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    SEC Soccer Today: Friday, November 15

    Soccer RESULTS
    South Carolina 5, Furman 0
    Arkansas 2, Oklahoma State 1
    Kentucky 3, Ohio State 1
    Ole Miss 9, Jackson State 0
    Texas A&M 1, Utah 0

     

    Gamecocks Earn 5-0 Shutout Versus Furman In NCAA Tournament First Round

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of South Carolina women's soccer team (17-3-2) earned a 5-0 victory over Furman (17-4-2) in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Friday night at Stone Stadium. Redshirt-junior midfielder Taylor Leach scored the game winner in the 15th minute and junior goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo secured the 12th shutout of the season for Carolina in the victory. South Carolina's 11-0 record at Stone Stadium this season is currently the best home record in school history.

    South Carolina advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time overall, having advanced through the opening round in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons previously. The win improves the Gamecocks' record in NCAA Tournament play to 5-5-1 overall, including a 4-1 record in games played at Stone Stadium, with all four of those wins coming as shutouts.

    Freshman midfielder Chelsea Drennan collected two assists on the night, moving her into second all-time in the Carolina record book for assists in a season with 12. She also holds the record for single-season game-winning assists with six in 2013. Senior forward Danielle Au also collected two assists in the match, and she is now tied for sixth in the record book in career assists with 14.

    Furman's India Robinson sent a hard shot wide of frame in the fifth minute, but D'Angelo was there to hold the ball from crossing the endline. The teams traded possession through the midfield until the Gamecocks marked the scoreboard in the 15th minute on Leach's eventual game winner.

    Drennan stepped to the corner flag and sent a long cross to the far post from the right side, which senior midfielder Gabrielle Gilbert flicked to Leach, who headed towards goal. The ball deflected off a Furman defender before finding the back of the net for the early Gamecock lead.

    Furman would threaten in the 17th minute when forward Jamie Alexander hit the crossbar with a strong attempt, but Carolina added to its lead just two minutes later.

    Sophomore forward Raina Johnson scored her team-leading 10th goal of the year to push the Carolina lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute. D'Angelo collected her second-career assist with a long ball out of the defensive third, which Au continued forward into the path of Johnson. Battling a Furman defender, Johnson found the ball near ground level and hit a one-time volley past the Paladin goalkeeper for the score.

    South Carolina once again added to its lead less than 10 minutes later. On another corner from Drennan, freshman forward Daija Griffin and senior midfielder Liz Sinclair connected for assists before sophomore forward Coryn Bajema found the back of the net with a header to the far post past Hull.

    Furman struggled to find a rhythm after the early goals, and the Gamecocks continued to hold the majority of possession.

    Bajema found the back of the net again for her third goal of the season in the 34th minute. Drennan collected her second helper of the match, finding Bajema on the left side of the 18-yard box. The striker located Hull and sent a well-placed shot low to the far post for a 4-0 Gamecock lead.

    Sophomore midfielder Stevie Parker nearly gave the Gamecocks another goal in the 44th minute on a strike that hit the crossbar, but the score held at 4-0 entering the halftime break.

    South Carolina threatened early in the second half on an attempt from Au. The senior striker found an open slot 10 yards from frame, looking for the near post, but the Paladin goalkeeper forced the ball over the endline for the Gamecock corner kick.

    Au collected her second assist of the night and her fourth of the season on Carolina's fifth tally of the match in the 62nd minute. Au found Sophie Groff in front of frame, and the freshman forward's attempt hit the near side goal post before crossing the goal line for the final Gamecock score of the match.

    South Carolina dominated the remainder of the match and D'Angelo collected her SEC leading 12th shutout of the season.

    South Carolina will play the winner of the Cal State Fullerton versus Stanford game, which began at 10 p.m. ET on Friday. Visit GamecocksOnline.com for updates throughout the weekend on the Gamecocks' next opponent, game time and location.
     



    Razorbacks Defeat Oklahoma State, 2-1, in NCAA First Round

    STILLWATER, Okla. – The University of Arkansas soccer team made a statement in its first ever appearance at the NCAA Tournament, defeating Oklahoma State, 2-1, Friday night at Cowgirl Soccer Complex.

    A fast-paced, physical first half would leave Arkansas (14-8) and Oklahoma State (9-7-6) battling, but the Razorbacks struck in the 33rd minute with a goal by Lindsey Mayo to give Arkansas a 1-0 lead. Claire Kelley sent a ball into the box, and it was settled by Mayo at the near post. The Razorback sophomore turned and sent it far post to put the Razorbacks up 1-0.

    Oklahoma State came out of the half striking and looking to take control as a goal by Madison Mercado tied the game at 1-1 in the 48th minute.

    “We knew Oklahoma State would come out firing, and they did.” said Head Coach Colby Hale. “We gave up an early goal but we said no matter if something bad or good happens, it all starts from fresh. We just keep fighting and good things happen.”

    The Razorbacks were determined for a victory in their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, answering in the 69th minute as a foul on Mercado gave Arkansas a free kick just inside Razorback territory. Tyler Allen sent the ball in, cruising over the heads of Oklahoma State defenders and straight into the goal. The Razorbacks took a 2-1 lead as the free kick by Allen went untouched.  

