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Final: Florida 2, Texas A&M 1

Florida soccer has advanced in the SEC Tournament after defeating Texas A&M 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

How It Happened:

The Gators opened the scoring late in the first half when Parker Roberts found the back of the net after a poor clearance attempt by the Aggies off a Florida corner.

The Gators carried the momentum into the second half and dominated much of the possession early on.

In the 63rd minute, Sammie Betters sent a perfect through ball to Vanessa Kara, who took a shot from a near impossible angle which somehow crossed the goal line to give the Gators a 2-0 advantage. The ball was misplayed by TAMU keeper, Shantel Hutton.

With TAMU trailing by two, the Aggies were forced to push their back line up which, in the 78th minute, nearly resulted in a Gators breakaway goal that would have put the game on ice. Cassidy Lindley had the breakaway opportunity and sent the ball to a streaking Kara who one-timed the shot high and wide.

The Aggies did break through on a free kick by leading scorer, Ally Watt. Watt’s kick was perfectly placed as Florida keeper Susi Espinoza was just far enough off her line that the ball snuck under the crossbar above her outstretched hands.

The Gators were forced to play defensively the remainder of the game, but still had better opportunities in the waning moments.

Tess Sapone took a shot in the 88th minute that banked off the goalpost and led to a UF corner kick.

The Gators played the corner perfect, taking off as much time as possible and holding on for the 2-1 result.

Fast stats (Florida):

  • Shots: 12
  • SOG: 4
  • Corners: 7
  • Fouls: 11
  • Offsides: 3

What’s Next:

Florida will face No. 1 seed Arkansas in the semifinals on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 4:30 PM.

The Gators did not play the Razorbacks during the regular season.

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