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    SEC Soccer Tournament: Day One Recaps

    No. 10 Auburn 1, No. 7 LSU 0 (OT)

    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network

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    Postgame Interviews: Karen Hoppa | Bianca Sierra

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (November 4, 2013) – Senior defender Bianca Sierra’s penalty kick in the 97th minute Monday lifted 10th-seeded Auburn to a 1-0 overtime win against seventh-seeded LSU on the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Soccer Tournament at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.

    “It was a big result,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “I thought it was a wide-open game. I thought LSU had great chances; they’re a really good team. I felt our defense really hung tough. Our goalkeeping was terrific. I thought we did a great job in overtime really pushing for chances and we felt like we were going to get a goal. We did a great job creating the penalty and Bianca Sierra was clutch on the PK.”

    Auburn (8-8-4) advances to play second-seeded Texas A&M, the 2013 SEC regular-season co-champion at 12 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

    Auburn began its 2013 season with five consecutive conference losses, but has rebounded to go unbeaten (4-0-3) in its last seven matches.

    “Our team is young. I give them a lot of credit,” Hoppa said. “The character of this group is fantastic. We never faltered. We started out 0-5 in the SEC, but they stayed with it, they kept working hard and they just continue to get better every day. The results finally came and now we’re playing our best soccer in November and that’s what you want.”

    The two squads played a tightly contested match, with Auburn holding a 19-14 advantage in shots. After regulation ended with both teams scoreless, Auburn was awarded a penalty kick in the 97th minute, which Sierra drilled past LSU goalkeeper Megan Kinneman.

    “We had been knocking on the door for the last 90 minutes and we went into overtime knowing that it was going to take one opportunity,” Sierra said. “We’ve been practicing PKs all week and it finally came through and worked.”

    Auburn and LSU did not meet during the 2013 regular season.

    LSU fell to 9-9-2 with the loss.

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    No. 8 Arkansas 4, No. 9 Missouri 0

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    Postgame Interviews: Colby Hale | Ashleigh Ellenwood

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (November 4, 2013) – Eighth-seeded Arkansas scored a pair of first-half goals and rolled to a 4-0 win against ninth-seeded Missouri on Monday, the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Soccer Tournament, at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.

    “It was a team effort,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said “Cam [Carter] came up big on a couple of saves. They were dangerous. In the first 10 minutes of that second half, we were definitely under a barrage. I thought we weathered it well. We settled in and made some adjustments, and I thought, on the counter, we created quite a few goals. They could have scored another goal or two if Cam hadn’t made great saves, but honestly we could have scored a couple more.”

    Arkansas (13-7-0), which punched its ticket to the SEC Tournament with a win against Missouri last Thursday, defeated the Tigers for the second time in less than a week.

    “It’s very tough,” Hale said. “I think Arkansas and Missouri are probably going to become rivals in most sports, soccer certainly. You can tell it was an emotional game for both teams. We just figured if we came out and worked hard, we liked our chances.”

    The Razorbacks advance to face top-seeded and SEC co-champion Florida on Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT.

    Arkansas jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage in the opening period. The Razorbacks got on the board in the seventh minute as Hailey Pescatore found Ashleigh Ellenwood for her 12th goal of the season. In the 33rd minute, Alexandra Fischer took a pass from Katherine Moore and lofted it over Missouri goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein’s head from 35 yards out.

    In the second half, Claire Kelley turned in a goal in the 61st minute before Ellenwood followed with her second goal of the match in the 70th minute.

    “I’m really proud of what our team did,” Ellenwood said. “We grinded through a lot to have a game on Thursday and then come and play tonight, and have to travel. I’m really just really proud of how we grinded through things and I’m just really proud to be a Razorback.”

    Arkansas goalkeeper Cameron Carter posted 12 saves in 90 minutes of action.

    Missouri, which out-shot the Razorbacks 22-14, drops to 8-9-3 with the loss.

    “We came up against an excellent Arkansas team,” Missouri head coach Bryan Blitz said. “They were the better team today and they got the win.”

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