Top 10 Roundup
Missouri takes down No. 7 South Carolina; Cal equalizes late
No. 2 UCLA 3, Arizona State 0
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Second-ranked UCLA earned its 10th shutout and 13th victory of the season, downing Arizona State on Friday night by a score of 3-0.
The Bruins received a goal by Ally Courtnall in the first half and goals by Darian Jenkins and Courtney Proctor in the second, and goalkeepers Katelyn Rowland and Alana Munger combined for the shutout.
Courtnall scored the game's first goal in the 17th minute. Darian Jenkins started the play by sending a pass to Jenna Richmond, who chipped the ball to Courtnall in the box. Courtnall one-timed it past the ASU goalkeeper for her first goal of the season.
The Richmond-Jenkins combo came through again at 52:00 when Richmond sent a through ball to Jenkins in the box. The freshman scored far post for her team-best ninth goal of the year.
Proctor put the game away at 64:53 with her second goal of the season. Courtnall sent a cross into the box to Proctor, who turned and scored on ASU goalkeeper Chandler Morris.
Rowland totaled four saves in her 73 minutes of play, and Munger made a nice grab on a 50-50 ball in the box late in the game to help preserve the shutout.
UCLA's defense leads the nation with a 0.32 goals against average.
Missouri 2, No. 7 South Carolina 1
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri posted its second top-10 win of the season as the Tigers picked up a 2-1 win against No. 7 South Carolina on Friday evening at Walton Stadium. Missouri also knocked off No. 7 Florida on Sept. 29 to mark the first time since 2008 that the Tigers defeated at least two top-10 teams in a single season. That 2008 squad beat three top-10 opponents en route to the Big 12 Conference tournament title.
With the win, Missouri improved to 7-7-1 overall and 3-3-1 in Southeastern Conference action, while South Carolina fell to 12-2-1 and 5-2-0.
The Tigers' two goals also marked only the seventh and eighth tallies the Gamecocks have allowed in 15 games this year.
Mizzou took a 1-0 advantage in the 27th minute after earning a corner kick. Junior Taylor Grant lofted a ball at the front of the net that South Carolina keeper Sabrina D'Angelo misread. The ball bounced off De'Angelo's hand and dropped into the net for Grant's fifth goal of the year.
Play went back and forth for much of the match until the Gamecocks scored an equalizer in the 72nd minute. South Carolina's Daija Griffin crossed a ball across the box that found the foot of Paige Bendell. Bendell one-timed a low 16-yard blast that eluded redshirt junior goalie McKenzie Sauerwein and into the lower right corner of the goal.
Both teams traded chances during the next few minutes but it was Mizzou that broke through in the 79th minute of play to take the 2-1 lead. Junior Kaysie Clark side-stepped a defender just shy of midfield, took a couple dribbles and sent a ball to senior Alyssa Diggs near the left sideline. Diggs took a few touches to get near the left corner of the box, cut to her right and sailed a bending 20-yard shot toward the upper right corner of the goal. The shot flew just past the outstretched arms of D'Angelo and squeezed into the right corner of the net. Diggs' tally was her third of the year and to give the Tigers six players with at least three goals in 2013.
South Carolina managed three more shots in the final 11 minutes of the contest but could not find the back of the net.
Sauerwein made seven saves in goal for Missouri in the contest.
No. 8 Florida 3, No. 23 Kentucky 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Three goals from a pair of players gave Florida a 3-0 win against Kentucky on Friday evening in front of 1,235 fans at the James G. Pressly Stadium.
Florida scored first in the seventh minute when Havana Solaun sent a ball into the box from just above the end line. It took a bounce at top of six-yard box. Sophomore Lauren Smith took a touch and then put it in the left corner with her right foot. The Gators scored again late in the opening half when Lauren Silver spied Liz Slattery running down the middle of the field. Silver placed the ball about eight yard above the box where Slattery ran onto it, took a touch and then took a hard shot with her right foot which scored just inside the near post.
