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    SEC Soccer Recap: Sunday, October 27

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


    Set Piece Goals Lead Kentucky Past LSU 3-1 on Senior Day

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 25 University of Kentucky women’s soccer team scored three unanswered goals in the 64th, 72nd and 74th minutes to cap off a 3-1 comeback win over the LSU Tigers on Senior Day at the UK Soccer Complex.

    “We talk a lot here about wanting pressure,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “You want pressure. Let me tell you, if you lose all your games, you don’t have any pressure. We’re in a situation now where we’re fighting for an NCAA bid and a place in the SEC Tournament. There is pressure on us. That’s what we want. We want players that love that, and we all know nobody loves that moment more than Arin Gilliland. She’s our leader on the field.

    “We do Senior Day a little bit differently here. It’s about our seniors being servant leaders and teaching our younger players that this is what we have to do to win. For them to lead us the way they did today and all have a huge impact on that was very special.”

    LSU scored first in the match, charting the game-opening goal in the 51st minute as Rebecca Pongetti netted her second goal of the season, beating Kayla King far post for the early strike. Pongetti received the entry ball into the penalty area from Emma Fletcher, and then flung the ball far post for the goal.

    Just 13 minutes later, Kentucky’s MAC Hermann Award finalist Arin Gilliland struck in the 64th minute for the equalizer on a counterattack that started from the center circle. Gilliland got the ball on a near-side run from senior Caitlin Landis, who then flicked it once possessing it to Gilliland down the left side. Gilliland then cut central and rifled a right-footed shot past a diving Megan Kinneman for the equalizer.

    Eight minutes after UK equalized, the Wildcats scored their first set-piece goal of the season in the 72nd minute to gain the late lead, 2-1. Kaitlin Miller recorded her first point of the season, as she launched in the set piece service from 38 yards out and hit the crossbar on the initial service. The ball then caromed off a few players inside the box and the rebound was buried by Zoe Swift for her sixth goal of the season.

    Just two minutes after, in the 74th minute, the Wildcats converted on another long-range set piece goal to give UK the 3-1 lead late in the match. Millerstruck for her second assist of the match, floating in a ball from the near-side flank about 35 yards from goal. Freshman midfielder Alex Carter got her boot on the end of the ball and flooded it into the back of the net for the two-goal advantage.

    “When a game gets physical like that, you have a decision,” Lipsitz said. “Do you want to take it and let it effect your possession or do you want to tackle harder and win more balls. I thought we had a more physical presence, and therefore our possession was good. You have to have the ball first in order to possess it.”

    LSU committed 20 fouls in the match, which led to Kentucky gaining a lot of setpiece opportunities. Kentucky outshot LSU 18-9 and had more corner kicks than the Tigers by a 6-2 margin.

    With the win, Kentucky clinched a first-round bye in the 2013 SEC Tournament andwill play sometime Wednesday afternoon.

    Kentucky concludes the regular season at No. 15 South Carolina on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. ET in Columbia, S.C.

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    No 13 Gamecocks Outlast Mississippi State, 1-0

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- On a day when chances were abundant for No. 13 South Carolina (14-2-2, 7-2-1), it was freshman Sophie Groff who scored the game’s only goal in the 71st minute to give the Gamecocks a 1-0 win against Mississippi State (3-14-0, 0-10-0) this afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.

    The Gamecocks opened up the game controlling and dictating the pace and earning a pair of corners in the early stages of the match with their pressure. On their third corner of the game in the 16th minute, freshman Chelsea served in a ball to the far post that senior midfielder Gabrielle Gilbert put her head onto, but the attempt was just wide of the left post.

    Five minutes later, sophomore midfielder Raina Johnson created spaced just inside the 18 and ripped a shot toward the left side, but Mississippi State keeper C.J. Winship laid out to make a diving stop and tip the ball out of across the end line.

    The pressure from the Gamecocks continued as left back Caroline Gray struck a shot from the top of the 18 that drifted just wide of the left post in the 25th minute. Four minutes later, Christine Watts sent a dangerous ball into the box that Drennan ran onto and stuck with her head but the attempt was wide of the mark.

