) on Friday, Oct. 11. Match time is set for 8 p.m. ET at the MSU Soccer Field. Mississippi State lost 1-0 at Arkansas on Sunday.

    Friday’s match can be heard live on ESPN 850 AM. Audio and stats are available on GatorZone.com and streaming video can be seen on HailStateTV.





    SUMMER CLARKE’S BRACE KEEPS TIGERS ATOP THE SEC TABLE WITH WIN AT ALABAMA, 2-1

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Freshman striker Summer Clarke bagged a brace with the first goal of the match in the 49th minute and the game-winning Golden Goal in the 102nd minute to lead the LSU Tigers to a 2-1 double overtime victory over Alabama on Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Soccer Stadium to remain atop the SEC standings.

    Clarke, who scored a hat trick in LSU’s 5-3 win at Arkansas on Friday night, helped pace the Tigers to a perfect road swing in league play with her five goals on the weekend with both game-winners.

    The Tigers (8-3-2, 4-0-1 SEC) have made history with Sunday’s win as they are now unbeaten in five matches to start Southeastern Conference play for the first time in program history. They have also totaled 13 points through five league matches, besting their previous best total of 12 points following matching 4-1 conference starts in 2009 and 2011.

    The win also extended LSU’s unbeaten run to six-straight games dating back to a 1-0 shutout at Rice to wrap up non-conference play on Sunday, Sept. 15, as the Tigers are now unbeaten in their last eight matches with the Crimson Tide while posting a 6-0-2 mark dating back to the 2006 season. That includes a four-game winning streak in matches played at the Alabama Soccer Stadium since 2006.

    In addition, the Tigers are now unbeaten in their last eight SEC regular-season matches with a 7-0-1 mark since claiming a 3-2 overtime win at Ole Miss on Oct. 19, 2012.

    LSU remains the only unbeaten team in league play as it nears the midway point of the SEC season in sole possession of first place with a 4-0-1 mark and 13 points on the table. The Tigers hold a narrow lead over the 12 points for Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas A&M in a tie for second place and the nine points by Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss in a tie for fifth place overall.

    “I thought our team showed great character and effort throughout the game. I also thought our physical conditioning showed itself today in another overtime game in league play,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee in the wake of his team’s fourth overtime game in five SEC matches this season. “Sundays in the SEC are always tough games. To grind out another Sunday win speaks volumes about the team we have this season.”

    After the teams played to a scoreless draw in the first half, Clarke went to work early in the second half while scoring the breakthrough in the 49th minute for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.

    Following a turnover in the middle of the pitch by the Alabama back line, fellow freshman Megan Lee flicked the ball into space near the top of the penalty area as Clarke broke free for two touches and a 10-yard strike inside the right post past a diving Emily Rusk in goal for the Crimson Tide. The visitors took a 1-0 lead at the 48:37 mark of the second half.

    Alabama found an equalizer in the 56th minute through defender Sophie Campise as she received a pass from striker Katie Bourgeois near the top of the box and finished a 12-yard chip shot from the left side at 55:48.

    The teams played to a 1-1 stalemate over the final 34 minutes of regulation as the Tigers again played into overtime for the fourth time in their five SEC matches on the season.

    It wasn’t until the 102nd minute in the second overtime period that the Tigers found their opening with Clarke scoring the game-winning Golden Goal. Freshman midfielder Emma Fletcher led the attack in the middle of the park, drawing out Alabama’s two center backs and playing a through ball to Clarke running free inside the penalty area. It was déjà vu for the Tigers as Clarke finished from a nearly identical spot as her opening goal with a 10-yard strike inside the right post for her eighth goal of the season at the 101:48 mark of extra time.

    The Fletcher-to-Clarke combination has certainly provided the Tigers with a lethal 1-2 punch in the attack this season as Fletcher assisted each of Clarke’s five goals on the weekend. After dishing out three assists to set a new LSU freshman record with nine assists on the year at Arkansas on Friday night, Fletcher raised her record to 10 assists on the campaign as she is now the SEC’s leading assist maker in 2013.

