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    SEC Soccer Today: Friday, October 18

    Friday Soccer RESULTS
    Georgia 5, Mississippi State 0
    Tennessee 1, Auburn 1
    Arkansas 5, Vanderbilt 4
    Florida 3, Kentucky 0
    Ole Miss 1, LSU 0
    Texas A&M 3, Alabama 0
    Missouri 2, South Carolina 1

     

    Georgia Soccer Rolls Past Mississippi State, 5-0

    ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia soccer team scored four first-half goals – including two in the first nine minutes – and never looked back, defeating visiting Mississippi State by a 5-0 score Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium. The win pushed UGA to 10-4-1 on the season and 3-3-1 in conference play heading into a big Sunday showdown with Texas A&M in front of a national ESPNU audience.
     
    “We talked before the game about coming out and playing with urgency and being the aggressor, and we did that,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “It was fantastic. To get the early goal, and even better, to get a second goal less than two minutes later, I think it took a little energy out of Mississippi State. It was just a great first half for us. We were able to work a lot of players in, which is important on a Friday-Sunday weekend. The level didn’t drop when we made those substitutions, and it was nice to have that lead at halftime. This is a great win for us.”

    Georgia tonight scored five goals in an SEC game for the first time since 2006, and registered five in a game for the second time this season – also doing so in a 5-1 win over the College of Charleston back on Sept. 15. The Bulldogs goal two on the night from senior Madeline Barker – who pushed her season tally to six – while freshman Marion Crowder scored her 10th of the season and Cara Smith and Nikki Hill also found the scoring column. It was the first career goal for the redshirt freshman Smith, while Emma Sonnett, Lauren Tanner, and Taylor Donohue all grabbed their first career assists.

    With tonight’s blank sheet, keeper Caitlin Woody moved into sole possession of first place for shutouts in a single season in UGA history, now sitting with 10 to her name in 2013. Georgia was able to keep MSU leading scorer Elisabeth Sullivan off of the stat sheet, as the forward entered with 12 of the team’s 18 goals on the year. Tonight marked only the sixth game this season in which Sullivan has not scored.

    Georgia opened the scoring early, as Crowder took a ball from Torri Allen and dribbled her way from the left side to the center, beating the keeper into the bottom corner with 7:03 gone by to make it 1-0. The goal pushed Crowder into double-digits with 10 season scores, as she remains second all-time in goals by a UGA rookie in a single season.

    The lead jumped to 2-0 less than two minutes later when Sonnett found Barker with her back to the goal and sandwiched between defenders, but the veteran beat them both as well as the keeper, finding the back of the net less than nine minutes in to double Georgia’s advantage over Mississippi State.

    In the 33rd minute, Tanner worked hard to keep the ball inside the box for Georgia, then found Smith, who spun and sent it bottom left for the Bulldogs’ third of the night, and the lead moved to 4-0 before halftime as Bella Hartley found Nikki Hill open on the left, and the senior defender fired a laser past the keeper less than six minutes before the intermission. At the break, Georgia held the 4-0 advantage on a 13-3 lead in shots.

    The Bulldogs added their final tally of the night in the 54th minute, as Donohue found Barker on the wing and the senior finished the chance, firing past the keeper on the ground for her second of the night and sixth of the year. It was the second multiple-goal game of the season for Barker, who also scored twice against Furman during the non-conference slate.

    Georgia ended the night leading in shots, 21-7, while Woody came away with four saves in goal to record the shutout. The win improved UGA’s all-time record vs. Mississippi State to 13-3, with six straight wins in the series.

    The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday at the UGA Soccer Stadium, welcoming the Aggies for a 3 p.m. contest set to air on ESPNU. Pam Ward and Cat Whitehill will be on the call on television, while Georgiadogs.com will offer live audio coverage free of charge, with Kevin Copp behind the mic for GTV.
     




