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The Gators lost at No. 12 Tennessee 4-2

Sunday September 25, 2011No. 6 Gator Soccer Falls 4-2 at No. 12 Tennessee

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The Gators lost at No. 12 Tennessee 4-2

A second-half comeback fell short as the No. 6 Florida soccer team (8-3, 1-1 SEC) lost 4-2 at No. 12 Tennessee (8-2, 1-1 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 1,480 at the Regal Soccer Complex.

 

Sunday’s Scores from SEC Action

Home

Away

Tennessee 4

Florida 2

Alabama 1

Kentucky 4

Auburn 3

Vanderbilt 0

Arkansas 2

Mississippi State 0

LSU 3

Mississippi 2

Georgia 2

South Carolina 1

The first shot of the match resulted in a Lady Vol goal. Alexis Owens pounced on a misplay of a back pass to Gator goalkeeper Taylor Burke on the left side of the box. Her 10-yard shot scored at the far post corner at 4:05. The Lady Vols extended their lead in the 23rd minute when the Gators turned the ball over in the midfield. Caroline Brown’s ball hit Emily Dowd in stride as Dowd broke past the Gator back line in a 3-on-2 breakaway. She scored her sixth goal of the season from 12 yard to give UT a 2-0 lead. Owens added her second goal of the half in the 36th minute when she took a wide pass on top of the left corner of the penalty box. She beat her defenders to score at near top corner of goal from six yards.

 

A penalty kick put the Gators on the board early in the second half. Freshman Jillian Graff was fouled by UT’s Kylie Bono and the Gators were awarded their second penalty kick of the season in the 47th minute. Erika Tymrak successfully converted the PK to push her team-leading goals total to eight.

 

The Gators narrowed the lead to a single goal in the 65th minute. Jo Dragotta’s long pass through the middle was misplayed by a UT defender in the box, leaving freshman Havana Solaun in a 1 v1 situation with UT goalkeeper Julie Eckel. The goalkeeper beat Solaun to the ball and attempted a fist clearance 10 yards from goal. The ball hits Solaun in the thigh and went into the empty net.

 

The final score of the match came when Owens took a long pass from Brown and streaked up the left side.  At the six, Owens slotted it past the diving keeper and a sliding defender to earn her first collegiate hat-trick in the 86th minute.

 

UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh thought the Gators’ early mistakes gave the team a lot to overcome.

 

“We just dug a deep hole for ourselves early on our own mistakes,” Burleigh said. “We did a good job of recovering from that in the second half but it wasn’t enough. As far as the fourth goal, we were chasing the win. I don’t care if the final is 3-2 or 4-2 – that goal is inconsequential.”

 

The Gators showed some sparks in the second half, but there wasn’t enough to close the gap.

 

“It wasn’t enough of a comeback,” Burleigh said.  “We have to use that energy that we came back with and some composure. We had the energy and at times, the composure, but not quite enough.

 

“I give credit to Tennessee for having six shots and scoring four goals,” Burleigh continued. “That is efficiency in finishing.”

 

The Gators return home after a four-match road stretch to begin a four-match home stand versus SEC rivals. Play begins Friday, Sept. 30 when SEC Eastern Division rival Vanderbilt comes to the James G. Pressly Stadium. The first 500 fans at Friday’s match receive a free Florida seat cushion and be sure to stick around to watch the post-match fireworks.

 

Friday’s match airs live at 7 p.m. on FS-Florida (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 70 or 1070). The match can also be heard on WRUF SportsRadio 850, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington calling the action.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Florida

0

2

2

Tennessee

3

1

4

 

Scoring:

UT: Alexis Owens (Emily Dowd) 4:05

UT: Dowd (Caroline Brown) 23:37

UT: Owens (unassisted) 35:48

UF: Erika Tymrak (penalty kick) 46:38

UF: Havana Solaun (unassisted) 63:48

UT: Owens (Brown) 85:11

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida

Taylor Burke

90:00

0

4

Tennessee

Julie Eckel

90:00

4

2

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UF

UT

 

Shots

13

6

 

Shots on goal

4

4

 

Saves

0

2

 

Corner Kicks

10

3

 

Fouls

8

16

 

Offside

1

0

 

 

Cautions: None

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