Gator Soccer advances to SEC Semifinals

From Orange Beach, Alabama, the No. 5 Gators walked away with a 2-1 win over Vanderbilt Wednesday night.

Vanderbilt scored their only goal in the 10th minute of the first half.  Her shot came from an angled 17 yard shot at the far post.

Florida tied the game in the 25th minute when freshman Gaby Rivera carried the ball from the right to the 18-yard box and crossed the ball to Meggie Dougherty Howard.  Dougherty Howard took a hard 25-yard shot to Savannah Jordan where Jordan touched the ball into the net. 

The Gators second and final goal came off of the Gator’s 15th corner kick.  Christen Westphal sent the ball to the near post where Pamela Begic headed it in for her fourth goal of the season.

Was Begic in the match to use her height on corner kicks?

“She is always a threat because of her height, but she also does a really good job of keeping the ball for us,” said Florida’s head coach Becky Burleigh.  “That’s what we needed because it was such a set defense that they had. We needed people that could unlock the puzzle.”

Vanderbilt ended the Gator’s two-match shutout streak with their goal in the first half.

Jordan’s goal moves her to the No. 4 spot on the Gator’s SEC career charts with 61 goals.

Coming up:

The Gators meet Auburn at 4:30 p.m. ET Friday afternoon in Orange Beach, Alabama.


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