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It was a slippery road for the Gators.

And yes, it rained goals in Columbia, South Carolina.

Gator soccer fell 4-2 on Sunday afternoon against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Eugene E. Stone III Stadium. It was the third consecutive loss for the Gators.

“Clearly, we had an issue defending corners and USC exposed that. We will work on that going forward. Felt good about our ability in the run of play but we aren’t here for moral victories.”  – Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh

Scoring Recap

6′: South Carolina scored it’s first goal of the game. Sutton Jones near post headed off a Jyllissa Harris corner kick.
9′: The Gators did not take long to respond. Cassidy Lindley ran through the right side of the box and serviced freshman Nicole Vernis on the other side. Vernis right footed the ball to the net to tie the game for the Gators.  

21′: Samantha Chang doubled the score for the Gamecocks with a shot from the center that hit the crossbar and fell inside the goal line.

42′: Another successful corner for South Carolina. Rylee Forster right footed a volley shot after the ball was headed three times.
67′: Jones’ second goal killed the Gators’ hope as they were trying to get back into the game. She scored the fourth goal of the game for the Gamecocks.
90′: Twenty seconds before the game ended, Freshman Tori Grambo left- footed the ball from 19 yards hit the far post to kick in, cutting the deficit to two, but it was simply too late for the Gators.

About the Gators

Several Gators, including coach Becky, could not make it to the game because of injuries and COVID-19.

To make matter worse, Cameron Hall could not finish the game due to injury.

Next game

Florida Gator will host Tennessee for their final home game of 2020. The match moved up a day to Friday, Oct. 30 due to rescheduling of the Florida-Missouri football game to Oct. 31.

Kickoff is set at 6:00 p.m at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

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