Double digit shots did not get the job done for Amato’s Gators Sunday afternoon. The Gators outshot the Ole Miss Rebels 10-9, but fell 0-1 for their first SEC loss of the season. With the win, Ole Miss improves to 7-2-2 while the Gators fall to 3-6-3.
Senior Channing Foster opened up the scoring in the 13th minute. Channing’s shot to the right side of the net went just beyond Goldberg’s reach for her fifth goal of the season.
The Gators’ struggles with capitalizing on chances continued, as they were able to apply pressure, but not do much with it.
Redshirt sophomore Nicole Vernis took each of the team’s first two shots. Both attempts went right into the keeper’s arms. She found the back of the net in the 30th minute, but was called for an offside.
Maddy Rhodes had a chance to even the score as she took the ball downfield. However, she lost her footing and slipped as she attempted a shot.
Florida lined up for a free kick from right outside the box in the 74th minute. Delaney Tauzel attempted to put the ball in the back of the net, but she didn’t put much on it, leading to the fourth Ole Miss save of the match.
The final five minutes of the match provided nothing but entertainment.
In the 87th minute, Maddy Rhodes created space, found the ball, and lined up for a shot. She put the ball on the bottom right quarter, but Ashley Orkus made a diving effort to come up with the ball, getting her sixth save of the match.
Taylor Baksay got a final opportunity to even the score, but her efforts went wide left and added to the total of missed chances for the Gators.
“It was really about the final product in terms of finishing some of those chances or really executing in those moments,” coach Amato stated. “That’s really the next step for us. I thought we did the tough stuff well.”
The Gators will travel to Tennessee to face the Volunteers on Thursday, October 7th at 7 p.m.