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SEC Soccer Week 5 Preview: Conference Play Resumes

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Georgia and Ole Miss played to a 1-1 draw Aug. 22, but since then SEC teams have exclusively been playing out-of-conference games. SEC play resumes this weekend with each team playing a conference game.

LSU's Emma Fletcher fights for the ball while playing for Canada at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
LSU's Emma Fletcher fights for the ball while playing for Canada at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Todd Korol

SEC Game of the Week

No. 16 South Carolina travels to Auburn on Sunday in both teams' SEC opener. The game should be a battle of contrasts as South Carolina has only yielded one goal through eight games (the team with the next fewest in the SEC is Florida with four goals conceded), while Auburn has scored 18 through eight games.

South Carolina (7-1-0) senior goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo has already been named SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season while posting seven shutouts in eight games. D'Angelo has 26 shutouts throughout her South Carolina career. Sophie Groff and Raina Johnson are tied for the team lead with three goals. Freshman Savannah McCaskill was last week's SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring a goal in South Carolina's 2-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast University and adding an assist in a 3-0 win at USF.

Auburn lost 2-1 to Samford and won 2-0 over Milwaukee this past weekend to move to 6-2-0 on the season. Ellie Leek and Logan Beal both have three goals in 2014 to lead the Tigers. Freshman Kristen Dodson leads Auburn with five assists, and fellow freshman Courtney Schell was named SEC Freshman of the Week the week of Sept. 7. Defender Kara Faulkner is Auburn's only outfield player to play every minute so far this season.

Last season, South Carolina defeated Auburn 2-1 in Columbia. Sunday's game is at 1 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

The Undercard

  • Ole Miss travels to Starkville to face Mississippi State on Friday night for the Magnolia Cup. Ole Miss leads the series 11-6-3 and defeated Mississippi State 5-1 last season.
  • No. 7 Florida plays at Alabama on Friday night. Alabama beat UAB last week 2-0 to move to 4-2-1.
  • Vanderbilt travels to Athens on Sunday for a matchup against Georgia. Georgia and Vanderbilt combined for 10 goals in their games last Sunday.

Talking Points

  • Florida fell at Stanford 1-0 in an overtime game that lived up to the pre-game expectations in terms of form. Stanford still has yet to concede a goal in 2014 and, through the Florida game, has only scored seven goals in six matches. Florida did not give up a shot to Stanford until the 35th minute, and the game remained scoreless after the full 90 minutes of regulation. Claire Falknor fouled a Stanford attacker during the third minute of overtime and the Cardinal converted from the penalty spot to remain undefeated. Florida's five game out-of-conference road trip finished with a 4-0 win over New Mexico.
  • Florida fell one spot to No. 7 in the latest NSCAA poll after their loss to No. 4 Stanford. Texas A&M also rose one spot to No. 11, and South Carolina rose two spots to No. 14. Georgia entered this week's poll at No. 24. Auburn fell outside the poll from No. 18 to the third team outside the Top 25.
  • LSU racked up the frequent flyer miles last week, traveling from BYU on Thursday night to Duke on Sunday. The Tigers, who feature six freshman starters, beat BYU 4-3 in Provo in the Utah altitude before dropping a 1-0 game to the Blue Devils in Durham. LSU will continue to pile up the miles this weekend as it travels to Missouri for the SEC opener and Milwaukee for its final out-of-conference game.
  • Vanderbilt put six goals past UT-Chattanooga in a 6-0 win for their first six-goal game since 2007. All of the goals occurred between the 20th and 47th minutes and were part of 47 shots piled up by the Commodores. Vandy's domination was complete as they only allowed one UTC shot. The six goals account for nearly half of Vanderbilt's 14 goals on the season (through eight games).

Results and Schedule

Thu, Sept. 11

Final

Florida Gulf Coast 1 at Texas A&M 2

Thu, Sept. 11

Final

LSU 4 at BYU 3

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

Tennessee 1 at Virginia 2

Fri, Sept. 12

Canceled

Mercer 0 at Georgia 0

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

South Carolina 3 at South Florida 0

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

Montana 3 at Missouri 4

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

Lipscomb 0 at Vanderbilt 1

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

Ole Miss 2 at Austin Peay 0

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

Rice 0 at Arkansas 0

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

Samford 2 at Auburn 1

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

UAB 0 at Alabama 2

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

South Alabama 2 at Mississippi State 0

Fri, Sept. 12

Final

Florida 0 at Stanford 1

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Pepperdine 3 at Kentucky 2

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Richmond 1 at Tennessee 3

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Florida 4 at New Mexico 0

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

LSU 0 at Duke 1

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Milwaukee 0 at Auburn 2

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Cal State Northridge 1 at Missouri 3

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

South Carolina 2 at Florida Gulf Coast 0

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Chattanooga 0 at Vanderbilt 6

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Louisiana Tech 1 at Mississippi State 2

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Middle Tennessee 0 at Ole Miss 4

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Georgia 4 at Furman 0

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Marquette 0 at Texas A&M 3

Sun, Sept. 14

Final

Missouri State 1 at Arkansas 6

Thu, Sept. 18

7 p.m. ET

Tennessee at Texas A&M

SEC NETWORK

Fri, Sept. 19

7 p.m. ET

Ole Miss at Mississippi State

SEC NETWORK

Fri, Sept. 19

7:30 p.m. ET

LSU at Missouri

SEC NETWORK +

Fri, Sept. 19

8 p.m. ET

Florida at Alabama

SEC NETWORK +

Fri, Sept. 19

8 p.m. ET

Kentucky at Arkansas

SEC NETWORK +

Sun, Sept. 21

1 p.m. ET

South Carolina at Auburn

SEC NETWORK

Sun, Sept. 21

2 p.m. ET

Alabama St at Alabama

SEC NETWORK +

Sun, Sept. 21

2 p.m. ET

LSU at Marquette

Sun, Sept. 21

3 p.m. ET

Vanderbilt at Georgia

SEC NETWORK

Sun, Sept. 21

6 p.m. ET

Ole Miss at UCF