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Florida lost 1-0 to LSU Sunday.

Sunday October 23, 2011LSU Defeats No. 13 Gator Soccer 1-0

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida lost 1-0 to LSU Sunday.

LSU (12-6-1, 7-3 SEC) gave the No. 13 Florida soccer team (14-5, 7-3 SEC) its first league loss since 2006, using a long goal to take the 1-0 win Sunday afternoon in front of a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 1,789. It was only the fourth loss in Southeastern Conference home play in the 17-year history for the Gators, with the last coming against Tennessee in 2006 and it was the first loss to LSU in the 15 all-time meetings.

 

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Sunday was Senior Day and the careers of Florida’s seven seniors – Sarah Chapman (far left), Tahnai Annis, Jazmyne Avant, Brooke Chancey, Lindsay Thompson, Katie Kadera and Lindsay Williams – were celebrated in a pre-match ceremony.

The loss puts the Gators in a must-win situation for next Friday’s regular-season finale versus South Carolina. After Sunday’s results, South Carolina sits atop the SEC standings with an 8-2 record and is guaranteed at least a share of the 2011 league title. Florida and LSU share second with 7-3 records. A win or tie next Friday at Pressly Stadium by South Carolina would give the Gamecocks its first league title while Florida needs a win to move into a tie with USC. LSU meets Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., next Friday and also needs a win combined with a Florida win to claim a share of the 2011 SEC title.

 

Sunday’s Scores from SEC Action

Home

Away

Florida 0

LSU 1

South Carolina 3

Arkansas 1

Georgia 2

Alabama 2 OT

Vanderbilt 1

Mississippi State 2

Kentucky 1

Mississippi 2 OT

Tennessee 2

Auburn 0

For the third match in a row, the Gator found themselves trailing after allowing a first-half goal. The ball LSU goalkeeper Mo Isom put in play from the LSU box ended up just over midfield. Senior Natalie Martineau gained control and sent the ball right, catching fellow senior Taryne Boudreau in stride. She took a touch and launched a 30-yard shot which scored in the middle of the goal in the 33rd minute.

 

Perhaps the Gators best looks at the goal came in the first half. Senior outside back Jazmyne Avant beat her defender and took the ball end line. Fellow senior Lindsay Thompson’s shot off the cross was wide of the far post in the ninth minute. Florida’s other outside back, freshman Tessa Andujar, used the space and time allowed by the defense in the 23rd minute to get a better angle, but there weren’t any Gators able to make a play on the cross she sent to the far post. In the 29th minute, senior Sarah Chapman saw an opportunity from the corner of the box when Isom was off her line, but her chip attempt was just high. Junior McKenzie Barney tried to take advantage on a bad clearance by the Tigers deep in their box at 34:18, but her header shot was high.

 

2011 SEC Standings – Through Oct. 23

Eastern Division

SEC

Pts.

ALL

Pct.

South Carolina

8-2-0

24.0

14-5

.737

Florida

7-3-0

21.0

14-5

.737

Georgia

6-2-2

20.0

12-4-2

.722

Tennessee

6-4-0

18.0

13-5

.722

Kentucky

5-5-0

15.0

12-6

.667

Vanderbilt

2-8-0

6.0

8-10

.444

Western Division

 

 

 

 

LSU

7-3-0

21.0

12-6-1

.658

Auburn

5-4-1

16.0

11-5-2

.667

Alabama

3-5-2

11.0

8-7-3

.528

Mississippi State

3-6-1

10.0

6-9-3

.417

Mississippi

3-7-0

9.0

7-10-1

.417

Arkansas

2-8-0

6.0

4-13-0

.235

 

 

 

 

 

SEC Title Scenarios

USC

Guaranteed at least a share of title

   Outright win

Win or tie at Florida

   Share title

Loss at Florida

Florida

Win versus USC

LSU

Win at Arkansas and loss by USC

Teams receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie

The rhythm that Florida played with in the opening half seem to be disrupted in the second half when LSU put more numbers behind the ball to preserve its lead.

 

“I thought the first half was absolutely great soccer – probably the best we’ve played all year. We really moved the ball well but did not have good final passes in terms of the cross inside the six and things like that. It was disappointing to not be ahead, and then we gave up a long goal,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “Ultimately we still had plenty of time to recover from that, but in the second half we never regained our rhythm.

 

“In the second half, we never played in our rhythm,” she continued. “We were too individual-oriented. We were trying to get something great to happen instead of using the strength of our unit, which is the team.”

 

In the second half, the Gators had a pair of good looks in a two-minute span. Junior Erika Tymrak brought the ball into the top of the box, but her shot was wide of the far post in the 54th minute. Shortly after, Thompson was deep in the Tiger box, but her shot was blocked out for a Gator corner kick. In the final minutes, Avant was again deep in Tiger territory. Her cross across the goal just missed the head of Kathryn Williamson.

 

The loss has this week’s practice agenda set in Tymrak’s mind.

 

“We are going to have to work on finishing one ball after another. A lot of teams pack the box which makes it hard to score, so at practice we’re going to have to pack the box and play how other teams play. We have to work on that. It’s like a puzzle – we have to solve it,” Tymrak said. “Even though it’s a disappointing loss today, I have 100 percent faith in my team and I know we can do it.”

 

The regular-season finale with so much on the line versus SEC-leading South Carolina is set for Friday, Oct. 28. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium and admission is free. Friday’s match airs live on FS-Florida (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 70 or 1070) with announcers Mick Hubert and Matthew Stubbington. The match can also be heard on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick calling the action.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

 

 

LSU

1

0

1

 

 

 

Florida

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

LSU: Taryne Boudreau (Natalie Martineau) 32:05

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

LSU

Mo Isom

90:00

3

0

Florida

Brooke Chancey

45:00

0

1

 

Taylor Burke

45:00

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

LSU

UF

 

Shots

6

16

 

Shots on goal

2

4

 

Saves

4

1

 

Corner Kicks

1

8

 

Fouls

10

3

 

Offside

1

3

 

 

Cautions: UF/Team – 25:33; Natalie Martineau/LSU (yellow) – 74:07; Allysha Chapman/LSU (yellow) 76:20

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