Grimsley's PK's Keep No. 15 South Carolina Unbeaten In SEC Play
South Carolina defeats Alabama 2-1 on the road for 2-0-0 weekend
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - South Carolina junior forward Kayla Grimsley capped her strongest career weekend with two decisive first half goals to lead No. 15 South Carolina (11-2-2, 5-0-1 SEC) to a 2-1 victory against Alabama on the road, the first SEC loss for the Crimson Tide (8-3-2, 3-1-2 SEC). South Carolina won at Auburn and at Alabama on the weekend to improve to 6-0-1 on the road this season.
Grimsley scored penalty kicks at 11:09 and 41:33 to notch her eighth and ninth goals of the season. A Hermann Trophy Award candidate, Grimsley finished the weekend with four goals to keep the Gamecocks unbeaten on the road in the 2010 season and atop the SEC standings. South Carolina's offensive output has remained strong the start of SEC play as the Gamecocks have outscored opponents 20-3 in six SEC games.
Both penalty kicks came after freshman midfielder Danielle Au was pulled down in the box on separate occasions. Grimsley now leads the conference in goals (9), assists (9) and points (27) halfway through the SEC season.
Grimsley's two goals move her closer to becoming the first Gamecock to join the 10-10 club in a season. Grimsley leads the SEC with 27 points courtesy of nine goals and nine assists. No South Carolina player has scored 10 goals and 10 assists in a season, the closest coming last season when Grimsley scored 13 goals and seven assists, three assists shy of the mark. Before Grimsley, the closest came in 1996 with Debbie Smith (9-7) and Jennie Ondo (14-6) close to the mark.
Alabama's Lindsey Sillers scored at 37:07 for the Crimson Tide's lone goal of the match. Sillers took a wide pass and shot it past goalkeeper Mollie Patton while simultaneously colliding with her, knocking in the goal and tying the match at 1-1 before Grimsley's
second PK was awarded four minutes later.
The second half proved to be an even affair despite a few calls that were questioned by the bench. In the 59th minute, Au was called for a yellow card after a collision with an Alabama player that she couldn't see behind her when going for the ball. Less than a minute later, Grimsley was called offsides on a thru ball by Au on an errant whistle as two defenders were between Grimsley and the keeper when the flag went up.
Carolina came close to earning a third goal in the 83rd with Grimsley sending a ball across the field that just missed the sliding leg of Kelsey Barr. Au's follow-up hit the bottom of an Alabama foot and was subsequently saved to end the threat.
Alabama came through with a corner kick with one minute remaining, but the shot by Kaitlin Smith that came with 30 seconds on the clock was saved by Patton as the Gamecocks held on for the 2-1 victory.
South Carolina returns home next weekend with games against SEC East rivals Georgia and Tennessee. The Gamecocks and Bulldogs will play Friday night at 7 p.m. at Stone Stadium. The team will then play Tennessee at 3 p.m. in a game nationally televised by
Williams Becomes Wins Leader in Win over UK
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Arkansas scored a goal in each half and Britni Williams became the schools all-time career wins leader as the Razorbacks posted a 2-0 Southeastern Conference soccer victory over Kentucky Sunday at Razorback Field.
Kelsey Allison put Arkansas ahead at 19:02 with her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Laurel Pastor crossed from the far side of the field to Allison, who headed the goal into the deep right corner of the net.
In the second half, Allie Chandler was fouled inside the box at the 66:46 mark by Laura Novikoff. On the resulting penalty kick, she fired a shot into the left corner of the net for a 2-0 lead.
With the win, Arkansas is 4-8-2 overall and 1-4-1 in the SEC. Kentucky is now 7-6-1 overall and 1-4-1.
In goal for the Razorbacks, Williams recorded two saves to extend her school record for shutouts to 26. She also recorded the 29th victory of her career to take over sole possession of first place on that chart. She had been tied with Carrie Dillsaver, who had 28 from 2003-06.
Williams also has 339 career saves to tie Dillsaver for third on that list.
Against UK, Arkansas had a 12-4 advantage in shots and a 4-2 lead in shots on goal. Kentucky had no shot attempts in the second half.
The Razorbacks were called for 23 fouls while Kentucky was whistled for 13.
For the half, Arkansas out-shot Kentucky 6-4, but both teams had two shots on goal. The Razorbacks had two corner kicks to one for UK. The Razorbacks were called for 11 fouls while UK had six.
Allison led the Razorbacks with four shot attempts, followed by Chandler with three, Laurel Pastor and Yvonne Desjarlais with two each, and Jessie Givens with one.
