Gator soccer team moves to SEC semifinals


Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.

ORANGE BEACH — A pair of goals from senior All-American Tahnai Annis gave the No. 23 Florida soccer team (15-6, 7-4 SEC) a 2-0 win over Georgia (12-6-2, 6-3-2 SEC) Wednesday in the final match of the opening day of play at the SEC Tournament.

The win sends Florida to its 16th SEC Tournament semifinal appearance where it will meet No. 8 seed Alabama, who advanced with a 1-0 win over top-seeded South Carolina, on Friday.

“We've been working on the long balls from Taylor Burke and she played a perfect ball, which I was able to flick,” Lindsay Thompson said. “Tahnai was running and got there before their defenders and goalkeeper to place it in. I was really happy we were able to get that lead.”

The two-goal effort was the seventh double-goal match of Annis' career and her second of the season.

The first corner kick awarded to the Gators resulted in the lead being pushed to 2-0 just seconds before halftime. “Usually I haven't taken the corners but time was running out and I was already over there so I thought I should take it,” Thompson said. “Holly got up really high and headed it. It bounced off their defender and their keeper and then Tahnai made a really great effort to put it in the back of the net.”

It was a day of upsets at the SEC Tournament, as top two seeded teams were sent home. In addition to South Carolina dropping its opening-round match, No. 2 seed LSU fell 3-0 to Auburn in the day's opener. No. 3 seed Tennessee defeated Kentucky 2-1 and will face Auburn in Friday's first semifinal.

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