The Florida Gators soccer team was taken down 3-0 by No. 10 Arkansas in front of 2,478 people Thursday at Razorback Field.
Gators Struggle to Find Back of the Net
A strong defensive performance by Florida (5-5-4, 1-4-2 SEC) allowed it to shut out Arkansas (10-3-1, 6-1 SEC) in the first half. the Razorbacks have been shut out only five times in a half this season. Although the Gators had three shots in the first 10 minutes, they were unable to break through.
The 39th minute saw Florida earn a corner kick, but it went wide of the goal. Despite Arkansas’s early possession advantage, the Gators’ defense held strong and the game went into halftime scoreless. In order to slow down Razorback scoring, Florida kept five defenders in the backfield.
Though, despite the first half chances, Florida was unable to get anything going offensively in the second half.
The Razorbacks scored quickly early in the second half. From a short distance, Sophia Aragon capitalized from a Florida scrum in the 47th minute with a right-footed strike.
In the 67th minute, the Razorbacks scored their second goal on a corner kick. Ava Tankersley sent the ball into the far corner of the box for Florida, and despite an attempt from Gators goalie Alexa Goldberg to bat the ball away, Sabrina Jones headed the ball into the goal.
Then, in the 74th minute, on an Avery Wren square pass, Tankersley scored from six yards out to increase the Razorbacks’ lead to 3-0. The Gators were outshot 15-6 by Arkansas in the match.
The Gators return to the Diz to face Auburn in the annual Kick for a Cure match Wednesday.
Florida will wrap up regular-season play at the end of the month, finishing play against Vanderbilt on Oct. 22 and No. 15 South Carolina on Oct. 26.