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    SEC Soccer Today: Friday, October 11

    Friday Soccer RESULTS
    Kentucky 4, Tennessee 1
    South Carolina 2, Alabama 1
    Ole Miss 1, Vanderbilt 0
    LSU 1, Missouri 0
    Georgia 0, Auburn 0
    Texas A&M 4, Arkansas 3
    Florida 1, Mississippi State 0

     

    No. 25/16 Kentucky Uses Strong First Half to Topple Tennessee

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 25/16 University of Kentucky women’s soccer team struck for four first-half goals, with two each from junior Arin Gilliland and senior Caitlin Landis, as the Wildcats knocked off Tennessee, 4-1.

    “We had a very tactical week in training,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “One of the things about getting ahead on film is that we can focus on this game. As I have said all year, when the coaches get to give them a game plan and then they work so hard to meet that plan, it just shows when they do that, how special they can be. Tennessee is a great team, we caught them early, and that was obviously the start we were looking for being back home.”

    The game’s opening goal came from Gilliland in the eighth minute. Wide back Cara Ledman got the ball in a central position about 40 yards from goal and played an entry ball into the box to Landis at the top of the arc. Landis then touched the ball along to a waiting Gilliland, who tucked it past a diving Julie Eckel into the right netting.

    Just five minutes later, Landis struck for her first of two goals when she laced a ball far post for her second goal in the last three matches, and third goal of the season. Midfielder Stuart Pope get the ball from the midfield stripe and dribbled into the attacking third before playing it to the far side, where Landis was waiting on the left flank. After receiving the ball, Landis took a right-footed shot that found the upper-right 90 and put the Wildcats up 2-0just 13 minutes into the match. The goal was Landis’ first game-winning goal of the season for the senior from New Columbia, Pa.

    Landis would strike again in the 25th minute with her fourth goal of the season, and fifth point of the match to give Kentucky the 3-0 lead. Landis was attempting a cross from 25 yards out on the left side, where a waiting Gilliland was there at the six-yard box. The ball sailed long on Landis, and was unable to find the head of Gilliland, but fooled Eckel and the ball found the far post for thegoal.

    Gilliland scored her second goal of the match and Kentucky’s fourth of the night in the 40th minute on a breakaway. The Lexington, Ky., native and MAC Hermann Award finalist was slotted a ball from midfield, where she took off and had a one-on-three going on the counterattack. Gilliland beat two defenders and slid to her right before shooting a ball that had pace on it, and Eckel fumbled it, and allowed it to go in the net.

    The goal for Gilliland is her sixth of the season she also has eight assists on the year for 19 points in 2013. Pope leads the team in scoring overall, as her nine goals and five assists have her sitting on 23 points through the opening 14games of the season.

    The win for Kentucky keeps them in a tie for second place in the Southeastern Conference, as the Wildcats are sitting on 15 points through the opening six matches of the SEC season. LSU leads the conference with 16 points and a 5-0-1 record in league play.

    The four goals against Tennessee are the most goals UK has scored against the Lady Vols since the 2001 season, when Tennessee surrendered four goals in a 4-2 loss to the Wildcats at the 2001 SEC Tournament. It is also Kentucky’s fourth-straight win over the Lady Vols in regular season competition.

    The Wildcats next take to the pitch on Friday, Oct. 18, as the Wildcats will travel to No. 6 Florida for a showdown with the Gators at James G. Pressly Field in Gainesville, Fla. The match will be televised on Fox Sports South with kickoff slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.
     



    No 13/15 Gamecocks Use Second-Half Surge to Defeat Alabama 2-1

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – It wasn’t going to come easy, but South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith earned her 150th win as the Gamecocks coach tonight in dramatic fashion as senior striker Danielle Au capped off a come-from-behind win with the game-winner in the 86th minute to top Alabama 2-1 at Stone Stadium.

    For the senior, it was the 10th game-winner of her career, moving her into third place all-time at Carolina. Freshman midfielder Chelsea Drennan had the assist on the goal to record her seventh of the season, breaking Kayla Grimsley and Jennie Ondo freshman record.

    “Stevi’s been tremendous for us all year, runs out of midfield, she’s very opportunistic when she gets a opportunity up top. Danielle, she’s been knocking at the door and not getting frustrated and keeping at it, and she scored a great goal tonight and she deserved that,” said Smith of her goal scorers.