    South Carolina nearly grabbed the lead as sophomore Carly served a long throw-in into the box that was flicked on toward the goal. Sophomore Coryn Bajema and freshman Daija Griffin were in the vicinity, but the bouncing ball was corralled by Winship on her goal line.

    After 45 minutes the Gamecocks held an advantage in all categories, with an 8-3 edge in shots, 3-0 in shots on goal, while earning six corners compared to the Bulldogs’ one.

    Mississippi State had a chance early in the half to grab the lead with a dangerous ball that came across the face of goal after a clearance attempt was blocked by a Bulldog attacker, but the ball harmless went up and over the crossbar wit

    The Gamecocks nearly stuck in the 61st minute as Danielle Au hit a low attempt from 25 yards out that Winship went down to her left to make the stop. Unable to wrap up the ball it rolled toward the end line where Johnson raced onto to put a shot on goal, but Winship quickly got back up and made the stop next to the right post.

    The Garnet and Black broke through as a ball was blocked outside the Bulldogs’ box. It fell to Bajema just inside the 18 where she quickly slotted a short pass forward to Groff. The striker calmly hit a right-footed shot inside the right post as Winship came sliding out for the second goal of her career and second game-winner.

    The pressure didn’t slow up as minutes later a long pass from the back was forwarded onto Groff from Griffin. The striker’s shot from 16 yards out was just wide of the post as Winship was coming out.

    Carolina totaled a 15-6 shot advantage on the day, putting a six on target compared to the Bulldogs’ two, while also holding an 8-1 shot edge.

    The Gamecocks return to Stone Stadium on Thursday night as they host Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET on senior night. Prior to the match, Danielle Au, Gabrielle Gilbert, Samantha Gonzalez, Samantha McGowan, Abby Sams, Elizabeth Sinclair, Christine Watts, Rae Wilson.

    Spade Scores in 61st; UT Ties Mizzou, 1-1, in Double OT

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Cheyenne Spade scored in the 61st minute off a rebound, Missouri evened the match off a penalty kick in the 80th minute and Tennessee settled for a 1-1, double-overtime tie against the Tigers on Sunday at Walton Stadium.

    With the tie, Tennessee is now 7-7-4 and 2-6-3 in SEC play. Missouri is now 8-7-3 and 4-3-3 in conference matches.

    In the 61st minute, Tori Bailey sent in a cross deep along the Mizzou back line. With the ball deep in traffic, Katie Lenz fired a shot off the post and Spade followed with a rebound shot into the lower right side of the goal.

    Mizzou got the first good look of the match in the third minutes when Dominique Richardson fired a from outside the box.

    Tennessee got into a great offensive rhythm around five minutes in. In the eighth minute, Aaran Parry, making her first collegiate start, had a header attempt go wide off a free kick by Michele Christy.

    The Tigers had a great look in the 10th minute when a soft lob played forward into the box. Danielle Nottingham took a shot with two UT defenders closing that sailed high over Julie Eckel and the crossbar.

    In the 11th minute, Caroline Brown was deep in the box and had a shot on the ground saved by McKenzie Sauerwein near the center of the net. With traffic in the box, Bailey had a shot blocked in the 12th minute.

    Eckel made a good save on a header attempt by Reagan Russell in the 13th minute and MU had two more attempts outside the box in the next four minutes. Danielle Nottingham sent a shot wide in the 15th minute and Taylor Grant had two shots turned away in the 22nd and 23rd minutes.

    In the 25th minute, Parry was tackled near the box on the far side and a yellow card was issued to Mizzou's Erin Webb. Off the free kick, Brown had a shot blocked by the wall and Cheyenne Spade tried to send a ball through the middle of the box off the rebound but Sauerwein was there to cover.

    The Tigers had an 8-6 edge on shots heading into halftime.

