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    SEC Soccer Recap: Thursday, October 31

    2013 SEC Soccer Tournament Bracket

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

     

    No. 6 Gator soccer wins 5-1 at Georgia on Halloween – Wins share of SEC title

    ATHENS, Ga. -- The tricks and treats went to the Florida soccer team on the evening of Halloween as the Gators won a share of the Southeastern Conference title with a 5-1 win over Georgia in front of a crowd of 1,137 at the UGA Soccer Stadium/Turner Soccer Complex.

    An unusual goal put the Gators up in the 16th minute. Sophomore Christen Westphal’s 40-yard free kick went over the Bulldog goalkeeper’s head and bounced untouched into the goal. Florida scored again in the opening half when junior Havana Solaun played a ball to freshman Savannah Jordan just at the top of the Georgia defensive third. Jordan beat her defender to place the ball in from 14-yards. Later in the half, Solaun took advantage of a Bulldog defensive miscue. The ball was played shallow by the UGA goalkeeper and Solaun recovered the ball to place it in the empty goal. Florida’s final goal of the half came when Jordan headed in a Solaun corner kick to the far corner.

    With two goals in the opening half, Jordan ups her season total to 20 – one more than Abby Wambach in her freshman season with the Gators in 1998.

    The Bulldogs ended the Gators’ shutout streak with a goal by Madeline Barker in the 50th minute. Florida entered the match with on a six-match shutout streak and the Bulldog goal in the 50th minutes stopped the shutout streak at 609 minutes.

    The lead was pushed back out the four in the 65th minute when junior Annie Speese successfully converted a penalty kick after the Bulldogs were whistled for a handball in the box.

    GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

    · Jordan now has seven multi-goal matches – scoring twice versus Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama, Minnesota and Florida Gulf Coast and posting a hat-trick versus Oregon State.

    · Solaun turns in a goal and two assist in Thursday’s win to match her season-high match total of points (4)

    · Westphal, who registered her first assist of the season Sunday in the 2-0 win over Texas A&M, now has registered her first collegiate goal.





    Aggies Claim Share of SEC Crown

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Needing a win to secure a share of their first-ever SEC regular-season crown, the No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies delivered with a 3-2 victory over the LSU Tigers at Ellis Field on Thursday night.

    The triumph gave the Maroon and White a 9-2-0 ledger in league play and the Aggies’ share the SEC title with the Florida Gators who also finished with 27 points.

    Texas A&M (14-4-1) broke the scoring seal in the 14th minute of action. Kelley Monogue sent a corner kick in from the left arc and found the head of Shea Groom in the six-yard box. Groom put the offering into the back of the net for her 12th goal of the season.

    The Aggies dominated the flow of play in the first half, but were only able to take a 1-0 lead into the intermission. A&M owned decisive advantages in shots (14-0) and shots-on-goal (9-0) in the opening stanza.

    Texas A&M scored an insurance goal in the 56th minute. Groom stole the ball from a Tigers’ defender on the right side of the penalty box arc and dumped a pass off to Allie Bailey who was charging into the box from the left side. Bailey threaded the needle to beat keeper Megan Kinneman, who came off her line to the top of the six-yard box, to the left side but also keep the ball inside the left post for the 2-0 lead.

    LSU would answer Bailey’s goal 16 seconds later. Emma Fletcher slotted a pass into the left side of the penalty box to Summer Clarke. Clarke found herself in an enviable position 12 yards out and beat A&M keeper Jordan Day low and to the left to cut the A&M lead to 2-1 with 34:11 remaining in the second half.

    The Aggies would take advantage of an LSU defensive lapse to reclaim a two-goal lead in the 65th minute. When a Tigers’ defender misplayed a pass from the keeper, Liz Keester stripped her clean just inside the penalty box. Keester found Annie Kunz unmarked a yard left of the penalty spot and Kunz beat a charging keeper to the right for the 3-1 edge.

    The Tigers would keep things interesting in the 74th minute. Nina Anderson launched a missile from 12 yards out. Day was able to make the save, but Clarke corralled the carom and drove it home from eight yards out to trim the lead to 3-2 with her second goal of the match.

    A&M was able to milk the clock by going on the offensive, taking the last five shots and last two corner kicks of the match.

    For the game, the Aggies owned wide margins in shots (31-4), shots-on-goal (16-3) and corner kicks (7-1).

    Day earned her 46th career win in net, making one save. Bailey, Groom and Bianca Brinson both rifled off shots as A&M had nine different players take two or more shots in the game.

    Kinneman put in a heroic effort for LSU with 13 saves. Clarke took two of the Tigers’ four shots, scoring on both chances.

