UF soccer loses to South Carolina
Published: Friday, October 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 28, 2011 at 12:21 a.m.
It turns out South Carolina was not in a sharing mood.
Who: No. 22 South Carolina (14-5, 8-2 SEC) vs. No. 18 Florida (14-5, 7-3 SEC)
When: 7 tonight
Where: Pressly Stadium
On air: FS-Florida (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 70 or 1070), AM-850
The 22nd-ranked Gamecocks got a pair of first-half goals — the first of which came in the game's third minute — to take a 2-0 lead, then turned it over to their league-leading defense to post a 2-1 win over 18th-ranked Florida and claim the Southeastern Conference title before a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 1,866 Friday night.
With the victory, the Gamecocks (15-5, 9-2), winners of a school-record eight consecutive SEC matches, claimed their first league crown while denying the Gators (14-6, 7-4) a share of what would have been a sixth straight title.
Reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Week Kayla Grimsley, a senior forward from Lakeland, got the Gamecocks on the board early with an unassisted goal following a UF turnover, something that continues to plague the Gators.
Danielle Au made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute when her innocent-looking header from 16 yards out somehow found its way to the back of the net.
UF was able to cut the lead in half in the 36th minute when freshman Annie Bobbitt floated a perfect cross to senior Tahnai Annis, who headed the ball home from seven yards out to make it 2-1.
The Gators were unable to get the equalizer, dropping back-to-back SEC home matches for the first time in program history.
“It's an old broken record, isn't it?” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “That was disappointing to give up that early goal. That second goal was a soft goal. Ultimately, until we figure out how to stop giving up soft goals, we will continue to chase games.”
Next up is the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., Nov. 2-6. UF is the defending tourney champ.