Friday October 1, 2004No. 19 Tennessee Soccer Defeats No. 8 Florida 2-1 2OT
The No. 19 Tennessee Lady Volunteer soccer team upset the No. 8 Florida Gators 2-1 in the second overtime period Friday evening in front of a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 677. The match was delayed an hour due to lightening.
This was the fifth overtime contest between the two teams in the last seven matches. It is the first win ever for the Lady Vols in Gainesville, as Florida entered Friday’s match with a 34-0-2 home record versus Southeastern Conference rivals since 1997. In the 10-year history of Gator soccer, the only other SEC rival to defeat Florida in Gainesville was Vanderbilt (2-0) early in the 1997 season.
The golden goal by Tennessee’s Kayla Lockaby in the 107th minute ended the Gators’ hope to stop the Lady Volunteers’ three-game winning streak. Tennessee improves its record to 6-2-2, 3-0-0 SEC while Florida falls to 7-3-1, 1-2-0 SEC.
The Gators entered halftime with a 1-0 lead after a hard-fought first half. Florida tallied nine fouls and just two shots while Tennessee had six fouls and three shots at the end of the first half. Redshirt freshman Daniela Sanchez earned her first collegiate goal in the 40th minutes after senior Stephanie Freeman took a free kick at the top of the box.
"It was a beautiful free kick from Freeman," Sanchez said. "She placed it perfectly right in the center. Jamie Garside got a head on it and I just found the back of the net. It was a big goal. It was nice that I got it, but I would’ve rather have won."
Florida made some changes to its lineup for Friday’s match to make adjustments for injuries to some of its midfielders.
"For implementing that system earlier this week, I thought we made some good adjustments handling that system. I thought Jasmine was pretty dangerous. I’m sure she (goalkeeper Jen Garside) is disappointed to give up that goal, but they followed up and we didn’t. If we had defenders following up, then it wouldn’t have been an easy finish for them. Our goal was the same thing. We followed up on a shot they mishandled. We told them the field was wet and it would be hard to handle the ball, so follow up everything," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said.
Offensive opportunities were hard to earn, as the first shot of the night was made by Tennessee after 35 minutes of play. UF freshman Jasmine Johnson made some dangerous runs in the box in each half. A penalty kick looked to be a possibility on a couple of those opportunities, but the referee indicated play on, much to the objection of the Gator crowd.
The scheduled fireworks show and James G. Pressly Stadium dedication ceremony were postponed due to the evening’s inclement weather and rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 15 when the Gators face Mississippi State.
The Gators will face Georgia on Sunday at the Pressly Stadium at 2 p.m. The match airs live on Sunshine Network and can also be heard on www.GatorZone.com . The first 1,000 fans will receive Gator soccer T-shirts, courtesy of Gatorade, for Gatorade T-shirt giveaway day.