The Florida Gators soccer team looks to stay in the win column tonight.
Florida (1-4-1) faces the No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels (6-0-0) Thursday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The matchup marks the Gators’ fourth top-20 opponent of the 2021 season.
UF is coming off of a 1-0 win over the FGCU Eagles Sunday. With four saves, sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Goldberg recorded a shutout for the first time in her collegiate career. Prior to that, the Gators fell short to the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles 5-2 on Sept. 2.
Tony Amato’s offense averages 0.83 goals per game while its opponents average 1.83 goals per game. Sixth-year senior Kit Loferski leads the team in points with six (three goals), while junior Alivia Gonzalez trails closely behind with three points of her own. Though the orange and blue’s record so far hasn’t been above par, the gritty team repeatedly battles to the last minute.
UNC is riding a six-game win streak. The Tar Heels pulled off a 2-1 overtime win Sunday versus the No. 10 Stanford Cardinals. Senior goalkeeper Claudia Dickey played over 96 minutes in cage in order to secure the win.
The dominant North Carolina offense averages 2.67 goals per game whereas their opponents average only 0.5 goals per game. Freshman Emily Murphy and senior Rachael Dorwart lead the team with three goals apiece. Under veteran head coach Anson Dorrance’s guidance, the number two team in the country has outscored opponents 16-3.
UNC leads the series 1-8-1 over UF.
Tonight will be the eleventh time the teams face off. The last time Florida and North Carolina met dates back to Aug. 24, 2012, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where the double-overtime game ended in a scoreless tie. The Tar Heels make their only second trip to Gainesville since Oct. 10, 1998.
The game can be streamed on SEC Network Plus.