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    SEC Soccer Recap: Sunday, October 20

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

     

    Gilliland’s Hat Trick Sends No. 23 Kentucky Past Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior Arin Gilliland recorded her second hat trick in the past three Southeastern Conference matches on Sunday afternoon, as the Lexington, Ky.,native scored three first-half goals pacing the No. 23 Wildcats to a 4-2 win over Alabama on Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Soccer Complex.

    “One of the things that we pride ourselves on is getting wins on the road,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “When wins come on Sunday in our conference, it feels like it’s worth more than three points. This was an extremely exciting game playing against a great Alabama team, and it’s always going to be able to break down a team so well coached. I’m proud of our players fighting through the adversity we faced after a disappointing game on Friday night, and responding and getting three points.”

    The game’s first goal came just seven minutes into the match, as Kentucky’s back line was whistled for a handball in the box, resulting in an Alabama penalty kick. The ball came from the far side, and rolled across the chest of a Kentucky centerback, resulting in the referee rewarding the Tide with the PK. The shot was tucked past goalkeeper Kayla King’s right for the 1-0 lead.

    Gilliland responded in the 27th minute with her eighth goal of the season as Alabama was called for a foul about 27 yards from goal on the far side, and junior Stuart Pope elected to go for the fast restart. After Caitlin Landis was fouled, Pope quickly distributed the ball to Gilliland, who tucked it far post for the goal, beating the keeper.

    Just over 16 minutes later, in the 40th minute, Gilliland connected for the fifth time this season with Pope. Pope got the ball from the midfield and made a dynamic run through the middle of the Alabama defense and served the running Gilliland down the far side. Gilliland then beat the keeper with a juke to her right, and passed it into the back of the net for her second of the match.

    Just five minutes after that, Gilliland completed the hat trick, scoring 45 seconds before halftime, as she was the final connecting piece on a series of headers that capped with Gilliland poking it up and over the leaping Alabama keeper. The sequence started with freshman Laura Connor, who made a run down the near side and served the curving, dangerous ball into the box. Connor’s ball was knocked up by Danielle Krohn, which allowed Gilliland enough time to time her run, to finish into the back of the net.

    The hat trick for Gilliland is her second in the last three matches, as last Friday night, she scored three times against Tennessee in Kentucky’s 4-1 win over the Lady Vols. Gilliland now has 10 goals on the season, and is tied with Pope for the team lead in that category.

    Pope notched her 10th goal of the season in the 85th minute to put the game on ice, as freshman Zoe Swift got end line on a ball that was played into the frontline from Landis. Swift then served the ball back across the face of goal and Pope cleaned it up finishing for her 10th goal of the season, to make it 4-2, where the game would close.

    The win puts Kentucky 12-3-1 and 6-2-0 in the SEC for the season.

    The Wildcats have three games remaining, including the next match on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET with Missouri at the UK Soccer Complex to kickoff senior weekend at the UK Soccer Complex.

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





    Razorbacks Use Late Goal To Defeat Tennessee, 2-1

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Senior Evan Palmer found the back of the net for the fifth time of the season in the 88th minute to lift the University of Arkansas soccer team (11-5, 4-4) over Tennessee (7-6-3, 2-4-2), 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Razorback Field.

    “Sunday is always our grind day,” Palmer said. “We have to work really hard and work as a team and you could tell we did a good job with that today. We knew coming in to face Tennessee, that they would be a really good matchup for us. We knew we would need to work really hard and implement our game plan and that’s what we did.”

    After a defensive battle for 42 minutes in the second half of the game, Palmer found herself in the box awaiting a corner kick. Junior Tyler Allen placed the ball into the box for Allie Tripp and Ashleigh Ellenwood to each get a touch on the ball before Palmer found her second game-winning goal of the season.

    “I thought there were moments where we were really good and moments when Tennessee was really good,” head coach Colby Hale said. “I thought we played hard for 90 minutes. There were some times when we weathered some storms and we hit the post and they hit the post, those shots could have gone either way. The big thing is that we won a Sunday match and we played a hard 90 minutes. Every point is important. We have played in six overtime games without any ties, we play to win and every point is massive.”

    Trailing 1-0, sophomore Ashleigh Ellenwood scored the equalizer in the 28th minute of the match to erase the early Tennessee lead. Senior Yvonne DesJarlais and sophomore Blake Pruitt were each credited with an assist on the goal. Ellenwood now has a team leading 10 goals on the season which ties her for the No. 10 spot in program single-season history. Arkansas is now 8-1 in games where Ellenwood scores a goal.

    Arkansas keeper Cameron Carter faced 14 shots for the match with five saves, including a diving stop that kept the score tied late in the second half, to earn her 10th win of the season. In total, Arkansas had 14 shots with four on frame.

    The Razorbacks return to action at Auburn on Friday, Oct. 25. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start.

