After a two hour rain delay, the Gators convincingly defeated LSU in Baton Rouge 3-0 to begin SEC play with a victory.
Florida has now outscored their opponents 10-0 in their last three matches. On the night, the Gators had 24 shots, which is the most they have registered in a game this season.
When it rains, it pours.
Vanessa Kara, the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Week, got the start at striker and was involved early.
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Just 20 minutes in, senior midfielder Tess Sapone floated a cross into the box that Kara rose to meet. Unchallenged by the two central defenders she was standing between, Kara placed it into the back of the net to put the Gators up 1-0.
Despite some more chances in the first half, the Gators entered the break with just the one-goal advantage.
Just two minutes after play resumed, though, Kara struck again. Kit Loferski, a constant menace on the right flank, ran past her defender and delivered a low cross to Kara at the top of the six yard box who tapped it first time past LSU keeper Emma Grace Goldman to double the Gators lead.
Kara, a senior transfer, has now scored five goals in her last three games.
Loferski, who leads the team in assists, then got on the scoresheet herself in the 61st minute. She cut in from the right wing and delivered a shot near post that was deflected off an LSU player and into the back of the net. The Gators led 3-0.
The Tigers best chance of the night came shortly after that, when in the 63rd minute Susi Espinoza was forced to save a shot near post on what was a quiet night for her. LSU had six shots, and only three of them were on target.
Outlook for the Gators
Florida now sports a record of 5-4 and their three straight wins have earned them a rare week off. Their next game is at home against Missouri on Thursday.
Other than the good result for the Gators, another positive they can take from this game is Canadian international Deanne Rose made a substitute appearance after sitting out the last two games due to a hamstring injury. Rose was the team’s top scorer before she was forced to miss four of the last five games.