Sophomore Lauren Smith recorded her first multi-goal scoring game of the season Friday night as the Florida soccer team beats the Kentucky Wildcats 3-0.
Florida got off to a quick start when Lauren Smith converted on her first opportunity in the sixth minute of the match. The game would then tighten up until the 42nd minute when Freshmen Liz Slattery would connect from deep, scoring a low liner form 21 yards out, the longest kick of the year from Florida.
The Gators dominated possession throughout most of the game on the Kentucky side of the pitch. The Wildcats managed only to get off two shots in the first half and only one more in the second half. Florida Coach Becky Burleigh was pleased with how the offense moved the ball around.
“I think that our tactics of our outside backs getting forward really put a damper on their offense and we sort of got to dictate what we wanted them to do at that point,” Burleigh said.
The offense would continue in the 56th minute when Smith would hit again on another ball assisted by Junior Havana Solaun. Smith believed that she and Solaun were on the same page.
“I think we connected really well,” Smith said. “I called her name once and she played me a great ball both times. I was really lucky that she had her head in the game, and I was able to get those opportunities from her.”
The Gator defense also continued its stellar play with their eighth shutout of the year and goalkeeper Taylor Burke's 20th of her Gator career.
The Gators will have a quick turnaround when they face the LSU Tigers on Sunday with match time set for 1 pm.