UF roundup: Gators soccer team ends four-match slide

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Florida beats FGCU 4-0 at home

Four goals by three Gators gave Florida’s soccer team a 4-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium and halt a four-match losing streak.

“I think we connected passes much better. Once we broke the line, we looked forward. I think that really helped,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “In terms of quality of the play overall, it was much better.”

Three goals by two scoring their first Gator (3-4) goals gave Florida a 3-0 halftime lead. Senior Vanessa Kara, who joined the Gators as a graduate transfer from Drexel this season, scored the opening two goals. She one-touched in from 10 yards Cassidy Lindley’s cross in the 14th minute. Then in the 26th minute, Kara added another goal as she put in the deflection off Madison Alexander’s shot.

“Our coaches talked to us and said they really believed in us. Belief was what the difference was tonight,” Kara said.

Freshman Kouri Peace finished the first-half scoring in the 37th minute. Parker Robert’s pass found Peace on the left side of the box. Peace took a touch to beat her defender and then took another before scoring on a right-footed shot to the far post.

Roberts added a goal of her own in the 71st minute. She headed in Laney Steed’s corner kick to score at the far post.

This is the fifth solo shutout for Gator goalkeeper Susi Espinoza and her second for 2019.

Florida Gulf Coast dropped to 2-3.

Florida finishes regular-season non-conference play Sunday against Miami. The match begins at 6 p.m. at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium/

VOLLEYBALL

Florida set to host Gators Invitational

The No. 11 Florida volleyball team is set to host the Honda of Gainesville Gators Invitational Friday and Saturday.

The Gators, along with South Florida, James Madison and Long Beach State, will compete in the two-day invitational.

At noon Friday, the Gators face South Florida and follow that up with a 7 p.m. match against James Madison.

UF holds the 28-3 series lead over South Florida, including a perfect 16-0 record under Mary Wise.

Florida closes out the invitational against Long Beach State at 5 p.m. Saturday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Mountain Dew Invitational set for Saturday

The Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams host their lone home meet of the 2019 season on Saturday morning, welcoming over 30 collegiate programs to UF’s Mark Bostick Golf Course for the 2019 Mountain Dew Invitational.

The two events scheduled, the men’s 8k race (7:55 a.m. start) and women’s 5k race (8:30 a.m.), are highlighted by a field of different collegiate programs from Florida and around the southeast.

On the men’s side, the Gators and North Florida headline the men’s field, being ranked in the top-15 of the Division I USTFCCCA South Region rankings, while regionally-ranked Division II programs Embry-Riddle, Florida Southern, Saint Leo, Tampa, Lynn and Nova Southeastern also add to the competition.

The Florida women have dominated the Mountain Dew Invitational, seeking their sixth consecutive title this season.