    Lenz Nets Equalizer as UT Ties Auburn, 1-1

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Katie Lenz scored an incredible equalizer off a rebound in the 89th to send in the match into overtime as Tennessee and Auburn played to a 1-1 draw on Friday night.

    Tennessee stands at 7-5-3 overall and 2-3-2 in the SEC. Auburn is now 4-8-3 on the year with a 0-5-2 mark in the league.

    Both teams had several close calls in overtime, but were unable to score the golden goal. With just six seconds left in the second extra session, Caroline Brown was awarded a free kick from just outside the box, but the ball was knocked down and time expired.

    Auburn scored in the 61st minute to take a 1-0 lead when Haley Gerken played a ball forward for Casie Ramsier inside the box and she put it in the right side of the net.

    In the eighth minute, Brown had a shot from the far side that Auburn keeper Alicen Wright turned away. In the 17th minute, Cheyenne Spade fired a free kick from just outside the left side of the box that sailed wide left.

    In the 21st minute, Auburn played a ball deep in the Tennessee box and a cross by Casie Ramsier sailed just a bit high for an AU attacker charging up the middle. Off a corner kick by Haley Gerken in the 24th minute, Auburn had a cross low along the ground across the back line that Eckel played up to cover.

    Tennessee missed out on a terrific scoring opportunity in the 31st minute when Brown played a ball into the box off a breakaway. Brown drew in the goalkeeper on the near side before passing it to Hannah Wilkinson in the center of the box. With just two Auburn defenders split in front of her and no keeper, Wilkinson's shot sailed over the crossbar.

    UT had another good scoring chance in the 37th minute when Brittney Wade curved a short ball over to Brown but Wright came sliding in to meet Brown and the ball.

    Auburn played a great ball into the box in the 40th minute, crossing deep inside the box for Ramsier who fired a shot off the left post.

    At the half, each team had five shots and Auburn had a 3-2 edge on corner kicks.

    Auburn scored in the 61st minute to take a 1-0 lead when Haley Gerken played a ball forward for Casie Ramsier inside the box and she put it in the right side of the net.

    In the 82nd minute, a ball played from midfield found Wilkinson in the AU third of the field and the junior forward sprinted inside the box and fired over the crossbar. However, the play was whistled dead as Wilkinson was called offsides, UT's 10th offsides call of the night.

    Tennessee next heads to Fayetteville, Ark., to face Arkansas on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. UT will celebrate Senior Night when it plays its final regular-season home match on Oct. 25 against Florida, which is also GOAL PINK Night, supporting the fight against Breast Cancer.






    Razorbacks Battle Back For OT Win At Vanderbilt

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After battling from behind four different times during the match, the University of Arkansas soccer team took the lead when it matter most, as sophomore Ashleigh Ellenwood’s golden goal just 25 seconds into overtime sent the visiting Razorbacks (10-5, 3-4) to a thrilling 5-4 win at SEC foe Vanderbilt on Friday night.

    Ellenwood scored two of the team’s season-high five goals in the match, as the overtime win was the fourth of the season for the Razorbacks and their seventh one-goal victory. Arkansas has scored in the first minute of overtime twice this season and its 10 wins are the X-most in program history.  

    “It was a crazy game,” said head coach Colby Hale, who has led Arkansas to five SEC road wins in the last two years. “We kind of expected this to be high scoring match based on both teams recent form. I am obviously proud of the team. Any time you come back four times in one game, it speaks to some of the many impressive qualities of this group. This is an important three points for us. We will celebrate tonight and get ready for a very good Tennessee team tomorrow.”

    The Razorbacks trailed by one goal on two separate occasions in the first half, but goals by Ellenwood – her eighth of the season – and senior Yvonne DesJarlais evened the match at 2-2 going into the break.

    Vanderbilt would strike first again in the second half to take the lead over the Razorbacks 3-2, but junior defender Allie Tripp would answer in the 66th minute with her second goal of the season to tie the match at 3-3. Tripp was able to get to the front of the net on a corner kick and head home a ball played by Tyler Allen. The assists is Allen’s team-best sixth of the season.