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





    Auburn Soccer Tallies Third-Straight Double-Overtime Tie; 1-1 With Missouri

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Auburn University soccer team went to its third-straight double-overtime Sunday afternoon and ended up with its third-straight conference tie. After going toe-to-toe with Missouri through 110 minutes of play, Auburn tied Missouri, 1-1, for its third-straight point in Southeastern Conference play.

    Freshman Casie Ramsier netted her team-leading seventh goal of the year early in the second half to give Auburn (4-8-4, 0-5-3 SEC) the early 1-0 lead, but Missouri (7-7-2, 3-3-2 SEC) answered back just five minutes later to even the match at one. For Auburn it is the team’s fifth overtime match of the season and fourth to go to double overtime.

    Ramsier’s goal came on a nice breakaway where she split the defense and then stayed upright when the keeper came out of the box to make the tackle. Ramsier scurried back to the ball and took the right foot straight into the empty net.

    “It was another great SEC game,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “This team is showing that they’re good enough to play with anyone in the SEC, the heartbreak is we’re not getting the result. We’re getting ties and we need wins. Our kids are playing their hearts out and we’re just not getting the result right now. I’m proud of how they’ve played two 110 minute matches in a weekend. It’s growing pains for sure, but I’m real proud of how they’re playing.”

    Both defenses played stout in the first 45 minutes as only five shots on goal were made between both teams. Auburn did have two of those shots as the Orange and Blue offense found holes in the Missouri defense to get crosses down in the box multiple times. Unfortunately, Missouri made the saves each time. On the opposite end, junior Alicen Wright continued her string of strong matches making three of her six saves in the first period.

    In the second half, Auburn finally found the back of the net after Casie Ramsier’s unassisted goal in the 51st minute of play. However, Missouri answered right back with a goal of their own in the 56th minute from Lauren Selaiden, her fourth of the season off the assist from Kaysie Clarke.

    With plenty of time left in the second period, it seemed Auburn was going to have plenty of time to hit the game-winner, but only three shots on goal were made for the remainder of the match, including the two overtimes.

    Auburn will return to the AU Soccer Complex this Friday to face Arkansas at 7 p.m. It will then conduct Senior Day ceremonies on Sunday before its match with Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. Before the match, seniors Bianca Sierra, Kim Spence and Ashley Kotero will be honored for their time on The Plains.

    For complete coverage of the Auburn women’s soccer team, log on to AuburnTigers.com, follow the team on Twitter, @AU_Soccer, or ‘like’ its page on Facebook, AuburnSoccer.





    Aggies Run Win Streak to Seven Matches

    ATHENS, Georgia -- Liz Keester and Allie Bailey both notched one goal and one assist to lead the Texas A&M Aggies to a 2-1 win over the Georgia Bulldogs in SEC action at the Turner Soccer Complex.

    With the triumph, the Maroon and White extended their lead in the SEC standings to three points. The Aggies led former second-place LSU by two points entering Sunday, but the Tigers lost and were passed in the standings by Florida and Kentucky. The Gators and Wildcats both won on Sunday and have 18 points on 6-2-0 league ledgers. Texas A&M has 21 points with their 7-1-0 SEC record.

    After their 1-0 loss to Tennessee in their SEC opener in Knoxville, the Aggies have rolled to seven consecutive wins, including four road victories.

    Texas A&M drew first blood in the sixth minute of action. Bailey worked the ball down the left touchline and sent a pass to Keester at the left corner of the penalty box. Keester took three dribbles towards the center of the pitch and found an opening in the Georgia defense, threading a shot between the left post and diving Georgia goalkeeper Caitlin Woody. It was the seventh goal of the season for the freshman.

    With both teams battling for the flow of play, the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Aggies until Georgia threw numbers into the offensive attack near the end of the first half. The Bulldogs tied the contest at 1-1 in the 40th minute. Andie Fontenetta laced a diagonal pass through the A&M defense and found the foot of Emma Sonnett six yards from goal and she sent a one-touch shot to the back of the net for the equalizer.

    Georgia owned a 6-4 shot advantage in the first half, but shots-on-goal were even at 2-2. The Bulldogs took the only corner kick in the first half.

    Texas A&M turned up the offensive intensity in the second half and it paid off in the 64th minute when Bailey notched the game-winning goal. Keester unleashed a shot from 12 yards out that Woody was able to save, but Bailey controlled the carom in the six-yard box and sent it to the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season.

    The Aggies controlled the run of play for much of the second half, outshooting the Bulldogs 11-6 in the stanza including a 5-1 edge in shots-on-goal. The Maroon and White also owned a 2-1 edge in second half corner kicks.

    The Aggies return to action on Friday, October 25 when they host the Ole Miss Rebels for Senior Night at Ellis Field.





    No. 8 Gator soccer defeats No. 25 LSU 3-0 on Senior Day

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida soccer team collected its second 3-0 win of the weekend, defeating LSU Sunday afternoon at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

    Savannah Jordan scored her first of two opening half goals when she connected with a fellow freshman. The ball from Pamela Begic( found Jordan in the box. Jordan and her defender challenged for the ball but Jordan won the joust to place the ball in from 12 yards. Later in the half, Jordan received the box, took a couple of touches to make space and then placed a low 16-yard shot to the far corner. The goals up her season total to 15.