Allison, Chandler, Pastor and Desjarlais all had one shot on goal.
Arkansas is on the road for a pair of games this week, playing at Mississippi State on Friday and at Ole Miss on Sunday.
TENNESSEE SOCCER SWEEPS THROUGH MAGNOLIA STATE BY RACING PAST OLE MISS, 3-1
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Lady Vol soccer team (7-6-1, 4-1-1 Southeastern Conference) improved to 5-1-1 over its last seven matches and wrapped up its perfect weekend jaunt through The Magnolia State by defeating Ole Miss, 3-1, on a 90-degree Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium in Oxford, Miss. The contest was broadcast live on television via Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).
The Big Orange received the second consecutive match-winning goal of the trip from freshman midfielder Caroline Brown, the team-leading sixth score of the campaign from junior forward Emily Dowd and an own goal during the 19th minute from the Rebels in posting the rousing victory. Brown had previously recorded the match-winner at the 102:22 mark on Friday night during UTs 1-0 overtime triumph at Mississippi State. Sophomore midfielder Kylie Bono tallied an assist on Browns goal for her 10th overall point over Tennessees last seven matches.
The Lady Vols out-shot the Red & Blue by a 24-13 count, including 11-7 on shots on goal, and posted a commanding 11-5 advantage on corner kicks.
Tennessee redshirt senior goalkeeper Molly Baird registered six saves during the match in picking up her 15th career victory between the pipes. Her counterpart for the Rebels, Sarah Story, made eight stops while permitting a trio of scores.
This was a great win today for our team, Lady Vol Head Soccer Coach Angela Kelly said. Our offense executed very well in the attacking half. Both teams were coming off overtime matches on Friday night, and I was really pleased with the endurance, mentality and overall fitness displayed by our squad. It was also a terrific performance this weekend by freshman Caroline Brown to score both match-winners for us during our trip to Mississippi.
After an early feeling out process over the opening few minutes, a Tennessee foul granted a free kick for the Rebels during the sixth minute of play. A cross to the middle from about 28 yards out on the right wing traveled harmlessly through the traffic out front, however, for a goal kick.
It proved to be Ole Miss that tallied the matchs first goal as forward Mandy McCalla broke in free from the right side. She dribbled diagonally in towards the right upright and fought off a last ditch sliding effort from a UT defender to beat Baird from approximately six yards for a 1-0 Rebel advantage.
After sophomore midfielder Amy Harrison fired well wide for Tennessees initial shot of the match at 13:31, the UM lead nearly became two scores at 14:33 as another long pass ahead found Rebel forward Erin Emerson with a step on the defense. She shot quickly from the right side of goal, forcing Baird to make a diving deflected stop across the goal mouth before it was eventually cleared.
Pressure forced off a cross to the middle during the 19th minute paid vital dividends for the Big Orange. Brown battled in the right corner to win an important one-vs.-one battle and crossed a feed towards Harrison out in front of the right post. That forced a quick and eventually unfortunate decision by the marking Rebel defender as she attempted a quick tip back to her keeper, but it got through for an own goal, tying the scoreboard at 1-1 at 18:41.
Just 4:38 later a terrific through ball up the middle from Bono located Brown with a step on her defender on the right wing. The Hershey, Pa., native managed a quick shot from approximately nine yards to beat UM keeper Sarah Story in a one-vs.-one situation for her third goal of 2010 and second during this weekends road trip through The Magnolia State.
During the 25th minute junior forward Chelsea Hatcher blasted a free kick that appeared to strike the crossbar before rebounding back into play. A follow-up shot by Brown was saved by Story as the Rebels avoided allowing yet another UT score.
The Tennessee backline came up big at the 27:43 mark of the opening stanza as a pass into the 18 ended up ricocheting around in the middle of a crowd. Tough battles ensued with the only shot allowed by UT being a weak effort by Ole Miss McCalla from about 10 yards out that rolled slowly into Bairds waiting arms.
Baird came up huge again for the Lady Vols with 8:50 left in the first frame as a shot from near the penalty spot by McCalla was saved by the redshirt senior keeper. The drive got through the goalies hands, but the Raleigh, N.C., product had enough of a deflection on the tough shot to force it wide of the right post. On the ensuing UM corner kick into the 18, a header from 12 yards out by leaping Ole Miss midfielder Dylan Jordan ventured well high of goal.
With less than two minutes remaining in the half, a through ball found freshman midfielder Sanna Saarinen with some space up the left wing, and the Espoo, Finland, native crossed through the middle over to the right side of frame. Bono raced into the play from behind and fired a shot from about 12 yards that was stopped via a solid diving save by Story.