    It marks the eighth regular-season league title for A&M, which captured seven as a member of the Big 12. Last season, in their first year in the SEC, the Aggies won the SEC Western Division title, but finished second to Florida in overall standings.

    The Aggies will be the No. 2 seed at the 2013 SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama. Texas A&M returns to action on Wednesday when they will face either LSU or Auburn in the Second Round at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Alabama. Match time is slated for Noon Central.





    Auburn Wins Iron Bowl of Soccer With 1-0 Victory Over Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On a rainy Thursday night in the eastern portion of Alabama, the Auburn Tigers soccer team battled the elements, but still managed to win its third consecutive Southeastern Conference match with a 1-0 victory over Alabama for “The Iron Bowl of Soccer”. For the Tigers (7-8-4, 3-5-3 SEC), it’s their second-consecutive victory over the Crimson Tide (6-12-0, 4-7-0 SEC) and sixth in their last seven meetings.

    “Credit to these girls,” Hoppa said. “We had a rough go early in the conference season. I’m proud of this team to stay with it and stay the course. They never gave up on us. They never gave up on each other and now we’re playing our best soccer. To end the last three to four weeks undefeated, phenomenal credit goes to this group and their leadership. I’m proud of them, no matter what happens.”

    Even with the win tonight, Auburn’s SEC Tournament berth hopes still depend on the outcomes of the Arkansas-Missouri and Tennessee-Vanderbilt matches that are still in progress.

    Junior Chelsea Gandy-Cromer was the only one to find the back of the net in the tough conditions through all 90 minutes of play. In the final minute of the first half, Gandy-Cromer found herself open from about 10 yards away after a nice one-touch from Jordan Miller after the big kick from midfield by senior Kim Spence. As she was being tackled, Gandy-Cromer got enough strength on her left foot to beat the keeper on the right side for her fourth goal of the season. For Miller, it’s her second assist of the season.

    “Typical Auburn and Alabama,” Hoppa said. “They played tough and it was very difficult. We were lucky to go into the half at 1-0 and it was a great goal by Chelsea. She’s obviously not had one in a while, but she picked the right time to get back on the board for us. It was a big-time goal for us.”

    It was a story of defenses in the first half as both Auburn and Alabama struggled to get good looks at goal. The Crimson Tide led the shots category at the halfway point, but only two were on frame.

    On the other side, the Tigers tallied three shots with one on goal. However, that one shot hit pay-dirt as Gandy-Cromer found the net from 10 yards out for her fourth goal of the season.

    The second half was played very aggressively between both teams as the rain continued to fall, but the Auburn defense continued to hold steady as it had done in the last five matches. Junior goalkeeper, Alicen Wright, who won third-straight match, turned away four Crimson Tide shots and the defense limited their counterparts to only nine shots total, three in the first half.

    Late in the second half, Alabama had multiple looks at the net with a couple shots going off the crossbar, but the Auburn defense cleared the ball away each time to hold the advantage and eventually the win.

    The team will await its fate to see if they will be part of the field in the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., starting next Monday. The final standings and bracket will be released later tonight when all the other matches in progress go final.

    For complete coverage on the Auburn soccer team, visit AuburnTigers.com, follow @AU_Soccer on Twitter and ‘like’ the Auburn University Soccer page on Facebook.





    No. 10 Gamecocks Top Kentucky, 2-1, on Senior Night

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With one of the top senior classes in program history ending their final regular season at home tonight, it took a dramatic come-from-behind win for South Carolina (15-2-2, 8-2-1) to top Kentucky 2-1 at Stone Stadium. With the win, this year’s team became the first in program history to go 10-0 at home in a season, while also finishing with the best regular season winning percentage (.842) in school history.

    After some early pressure from the Gamecocks that led to a pair corners and header from redshirt senior Rae Wilson that was popped up over the crossbar, the Wildcats pounced on the their first opportunity of the game in the 15th minute. On a free kick from over 40 yards out, Kentucky’s Kaitlin Miller sent a ball deep into the box where Cara Ledman was able get her head on to it and flick it into the back of the net.

    South Carolina ramped up its pressure from that point, firing off seven shots compared to Kentucky’s two during the remaining 30 minutes of the half, but shots were either just wide, high or blocked by Wildcat defenders. Junior defender Christa Neary had the best chance of the half with just over 30 seconds remaining, but her header to far post was stopped on the line a by Kentucky defender.

    It didn’t take too long into the second half though for the Garnet and Black to equalize. In the 52nd minute, a long ball was sent toward the top of the Kentucky box as senior Danielle Au took off to track it down. Kentucky keeper Kayla King ran out to make a play on the ball, but ran through the Gamecock striker just inside the 18. King was called for the foul, issued a yellow cared and Au was award a penalty kick. The senior calmly buried the shot into the upper left corner to knot-up the match.