    A free kick just above the box pushed the Gator lead to 3-0. The Tigers were whistled for a hand ball just above the box. Junior Annie Speese’s shot dipped over the wall and into the goal to give the Gators’ season assist co-leader her first goal of 2013 and the 15th of her career.

    GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

    · Two goals by Jordan gives the freshman her fifth multi-goal match of the season.
    · Speese now has three free-kick goals and today’s was the first since Nov. 18, 2011

    RECORDS: Florida (12-3-1, 6-2 SEC); LSU (9-5-2, 5-2-1 SEC).

    THE SERIES: Florida leads the series 14-1-2 all-time.





    Williams powers 'Dores to first SEC win

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sophomore forward Cheyna Williams picked up her second hat-trick of the season, while adding one assist, helping the Vanderbilt soccer team pick up its first conference win over Mississippi State, 5-3, Sunday afternoon from the VU Soccer Complex.

    Williams now has 15 goals and five assists on the season, giving her 35 total points. Her 15 goals tie her for fourth-most goals in a season by a Commodore and her 35 points on the season tie her for fifth. Laura Koerner holds both the season goals and points records by a Vanderbilt player when she finished with 19 goals and 46 points during the 1998 season.

    Vanderbilt (4-9-3, 1-6-1 SEC) has now scored four or more goals in five games this season, after only doing it twice in 2012. With the win the Commodores have also snapped their 13-game conference winless streak, and three-game losing streak.

    After trailing 2-0, early in the game Williams would give the Commodores their first bit of life, scoring on an assist from Simone Charley to cut the State lead to one.

    The Bulldogs would score again to go up 3-1 but Williams was able to answer once again. Off a free kick from Ashley Oswald, the Hampton, Ga., native give touch from six yards out to sneak the ball past the keeper, bringing the 'Dores within one, going into the half.

    Vanderbilt was able to take over the game in the second half of play, allowing only three shots in the 45 minutes. Williams, Oswald and Andie Lakin would all score in the second half to seal the win for the Commodores.

    Just three games remaining on the 2013 regular season slate. The 'Dores will now look ahead to South Carolina and Auburn on the road, before coming back to Nashville for the regular season finale with rival Tennessee.





    No. 24 Rebels Play No. 7 South Carolina To 1-1 Draw

    OXFORD, Miss. -- Olivia Harrison delivered her fifth goal of the season, putting the equalizing ball in the net in the 76th minute as No. 24 Ole Miss (12-3-2, 5-2-1 SEC) rallied to play No. 7 South Carolina (12-2-2, 5-2-1 SEC) to a 1-1 draw through two overtimes on Sunday.

    Sophomore Jennifer Miller played a perfect pass to Harrison, sending the ball into the box from the 25 yards out on the far side and split a pair of defenders to the feet of Harrison. The sophomore forward from Memphis then took the shot, sending the ball into the net near the far post to knot the match at one.

    Ole Miss’ defense held on from there, keeping the Gamecocks off the board as the two teams battled through the next 34 minutes for the draw.

    The Rebels picked up a point in the overall standings for the tie and posted an undefeated weekend after going on the road and picking up a win over No. 25 LSU on Friday night.

    “It was a big time match today,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “We didn’t play our best soccer in the first half and South Carolina really took it to us. We talked about playing with intensity and hunger at halftime and came back and fought back in the second half and knocked them back on their heels a little bit. They are a fantastic team and well coached. It was a great effort considering we lost two backs in the game and had to put in some players who haven’t played back there often this season, but they responded.

    “Kelly McCormick played well today with a couple of huge saves and huge punches,” Mott said. “South Carolina is so dangerous on set pieces and she smothered a few opportunities for them. She is playing really well for us.”

    South Carolina got on the board first, putting the ball in the net in the sixth minute when Chelsea Drennan gathered a ball of a deflection on an attempted clearance by the Rebels. The Gamecock sent the ball into the goal from inside the box and put the visiting team out to the early lead.

    The Rebels kept South Carolina from inflicting any more damage, fending off several attacks in a high-pressure first half that saw the Gamecocks notch nine shots to none for Ole Miss.

    The second half was a different story, however, as the Rebels bore down and attacked the Gamecock defense. Finally, that pressure paid off with the Harrison goal in the 76th minute as Ole Miss out-shot South Carolina 7-to-4 in the second period.

    With the score knotted at the end of regulation, the two teams played through the two overtime periods without a golden goal. Ole Miss notched two shots in the first extra frame that were turned away by South Carolina’s Sabrina D’Angelo before the Rebels’ McCormick denied the Gamecocks on the only shot of the second overtime period.

    Ole Miss will return to action on Friday when the Rebels play on the road for the final time in the regular season with a trip to Texas A&M. Kick between the Aggies and Rebels is set for 7 p.m. Friday and fans can follow all the action at www.OleMissSports.com.