DAYTONA BEACH — A goal in each half gave Florida a 2-0 SEC soccer win Thursday over Kentucky at the Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium. The game was relocated because UF wanted to avoid any issues due to the speech at the University of Florida by Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist.
“It was a little bit of an odd day,” Florida coach Becky Burleigh said. “A five o’clock start, a neutral site, but again, I think we handled it pretty well.
“I think we had some really big game changers that went into the game that upped the urgency. We put a challenge to the team to score a goal in the first 15 minutes in the second half. So it was kind of nice to see that two players that came off the bench could make a big difference.”
Junior Sarah Troccoli sent Florida (12-4, 6-2 SEC) into halftime with the lead after scoring in the 45th minute. With the first half winding down, Sarah Troccoli looked up and saw an opportunity. Her right-footed 20-yard shot curled just enough to hit the crossbar and kick in. It was Troccoli’s first goal of the season.
Freshman Madison Alexander hit her second goal of the season to finish the scoring for the match. She received the ball from Gabby Seiler and scored at the far post from 17 yards in the 52nd minute.
UK dropped to 7-11, 2-6.
The No. 20 Gators finish regular-season league road action Sunday at No. 11 Tennessee.