    Mizzou came out firing in the second half. Erin Webb sent a shot high over the crossbar in the 49th minute. Melanie Donaldson fired wide right in the 50th and Kaysie Clark was wide left in the 51st.

    UT had a great opportunity in the 54th minute. Off a UT throw-in near the far side of the box, Caroline Brown and CC Cobb had good position inside. Cobb took a shot from about four yards out on a soft touch but Sauerwein was there to cover.

    Brittney Wade played the ball forward and ripped a shot that went high in the 59th minute as UT tried to mix up its attack.

    Tennessee's offensive pressure right after that helped create the possession deep in MU territory and Lenz and Spade played heads-up soccer deep near the net to punch in the go-ahead score in the 61st minute.

    Things got ugly in the 74th minute. Taylor Grant and Allie Sirna were battling for the ball near the Tennessee back line when Sirna cleared it and both players got tangled up. Grant started a fight with Sirna and was issued a red card. Caroline Capocaccia was issued a yellow card during the tussle.

    In the 80th minute, Missouri's Candace Johnson was fouled in the box. On the ensuing penalty kick, Johnson put it past Eckel's right to tie the match at 1-1.

    Cali Hutson applied great pressure up top in the final seven minutes. UT pieced together a good string of possession in the 84th minute with Hutson heading a shot wide off a corner kick. Hutson fired a shot on the ground wide. Hutson had another shot from inside the box go high over the crossbar in the 86th minute.

    Tennessee's best shot in the first overtime period came in the 95th minute. Sirna sent a great ball in from midfield over the Missouri defense to find Brown in the front of the box. With defenders closing, Brown's touch to the goal went high over the crossbar.

    With under six minutes left the second overtime, Brown had a ball deep in the box and had a cross broken up. Players scrambled for the ball, but Mizzou got there first to protect its deepest part of the field.

    Tennessee will conclude its 2013 regular season on the road against Vanderbilt on Thursday, Oct. 31.

    Bulldogs Beat Arkansas For SEC Road Sweep

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Georgia soccer team posted a 1-0 win over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at Razorback Field to secure the team’s place in the 2013 SEC Championships the week after next in Orange Beach, Ala.

    Georgia (12-5-1, 5-4-1) comes away with the weekend sweep following today’s win and Friday night’s 2-1 decision over LSU. It marks the Bulldogs’ first sweep of the LSU-Arkansas road weekend since 1996. With one regular-season game remaining, Georgia sits tied with LSU for sixth place in the league standings.

    “Well, we’re happy to be going back,” head coach Steve Holeman said of the return trip to the tournament after narrowly missing out in 2012. “We knew we had control of our own destiny today, and we got it done. This was no easy task. Arkansas is a team that grinds. They play hard, they rotate a lot of players in, and they don’t get shut out very often. They’re very dangerous on set pieces and they were dangerous today. Our defense stepped up and we did what we needed to do to win.”

    The Bulldogs got on the board just over 10 minutes into the contest, as senior Madeline Barker curled a corner kick opportunity inside the near post and over the line for the early score, giving Georgia the 1-0 lead on the senior’s seventh goal of the year. It was the first time UGA had scored directly on a corner kick service since Kelli Corless did so in 2010 at home vs. LSU in Holeman’s first season at Georgia.

    Arkansas keeper Cameron Carter made a highlight reel save on Marion Crowder just moments later, as the Georgia freshman had a close-range opportunity denied as she sent it near post.

    The Bulldogs controlled the majority of the run of play over the first half, and had another big chance to add to the lead with 12 minutes to play in the opening frame when Gabby Seiler had a header off an Andie Fontanetta corner kick stopped by Carter. Bella Hartley had a shot blocked inside with under nine minutes to go, after a Nikki Hill run up the left side and a cross into danger. Georgia’s 1-0 lead stood up at halftime, with the Bulldogs leading 8-6 in the shot column through 45:00.

    To start the second half, freshman Rachel Garcia had a shot poked away by Carter on a breakaway as the Razorbacks net-minder did her part to keep it a one-goal deficit.

