Soucie’s 11 Saves Just Shy of Earning Result vs. No. 5/1 Florida
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie made a career high 11 saves and senior midfielder Zoe Swift scored a goal in the 89th minute, but the No. 5/1 Florida Gators scored a double-overtime game-winning goal in the 103rd minute on Thursday night to beat the Kentucky women’s soccer team, 2-1.
It was the Southeastern Conference season opener for both teams, as No. 5 Florida moves to the top of the table with three points and now sits at 5-1-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in the league. Kentucky snaps a two-match winning streak and falls to 2-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in SEC play.
The game winner came off the boot of Florida’ Meggie Daugherty-Howard in the 103rd minute of second overtime as she beat Soucie diving to her right after great hold-up play from MAC Herrman Award watch list player Savannah Jordan, who held the ball at the top of the box after it was slotted in from Gabby Seiler.
Seiler helped put the Gators up 1-0 in the 84th minute as she rocked in a corner kick rebound into the box, which took a deflection off of Jordan, who was credited for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Kentucky’s shining moment came off the foot of Zoe Swift in the 89th minute as Swift took a bouncing ball in the box after a Tanya Samarzich corner was overserved from the far side and Swift was there to put it into the net past Kaylan Marckese, who made two saves on the night.
Florida outshot Kentucky 31-3 in the match, and 19-2 in the second half. The Wildcats got two shots from Swift and one from freshman Kalli Vogel, with all three UK shots recorded being as shots on goal.
The reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, Evangeline Soucie, made a career-high 11 saves in the match after making a then-career high six saves at Louisville in a 2-1 win over the Cards on Friday night. Soucie carries the team record of 2-3-1 in the net.
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