    Clarke has certainly found her scoring touch in SEC play with a goal in three-straight matches, including one in a 3-2 win over Mississippi State on Sept. 29 and a hat trick in a 5-3 win at Arkansas on Friday night.

    “In the second half, we came out with a different mentality and with 100 percent effort,” Clarke said of the team’s turnaround in the second half and overtime. “I’m starting to feel more comfortable around the goal at this point. I’m kind of getting back into a groove that I had when I came into the team this year. That’s where it’s coming from more than anything. I’m feeling a lot more comfortable now.”

    The Tigers will have no time to rest on their laurels as they welcome the Missouri Tigers to Baton Rouge on Friday night for a match that is set to kick off at 7 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium. Missouri currently sits in a tie for eighth place in the SEC standings with seven points in league play, highlighted by a 1-0 shutout of No. 8-ranked Florida at home last weekend.





    Johnson Pushes No. 19 South Carolina Past Tennessee in Overtime

    Knoxville, Tenn. – In their second overtime game in three days, No. 19 South Carolina (11-1-1, 4-1-0) pulled off another overtime win, this time knocking off Tennessee (7-4-2, 2-2-1) at Regal Stadium behind sophomore midfielder Raina Johnson’s goal in the 93rd minute.

    At the 2:20 mark in the first overtime, Johnson received a pass down the right flank from senior captain Elizabeth Sinclair. The sophomore got past her mark and hit a low shot to the far post past Tennessee keeper Julie Eckel.

    “I think it shows the heart and determination we have,” said South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith of winning another overtime game. “We’re a fit team. It’s difficult to come and play two difficult teams on the road. It’s difficult to win away on the road in the SEC so to get those six points is huge. I told the players that we were very proud of their effort. They dug deep and never gave up; a lot of heart all weekend. They never doubted themselves and that will go a long way this season and it already has.”

    South Carolina freshman midfielder Chelsea Drennan had the Gamecocks first shot of the game in the seventh minute when she put a header on frame. Just over two minutes later, senior striker Danielle Au had Carolina’s best opportunity of the half when junior goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo’s free kick from midfield eventually dropped to Au 12 yards out where she ripped a shot just wide of the right post.

    Tennessee struck with a counter attack in the 23rd minute. Striker Hannah Wilkinson dribbled into the box and struck the ball form 12 yards out, but D’Angelo was there for the stop.

    After holding a 4-1 shot edge at the end of the first 45 minutes, the Gamecocks picked up their pressure in the second half and spent much of the second half in Tennessee’s end, recording nine shots and multiple goal scoring opportunities.

    A golden opportunity came in the 60th minute, but was denied by a Tennessee defender as Daija Griffin’s cross was just over the reach of Eckel. The ball dropped on the far side to Johnson on the left side of the box. The sophomore hit a low shot to the center of the open net, but Tennessee’s Megan Erskine slid in and knocked the ball away just as it was about to cross the goal line.

    Six minutes later, Drennan dribbled into a congested back and slotted the ball to the left side to an open Bay Daniel. The sophomore forward hit a strike toward the left post, but Eckel was there for the save.

    Late in the match, sophomore defender Carly Ray set up a pair of scoring chances in the 77th and 80th minutes with deep throw-ins into the box. Daniel collected the first at the six, turned and hit a shot that Eckel was able to get in front of to make the stop. Drennan got on the end of the other, flicking a header on goal to force Eckel to go down and make the save.

    After a long free kick into the box with just over five minutes remaining, the ball eventually dropped to Wilkinson on the right side. Right as she struck the ball, Sinclair stepped in and blocked the attempt.

    Neither side was able to break the deadlock in regulation, but it didn’t take long for the game to end as Johnson scored the game-winner on the team’s 14th shot of the game and first of the overtime period. Tennessee only managed four shots against a stingy Gamecock defense, with only two being on target compared to Carolina seven.

    The Gamecocks will be back home next weekend as they host Alabama on Oct. 11. Kickoff is slated or 7 p.m. ET at Stone Stadium