    “I’m proud,” said Hale. “We fight, we battle. We go up a goal, they tie it – no one panics, we just score another goal.”

    The Arkansas defense stayed alive, holding off the Cowgirls to go on for the 2-1 lead, picking up the first win in NCAA Tournament history.

    “It’s a fantastic group,” said Hale. “We go into every game expecting to win. Those girls have so much belief in themselves. As the game goes late and gets tight they believe they’re going to win.”

    The Razorbacks will face the winner of UCF- St. John’s in the second round next Friday, November 22.
     



    Three Second-Half Goals Send Kentucky into NCAA Second Round

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team got three goals, all coming in the second half, by Caitlin Landis, Arin Gilliland and Zoe Swift to pick up the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament win on Friday night, as the Wildcats topped Ohio State, 3-1, at the UK Soccer Complex in the first round.

    “First of all, congratulations to Ohio State for a great season and a great game today,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “Obviously, they are a great challenge for us. We played very well and I thought we put a lot of things together that we havebeen working on in training. I am not one for a lot of coach speak, so when I got interviewed this week I said, ‘Look this was the best week of training we had had and that we were really sharp and we have done the work and we haveprepared and taking care of details and are ready.’ That is what I meant. We were ready and you could feel it throughout the entire week and you could feel it in each activity we did and it was just a commitment. That commitment goes from our players that are scoring and doing these things and playing and starting to the players that weren’t even on the bench today because of the NCAA rule of 22 (players).”

    Kentucky dominated the run of play all night, controlling possession, and dictating scoring chances all game long. In the first half, even though Kentucky didn’t score, the Wildcats created chances, including hitting the post as Kentuckylaunched 12 shots to OSU’s four, as well as taking five corner kicks and not allowing the Buckeyes to take one.

    In the second half, Kentucky got on the board first with Caitlin Landis’ fourth goal of the season in the 51st minute. Danielle Krohn took a corner from the left side of the pitch, and served a ball into the box that was sent in by Olivia Jester from 10 yards out. Ohio State keeper Jilian McVicker stopped the initial shot by Jester, but the rebound was throttled home by Landis right up the middle with pace for the lead.

    Just three minutes later, Kentucky scored again to double its lead, as Gillilandpicked up the game-winning goal in the 54th minute. Gilliland won a tackle at the midfield stripe, and then had a clear 50-yard path to the net. Gilliland took advantage of the Buckeyes’ high back line and then slotted the ball far post to collect the 2-0 lead.

    After Kentucky then put numbers behind the ball, the Buckeyes responded to make it 2-1 in the 73rd minute on Nichelle Prince’s 13th goal of the season. Prince got the ball off a near-side run from Lindsay Agnew and then took a few touches at the top of the box. After beating her defender, she turned and faced, launching a ball past Kayla King for the goal.

    Just three minutes later, Zoe Swift put the game on ice, scoring for the ninth time in 2013 and giving Kentucky the 3-1 lead in the 76th minute. Swift had a give-and-go with Gilliland from 40 yards out, and again took advantage of ahigh back line, leaving a lot of space between Swift and the keeper. Swift took a few touches towards goal and then stuck the shot to the right and far post, for the 3-1 lead.

    Kentucky would control pace and possession, running out the clock on the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament win.

    Overall in the game, Kentucky tallied 26 shots to Ohio State’s nine, eight corner kicks to OSU’s one, and only forced keeper Kayla King to make three saves.

    Kentucky now leads the series with Ohio State 5-0-1 and are 4-0-0 all-time at the UKSoccer Complex. Friday night marked the first time that fans were able to sit in the newly-renovated UK Soccer Complex, as 984 fans turned out for the match.

    With the win, Kentucky advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years for the first time in program history. The Wildcats face the winner of No. 2 UCLA and San Diego State (Friday – 10:30 p.m. ET). If UCLA were to advance, the match would be played in Los Angeles, Calif.

    “Everyone is involved and everyone is special,” Lipsitz said. “One of the more special moments of the game is when there was a minute left and I walked down and pointed to the players that were on the other side of the fence and said, ‘Open up that gate and get ready because you are running onto this field. We couldn’t have done it without you.’ Those are special moments for us when we get to be a family and it is special to see all of your hard work realized with how well we playedtoday.”
     




    Rebels Advance In NCAA Tournament With 9-0 Win

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebels made history for the program Friday night at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium when No. 22 Ole Miss (16-5-2) defeated Jackson State (10-10-2) by a score of 9-0 to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    It marked the first time for the Rebels to host an NCAA Tournament game, and the Rebels did so in style with nine goals from seven different players to pick up the win. The victory gave the Rebels the most wins ever in a season at 16 on the year and marked only the second time Ole Miss had won an NCAA Tournament game in five trips to the annual event.

    Ole Miss’ only other win in the NCAA Tournament came in 2003 when the Rebels defeated Texas in the first round of play.

    Senior forward Rafaelle Souza also notched a hat trick on the night, moving her to the top of the all-time goals list at Ole Miss with 44 goals scored in her three-year career. She bested the mark set by Sarah Comeaux (41) in the 1996 season.