    South Carolina (12-1-1, 5-1-0) jumped on Alabama (5-8-0, 3-3-0) from the first whistle, putting them on their heels time and time again as they had an 11-shot advantage (17-6) in the game. In the first minute, a ball into the box was headed down to Au who drilled a volley just wide of the right post from inside in the six-yard box. Five minutes later, it was Au sending a ball into the box where it was flicked by senior Gabrielle Gilbert. The ball though was deflected and fell to sophomore Stevi Parker at the six, but the midfielder’s shot screamed over the crossbar.

    Alabama capitalized in the 24th minute on the early missed opportunities by the Gamecocks. Crimson Tide forward Pia Rijsdijk struck a shot from 16 yards out that was aimed at the far post but it ricocheted off a South Carolina defender and caromed into the net inside the left post as junior goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo was unable to make an attempt for it.     

    Carolina though didn’t let up on the pressure as freshman midfielder Chelsea Drennan sent a long shot in from 22 yards out to force Alabama keeper Emily Rusk to make a save. Five minutes later, it was junior defender Christa Neary hitting a rocket from outside the 18 that was headed for the top right corner before Rusk was able to get a glove on it to knock it out across the endline.       

    Off of the corner, freshman forward Daija Griffin had the ball drop to her at the six on the near post with Rusk out of position. The Crimson Tide though had two defenders on the line to block the shot out of play. On the ensuing corner Neary put a header just over the bar.

    In the 36th minute, Au again created a little room and fired an attempt off but it rose just outside the left upper 90. With less than two minutes left in the half, Parker again got a shot off from short range looking for the equalizer, but it was lifted over the bar.

    Trailing 1-0 at the half for only the second time this season, yet holding an 11-4 shot advantage, optimism was still high for Gamecocks.
     
    South Carolina continued to maintain possession and play at its pace in the second half. Just before the 60-minute mark in the match, Neary sent a lofted ball from midfield to Parker at the top of the box. The sophomore brought the ball down, created a small window and slipped the ball past an on-coming Rusk to equalize the game.  

    As the game wore on, it looked more and more like the Gamecocks would be headed to extra time for the third-straight game, but in the 86th minute it was Drennan slipping a through ball into Au at the top of the box. The senior calmly dribbled to her right as Rusk was coming out toward her. As she got separation from the keeper, she ripped a shot into the top of the net for her team-leading fifth goal of the season and third game-winning goal of the year.

    The Gamecocks will take their season-best five game winning streak on the road next week as they travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
     



    McCalla's Goal Lifts Rebels Past Vanderbilt

    OXFORD, Miss. - On a night where the Rebel offense was in high-pressure mode, Mandy McCalla found the back of the net for the lone goal of the night as Ole Miss (11-3-1, 4-2-0 SEC) defeated Vanderbilt (3-8-3, 0-5-1 SEC) by a score of 1-0.

    The Rebels possessed the ball for much of the contest and pressured the Vanderbilt defense throughout the night, out-shooting the Commodores 30-to-5 and turning in 18 corners. Ole Miss couldn't convert on the shots, hitting the crossbar and post several times in conjunction with a frenetic Vanderbilt defense, until McCalla delivered the game-winner in the 58th minute.

    Jennifer Miller took a shot from nine yards out in the box, only to have it blocked by a Commodore. The ball took a fortuitous bounce to the feet of McCalla, who delivered a hard strike back at the goal and finding the net to put Ole Miss on the board.

    It was the only lapse of defense on the night for Vanderbilt keeper Shannon Morrish, who posted 10 saves in the outing.

    "The back line played great tonight with a great effort on three dangerous players on Vanderbilt's front line," said Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott. "To limit their chances was awesome. I'm really happy with our team's defensive efforts as a whole. They all did a great job in limiting chances and contributing to the shutout.

    "We really created a lot of chances tonight," Mott said. "Some days they will go in and some days they won't. You just hope that your team has the character to keep fighting and find a goal. We did that tonight to get on the board and then our defense kept us on top for the three points in the standings."

