Roundup: No. 18 soccer blanks LSU
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 12:56 a.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Senior All-American Erika Tymrak provided No. 18 Florida (9-3-1, 6-1 SEC) the game-winning goal in her first return to action since being sidelined with an ankle sprain Sept. 21. The Gators posted a 2-0 win over LSU (5-5-4, 1-4-2 SEC) in front of 1,290 Friday at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
Possession was dominated by the Gators for the vast majority of the match, but it wasn’t until the 74th minute that Florida was able to break through.
The scoring play started when sophomore Lauren Silver brought the ball down the left side and sent it right to Tymrak at the top of the 18-yard box.
“Lauren was playing outside back and she dribbled it up. She got it to me at the top of the 18 and I split two defenders and took it end line,” Tymrak said. “I was face up with the goalie and was waiting for her to make a move. I just picked my corner and hit far and it went in.”
It was Tymrak’s third goal of the season. She was sidelined with a left ankle sprain just before halftime of the Sept. 21 Tennessee match and tonight’s appearance was her first since then.
For the second consecutive match, a Gator goal was scored in the final minute of the match. Last Sunday, it was Tatiana Perez converting a penalty kick with 31 seconds on the clock. Tonight, it was fellow sophomore Havana Solaun bringing the ball down the center of the field to score with just 36 ticks remaining.
The changes LSU made trying to find the tying goal in the final minutes helped lead to the goal, Solaun said.
Solaun now leads Florida with five goals this season, including three in the last five matches.
Florida continues road action versus SEC Western Division opponents Sunday at No. 5 Texas A&M (12-1-1, 6-0-1 SEC).
WOMEN’S TENNIS: At Pacific Palisades, Calif., Florida’s Lauren Embree won a pair of matches and advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships at the Riviera Tennis on Friday.
Embree cruised past Penn State’s 52nd-ranked Petra Januskova, 6-1, 6-0, in round of 16 before outlasting Tennessee’s 18th-ranked Brynn Boren, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-3, in a three and a half hour battle.
The Gator senior, ranked sixth in the country and seeded third at this national event, faces Southern California’s Danielle Lao, ranked 11th and seeded eighth beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Embree began the day pairing with freshman teammate Danielle Collins in the round of 16 of the consolation doubles draw and earned an impressive 8-1 victory against Penn’s 35th-ranked Julianna Rodin and Agustina Sol Eskenazi. The Gator tandem meets Texas Tech’s sixth-ranked Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo in the quarterfinals today at 1 p.m.
Collins came up short in her round of 16 singles contest, as she dropped a tough 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 decision to Virginia’s Julia Elbaba, ranked fourth among all freshmen in the country. The setback was the first in 11 career matches for Collins, who magnificently played her way through the pre-qualifying and qualifying draws to reach the main draw, with Friday’s match her eighth singles match in nine days.