    The scoring would not end there, though, as Vanderbilt took the lead for a fourth time in the 79th minute. Once again, the Razorbacks responded, this time it was Allen doing the scoring as she picked the perfect time for her first goal of the season at the 81:40 mark to knot the game at 4-4.

    The Arkansas defense would hold strong to finish regulation and force extra minutes for the sixth time this season, setting the stage for Ellenwood’s fifth game-winning goal of the season.

    The Razorbacks return to the pitch this Sunday, Oct. 20, to host Tennessee at Razorback Field. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. kick.






    No. 8 Gator soccer wins 3-0 over No. 23 Kentucky

    Gainesville, Fla. - Lauren Smith gets ready to score her second goal of the evening in Friday's Gators Kicking for the Cure match.

    Three goals from a pair of players gave the Florida soccer team a 3-0 win over Kentucky Friday evening in front of 1,235 fans at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

    Florida scored first in the seventh minute when Havana Solaun sent a ball into the box from just above the end line. It took a bounce at top of six-yard box. Sophomore Lauren Smith took a touch and then put it in the left corner with her right foot. The Gators scored again late in the opening half when Lauren Silver spied Liz Slattery running down the middle of the field. Silver placed the ball about eight yard above the box where Slattery ran onto it, took a touch and then took a hard shot with her right foot which scored just inside the near post.  

    Lauren Smith earned her first collegiate multi-goal match with her long, left-footed strike in the 56th minute. The play started when Solaun’s hard shot from the top of the 18-yard box kicked off the crossbar. The deflected ball was eventually controlled by Solaun, now above and wide of the box. Her centering pass found Lauren Smith coming down the middle of the field. Smith took a touch and put in a 20-yard low, hard shot to the far post.  
     




    Souza Lifts No. 24 Ole Miss Past No. 25 LSU 1-0

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Rafaelle Souza notched her conference-leading 14th goal of the season on Friday to lift No. 24 Ole Miss (12-3-1, 5-2-0 SEC) to a 1-0 victory on the road over No. 25 LSU (9-4-2, 5-1-1 SEC).

    The win marked the first time that a team had defeated the SEC-leading Tigers in conference play this season and gave the Rebels the lead in the all-time series. Ole Miss now holds a 9-8-4 edge in the history of the series with LSU.

    "It was an awesome result for our girls tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "They fought like crazy for 90 minutes tonight and really gutted out a big win. Both teams hit the post a couple of times and our players really worked hard for this win. LSU is a fantastic team and there is a reason they were leading the league. We're very excited to come down here and get a win."

    The two teams played a virtual even match in the first half, with the lone exception being the goal from Souza.

    The Rebels got on the board in the 33rd minute when Rafaelle Souza took a corner kick in the box from Erin Emerson and put it in the goal. It was the 14th goal of the season for Souza and the third assist of the season for Emerson, who moved into the role of serving up corner kicks for the Rebels in the win over No. 20 Georgia two weeks ago.

    The Rebels held the lead into the halftime break, despite a fairly even half statistically. Both teams fired five shots in the period, but Ole Miss was the only team to convert successfully with the Souza goal.

    Ole Miss turned up the offensive pressure in the second half, notching 12 shots to the Tigers' six. The defense kept the Rebels on top, though, as Ole Miss picked up the shutout victory. It marks the eighth shutout victory of the season for the Rebels this season, tying the mark set a year ago for the most shutout wins in the Matt Mott era and three shy of the school record set in 2005.

    Junior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick posted four saves on the night to preserve the clean sheet for the Rebels.

    Ole Miss will return to action on Sunday when the Rebels host No. 7 South Carolina at 1 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.
     




    Aggies Blank Alabama, 3-0

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies extended their win streak to six matches with a 3-0 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide (5-9-0, 3-4-0 SEC) at the Alabama Soccer Complex on Friday evening.