    Ole Miss' defense shined on the night, limiting the Commodores to only five shots with one on goal. It marked the second time this season that Vanderbilt was shutout in Southeastern Conference play with the other coming at the hands of Texas A&M.

    The Rebels came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, putting up 16 shots in the first half while limiting Vanderbilt to only three shots - two in one possession. The defense continued that effort in the second half, holding the Commodores to only two shots while the offense continued to press the Vanderbilt back line with 14 shots.

    Ole Miss will now take Sunday off with a bye before returning to action next weekend. The Rebels will travel to face LSU on Friday night at 7 p.m. before returning home to face the nationally-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
     




    Tigers Stay Atop SEC Standings with Home Shutout of Missouri, 1-0

    BATON ROUGE – Sophomore midfielder Heather Magee scored the only goal of the game when she buried a right-footed strike from the top of the penalty area in the 49th minute of play to lead the LSU Soccer team to a 1-0 shutout of Missouri on Friday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium and keep the Tigers at the top of the SEC standings.

    The Tigers (9-3-2, 5-0-1 SEC) won their second-straight match against Missouri (6-7-1, 2-3-1) following last year’s 3-1 win in Columbia to extend their unbeaten streak to seven-straight this season.

    The Tigers are now 6-0-1 since pitching a 1-0 shutout at Rice to wrap up the non-conference season back on Sept. 15 while also remaining unbeaten through their first six SEC games for the first time in program history. They are also unbeaten in their last nine SEC regular-season matches with an 8-0-1 mark since a 3-2 overtime win at Ole Miss on Oct. 19 of last year.

    After playing to a scoreless draw in the first half of Friday’s contest, LSU turned up the offensive pressure on Missouri’s defensive unit coming out of the break with an explosive start to the second half.

    Magee nearly broke the deadlock inside of two minutes from the restart when she fired a header on goal inside the left post on a corner kick by freshman midfielder Emma Fletcher, but Missouri goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein made an incredible reaction save to deny Magee her second goal of the season in the 47th minute.

    But Magee would not be denied a second time when she scored the breakthrough just two minutes later on a cracker from the top of the box that caught Sauerwein’s fingertip and deflected inside the left post.

    Freshman striker Summer Clarke led the attack with a run into the box as she broke free from her defender and put a shot on frame from eight yards that was stopped by Sauerwein. Clarke then collected the rebound and found Magee running across the top of the box for a one-time strike into the back of the net for her second goal of the season at the 48:49 mark of the second half.

    “I knew Summer (Clarke) was going to get into the box. I was just waiting back, watching the play a little bit, supporting the ball,” Magee said of the buildup for the goal. “I saw it pop out for me. I tried to be as calm and composed as I could be running onto the ball and just tap it in. I was able to put a good strike on it, and great for us that it got through.”

    Freshman Megan Lee had an opportunity to give the Tigers an early lead in the ninth minute when she was played through on a breakaway, but fired a 10-yard strike just over the crossbar and out of play.

    Clarke, the reigning TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Week and SEC Offensive Player of the Week, also kept the pressure on Missouri’s back line throughout the game as she finished with her team-leading five shots and three shots on goal. But it was her assist on Magee’s goal in the 49th minute that broke the ice and led the Tigers to the 1-0 victory.

    Senior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman led the defensive effort once again as she saved each of Missouri’s six shots on goal on the night to pitch her sixth shutout of the season. Kinneman has now tied her single-season career-high with her sixth clean sheet of the season and 17th clean sheet of her career to rank No. 2 on LSU’s all-time list.

    Kinneman directed a back line that also featured senior Addie Eggleston, juniors Alex Arlitt and Jodi Calloway and redshirt freshman Gracie Campbell as the Tigers held Missouri scoreless for the full 90 minutes.

    “It was nice to win it with a shutout. Megan Kinneman was fantastic in goal again, and I thought our back four played great,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee following the contest. “Our kids were really coachable tonight. We made a little tactical adjustment at halftime. We’re happy with it. We’re also happy to get a couple of days off and come back to work again on Tuesday.”

    With the win, LSU held its one-point advantage atop the SEC standings as the only unbeaten team in league play through the midway point of the conference season.

