Gator Soccer loses 2-1 to South Carolina; UF advance to SEC tournament

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GAINESVILLE, Fla .– Florida football lost a 2-1 decision to South Carolina on Thursday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium to close out the Southeastern Conference regular season game.

Florida advance to the SEC tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., As the No. 10 seed. Three teams finished tied for 10e and UF advance over Texas A&M and Mississippi State based on goal differential over common league opponents. The Gators will face Vanderbilt in the first round on Sunday. UF and Vanderbilt played in a scoreless tie when they met on September 17 in Nashville to open the SEC regular season action.

Thursday SEC scores

Thursday ranking:

A trio of senior Gator combined for the game’s opening goal. The game started with a free kick. The bullet pinged up the front box Georgia Eaton-Collin sent it forward. Loferski Kit touched the ball with his heel raised in an open space for Madison Alexander. His left-footed touch scored at the far post for Alexander’s fourth goal of the last five games.

The Gamecocks tied him in the 33rd minute. Ryan Gareis received the ball just over the box, then made a few diagonal touches before hitting a shot at the far post.

The winner of the match started when a cross was sent to the middle of the box. After a few touches as the teams sought to gain control, Claire Griffiths pushed him forward into space. Catherine Barry’s right-footed kick put him at the near post at 76:22.

Records 2021:

Florida (4-11-3, 3-6-1 SEC)
USC (11-5-1, 6-3-1 SEC)

Series records:

Florida leads 22-11-2

What Tony Amato Noted:
On tonight’s performance:
“I thought it was our best performance of the season. Visually, just watching it live, I was really proud of our team. I thought we played really well. The energy, the approach. of the game, our mentality, our attitude, our rate work, and then how we executed from our back to our midfield to our forwards – I think we created chances and we defended well. Thanks to Carolina South, they left no doubt about the two mistakes we made in terms of finishing.

“But I’ll be honest, I’m sorry for our players because I thought they did a lot of things in the game. The outcome of the game could have been different and it just didn’t happen tonight. But overall, you know, if we just watch tonight’s game and you just focus on the performance, we’re happy with the way we played. ” – Florida Head Coach Tony Amato

Madison Alexander and Loferski Kit combined to score again.
“Obviously Kit is drifting to the right and is really dangerous with his pace and ability to serve balls into the box. And then we asked our forwards like Madi to come into the box. We got numbers in the box. box and Kit delivered the balls in there. Madi has done a good job eliminating them in the last two games. ”- Florida head coach Tony Amato

Last game at home, but maybe still play next week at Orange Beach?
“Well I think they feel like we have more games in us and more games to play. I know they like to play here at home. But I think their approach tonight was that we were going to go into the SEC tournament, find a way to still perform well and do a little bit of racing. So although this is their last game here, we feel like we have more games in us. “- Coach -Chief of Florida Tony Amato

Following :
The Gators will face Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC Tournament on Halloween Day at 2 p.m. ET at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.

All nine games of the SEC tournament are broadcast live on the SEC network.

SEC 2021 Football Tournament Support

USC (11-5-1, 6-3-1 SEC) at Florida (4-11-3, 3-6-1 SEC)
Stadium: Donald R. Dizney Stadium (351)
Weather: 74 degrees, southwest winds at 12mph, 91% humidity, showers on / off

Goals 1 2 Final
USC 1 1 2
Florida 1 0 1

Rating:

Shots: USC 11, Florida 11
Saves: USC 3 (Heather Hinz 3), Florida 3 (Alexa goldberg 3)
Offside: USC 1, UF 1
Precautions: Remi Swartz, USC – yellow (60:08), Loferski kit, UF – yellow (80:54), UF Bench -yellow (89,42)



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