    Texas A&M’s triumph moved the Aggies to the top of the SEC standings with 18 points on a 6-1-0 record in league play. The Maroon and White passed former first-place LSU who remained at 16 points on a 5-1-1 record after a 1-0 loss to Ole Miss on Friday.

    After peppering the goal with a bevy of shots to no avail early in the match, Texas A&M (11-3-1) finally broke the scoring seal in the 35th minute. Kelley Monogue launched a shot from 15 yards that Alabama netminder Emily Rusk saved, but the ball caromed back to Shea Groom who cleaned up in the six-yard box for the 1-0 advantage.

    The Aggies extended the lead to 2-0 in the 40th minute. After Groom was taken down in the penalty box, she was awarded the penalty kick opportunity. The junior stymied the Rusk for her second goal of the match and 10th goal of the season.

    Texas A&M dominated the stat sheet in the first half. The Maroon and White owned wide margins in shots (19-1) and shots-on-goal (9-1).

    The Aggies put the match out of reach in the 63rd minute. From the center circle, Meghan Streight threaded a ball between two defenders to a charging Bianca Brinson. With the Rusk coming out of the penalty box to try to win the ball, Brinson beat her by a step, dribbled around the goalkeeper and knocked the ball into an empty net for the 3-0 lead.

    The match stats were decisively in the favor of the Maroon and White. Texas A&M owned a 29-5 edge in shots, 11-4 margin in shots-on-goal and 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

    Jordan Day made four saves in goal to record her fourth shutout of the season and the 27th of her career. It was the fifth shutout of the year for Texas A&M and marked the 13th time in 15 matches that the Maroon and White held an opponent to one goal or less.

    Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday when the Aggies travel to Athens for a 2 pm Central match against the Bulldogs. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
     




    Mizzou Posts Second Top-10 Win With 2-1 Defeat of No. 7 South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team posted its second top-10 win of the season as the Tigers posted a 2-1 win over No. 7 South Carolina Friday evening at Walton Stadium. Missouri also knocked off No. 7 Florida on Sept. 29 to mark the first time since 2008 that the Tigers defeated at least two top-10 teams in a single season. That 2008 squad beat three top-10 opponents en route to the Big 12 Conference Tournament title.

    With the win, Missouri improved to 7-7-1 overall and 3-3-1 in Southeastern Conference action, while South Carolina fell to 12-2-1 and 5-2-0.

    The Tigers' two goals also marked only the seventh and eighth tallies the Gamecocks have allowed in 15 games this year.

    Mizzou took a 1-0 advantage in the 27th minute after earning a corner kick. Junior Taylor Grant lofted a ball at the front of the net that South Carolina keeper Sabrina D'Angelo misread. The ball bounced off De'Angelo's hand and dropped into the net for Grant's fifth goal of the year.

    Play went back and forth for much of the match until the Gamecocks scored an equalizer in the 72nd minute. South Carolina's Daija Griffin crossed a ball across the box that found the foot of Paige Bendell. Bendell one-timed a low 16-yard blast that eluded redshirt junior goalie McKenzie Sauerwein and into the lower right corner of the goal.

    Both teams traded chances over the next few minutes but it was Mizzou that broke through in the 79th minute of play to take the 2-1 lead. Junior Kaysie Clark sidestepped a defender just shy of midfield, took a couple dribbles and sent a ball to senior Alyssa Diggs near the left sideline. Diggs took a few touches to get near the left corner of the box, cut to her right and sailed a bending 20-yard shot toward the upper right corner of the goal. The shot flew just past the outstretched arms of D'Angelo and squeezed into the right corner of the net. Diggs' tally was her third of the year and to give the Tigers six players with at least three goals in 2013.

    South Carolina managed three more shots in the final 11 minutes of the contest but could not find the back of the net.

    Sauerwein made seven saves in goal for Missouri in the contest.

    Mizzou returns to the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 20 when the team hosts Auburn at 1 p.m. at Walton Stadium.