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    SEC Soccer Tournament: Day Two Recaps

    No. 2 Texas A&M 1, No. 10 Auburn 0

    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network

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    Postgame Interviews: G Guerrieri | Karen Hoppa

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (November 6, 2013) – Junior Allie Bailey’s goal in the 17th minute was all second-seeded Texas A&M needed to post a 1-0 victory against 10th-seeded Auburn on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference Soccer Tournament at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.

    “Obviously, we’re excited,” Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “A win is what we came here to do. Auburn played hard and really gave us a hard time trying to find a way to try to break them down. I thought their goalkeeper [Alicen Wright] was outstanding. She made some big saves and their defense saved several balls off the line. They showed some heart and grit, and it was going to take something special. I thought our team did a good job with lots and lots of scoring opportunities that we just couldn’t quite put away with 22 shots and a lot of those on goal.”

    The Aggies (15-4-1), 2013 SEC regular-season co-champions who were presented their regular-season trophy prior to Wednesday’s match, were dominant statistically, out-shooting Auburn 22-7, including a 14-1 advantage in the opening period.

    “It was a really hard-fought match,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “Obviously, Texas A&M is a great team and really had us under a lot of pressure in the first half. Unfortunately, we gave up a deflection goal. I thought our girls were fantastic in the second half. We came out fighting and we gave it everything we had. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t get one to fall, but it was a great game and Texas A&M is a really quality team.”

    Texas A&M, which has now won 10 of its last 11 matches, snapped a seven-match unbeaten streak by the Tigers.

    The Aggies got on the board in the 17th minute when Texas A&M’s midfielders created a look for Bailey, who knocked in the goal off a deflection to give her team what would prove to be the game-winner.

    “A lot of what we do starts with our midfield – Shea [Groom] and Kelley [Monogue] in the midfield,” Guerrieri said. “They were able to find Allie Bailey and Allie is a very technical player, very skilled and very opportunistic. She saw the situation coming in, was able to get the ball there to hit it, took a little bit of a deflection and found the back of the net. If you talk to Allie, she will say she was lucky. I say that she is a smart kid and she made it happen for us.”

    Auburn falls to 8-9-4 with the loss.

    Texas A&M will face the winner between third-seeded South Carolina and sixth-seeded Georgia at 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday.

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    No. 3 South Carolina 4, No. 6 Georgia 0

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    Postgame Interviews: Shelley Smith | Sabrina D'Angelo | Steve Holeman

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (November 6, 2013) – Four goals by four different South Carolina players propelled the third-seeded Gamecocks to a 4-0 win against sixth-seeded Georgia on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference Soccer Tournament.

    “We’re thrilled with a victory here in Orange Beach,” South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith said. “It’s always tough competition. We were excited about coming out and getting an early goal, and that makes a big difference in the game. We didn’t do that when we played at Georgia in Athens earlier in the year. Things were different today and it’s a good time, getting ready for postseason play, to be able to come in and do something we weren’t able to do earlier in this season. I’m pleased with the goal production and the overall production.”

    The Gamecocks (16-2-2) got on the board in the 10th minute when Danielle Au fired a ball in from the wing and found the back of the net to put South Carolina up 1-0. Less than seven minutes later, Andie Romness found Gabrielle Gilbert for her second goal of the season, extending the Gamecocks’ lead to 2-0.

    South Carolina didn’t rest on its early advantage, following up with a pair of goals in the second half.

    “When you’re up two goals, it makes a difference,” Smith said. “Things are a little bit more relaxed and pressure is on your opponent. We knew we had to play our game and we had to take advantage of having the lead.”

    Coryn Bajema scored her first goal of the season in the 67th minute off of a free kick before Daija Griffin turned in an unassisted breakaway goal in the 76th minute to make the final 4-0 advantage.

    “The depth has been crucial,” Smith said. “We rely on our bench; we have great players who come in and give us a lift. Today, when players didn’t start as well as they normally do, we were able to rotate some players in and give us the lift we needed. As the game wore on, everyone played a great role.”

    South Carolina out-shot Georgia 14-7 and Gamecock goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo came up with two saves during her 90 minutes in goal.

