Gators lose 2-0 at No. 4 UCLA in soccer

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Special to Gatorsports.com

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Florida women’s soccer team lost 2-0 at No. 4 UCLA Sunday afternoon at the Wallis Annenberg Stadium.

After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, the Bruins (4-0) got on the board early in second half when Marley Canales successfully placed her penalty kick to the left of Florida goalkeeper Susi Espinoza at 47:40. The Bruins were awarded the penalty kick after Espinoza received a yellow card.

The Bruins struck again at 58:12 when Delanie Sheehan put in a deflection.

The Gators (2-2) had their opportunities Sunday, sending some dangerous crosses and balls into the box, but couldn’t find the scoring touch.

Florida coach Becky Burleigh spoke about those missed opportunities after the match.

“Credit UCLA – they have a very, very talented team,” Burleigh said. “But honestly, I don’t think that 2-0 score was indicative of today’s game. We got behind them, served balls across the box – we need to be a bit more clinical in the final third. We were able to play through their midfield and I think that is a very, very talented midfield,” she said. “There will be some real positives that come out of this. I just think that we are close and these games are really going to help us.”

Florida returns to the Sunshine State to finish its three-match road swing vs top-5 teams and then open its 2019 home season. UF plays at 7 p.m. Friday at No. 1 Florida State. 

Then at 6 p.m. Sunday, the Gators play Central Florida at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium.