CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Seventh-ranked Michigan was bounced from the 2013 Big Ten tournament, losing to Iowa 1-0 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at the First and Stadium Turf Fields. The loss is Michigan's first since Sept. 29 vs. Minnesota, snapping an eight-match winning streak.
The Wolverines tied a season low with three shots on goal in the match. Michigan had a 6-1 edge in shots at halftime.
Iowa's Bri Toelle scored a goal in the 62nd minute that stood up for the game-winner. She got in behind the defense and put a shot on goal that was saved by freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin. However, the ball rebounded back to Toelle, who put her follow-up shot into the lower-right corner for the goal.
Michigan's best chance for an equalizer came late in the second half. A flurry of five or six passes led to a chance from senior Tori McCombs around six yards out. Instead of shooting, McCombs elected to pass to two of her teammates closer to net, but neither got a good touch on the ball and the chance was cleared down field by the Iowa defense.
Michigan outshot Iowa 16-10 and also had a 9-4 edge in corner kicks. Bucklin made four saves in goal.
The Wolverines now wait to see if they will earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament for the third time in the last four years.
No. 5 Florida 1, Arkansas 0
ORANGE BEACH, Fla. -- Florida used a hard-fought 1-0 win against Arkansas in Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference Tournament action at the Orange Beach Sportsplex to advance to Friday’s semifinal round. The Gators face Mississippi in Friday’s semifinal round.
The only goal of the match started when junior Lauren Silver sent the ball from a few steps inside the Gator half looking for Savannah Jordan about 10 yards above the Razorback box. The ball deflected high off an Arkansas defender to junior Havana Solaun, located between Jordan and the center line. Solaun headed the ball forward to Jordan above the box. Jordan got a touch and the ball deflected high toward the top of the 18-yard box. Jordan caught up to make a quick chip forward and followed the ball to make the scoring touch past the approaching goalkeeper at 23:02.
Jordan now has 21 goals for the season – the highest total for UF since Abby Wambach scored 31 as a Gator senior.
No. 9 South Carolina 4, Georgia 0
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- In its first game of the SEC tournament, No. 9 South Carolina (16-2-2) avenged one of its two losses this season as it put Georgia (12-7-1) away early and added to the lead in the second half to defeat the Bulldogs 4-0 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. It was only the second time this season that the Gamecocks have scored four goals in a game, and the first that saw four different goal scorers.
Danielle Au, Gabrielle Gilbert, Coryn Bajema and Daija Griffin scored for the Gamecocks. The scoring began 10 minutes into the game and continued through the 75th minute.
The Gamecocks held a 14-7 edge in shots, putting seven on frame compared to Georgia’s two. Junior goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo made two saves in the game while recording her 11th shutout of the season.
Third-seeded South Carolina will face second-seeded Texas A&M in the semifinals on Friday.
California 1, No. 10 Stanford 0
STANFORD, Calif. – A golden goal by senior Rachel Mercik helped Cal close out its regular season in grand fashion as the Golden Bears posted their first win against the No. 10 Cardinal in seven years. Cal downed Stanford 1-0 at Cagan Stadium in Stanford on Wednesday evening to improve to 11-4-5 overall and 4-4-3 in the Pac-12.
Mercik chipped away at the Stanford net throughout the evening with a team-leading three shots. Despite Stanford’s shot total of 27 throughout the game – more than double Cal’s 11 shots – Mercik’s header delivered the win in the final two minutes of the first overtime period.