UF roundup: Soccer team wins at Vanderbilt


Florida wins 1-0 at No. 15 Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore Cassidy Lindley provided the only goal Sunday, giving Florida a 1-0 win over No. 15 and defending Southeastern Conference champion Vanderbilt.

Lindley came off the bench in the 25th minute for UF (7-4, 3-0 SEC). Junior Madison Alexander’s through ball found Lindley making a run through the center of the Commodore (8-3, 1-2) half. Lindley’s right-footed angled shot scored from 16 yards at the far post in the 38th minute.

Junior goalkeeper Susi Espinoza had a big save in the closing moments to preserve the Gators’ fifth shutout of 2019. Espinoza made the point-blank stop at the post on Vanderbilt’s Haley Hopkins header in the 90th minute to earn her eighth career shutout.

“It is tough to come here, play a noon game against a really talented Vandy team,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “So for us to come out with the shutout and the win is huge.

“We were tough today. Still think we can manage the games better but in terms of our effort and physicality, I thought we did a really good job.”


Vale claims singles trophy at SIC

ATHENS, Ga. – Duarte Vale solidified an exceptional start to the fall tournament schedule Sunday, as the No. 52-ranked player was crowned the Black singles draw champion at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships after completing another undefeated weekend in singles competition.

The title serves as Vale’s second consecutive this fall after earning the doubles and singles titles at the Seahawk Fall Invite on Sept. 13-15. In addition to Vale’s performance, the Gators finished the tournament on a strong note, seeing five singles wins, including four over ranked opponents, from Josh Goodger, Lukas Greif and Blaise Bicknell to cap the weekend in Athens.

Riding a six-match singles win streak, Duarte Vale squared off against UCF’s No. 82 ranked Juan Pablo Grassi in the Black singles draw finals, as Vale would once again assert his dominance to knock off Grassi decisively in straight-sets, 6-2, 6-2. Vale remains undefeated through singles competition this fall (7-0).


Taylor, Claye again sweep triple jump

DOHA, Qatar – Gators Greats Christian Taylor and Will Claye once again claimed the top two spots on the triple jump medal podium at the IAAF World Championships, with Taylor winning his fourth career world title and Claye picking up his second consecutive silver medal.

Taylor and Claye have been the gold and silver medalists (in that order each time) at the last three global championships – 2015 and 2017 World Championships, 2016 Olympics.

Taylor already held the record for most World Championships victories in the triple jump entering Sunday, but he is now the only four-time world champion of the event. He is also the first man to win three consecutive gold medals at the World Championships. Including his victories at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, Taylor has won six of the last seven global titles.

The Bowerman finalist and 8-time NCAA champion Grant Holloway competes in his first World Championships on Monday, while Genevieve Gregson (3,000-meter steeplechase) and TJ Holmes (400-meter hurdles) will compete in finals of their respective events.