    With only half chances coming throughout the next 20-plus minutes, the game appeared that it could be headed to extra time, but in the 83rd minute sophomore Coryn Bajema sprung fellow sophomore Raina Johnson free on a pass through a pack of Wildcats. Johnson hit a left-footed shot from just outside the six that found the inside of the far post to give the Gamecocks the lead. It was her team-leading eighth goal of the season and fifth game-winner of the year.

    South Carolina would finish the match with a decided 16-7 shot advantage, as well as posting an 11-3 edge in corners.

    Next up for the Gamecocks will be a showdown with Georgia in Orange Beach, Ala. in the SEC quarterfinals on Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET. South Carolina is the No. 3 seed, while Georgia is the No. 6 seed.





    Brown, Lenz Score As UT Beats Vanderbilt, 3-0

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee took a 1-0 lead off a Vanderbilt own goal and Caroline Brown scored in the 50th minute and Katie Lenz scored in the 74th to give UT a 3-0 win over the Commodores on Thursday in both teams' regular-season finale.

    With the win, UT finishes the regular season at 8-7-4 and 3-5-3 in SEC play. Vanderbilt fell to 4-12-3 and 1-9-1 in league matches. Tennessee finishes the regular season tied for 10th in the SEC, but will not qualify for the SEC Tournament based off of tiebreakers. UT needed wins by Auburn and Missouri Thursday night to qualify for the SEC Tournament. However, with a Missouri loss to Arkansas, UT will not qualify for the 2013 SEC Tournament.

    Vanderbilt wasted little time finding an attack as Cheyna Williams broke into the left side of the box in the second minute and fired a shot into the side of the UT net.

    UT quickly responded with a pair of corner kicks in the fourth minute. On a Cheyenne Spade corner kick the 12th minute, the ball was cleared out of the Vandy box before Spade sent it back in and it was deflected off Vanderbilt's Sarah Hook for an own goal.

    Tennessee had good possession for much of the first half. Tori Bailey broke through defenders for a good shot from the left side that went wide in the 15th minute and Caroline Brown had a shot blocked from the 18 in the 19th minute.

    Vanderbilt had several good runs on counter attacks about midway through the first half. In the 22nd minute Kelsey Tillman had a shot go high from the right side. Williams had runs to the box in the 26th and the 30th minutes, but the UT back line applied great pressure to force them off goal. Susan Ferguson had multiple breakups of VU attacks to limit the Commodores looks at goal.

    On a Vandy corner kick in the 32nd minute, Ferguson made an athletic high kick save to prevent a goal on the right side of the net.

    Julie Eckel made a save on another shot by Williams in the 43rd to help defend UT's 1-0 lead heading into the half.

    In the 50th minute, Brown punched in a rebound shot for her eighth goal of the year, pushing UT's lead to 2-0. Cheyenne Spade fired a shot in first that Olivia Liebman turned away, but Brown was there for the follow-up.

    The goal was the 27th of Brown's career, giving her sole possession of fifth place on Tennessee's all-time list. The goal also gave Brown 72 career points, tying her with Allison Campbell (1998-99) for fourth place in school history.

    In the 74th minute, Lenz scored off a shot ripped from 35 yards out to push UT's lead to 3-0. The goal was Lenz's third of the season and fifth of her collegiate career.





    Overtime Goal Sends @RazorbackSoccer To SEC Tournament

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Sophomore Lindsey Mayo’s goal with just 55 seconds left in the overtime turned a heartbreaking end to regulation into a field-storming celebration as the University of Arkansas soccer team clinched a spot in the SEC Tournament with a 2-1 win over visiting Missouri on Thursday night at Razorback Field.

    Needing a win or tie to clinch their second straight SEC Tournament appearance, the Razorbacks (12-7, 5-6 SEC) looked to have the game won at the end of regulation, but the Tigers scored with just 19 second remaining to force Arkansas to play its seventh overtime contest of the year.

    In the overtime, the Razorbacks fought off an early push by Missouri and countered with an attack in the final two minutes that resulted in Mayo becoming the seventh different Razorback to record a game-winner this season. The goal that translated into Arkansas’ fifth overtime win of the season came off a deflection, as Mayo hit a perfect shot off a volley into the upper portion of the net, sending her teammates onto the field.

    With their program record 12th win, the Razorbacks clinched the No. 8 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament and, oddly enough, will face No. 9 Missouri (8-8-3, 4-4-3 SEC) in Monday’s first round. Kick-off is slated for 6:30 p.m.

