GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Georgia soccer (3-9-1, 0-6 SEC) led No. 16 Florida (9-3, 4-2) in shots on goal, but fell short on the scoreboard as the Bulldogs suffered a 3-1 loss to the Gators at James G. Pressly Stadium on Thursday.
Georgia outshot Florida in the second half, 9-6, and only allowed five shots on goal throughout the game. The Bulldogs took a total of 11 shots, with seven of those being on goal.
“Hats off to Florida,” Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said. “They are a very well coached and disciplined team. I thought our fight and determination was stronger in the second half and unfortunately we were only able to get one goal out of it to narrow the gap. There were moments when we were pretty solid, but we have to be better consistently and do that for 90 minutes.”
Georgia put Florida on its heels early as the Bulldogs came out on the attack, earning a corner kick in the first minute of action. Marion Crowder got the Bulldogs’ first look on goal in the fifth minute as the goalkeeper slapped the ball high over the net.
Georgia dominated for the first 20 minutes of action as Florida had trouble finding its target. The Gators took six shots and none on goal in the first 30 minutes of the game.
Florida’s first shot on goal came in the 35th minute as Savannah Jordan went one-on-one with Georgia’s Louise Hogrell who read the shot perfectly and was able to make the save to keep the scoreboard clean.
Eight minutes later, the Gators took the lead as the ball was fed inside to Florida’s Meggie Dougherty Howard, who took the shot to the left side panel of the net from seven yards out.
Florida carried the one-goal lead into the locker room at halftime.
Georgia got two shots off in the first five minutes of the second half. Lauren Tanner’s shot hit the left side post before Delaney Fechalos took a shot after a corner kick that was saved by the Gator goalkeeper.
In the following play, Florida took the ball down the field and a pass deflected off Caroline Waters’ foot, hit her hand, and gave the Gators a penalty kick. Florida’s Savannah Jordan took the shot as Hogrell dove right and just missed the save. Florida extended its lead 2-0 in the 50th minute of action.
The Gators took a 3-0 lead in the 66th minute as Florida’s Savannah Jordan found the back of the net from 10 yards out.
Georgia got on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute as Mariel Gutierrez scored from 15 yards out off a Florida turnover. This marks her second goal of the season.
Georgia returns to Athens to host the LSU Tigers on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. The game will serve as Georgia’s annual Kick for a Cure match as the Bulldogs will be sporting pink jerseys. The first 300 fans in attendance will receive pink t-shirts and players will sign autographs after the game. Admission is free at the Turner Soccer Complex.
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