    “I felt like it was a complete game us, certainly we were good going forward,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “We got good goals and kind of spread it around. I’m happy with the intensity that we came out with and the energy level. I thought we were very good in the back. I thought our possession was fantastic tonight, I thought that was probably the key to our success. I’m just happy with the team, and now we get to go down and play Florida State on Thursday night in Tallahassee and keep our season going.”

    The Rebels got things started early in the match when Bethany Bunker notched the first of nine goals on the night in the third minute of play. Olivia Harrison took a shot that caromed off the near post into the middle of the box and right to the feet of Bunker. Bunker rocketed the ball into the net to give Ole Miss the 1-0 lead.

    Souza continued the scoring in the 15th minute when she took the ball about 25 yards out on the near side of the field and dribbled past a bevy of defenders into the box before firing the shot past the far post to give the Rebels the two-goal advantage.

    The scoring continued from there with Mandy McCalla getting in on the action in the 16th minute as Jennifer Miller sent the ball in from the far side of the box to McCalla in the middle. The senior gathered the ball and fired it into the net to keep the scoring going for the Rebels.

    McCalla then took the opportunity to notch an assist almost 10 minutes later when she sent the ball ahead to Harrison on a breakaway down the far side and the sophomore from Memphis put the ball in the net for the 4-0 lead.

    Souza capped the first half scoring in the 36th minute off a nice pair of passes from two freshmen. Gretchen Harknett took the ball on the far side of the box and tapped it ahead to Addie Forbus, who turned and immediately tapped the ball into the center of the box for a waiting Souza. The senior from Brazil notched the goal to give the Rebels a 5-0 lead that would hold at the half.

    The Rebels picked up after the break right where the first half ended, as Souza got her first hat trick of the season with a goal in the 53rd minute. Bunker played the ball into Souza from the near side of the box and the senior drilled it past the keeper to extend the Ole Miss lead.

    Bunker got her second assist of the night moments later when she again found a senior, this time tapping a ball in to Erin Emerson, who scored to take the lead out to seven goals for the home-standing Rebels.

    The underclassmen finished things off from there with the freshman Harknett playing a ball in to the foot of sophomore Jessica Hiskey in the 65th minute to give the Rebels an eighth goal. Forbus then connected with sophomore Sydney Eddy in the 77th minute for a ninth and final goal of the night.

    The nine goals was one shy of the NCAA record for goals in a game in the NCAA Tournament set by Texas A&M in the 2004 season.

    Ole Miss will now face the region’s top-seeded team in Florida State on Thursday night when the Rebels and Seminoles face-off in Tallahassee at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Rebels are one of three teams who have already clinched a spot in the second round games in Tallahassee with BYU and Florida State both advancing on Friday. Denver and Colorado will play on Saturday to determine the fourth team to advance from this portion of the bracket.
     



    Allie Bailey’s golden goal sends Texas A&M to second round match against Texas Tech next weekend

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Junior Allie Bailey dribbled through three defenders and roofed a shot from 10 yards out to give the Texas A&M Aggies a 1-0 overtime win over the Utah Utes in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship first round action at Ellis Field on Friday evening.

    After receiving a pass from Shea Groom, Bailey split two defenders at the top of the penalty box and chipped the ball through the legs of third defender before lofting a shot over the head of Utes’ keeper Lindsey Luke for the golden goal, 2:19 into the first overtime period.

    For the game, Texas A&M (18-4-1) owned the offensive edge in shots (20-12), shots-on-goal (9-3) and corner kicks (7-2), but the Aggies were unable to penetrate the Utes’ citadel until Bailey’s golden goal.

    Jordan Day recorded her sixth shutout of the season and the 29th of her career.

    Playing without their only four-year senior, Rachel Lenz, the Aggies’ defense counted on freshman Grace Wright on the backline as A&M held Utah to just one shot-on-goal in the first half and three for the contest. Wright, Leigh Edwards, Karlie Mueller and Meghan Streight all put in the full 92:19 on the backline in A&M’s eighth shutout of the season.

    Luke put forth a heroic effort for Utah (10-5-6), making eight saves in the contest.

    Texas A&M improved to 2-0-1 in overtime contests on the season. It marked the 11th overtime game of the year for Utah with the Utes finishing the season 3-2-6 in games that went into extra time.

    Kelley Monogue paced the Aggies’ arsenal with five shots and Bailey (4), Groom (4), Bianca Brinson (3) and Meghan Streight all got multiple shots off. Bailey (3) and Brinson (2) were the lone Aggies’ with multiple shots on goal.

    Ashton Hall led Utah with four shots in the contest, followed by Taylor Slattery with three and Kaycee Buckley with two. Hall, Slattery and Katie Rigby accounted for Utah’s three shots-on-goal.

    The Aggies will return to action next Friday when they face the Texas Tech Red Raiders who toppled the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 3-0, in Lubbock. The match versus the Red Raiders will be played in Chapel Hill, North Carolina if the Tar Heels dispatch of the Liberty Flames in first round action tomorrow. If the Flames are victorious, the Aggies would host the match.