That proved the last major chance of the half as the squads went to the break with the Big Orange holding a 2-1 advantage.
Right off the opening kick of the second stanza, a long run up the left wing by Saarinen resulted in a cross to the middle. A closely marked Harrison managed a shot at 45:47 from about 10 yards out but forced it over the bar for a goal kick.
The UT offensive pressure continued during the 48th minute, off a corner kick to the middle of the 18, as senior Julie Edwards shot high.
Then 2:02 later Bono forced a Story save on a drive from just wide of the left post, registering Tennessees 12th shot of the match and fourth over the opening 4:49 of the second half.
Ole Miss continued to make runs up both wings, but numerous crosses to the middle were cut-off pre-emptively on grabs by Baird or cleared out of the 18 by Lady Vol defenders.
The Rebels had a glorious chance in the 58th minute as a give-and-go worked between McCalla and Emerson ended up with the latter breaking in free towards the left upright. Baird cut down the angle and made a tough catch on the eventual blast from about nine yards out.
Meanwhile the woodwork was busy denying the Lady Vols at the other end. At 58:00 junior forward Emily Dowd launched a shot from the top of the 18 that rattled sharply off the crossbar. Then just 1:21 later, on a feed to the middle from the left wing, Bono managed a shot from about eight yards out that also hit off the bar before being cleared out of danger by Ole Miss.
The Tennessee offensive opportunities continued during the 62nd minute of play as a scrum out front of the UM goal, with the orb pin-balling around between players, resulted in potential chances for senior forward Anna Fisher, Hatcher and Harrison.
During the 67th minute an Ole Miss corner ended up requiring another solid stop by Baird in goal. The ball was crossed to the middle from the left side and landed at the feet of McCalla. She turned quickly and fired from near the penalty spot, but UTs net minder proved up to the task, managing to get a leg out to deflect the ball back out into the middle. A follow up shot by the Rebels Jordan traveled well high of the crossbar as UT maintained its one-goal advantage.
On a 70th minute corner by Ole Miss, McCalla was waiting on the pass at the far post but headed high of frame while attempting to send a shot across goal into the upper right corner.
Brown almost made it 3-1 Lady Vols with 15:45 remaining in regulation as a cross from the right side into the center was headed by the rookie straight up in the air. As the sphere returned to Earth Brown managed to get better purchase on her second header from about 10 yards out, forcing the eighth stop of the match from the Rebel keeper.
Tennessee continued its pressure down the stretch forcing a trio of corner kicks over a stretch from 77:37 through the 84th minute of play.
With approximately 5:30 left in regulation the Rebels forced a corner kick, still trailing by a goal on the scoreboard. On the feed to the back post, UM managed a header on frame but Baird managed to punch the ball out in a crowd in the middle to keep Ole Miss from getting off a quality shot.
In full-on clock-wasting mode, Dowd ended up with the ball off the left side of frame. The Gainesville, Fla., native made a move towards the end line and fired a shot on goal. The blast was high forcing a leap by the Ole Miss keeper, and it hit off her outstretched fingertips before trickling in for the match-sealing score at 87:51.
Offense Comes Alive As Soccer Rolls MSU
STARKVILLE, Miss. --- The No. 18 Georgia soccer team scored three goals for the sixth time season as the Bulldogs posted a 3-0 shutout over Mississippi State Sunday at the MSU Soccer Field in Starkville. The squad was paced by sophomore Laura Eddy, who scored a goal and added an assist for a three-point afternoon.
Georgia remains unbeaten in SEC play at 3-0-3 while moving to 8-2-4 overall. Mississippi State falls to 7-8-0 while still searching for their first league win at 0-6 in conference action. Georgia is now unbeaten in eight straight contests to mark the longest such streak in the conference.
It was a great day. We obviously focused a lot on finishing which is something we knew we had to get better at, said head coach Steve Holeman. It was nice to get a goal in the first five minutes and we were able to work a lot of players in and get a good result. Were happy to get this result on a hot Sunday afternoon on the road.
We get the monkey off our back [offensively], which was important. We got some frustration out and to be able to get three goals on a day like today, we have some confidence moving forward.
The Dogs set the tone for the day very early on, as freshman Alexa Newfield scored her fourth goal of the season just 3:09 into the game to give Georgia the early 1-0 lead. Newfield took advantage of a beautiful service across from Laura Eddy on the right, getting a head on it in the six and sending it past MSU keeper Skylar Rosson.
