No. 6 Florida escapes Georgia
Roundup: No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 9 Memphis earn shut-out wins
ATHENS, Ga. -- Erika Tymrak’s goal in the 70th minute broke a scoreless tie and lifted No. 6 Florida to a 1-0 win against Georgia at the UGA Soccer Stadium on Friday.
The Bulldogs (6-3, 0-1 SEC) had their five-game winning streak snapped despite holding Florida to its lowest offensive output in six contests.
Georgia had a chance to tie the game with a minute to go, but Jenna Owens’ shot from 35 yards out hit the crossbar and the Gators (8-2, 1-0 SEC) held on for their fourth consecutive win.
Georgia nearly took an early 1-0 lead, but a shot by Susannah Dennis inside the 18-yard box was just wide, and the two teams would play to a scoreless first half. The Bulldogs had another chance to score early in the second half, but a shot by Alexa Newfield was saved by Florida goalkeeper Taylor Burke.
Minutes later, Tymrak created a shot for the Gators and posted her seventh goal of the season for the 1-0 lead.
No. 2 Oklahoma State 5, Kansas 1
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State remained perfect on the season as the No. 2 Cowgirls opened Big 12 Conference play with a 5-1 drubbing of Kansas Friday night at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
OSU recorded four second-half goals and five different players scored for the Cowgirls, who improved to 12-0-0 with the win and are just one victory or tie shy of tying the record for the longest unbeaten streak in school history.
“It was a great game; we played really well,” said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. “We talked this week about putting it all together, about playing 90 minutes at a high tempo, with focus and intensity, and I thought we did that."
No. 3 UCLA 1, Washington 0
LOS ANGELES -- A 79th minute goal by sophomore Chelsea Stewart lifted No. 3 UCLA to a 1-0 victory against Washington on Friday evening before 2,350 fans at Drake Stadium. It marked the Pac-12 opener for both teams, as the Bruins improved to 8-0-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Huskies dropped to 3-4-2 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-12.
UCLA dominated play for much of the evening, owning a 16-1 advantage in the final shot count. The Bruins, however, were unable to find the back of the net for much of the match. The turning point came late in the second half when a Washington foul gave UCLA a free kick deep in Husky territory on the right side of the field. Stewart took the kick, sending a low-liner into the box that made it past several Husky defenders, including goalkeeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann. It was Stewart's first goal of the year.
No. 8 Pepperdine 6, Lamar 0
MALIBU, Calif. -- After four consecutive games on the road, No. 8 Pepperdine returned to Tari Frahm Rokus Field, where they defeated Lamar 6-0 on Friday.
The Waves shared the scoring in the victory as Michelle Pao, Ally Holtz, Micaela Cervantes and Kristine Hilliard all netted their first-career goals in the victory. Anisa Guajardo also found the back of the net for her team-leading seventh of the season.
With the win, the Waves now tie the school all-time unbeaten streak of 12 games, stemming back to the end of the 2010 season. So far in 2011 the Waves boast a record of 8-0-3, the only undefeated team left in the West Coast Conference.
No. 9 Memphis 2, Houston 0
HOUSTON, Texas -- Two first-half goals and five second-half saves by Elise Kuhar-Pitters helped No. 9 Memphis (9-0-0, 1-0-0 C-USA) claw past Houston (3-6-0, 0-1-0 C-USA) 2-0 on Friday in the Conference USA opener for both squads at Robertson Stadium in Houston.
After both teams came up with big saves in the first three minutes of the match, Kylie Davis provided the Lady Tigers first goal of the match in the 11th minute. Christabel Oduro dribbled up the field, crossed the ball to her left and fed the ball to Davis for the score. It was Davis’ second goal on the season and Oduro’s second assist.
Taylor Isenhower increased the Memphis lead to 2-0 in the 27th minute. Just after checking into the match, Isenhower found an opening in the Cougar defense and fired the shot past Houston goalkeeper Cami Koski for the score. It was Isenhower’s third goal of the season becoming the fourth player to score three or more goals on the season.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.