    “Tonight embodied how these kids have played all season and that’s with a lot of heart and determination,” said head coach Colby Hale. “It takes a lot of grit to bounce back from a late goal like that and to do it with so much on the line says a lot about this group. They have been a pleasure to coach all season and I’m thrilled that we get to move on to the SEC Tournament.”

    Arkansas’ grit and determination has been evident all year with proof coming in the form of 10 one-goal wins and the previously-mentioned five overtime victories. The Razorbacks’ 12 wins is a single-season record while they extended their record win total over a two-year span to 21.

    Entering as the program’s first double-digit goal scorer since 2003, sophomore Ashley Ellenwood gave Arkansas a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute off a set play from Tyler Allen. Allen played the ball following a Missouri foul and found Ellenwood who was able to head the ball into the low left corner for the early lead. The goal is the 11th of the season for Ellenwood and gives her a team-best 28 points, both of which rank ninth in program single-season history.

    Freshman keeper Cameron Carter made her 18th start frame for the Razorbacks, improving to 11-7 while making two saves. Carter and the Arkansas defense have given up just one goal or less in eight of 11 home games, going 8-3 at Razorback Field.

    Full coverage of the SEC Tournament will be available at www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com while up-to-the-minute information can be found on Twitter @RazorobackSOCCER.





    No. 25 Rebels Rout Mississippi State To Claim Magnolia Cup

    OXFORD, Miss. -- The seniors came up big in the regular-season finale Thursday, getting a pair of goals from both Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza to help push No. 25 Ole Miss (14-4-2, 7-3-1 SEC) to a 5-1 win over Mississippi State (3-15-0, 0-11-0 SEC) and claim the Magnolia Cup in the annual meeting between the two teams.

    With her two goals, Souza moved into second place on the career goal list and is one game shy of tying the school record for goals in a season set by Sarah Comeaux in 1996. Comeaux tallied 41 goals in her career with the Rebels.

    Junior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick also tied the school record for goalkeeper wins in a career as the victory gave McCormick her 32nd career win in goal to tie the mark set by Brittany Gillespie in 2003.

    The win on Thursday also tied the most wins in a regular season, set by the 2005 team and is one shy of the school record for wins in a season set in the 2003 campaign that included wins in the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

    "We were led by our seniors tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "I'm really happy with the performance by the team. We worked hard and got the ball in good spots. When we got the chance to finish we did. Everyone got to play in our last home game and now we're ready to head to the SEC Tournament and see what we can do in the postseason.

    "We're excited we tied the record for wins in a regular season and hope to break the record for wins in the SEC Tournament, but we're not done and still have a lot to play for this season," Mott said.

    The Rebels got off to a quick start, putting the first goal on the board in the eighth minute when Erin Emerson sent a corner kick into the box from the far side of the field to Souza. The senior forward took the ball and put it into the net past the keeper to give Ole Miss the quick 1-0 lead.

    Souza again found the goal in the 32nd minute when the Rebels took off on a breakaway with Bethany Bunker bringing the ball down the field. Bunker tapped the ball ahead to a streaking Souza in the box and the senior beat the Mississippi State keeper one-on-one to give Ole Miss the two goal advantage that was in place at half time.

    The second half saw another senior step up as McCalla found the back of the net for the Rebels next two goals. Ole Miss took a shot in the 62nd minute of play that was blocked, but the ball bounced right back to the feet of McCalla on the deflection and the senior drilled it into the goal to give the Rebels the 3-0 advantage.

    The lead grew from there as McCalla again found the back of the net in the 73rd minute on a ball played back across the box by freshman Addie Forbus. On a hustle play along the baseline in the near corner of the box, Forbus beat the Mississippi State defender to the ball and sent it back across the box to McCalla in the middle of the six-yard box, where McCalla then sent the ball into the goal for the 4-0 advantage.

    Forbus gave the Rebels a five goal lead moments later when Emerson notched her second assist of the night on a corner. The senior sent the ball in from the near side on her corner kick and found the chest of Forbus by the far post. The freshman played the ball off her chest and into the net to give Ole Miss the five goal edge on the Bulldogs and cap the scoring for the home team on the night.

    With the game firmly in hand, the Rebels turned to the bench to close out the final 15 minutes of play.

    Mississippi State avoided the shutout with its lone goal of the night in the 89th minute when Elisabeth Sullivan got loose on a breakaway and found the back of the net as she slipped a shot in past a diving Rebel keeper to put the Bulldogs on the board.

    Ole Miss will now head to the Southeastern Conference Tournament as the four-seed and will face the fifth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Rebels earned a bye on the first day of competition by virtue of finishing fourth in the SEC with the win over Mississippi State. Ole Miss and Kentucky did not face each other in the regular season this year.