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No. 8 Florida lost 2-1 2OT to No. 19 South Carolina Friday

Friday October 4, 2013No. 8 Florida soccer drops 2-1 2OT decision to No. 19 South Carolina

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No. 8 Florida lost 2-1 2OT to No. 19 South Carolina Friday

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A shot with less than 90 seconds left in the final overtime gave No. 19 South Carolina a 2-1 double overtime victory over No. 8 Florida in front of 1,511 fans Friday evening at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

Friday’s SEC Scores

Alabama 3, Georgia 2 OT

Tennessee 3, No. 25 Mississippi 0

Missouri 1, Vanderbilt 1 2OT

LSU 5, Arkansas 3

Kentucky 3, Mississippi State 1

Texas A&M 3, Auburn 1

Both of South Carolina’s goals came off headers. The golden goal came at 108:36 when Taylor Leach headed in Chelsea Drennan’s corner kick to give USC its second overtime win in the all-time 25-match series between the teams. The Gamecocks scored in the 37th minute when the lofted ball sent by Christine Watts from the top of the Gators’ defensive third was headed in by Bay Daniel from eight yards.

 

The Gators tied the match just before halftime. With the opening half clock waning, Havana Solaun took the ball end line. USC goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo got her hands on it but couldn’t cleanly control the ball and it bounced just above the six-yard box. Freshman Savannah Jordan’s left foot placed the ball in the goal with just 31 seconds remaining in the half.

 

GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

·         With 12 goals in 12 matches, Jordan is tied for third among the nation’s goals leaders. Sophomore Rachel Daly of St. John’s leads the nation with 14 goals.

·         Jordan has scored a goal in each of the Gators’ last four Friday matches

 

RECORDS: Florida (8-3-1, 2-2 SEC); South Carolina (10-1-1, 3-1 SEC).

 

THE SERIES: Florida leads the series 20-4-1 all-time.

 

QUOTES
Talk a little about double overtime and tying it up before half time.

“The comeback goal right before the half was big. To go into halftime tied, that was a great situation for us. I think what happened in the second half is we let the game get away from us a little bit.  We didn’t really play the way we like to play. It was hard because they were putting good numbers behind the ball, so there wasn’t a lot of space behind them, and we started going long and we’re not good at going long. In the end it comes down to a set piece that they executed well, I’ll give them credit for that. That player was dangerous on set pieces all game because she had a couple other good looks.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh

 

On the offsides call which disallowed a Savannah Jordan goal in the second overtime:

“We didn’t have a good angle from where we were to see it. Obviously we’ll take a look at that on tape, but it’s not going to change the outcome of the game.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh

 

What are the team’s chances in the SEC?

“Well I think that we have an uphill battle, but we’re certainly not out of it. We’ve got to keep plugging away. We’ve got to get three points on Sunday.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh

 

On her equalizer in the first half:

“It happened really fast. The ball came in from Havana (Solaun) and, I think it deflected off the defender, I just hit it in. It was great because it kind of changed the game a little bit right before half. I think it helped a little bit going into halftime. We were a little more confident. So I’m glad we were able to score right before halftime.” – freshman forward Savannah Jordan

 

On her goal called offsides in the second overtime:

“Obviously I wish it wasn’t offsides. It’s not my call, it’s the ref’s. I don’t know if it was or not, but it was close, I know that. Unfortunately it was offsides, so I guess I just got unlucky there.” – freshman forward Savannah Jordan

 

WORTH NOTING
Before tonight, Florida’s last 12 overtime matches ended in a win or a tie for a record of 7-0-5 during that stretch…Florida’s last overtime loss came in 2009 NCAA Second Round action when UF fell 1-0 to Oregon State in Columbus, Ohio…last overtime loss versus a SEC team was in 2009, a 3-2 2OT decision at Mississippi also on Oct. 4…it was Oct. 1, 2004 when Florida last registered an overtime loss in home SEC play (Tennessee 2-1 2OT)…this was the second consecutive Friday the Gators met a top-25 team, as Florida claimed a 4-1 win at then No. 24 Mississippi on Sept. 27.

UP NEXT:

The Gators continue home action Sunday when they face Auburn (4-7-1, 0-4 SEC). Match time is set for 2 p.m. ET at Pressly Stadium and admission is free. The Tigers lost 3-1 to Texas A&M Friday in Auburn, Ala.

 

Sunday’s match airs live on CSS and CST (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 259 or 1259) with Melissa Lee and Cameron Broome calling the action. Audio and stats are available on GatorZone.com and streaming video can be seen on ESPN3.

 

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Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

OT1

OT2

Final

 

South Carolina

1

0

0

1

2

 

Florida

1

0

0

0

1

 

 

Scoring:

USC: Bay Daniel (Christine Watts) 37:17

UF: Savannah Jordan (Havana Solaun) 44:27

USC: Taylor Leach (Chelsea Drennan (108:36)

 

Goalkeepers:

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

South Carolina

Sabrina D’Angelo

108:36

4

1

Florida

Taylor Burke

108:36

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

USC

UF

 

Shots

5

10

 

Shots on goal

4

5

 

Saves

4

2

 

Fouls

6

5

 

Corner Kicks

4

4

 

Offside

4

3

 

 

Cautions:  Raina Johnson/USC – yellow (99:44)

 

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