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GAINESVILLE, FL- On Sunday, the Gators completed opening weekend with a 4-2 victory over Florida Atlantic. The Gators move to 2-0 on the season and will resume the season on Friday with a home match against #23 Ohio State.

Fast Facts

  • Freshman F Cassidy Lindley scored her first collegiate goal as well as assisted on a pair of other scores. Lindley has racked up five points in her first two collegiate contests.
  • MF Melanie Monteagudo scored her first goal of 2018 to open the scoring in the first half.
  • MF Sarah Troccoli assisted on two goals for Florida, and now has three on the season. In her career, Troccoli has now recorded 12 assists.
  • GK Susi Espinoza recorded a career high seven saves. Previously, she had recorded five in an upset of #1 in 2017.

Game Trends

The Gators got off to a quick start as Melanie Monteagudo found the back of the net with 14:01 having elapsed in the match. Cassidy Lindley sent a deflection to Monteagudo, who planted the shot behind FAU keeper, Jennifer Ocampo to give the Gators the 1-0 lead. For Monteagudo, this was her first score of 2018 after tallying nine in her career entering this season.

Madison Alexander connected in the 35th minute with a goal from eight yards out. Lais Araujo and Sarah Troccoli each recorded assists on Alexander’s second score of the weekend.

Florida came out of half with the goal of scoring early and preserving the shutout. In the opening minute of play, Lindley scored her first collegiate goal thanks to a well placed through ball from Troccoli and scored from six yards out. The 3-0 lead appeared to be safe, however the Owls fought back.

In the 52nd minute, Tiril Haga scored her second of the year after the ball stayed in the Gators defensive end. Haga took the initial shot off a corner, which was followed by Pernille Velta. Velta’s shot deflected to Haga’s foot, and Haga had an easy attempt to put home and end Florida’s shutout bid.

The Gators, however fought back and ten minutes later, Lindley sent a cross through the box and onto the head of MF Sammie Betters. Betters’ header was perfectly placed into the back of the net to put the Gators back up by three. The setup by Lindley was her second assist of the match and third of the weekend.

FAU would score another in the 78th minute, Ebba Blomqvist headed in a free kick in the offensive end for a perfectly executed free piece to bring the Owls within a pair of goals.

What’s Next

Florida will continue their season opening three game homestand with a date against #23 Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 0-2 after a pair of ACC defeats. On Thursday, OSU lost by a 2-0 score to #3 Duke and fell on Sunday (also 2-0) to #6 North Carolina. The match is set to begin at 7:00 PM at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

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