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The Gators are starting to build momentum in SEC play with consecutive victories for the first time all year.

A 2-1 final score on Thursday night keeps the Gators unbeaten in SEC play and improves their season record to 3-5-3. On the opposite end, the Bulldogs are yet to win in conference play and their season record drops to 2-4-3.

Graduate Kit Loferski opened up the scoring in the 20th minute. Cameron Hall advanced the ball to Kouri Peace who made an impressive backwards header, setting up Loferski for her fourth goal of the season.

Five minutes passed before the Gators would extend their lead to two. Sophomore Delaney Tauzel placed a corner in the box where Georgia Eaton-Collins would put her head on the ball and get it to the top right of the net. 

Mississippi State’s Hailey Farrington-Bentil responded with a goal of her own to cut the Florida lead in half. Gators goalkeeper Alexa Goldberg had made two saves earlier in the match, but she was unable to get her hands on Farrington-Bentil’s shot. 

The Bulldogs lacked efficiency with the ball all night. The team took a total of 20 shots, but were only able to put five of them on goal (25%). Alexa Goldberg recorded a save on four of the five Bulldogs shots on net.

Florida was quite the opposite. The Gators took only four shots all night, but half of them came on goal, both of which found the back of the net.

The Gators will get a week off before returning home to Donald R. Dizney Stadium to face Ole Miss on Sunday, October 3rd at 3 p.m.

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