Lauren Smith earned her first collegiate multi-goal match with her long, left-footed strike in the 56th minute. The play started when Solaun’s hard shot from the top of the 18-yard box kicked off the crossbar. The deflected ball was eventually controlled by Solaun, now above and wide of the box. Her centering pass found Smith coming down the middle of the field. Smith took a touch and put in a 20-yard low, hard shot to the far post.
No. 9 California 1, Colorado 1, 2OT
BERKELEY, Calif. -- California senior Emi Lawson has the distinction of scoring of the earliest goals in California history, and after Friday, also one of the latest goals. Against Colorado on Friday afternoon at Goldman Field –- the final home match of the season and senior day –- Lawson found net with just four seconds left in regulation time of the second half to send the game into overtime, eventually settling for a 1-1 double-overtime tie with the Buffs.
With the No. 9 Golden Bears down 1-0, Lawson connected off a corner kick from fellow senior Ariana Martinez at 89:56, heading the ball into the net from the front left post for the equalizer.
“I’ve been just waiting for a set piece to finish. I couldn’t be happier that it came at a time when we needed a goal, and senior day was just icing on the cake,” Lawson said.
Despite the last-minute heroics, the game ended in a tie in double overtime.
“We came out flat. When you come out flat, good teams are going to take advantage of you,” Golden Bear head coach Neil McGuire said.
Still, the team rallied by the start of the second half, ultimately producing eight of 13 shots within the frame to edge Colorado’s nine shots. Five of Cal’s nine corner kicks came during the overtime periods. The team also limited Colorado’s leading scorer, Anne Stuller, to just one shot. Heading into the matchup with the Bears, Stuller had already notched eight goals and six assists with 65 total shots in 2013 alone.
“Even though we didn’t play particularly well, we were able to come back and garner some good success in part of the match. Offensively, we just have to do a better job of executing,” McGuire said.
While the first half was more of a back-and-forth between the teams, the Buffaloes found a way to get on the board in the 67th minute. With a pass from Stuller, Madison Krauser dribbled into the center from the left side of the field, sweeping past a California defender before popping the ball into the center of the net.
As the clock ticked down to the final seconds, Lawson, one of Cal’s three captains this season, took control of the game.
“When Ari went out there, I pointed to her and said ‘Find my head,’” Lawson said. “I didn’t care who I had to run down. I was going to get the ball.”
“It was a great service and a great goal. In the moment, if you’re going to have the ball land on someone’s head you want it to be Emi Lawson,” McGuire said. “She’s just the rock of our team and people have leaned on her for four years. I’m excited to see her get the just rewards.”
Lawson is also famous for her kickoff goal in 2012. Against Washington State last season, just five seconds into the match, Lawson lined up at the whistle and took the kick for the score.
No. 10 Stanford 1, Utah 0
STANFORD, Calif. -– Even if it took 66 minutes to score, Stanford played like a different team Friday night in a 1-0 victory against Utah, than the one coming off a rare three-match losing streak.
The difference was the team’s energy. All season, and even before its recent skid, Stanford has started slowly, seemingly tentative in its play.
The lesson that coach Paul Ratcliffe tried to impart this week was that the No. 10 Cardinal needed to stop giving its opponents too much respect, and take the game right at them. Stanford did so against the Utes and finally was rewarded.
Courtney Verloo scored on a 25-yard free kick in the second half to give Stanford the Pac-12 women’s soccer victory. She scored her seventh goal of the season when she struck a right-footed shot from the left of the penalty arc and placed it inside the left post.
The kick, set up when Stephanie Amack drew a foul, was Verloo’s fifth goal of the season on dead-ball kicks – four on free kicks and one on a penalty.
Stanford (10-3-1 overall, 3-3 Pac-12) outshot the Utes (7-3-5, 3-2-1) by a count of 22-7 and forced eight saves from goalkeeper Lindsey Luke. Stanford’s Jane Campbell made five, including on a dive to her right to stop a strong shot by Utah’s Ashton Hall in the 81st minute.