Cassidy Lindley to the rescue!

Photo via UF UAA

Florida Gators Soccer is back to the winning ways.

On Friday, the Gators beat University of Kentucky in the 2020 SEC Tournament’s opening round.

It was a highly entertaining 6-5 win.

“That was one of the most crazy games I’ve ever been a part of. It was an emotional roller coaster, lots of resilience and perseverance shown. Thought we did a good job of halftime of not playing like we knew what the score was and just came out and really got after it. Huge shout out to our bench. They made a huge difference in our energy level the entire game,” coach Becky said

The Gators got off to a really good start to the game.

Parker Roberts scored the first goal of the game. Lindley crossee the ball in the box, which met a Kentucky defender who cleared the ball. The clearance met Roberts who rebounded the ball in the goal.

The Wildcats took the next 4 minutes to tie and take the lead.

About a minute after the Gators struck, Emily Hahnel serve Maria Olson after winning the ball above the Florida box. Olson sent the ball to the left to join Jordyn Rhodes who hit a 12-yard shot to the far corner, Gators 1-1 Wildcats.

Twenty four seconds after tying the game, the Wildcats took the lead after a 25-yard shot from Úlfa Úlfarsdóttir.

A hand in the box cost the Gators a penalty executed by Rhodes for the Wildcats. It was the second goal of the game for Rhodes as the Wildcats strengthened their lead 3-1.

Entering the second period with a two-goal deficit, the Gators had to turn things around.

About 11 minutes into the second period, the bar denied a Madison Alexander chance to cut the deficit after her ball hit the crossbar.

62′: Lindley throw a 20-yard ball in to the bottom right corner after being served by Nicole Vernis.

The Gators tied the game in the 68th minutes after Laney Seed left-footed shoot hit the post.

Florida got its first penalty kick of the season after a contact on Alivia Gonzalez in the box. Deanne Rose converted the penalty into goal for the Gator in the 76 minute.

The Gators’ lead lasted only six minutes.

Wildcat Hannah Richardson tied the game with a left-foot shot. 82′ game is 4-all.

Rhodes scored her third goal to give the Wildcats the lead again in the 83 minute.

The Gators did not say their last word, though. Two minutes before the end of the regulatory time, Rose crossed the ball to the middle of the box. Roberts headed the ball in the goal, tying the game for Florida, earning her a second goal in the game, and forced an overtime.

95′. Rose accelerating into the box and crossed the ball to Lindley who put the ball ball in, 6-5 for the Gator.

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