    Georgia then did its part on the defensive end as play opened up later in the second, first with senior defender Torri Allen garnering a defensive save by heading a ball off the end line once Georgia keeper Caitlin Woody was beaten out off a corner kick, while Woody then made one of the best saves of her senior season later in the half as she dove to deny an Yvonne DesJarlais point-blank attempt with under 37 minutes to go.

    Woody again rose to the challenge as she batted away an Arkansas 1-v-1 opportunity with under nine minutes to go, and Arkansas was again threatening for the tying goal with two minutes to go when Ashleigh Ellenwood sent a shot high and over the crossbar, proving to be the Razorbacks’ last big chance of the day.

    As the clock expired on Georgia’s 1-0 win, it marked only the second time this season Arkansas had been shut out. Meanwhile, Woody recorded her school-record 11th shutout of the season, while the UGA team continues to chase the team record for blank sheets in a season, which stands at 12. Woody ended her day with four big saves.

    The Bulldogs led Arkansas 14-13 in shots on the afternoon, while Georgia took 11 corner kicks to UA’s one, including on the game-winning play.

    Georgia improves to 11-2-3 all-time vs. Arkansas, and stands unbeaten in the series dating back to 2006.

    The Bulldogs are back in action for the final game of the regular season this Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. vs. rival Florida. It will serve as Senior Night for Georgia’s eight departing players.

    Souza's Golden Goal Puts No. 23 Rebels Past Alabama

    OXFORD, Miss. -- Senior forward Rafaelle Souza came up big for the Rebels on Sunday afternoon, punching in a pair of goals that included the golden goal in overtime to give No. 23 Ole Miss (13-4-2, 6-3-1 SEC) a 2-1 victory over Alabama (6-11-0, 4-6-0 SEC).

    With time running down in the first overtime period, senior Erin Emerson lined up a corner kick from the near side of the field and sent the ball into the box. Souza leaped up over an Alabama defender and headed the ball into the net past the near post to give the Rebels the victory in the 97th minute of play.

    It was one of many opportunities the Rebels had on the afternoon, but one of the few not turned away by the Alabama defense and goalkeeper Emily Rusk.

    Ole Miss tallied 24 shots on the afternoon, many on set pieces in the box as the Rebels took 12 corners, but only found the back of the net twice. The two times was enough for the win and three more points in the conference standings.

    "It was a very hard-fought match today and Sunday's in the SEC are always tough," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "We got off to a good start and got a good goal. Then Pia Rijsdijk got a good goal when she got free. We took control in the second half, but just couldn't find the back of the net. Rafa Souza finally got a good one and put it in for us to get us the win."

    Souza put the Rebels on the board first, taking a ball from Olivia Harrison at the top of the box on the far side. The sophomore played the ball to the foot of the senior, who turned and beat a defender before drilling the ball in the net to give Ole Miss the 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of play.

    The Rebels kept up the offensive pressure, while the defense turned away the Crimson Tide for most of the first period until right at the end.

    With less than a minute to play in the first half, Auburn Mercer found Rijsdijk on the far side and sent the ball in to the streaking forward. Rijsdijk then took the ball into the box on the far side and sent in the shot past the near post to even the match at a goal each.

    Ole Miss out-shot the Crimson Tide 8-to-2 in the first half, but the Crimson Tide were able to convert while turning the Rebels away to stay in striking distance.

    The attack continued for the Rebels in the second half as Ole Miss widened the margin against Alabama, taking 16 shots to only two for the Crimson Tide in the second half. Again the visiting team's defense found ways to deny the high-pressure attack of the Rebels to keep Ole Miss off the board and send the match into overtime.

    The Rebels took two shots on goal in the overtime period with Souza finding the net on the second shot in the 97th minute.

    Ole Miss will close out the regular season at home Thursday when the Rebels host in-state rival Mississippi State at 7 p.m. The two teams will play for the Magnolia Cup which is presented to the winner of the match after each contest.

    Admission to all matches is free to the public.

