Soccer: Florida 1 Vanderbilt 0

NASHVILLE- Ameera Abdullah's goal five minutes into the contest proved to be enough for Florida in a 1-0 win over Vanderbilt in Southeastern Conference soccer action Friday night at the VU Soccer Complex.

The win snapped the Commodores nine game unbeaten streak dating back to a Sept. 1 loss to William and Mary. The 20th ranked Gators improved to 8-4-1 overall and 4-1 in SEC action, while VU fell to 6-2-5 on the year and suffered its first conference loss to drop to 2-1-2.

The quick goal by Abdullah, her sixth of the year, came off an assist by Stacy Bishop and gave the Gators a 1-0 lead at the 5:22 mark.

Vanderbilt held a 9-7 shot advantage in the first half, with Florida reversing the advantage in the second half, with two of the Commodore shots coming in the last 10 seconds.

The Commodores had several opportunities to tie the game, but could not convert. They ended the contest with two final tries, the first by Susan McAleavey with 10 seconds left that was saved by Gator keeper Brittni Goodwin and finally Meredith Kohn's kick with five seconds left that sailed wide and high to end the game.

"We are obviously disappointed," said Vanderbilt head coach Ronnie Coveleskie. "We haven't lost since early in September. We played extremely good soccer in the first half and unfortunately the ball didn't bounce our way. A couple of key issues really affected us, first we gave up an early goal which drastically affected our mentality and second we let Florida control the tempo and momentum of the second half."

Goodwin made seven saves in her second shutout of the year, while Tyler Griffin made five saves while allowing the lone goal.

Susan McAleavey and Amy Baumann led the Commodores with two shots on goal.

"Florida's goalkeeper made some very big saves that kept us from overtime," said Coveleskie. "The team as a whole is very good, they are extremely talented athletes.

The Commodores will close out their four-game homestand against South Carolina on Sunday. The Gamecocks (9-3-1, 3-1-1) fell into second place in the SEC East after a 1-0 loss to Kentucky on Friday night.

"All we can do is learn from the loss and get ready for South Carolina on Sunday," Coveleskie concluded.


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