Tim Casey / UAA Communications

13th ranked Gator soccer beats Miss. St. 2-1

The Gators traveled to Starkville, Mississippi to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Friday. Florida chomped the Bulldogs with a final score of 2-1.

Florida started the first half well with scoring their only two goals.

Christen Westphal brought the ball from the half into the box and sent it to Brooke Sharp.  Sharp trapped and turned the ball for a scoring shot in the 8th minute for her 9th goal of the season.  This doubles Sharp’s total from the 2014 season.

Later in the half, Savannah Jordan possessed the ball inside the box and served the ball to Meggie Dougherty Howard at the top of the box.  Dougherty Howard took a shot in the 26th minute for the second Gator goal.

The Bulldogs ended strong and got themselves on the scoreboard with only 3 seconds left in the game.  A long throw-in to the corner of the box was headed by Courtney Robicheaux to Kennadi Carbin who shot and scored the buzzer beating goal.

Florida outshot Mississippi 13-7.

This game leaves Florida tied for 1st in SEC standings with a record of 5-2-1 (11-3-1 overall) 

Coming up for the Gators:

Florida meets No. 8 South Carolina at home this Thursday and Arkansas next Sunday.

Quotes from the contest...


On today’s match:

Florida head coach Becky Burleigh: “I think in the first half we did a great job of playing to feet and moving off of it – especially in the midfield. I thought we dominated the midfield. In the second half, we seemed a step slow, but give credit to Mississippi State for putting more pressure on us. In the end, we probably left a few goals out there, but overall it was a good performance to come in here and win because this is a tough place to play.”


What happened on your goal?

Junior forward Brooke Sharp: “Christen Westphal had the ball and I made a run to beat the defenders. She played a ball through and I just shot the ball.”


What led up to your goal?

Junior midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard: “We had the ball around their net, in front of the 18. Savannah (Jordan) was able to get a toe on it to get it out to me. I was able to settle it and saw that their keeper was coming off their line so I just tried to curl it into the left side of the goal.”


How do you think the Gators performed tonight?

Junior forward Brooke Sharp: “I thought we played really well. We passed the ball around a lot and played the way we normally play. So we did well.”

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