    “I think it was just staying in the game and staying focused, especially because we didn’t have our best game,” D’Angelo said. “I knew I was going to be getting some shots and crosses. I think it was just keeping it cool back there and staying focused.”

    South Carolina advances to face second-seeded Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. CT Friday.

    Georgia drops to 12-7-1 with the loss.

    “I thought we actually had a pretty good game,” Georgia head coach Steve Holeman. “For the second time in a row, I thought we played pretty well but we were done in by set pieces.”

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    No. 1 Florida 1, No. 8 Arkansas 0

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    Postgame Interviews: Becky Burleigh | Colby Hale

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (November 6, 2013) – Savannah Jordan’s goal in the 24th minute lifted top-seeded Florida to a hard-fought victory against eighth-seeded Arkansas on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference Soccer Tournament at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.

    “I think the win tonight was a big one because we knew it was going to be a challenge,” Florida head coach Becky Burleigh said. “We knew Arkansas was going to play a system and a style that was radically different than what we did. I think our team handled that pretty well.”

    Florida (16-3-1), the 2013 SEC regular-season co-champion which was presented its regular-season trophy prior to Wednesday’s match, won its eighth consecutive contest. The Gators out-shot the Razorbacks 17-9.

    Jordan, the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and the SEC Freshman of the Year, turned in her SEC-leading 21st goal of the season in the 24th minute, snaring a pass from Havana Solaun and chipping it in from close range.

    “Savannah has some great goal-scoring instincts and tonight was no different,” Burleigh said. “She paid the price for that goal. It was a pretty physical goal and she’s been willing to do that all year.”

    Florida advances to Friday’s semifinal round, where it will face the winner between fourth-seeded Ole Miss and fifth-seeded Kentucky. That match is set for 4 p.m. CT on Friday.

    Arkansas, which is in the midst of one of the finest seasons in program annals, dropped to 13-8 with the loss. The Razorbacks are looking to make the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

    “It was big-time,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said. “We hit a post, we were all over. It was fantastic. We knew were going to have to play hard and bring our ‘A’ game, which I thought we did. We played well enough to get a result, to get a win. They did everything we asked. How can you not love that team?”

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    No. 4 Ole Miss 2, No. 5 Kentucky 0

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    Postgame Interviews: Matt Mott | Jon Lipsitz

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (November 6, 2013) – Fourth-seeded Ole Miss scored a goal in each half and defeated fifth-seeded Kentucky, 2-0, on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.

    “It was a great win for us,” Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott said. “The girls played fantastic and worked really, really hard. It was a very good Kentucky team, certainly an NCAA team, so I’m certainly happy. I liked the way we came out and the energy we came out with. I thought we created some good chances in the first half. Mandy’s [McCalla] goal was great and then we came out in that second half and got a good penalty [kick] there from Rafaelle [Souza].”

    The Rebels (15-4-2) first got on the board in the 22nd minute when Mandy McCalla rocketed her 14th goal of the season into the net to give her team the early advantage that it would take into the locker room at intermission.

    “It’s huge,” Mott said of scoring early goals. “It gives you motivation and gives you an excitement level. It kind of breaks the tension of the game. I’m just really happy with the way our team responded.”

    In the second half, Rafaelle Souza extended Ole Miss’ advantage to 2-0 with a successful penalty kick in the 55th minute.

    The Rebels out-shot the Wildcats 18-11 in the match.

    Ole Miss advances to face top-seeded Florida in Friday’s semifinal round. That match is slated for a 4 p.m. CT start at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.

    “They’re a great team,” Mott said. “They’ve won the league a number of years in a row. They whipped us up in Oxford early in the season, so we’ve got to play a lot better than we did that night, but I think we will. I think our team is excited for the match-up.”

    Kentucky falls to 13-6-1 with the loss.

    “I thought it went pretty much how we thought it would go,” Kentucky head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “The game got pretty extended. We knew both teams were going to want to attack and we didn’t like that we had to be pretty direct but, with all the players we had out, we knew we were going to have to play a more direct style. We got all the chances that we wanted in the first 70 minutes or so and didn’t finish anything. Obviously, their second goal changes the game. Until that second goal, I wouldn’t have traded our chances for theirs. I was very happy with how we were playing. With our style, if we’re not going to score some goals, we’re going to struggle.”

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