A double rainbow following a 45 minute storm delay did not provide the Gators with any good fortune as they were unable to find their groove against the Tar Heels Thursday night.
UNC remains undefeated after a 7-1 victory over Florida. The Gators fall to 1-5-1.
The Tar Heels got on the board quickly. Freshman Emily Colton found the back of the net in the tenth minute when she set up in front of Florida goalkeeper Alexa Goldberg. Colton took a right-footed shot to the bottom right for the goal, her third of the season.
Control was an issue early and often for the Gators, who often found themselves clearing the ball rather than taking possession. Nine first half corner kicks for the Tar Heels would present itself as a problem for the Gators defense.
On their fourth corner of the game, the Tar Heels were able to create a 2-0 lead, with some Gators help. Gators senior defender Taylor Baskay attempted to clear the ball off the corner. Unaware of her positioning, Baskay accidently headed the ball into the net for an own goal.
Four corners later, sophomore Avery Patterson bent the ball in from the corner, through the Gators defense. Her second goal of the season would give the Tar Heels a three goal lead before the half.
After half, the Gators were still unable to find answers for the heavy Tar Heel attack. UNC piled on two quick goals, with Colton scoring her second of the game a minute into the half and freshman Emily Murphy scoring UNC’s fifth of the game.
Those two quick second half goals led to Amato making the switch in net from Alexa Goldberg to junior Francesca Faraci.
Faraci’s 2021 debut would begin on the opposite end of a highlight reel. Senior Rachel Jones took a 22-yard shot, hitting the far upper ninety, making it a six goal game.
Excitement finally reached the crowd at the Diz when a Tarheels own goal put Florida on the board.
A seventh Tar Heel goal of the game scored by Racheal Dorwat would add to the team’s season high.
“There were a few goals that North Carolina created,” Amato said, “ a few goals that I thought we could have cleaned up and prevented.We have to do a better job in some of those situations and we have no choice, but to get better at that in the week ahead.”
Conference play kicks off next Friday when Florida heads to Nashville to face Vanderbilt at 8 p.m.