Soccer Drops 3-0 Contest at Ninth Ranked Florida
Oct. 2, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Kentucky women's soccer team (9-3-0, 2-2-0 SEC) fell to the ninth-ranked Florida Gators (10-3-0, 3-1-0 SEC) 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., ending a five-match road stretch, the longest since the 2008 season.
"We made a decision before the game that we were not going to hold back," UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. "We were going to play straight up. I think we did a great job of that. We started to fatigue in the second half. We were getting ready to sub in a wave of players, and they scored a fantastic goal."
Kentucky and Florida played a very even first half that saw just five shots in total, with UK earning the 3-2 advantage. Kentucky controlled the midfield well, but could never put together the final pass to any of their sequences. Erin Simon, Kelsey Hunyadi and Kacie Kumar all recorded shots for the Wildcats in the opening frame.
The opening goal of the game came in the 56th minute when Florida's McKenzie Barney beat a diving Kayla Price to give Florida the 1-0 lead. Barney had the ball served to her at the top of the 18. She took two dribbles and blasted a shot into the back of the net. The goal was Barney's first of the year with the assists coming from Holly King and Havana Solaun.
Florida got an insurance goal when Annie Speese put home a rebound in the 74th minute giving the Gators a two-goal lead. Kayla Price made a nice save diving to her right, but allowed an open rebound that was put home.
The final tally came in the 86th minute when Speese netted her second goal in the match off a nice string of passes put together by Florida.
The Gators recorded eight second-half shots, converting on three of them.
With the win, Florida moves to an impressive 18-2-2 all-time vs. Kentucky, including a perfect 9-0 record in Gainesville.
The Wildcats will return home for the first time in three weeks to start a four-match home stretch, beginning with SEC foes Arkansas and LSU next weekend.
"We are excited to get home," Lipsitz said. "We have to take the positives from this weekend with a great win over South Carolina, and move forward from that because every game in this league is a grind."
Kentucky scored three huge points on the weekend with the win in Columbia Friday night and currently has six on the season, despite opening the 2011 SEC slate with four-straight road games.