It became 2-0 in the 35th minute as Georgia capitalized on a hard-working series. The freshman tandem of Madeline Barker and Meghan Gibbons worked free on the left, with Gibbons sending a pass inside to Jamie Pollock. The junior chipped it over Rossons head for her second goal of the year, with assists credited to the rookie duo.
That was it in the first half for both squads, with the Bulldogs holding onto the 2-0 lead at the intermission while leading 11-1 in the shot column. Georgia keeper Ashley Baker was tested just once through the first 45:00, coming up with the one save.
Georgia picked up the third of the day in the 58th minute as sophomore Laura Eddy took full advantage of a position change today that saw her spend time on the front line. The sequence started with a crisp through-ball from freshman Nikki Hill on the right, finding Eddy in the box for a shot into the bottom right corner. It was Eddys first of the season and second of her career, as the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year spent the majority of last season in the back. Hills assist was her first point as a Bulldog.
I found out this morning I would be playing a different position, Eddy said. It was fun and I was excited. Its nice tot play a different position once in a while. I was just trying to help the team out, but it helped that they were sending in perfect balls.
Georgia continued to dominate the run of play in the second half and had its best chance at No. 4 when Gibbons dropped it back to Susannah Dennis for a hard shot that Rosson was able to catch up with. Gibbons set up Barker with a feed over on the left side but Barker just missed getting a foot on it.
As time ran out, Georgia owned the shot advantage, 26-6. Baker picked up a second-half save as she was forced to make just two on the day thanks to the prowess of the Bulldog defense. It was the seventh clean sheet of the year and third straight for Baker and the Dogs, who have still allowed just nine goals on the year.
Georgia was able to work in all of the field players who made the trip, making 10 substitutions.
The weekend ends 1-0-1 for Georgia, which played to a scoreless tie with Ole Miss on Friday.
Georgia remains perfect at 6-0 when scoring multiple goals in a game. The Bulldogs overcame a recent scoring drought as they had totaled just three goals in their previous five outings before today.
The Dogs continue their current five-game road swing next weekend in a crucial pair against two teams currently above them in the SEC East. Georgia will meet No. 15 South Carolina next Friday at 7 p.m. in Columbia, S.C., before heading to No. 6 Florida on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators vs. Bulldogs will be showcased on CSS. Live audio, live stats, and the Soccer Live Blog will all be available next weekend.
Soccer Drops 1-0 Decision to Vanderbilt
BATON ROUGE - The LSU soccer team saw its 15-game home unbeaten streak and four-game unbeaten streak in Southeastern Conference play snapped Sunday afternoon after suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Vanderbilt Commodores at the LSU Soccer Complex.
The Tigers (5-6-3, 2-2-2 SEC) also dropped its first decision to the Commodores (6-7-1, 2-3-1 SEC) since the 2005 season after opening the match with a five-game unbeaten streak in the series.
Vanderbilt senior forward Molly Kinsella scored the game-winning goal in the 68th minute of play with an open shot from 10 yards out in the right side of the penalty area. Senior Megan Eddings found Kinsella on a pass over the top of the LSU back line, where the senior finished with a shot inside the left post.
The Tigers struggled to finish throughout the match, as freshman striker Addie Eggleston provided LSU's best opportunities to get on the scoreboard early in the second half with shots on consecutive possessions.
With LSU on a four-on-three break in the 52nd minute, sophomore forward Carlie Banks slotted a through ball to Eggleston running free down the right flank. Eggleston then positioned her run toward the goal one-on-one with Vanderbilt goalkeeper Rachel Batchel before firing a right-footed shot on frame from 10 yards that was saved by the Commodore stopper. Eggleston followed one minute later with a blast from at the top of the area just inches wide of the right post following a centering pass from Allysha Chapman.
Chapman was very active for the Tigers in generating the attack down the left wing as she wrapped up the match with a team-high three shots, while also serving into the box a series of end-line crosses throughout the 90 minutes of action and wreaking havoc through the Vanderbilt defense with several class runs.
The Tigers held the advantage on the final stat sheet while outshooting the Commodores by a 13-6 margin in total shots and holding a 6-2 edge in corner kicks. Each side fired three shots on goal in the match.
LSU will head back on the road next weekend as the team returns to the pitch Friday night with a journey to Oxford, Miss., to take on the Ole Miss Rebels in a match scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. The Tigers then travel to Starkville, Miss., on Oct. 17 to battle the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a match slated to kick off at 1 p.m. at the MSU Soccer Field.