    The Tigers top the charts with an unbeaten 5-0-1 mark and 16 points in league play, followed by Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas A&M in a tie for second place with 15 points, and Florida and Ole Miss in a tie for fifth place with 12 points apiece. Alabama trails in seventh place with eight points, followed by Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee in a tie for eighth place with seven points to round out the Top 10.

    The Tigers will now take Sunday off before returning to action next weekend when they welcome the Ole Miss Rebels to Baton Rouge on Friday, Oct. 18, for a match that is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium. They will then head to Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 20, to face No. 8-ranked Florida at noon CT at James. G. Pressly Stadium.
     




    Georgia Plays To Scoreless Tie With Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. - The Georgia soccer team endured a 110-minute battle with league rival Auburn, but the teams were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw after two overtimes Friday night at the AU Soccer Complex, moving Georgia to 9-4-1 (2-3-1) on the season with the team now headed for an open date on Sunday.

    It was the Bulldogs’ first double overtime game of the season with Georgia now 1-1-1 on the season in OT games.

    “We got an important point on the road tonight,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “It’s better than losing. This was a great game on a Friday night at Auburn, and it looked like a rivalry game. I thought this was one of the most physical matches we’ve been involved in this year. In the first half, I give the edge to Auburn, but after that we were the better team. We had some great chances, but their keeper made some great saves, and at the end of the day it could’ve gone either way. This is not a bad result.”

    Auburn came away with the edge in shots in the first half, out-shooting Georgia 6-2 through the first 45:00 of action on the Plains. The Bulldogs did have their chances, including with 19 minutes to play in the first half when freshman Rachel Garcia headed on a Laura Eddy free kick service, but the shot went wide of the frame. Senior Madeline Barker had a good chance as her left-footed shot was blocked inside following a good passing sequence for the Bulldogs with 13 minutes on the clock. Eddy had another free kick from near the same spot as the first as the clock neared 11 minutes to go in the first, and that time the rookie Gabby Seiler headed one on, but it also went wide and the teams entered the locker room knotted at 0-0.

    Early in the second half, freshman defender Emma Sonnett had a hard shot blocked following a corner kick for Georgia, and with 20 minutes to play in the half, Barker followed up a free kick with a shot that went wide right as the Bulldogs continued to pressure Auburn for the go-ahead goal. With 12 minutes to play in regulation, Eddy served the ball inside to Cara Smith, whose low driven ball was saved by the keeper Alycen Wright.

    With five to go, Barker nearly found the scoreboard as her shot to the bottom right corner appeared to creep inside the post, but the keeper roped it in and it was ruled not to have crossed over the line as the teams remained tied with time winding down, and were soon headed for overtime in Auburn.

    The Bulldogs didn’t have much to speak of in the first extra period, but in the second OT Georgia keeper Caitlin Woody sent a long ball up field, where senior Nicole Locandro was stationed, but she was whistled offside to thwart the chance for the visitors. With four minutes to play the Bulldogs had another good look when freshman Marion Crowder took the ball toward the goal, and was tripped up but no foul was called. Crowder had another strong chance when she was served the ball and nearly beat her defender on the edge, but was again tripped up, and that would prove to be Georgia’s final opportunity as the whistle blew with neither team able to find the scoreboard on the night.

    The Tigers ended barely leading in the shot column, 11-10, with Woody grabbing four saves for Georgia. Her ninth shutout of the season moved the senior into a tie for first all-time at UGA for blank sheets in a single season.

    After Sunday’s open date, the Bulldogs will return to action next weekend at home, hosting Mississippi State and Texas A&M on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The match-up vs. the Aggies will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 3 p.m.
     



    Keester’s Golden Goal Gives Aggies 4-3 OT Win vs. Arkansas

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – After falling behind 3-1 in the first 24 minutes of action, the Texas A&M Aggies fought back to score the final three goals of the match, including the golden goal by Liz Keester in the 96th minute to secure the 4-3 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks.
     
    The win extended A&M’s win streak to five matches. The Aggies remained in a tie with Kentucky and South Carolina for second place in the SEC standings. The three teams all have 15 points with 5-1-0 SEC marks. LSU leads the conference with 16 points with a 5-0-1 league ledger.

