Roundup: Gator soccer ties USF
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 11:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 11:14 p.m.
TAMPA — The No. 9 Florida soccer team tied South Florida 1-1 in two overtimes on Sunday evening at the Corbett Soccer Stadium.
It was the first overtime match for the Gators this season and the third for the Bulls.
The Gators (6-1-1) found themselves trailing early when USF senior Sharla Passariello slid to touch Sarah Miller’s end line pass to score in the sixth minute. Despite many good looks at the goal, it took until the 74th minute for the Gators to find the equalizer.
From deep in the USF half, sophomore Claire Falknor sent a cross that skimmed through the traffic in front the goal to find junior Havana Solaun waiting just above the far post.
Solaun’s shot scored from six yards to knot the score at 1-all.
“Claire did a great job working it down the line,” Solaun said.
“Everyone already in the box pretty much set it up for me. There was run near post which drew all their defenders.”
Sunday’s match ended the Gators’ non-conference slate as they open defense of their Southeastern Conference title Friday with a home contest versus Alabama.
USF is now (4-1-3).
MEN'S GOLF: At Olympia Fields, Ill., in final-round play, the No. 18 Gators improved by seven strokes from round-two’s team score and wrapped up the final of the eighth annual Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational by notching a 14th place finish.
Florida’s young team was able to see progress in the fall’s first test of the season.
Junior J.D. Tomlinson had a notable day, shooting even-par (75-76-70) and finishing the Invitational 11-over.
Freshmen Ryan Orr and Victor Tarnstrom advanced four strokes from round-one, recording rounds of 80-75-76 (231) and 78-74-74 (226), respectively.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Cary, N.C., UF combined for a 3-1 singles record during the final day at the season-opening Duke Fab Four Invitational held at the Cary Tennis Center.
Senior Sofie Oyen was the only Gator involved in a first-place match and fell to North Carolina’s Hayley Carter, 6-2, 6-4.
Senior Olivia Janowicz defeated Duke’s No. 42 Ester Goldfeld, 6-1, 6-0. The win was the second-highest ranked opponent Janowicz has defeated in her collegiate career.
Freshman Kourtney Keegan earned an impressive 6-0, 6-2 victory against Duke’s No. 24 Hanna Mar, while rookie Belinda Woolcock downed William & Mary’s Leeza Nemchinov, 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-4.