UF, MSU tie in SEC soccer match


STARKVILLE — Florida and Mississippi State couldn’t score in their SEC soccer match Friday.

It’s the second tie in the all-time 19-match series that UF leads 15-2-2.

Florida had some near chances in its match-leading 20 shots Friday. Among the better opportunities was Mayra Pelayo’s shot in the 16th minute that hit the cross bar. Four minutes later, Carina Baltrip-Reyes almost tucked in the corner kick from Laís Araujo at the far post. With eight minutes left in the second half, another Gator – this time Cassidy Lindley – hit the cross bar off her 25-yard shot. In the first overtime, Pelayo’s deep cross was almost put in by Madison Alexander’s run to the near post.

“I don’t know how you are supposed to feel about a tie. It is a tough result because I feel like we really did what we came in here wanting to do, which is play our style of play,” UF coach Becky Burleigh. “We knew Mississippi State would try to disrupt that and I thought we did a pretty good job of staying true to who we were. I think we lacked a little bit in the execution in the final third and we couldn’t put one in. But again, credit to Mississippi State for keeping us off the scoresheet.

“There were lots of really good chances. It was a physical match and we kept our composure through that. It was a little skewed as far as fouls but I thought we handled that very well. I really proud of our effort and proud of how we came in here and did what we wanted to accomplish. The only disappointing part was not putting one past the goalkeeper.”

The Gators are now 4-6-2 overall, 2-1-1 in the league, while the No. 19 Bulldogs are 8-2-1, 1-2-1.

Florida next hosts No. 12 Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.