Thanks to three Gators who scored their first goals of the season, the Gators soccer team took a 3-0 win at Georgia on Sunday in front of a crowd of 2,109.
The Bulldogs had a 5-4 advantage in shots in the first half. But in the second half that turned and Florida put up a 14-3 shots advantage in the final 45 minutes.
“I think the biggest adjustment we made in the second half is that we just did a better job of offering offensively for one another. Once we did that, combined with I think tiring them out in the first half, that was a lot for Georgia to handle. That’s when we got our breakthrough.” – Florida Head Soccer Coach Becky Burleigh
Three lady Gators took their first goals of the season, with the final two goals registering as collegiate firsts.
Junior Briana Solis scored on a 22-yard shot and put the Gators on the scoreboard in minute 54.
In the 61st minute, senior Cassie Owens scored her first Gator goal. Solis has a corner kick that was headed at the near post by Gabby Seiler, the rebound of that shot landed at the middle of the goal and that’s where Owens went ahead and scored from four yards out.
Florida’s scoring ended with freshmen Madison Alexander placing the ball in at the far post for her first goal with the Gators in the 87th minute. A UGA defender tried to play the ball back to their goalkeeper, Louise Hogrell. Hogrell and Madison both raced to get to the ball in the box. The ball rebounded off Alexander and hit the near post. The ball traveled across the face of the goal where Alexander then caught up and the ball went in.
“Mel [Monteagudo] was pressing down the line and that caused the girl to play it back to the goalie. I just pressed the goalie hard and it deflected off me but it hit the post. I just kept running and it was a wide open net,” said freshmen Madison Alexander.
Now, 11 Gators have scored at least once this season.
KICKING OFF TO THIS WEEK
The Gators will be back at James G. Pressly Stadium at 6 p.m. Thursday to face Missouri in this season’s For The Cure Match. The ladies will be wearing pink to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.