    Auburn Downs Vanderbilt For Second SEC Win, 2-1; Keeps SEC Tournament Hopes Alive

    AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn women’s soccer team continued its quest to clinch a berth in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Sunday after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores, 2-1, at the Auburn Soccer Complex, for its second-consecutive conference victory and first conference weekend sweep.

    The Tigers once again received goals from freshman Casie Ramsier and junior Tori Ball, while Alicen Wright earned her second victory of the season, fending off six shots and defending three second half corner kicks. The Auburn defense withstood the Commodore offense allowing only seven shots and one on goal, which allowed the Tiger offense to record 13 shots on the other end with five being at the net.

    “Credit to our defense again,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “We never let them get behind us, we never let them get a clean look and I thought it was outstanding. We only gave up seven shots total and only one was on frame. You can’t ask for any more from the back line.

    With still one match to play in the regular season, Hoppa believes the team has done a great job of keeping the goal in sight and that is to play in the SEC Tournament.

    “Our team is young,” Hoppa said. “We’ve been developing and getting better each match. We weren’t getting the results early on, but we played well each time and improved. The three ties were games we could’ve won, but the girls have done a great job of staying the course and keeping their heads in it. Our leadership has been terrific and now we still have a chance to get ourselves to Orange Beach.”

    After a scoreless first half, the Tigers came out of the locker room with a relentless offensive attack that paid off just three and a half minutes into the period. On the play, the Tigers earned a corner kick, which was taken by sophomore Haley Gerken. The kick was met by reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Casie Ramsier who scored in her fifth consecutive game. Ramsier’s header sailed perfectly over Vanderbilt’s keeper, Olivia Liebman, from fifteen yards out, giving Auburn the quick 1-0 advantage.

    The Commodores responded with 17 and a half minutes remaining in the match as Cherrelle Jarrett was able to put the ball in the back of the net after Wright failed to clear the ball off a corner.

    Even after the Vanderbilt equalizer, Auburn didn’t waste much time regaining the lead as Ball was able to break free from the Commodore defense. After shimmying past Liebman outside of the box, Ball was able to net her sixth goal of the season, which ended up being the game-winner for the Orange and Blue.

    Auburn outshot the Commodores 16-7 in the match while earning five corners to Vanderbilt’s three. Vanderbilt’s Cheyna Williams was also given a yellow card in the 88th minute.

    The Tigers will return to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 31 for their regular-season finale against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Iron Bowl of college soccer. First kick is slated for 7 p.m.

    For complete coverage of the Auburn soccer team, be sure to check, follow them on Twitter, @AU_Soccer or like the Auburn University soccer page on Facebook.

    No. 7 Gator soccer defeats Texas A&M 2-0 to move into share of SEC lead

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Two second half goals from freshman Savannah Jordan gave the Florida soccer team a 2-0 win over Texas A&M Sunday afternoon in front of a 1,441 fans at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

    With the win, the Gators now are tied for first in the Southeastern Conference standings with Texas A&M as each own league records of 8-2. Final day for SEC play is Thursday. Florida will play at Georgia and Texas A&M plays host to LSU. Each team will be looking for a win to ensure at least a share of the 2013 SEC title. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a tie.

    The Gators' first goal Sunday started when freshman Meggie Dougherty Howard's pass from just inside midfield found Jordan making a run down the middle of the field. Jordan took a touch to send the ball forward and she fought off her defender to take a shot just inside the box. Texas A&M goalkeeper Jordan Day stopped the shot, but the deflection bounced free in the box. Jordan won the footrace with three Aggie defenders and her shot deflected off an Aggie to bang into the goal.

    Florida's second goal started at the top of the Gators' defensive third when junior Tessa Andujar and sophomore Christen Westphal doubled an Aggie with the ball near the touchline. Westphal won the ball and took it down the field to the top of the Aggie defensive third. The ball she played into space was run onto by Jordan and her 14-yard shot scored at the far post.

    It was Jordan's 18th goal of the season - the most for UF since Abby Wambach scored 31 as a senior in 2001.