    Keester scored the walk-off goal with 4:23 remaining in the first overtime period. The rookie took a pass from Allie Bailey and raced down the left side of the pitch. Two-yards before reaching the left corner of the penalty box, Keester had an opening and launched a shot that had enough mustard on it to find the back of the net despite leaping Arkansas netminder Cameron Carter getting a mitt on it.

    Texas A&M drew blood early in the match as Keester scored in the third minute of action. Bianca Brinson worked the ball to the endline outside the penalty box and sent a pass into Keester.  The freshman pivoted around one defender and boomed a shot from 10 yards right of the penalty spot into the left side netting for the 1-0 advantage.

    Arkansas (9-5-0, 2-4-0 SEC) took advantage of three corner kick opportunities in the next 21 minutes to stake claim to a 3-1 lead. Tyler Allen’s service from the left corner arc led directly to the first two goals. Her first offering found the head of Margaret Power at the right corner of the six-yard box and Power planted it into the right upper ninety for the equalizer in the seventh minute.

    In the 19th minute, Allen bent in an offering that hit the far post and Ashleigh Ellenwood collected the carom and sent it home for her team-high seventh goal of the season.

    The Razorbacks’ third goal came on a scrum on A&M’s inability to clear the ball. After Allen’s initial service did not yield a shot, a scrum ensued and Arkansas’ Ellenwood sent a bicycle kick goalward. Aggie netminder Jordan Day pounced on the shot, but was unable to harness the ball and Yvonne DesJarlais scored from two yards out to give the Razorbacks a 3-1 advantage.

    The Aggies were able to take some starch out of Arkansas’ charge in the 28th minute. On a free kick from 30 yards out, Kelley Monogue pummeled the Razorbacks’ wall with a low line drive. The deflection skirted towards the penalty spot where Rachel Lenz made easy work of a one-on-one situation with Carter, beating her to the left side for her first goal of the season. The tally cut the lead to 3-2 going into the intermission.

    The halftime stats reflected the tightness of play in the opening stanza with shots even at 8-8 and shots on-goal even at 5-5. The corner kick number proved to be the difference in the first half, with Arkansas owning a 4-3 advantage, and the Razorbacks converted on three of the four.

    Texas A&M (10-3-1) stepped up the offensive effort in the second half, outshooting Arkansas 14-7 and posting a 7-4 edge in shots-on-goal. The hard work yielded just one goal, but it was enough to send the match to overtime.

    In the 62nd minute, Karlie Mueller unleashed a rocket of a free kick from 45 yards out just left of the center circle. Her service found the head of Janae Cousineau who flicked it just inside the right post past a diving Carter to level the match at 3-3.

    Day went the distance in goal for Texas A&M, registering five saves. Leigh Edwards also made a defensive save in the 63rd minute on a shot from Desjarlais, to prevent Arkansas from taking a 4-3 lead. Carter made nine saves in goal for Arkansas.

    For the match, Texas A&M owned advantages in shots (23-16) and shots-on-goal (13-9), but Arkansas had a 7-4 edge in corner kick chances.

    Texas A&M returns to action on Friday when the Aggies travel to Tuscaloosa for a 7 pm contest against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
     




    No. 12 Gator soccer takes 1-0 double overtime win at Mississippi State

    STARKVILLE, Miss. –For the second consecutive Friday, the Florida soccer team was taken to overtime, but tonight the Gators took the 1-0 double overtime win at Mississippi State at the MSU Soccer Field. It was the first overtime win for Florida in 2013, as the Gators are now 1-1-1 in OT this season.

    The winner came when junior Lauren Silver served the ball into the box from deep in the MSU half. Freshman Savannah Jordan headed in the golden goal in the 109th minute. Of her 13 goals this season, tonight’s was her first collegiate overtime winner.

    Although the Gators outshot the Bulldogs 25-8 Friday, both Gator goalkeepers made key saves to earn the combined shutout. Senior Elisabeth Sullivan, who entered tonight’s match tied with Jordan for second in the SEC with 12 goals, broke free on a counter attack in the 20th minute and had a 1v1 situation with Taylor Burke. Burke blocked the hard shot, but the rebound rolled backwards toward the goal. She scrambled back to secure the ball just before it crossed the line.

    In the second half, Dana Forbes made space to take a hard shot in the 88th minute but Nora Neset Gjøen stepped up to make the save.