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Madison Alexander pushed the ball forward to find junior Alivia Gonzalez, who would redirect it to Nicole Vernis. Vernis sent the ball right back to Gonzalez at the top right of the box. A shot off the junior’s right foot rolled past the reach of FGCU goalkeeper Mia Krusinki, giving the Gators the lead and ultimately the win.

The goal by Gonzalez would be the only of the match for either side. A 1-0 victory would be the first of the season for Florida, putting them at 1-4-1, while dropping FGCU to 2-3.

Lightning reverberated through the sky in Fort Myers just six minutes into the match, forcing a delay of over an hour. 

Action would slowly resume at Pickering Field as the thunder cleared. However, rain would continue to come down in the first half, impacting play. 

Both sides got just one shot on goal in the first half, and both goalkeeper’s got in front of the ball for a save each.

An opportunity to break the scoreless draw was created early in the second half when sophomore Nicole Vernis took a throw-in downfield to find Madison Alexander at the top of the box. Alexander took a strong right footed shot which would be saved by a diving effort from the FGCU keeper. 

The rebound would fall to the right of the net where Anna Deleon was positioned for her first goal of the season. However, Krusinski would quickly get back to her feet to make her third save of the match.

Six minutes of play later is when Florida native Alivia Gonzalez would score her third collegiate goal. Her goal in the 54th minute is Gonzalez’s second career game winning goal.

FGCU would get their final shot to tie the game with two minutes remaining when they were presented with a corner kick.

The ball bounced around before freshman Rosa Horskjaer found an open lane. She was unable to put enough on the ball as Goldberg would make the game sealing save.

The Gators head back to the Diz on Thursday at 7 p.m. to face North Carolina.

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