The lights shined bright at Regal Soccer Stadium Thursday night, however, the Gators did not. Amato and the Gators were held scoreless for their fifth time this season in just 13 matches.
Tennessee dismantled Florida with a 2-0 victory to improve to an impressive 11-1 while Florida sits at 3-7-3.
Not much was clicking for the Gators on either end of the field. They only managed to take seven shots in 90 minutes, four of which were taken by senior Shaye Seyffart. Seyffart managed to put half of those shots on net, but both would end in the arms of the opposition.
On the other half of the field, Florida did not have an answer to the Tennessee attack. The Vols applied persistent pressure on the Gators backline and goalkeeper Alexa Goldberg.
A penalty kick in the 22nd minute would open it up. Junior Claudia Dipasupil executed the 12 yard shot, giving Tennessee the early lead.
They would extend that lead to two in the 52nd minute when freshman Jordan Fusco found the back of the net. Fusco’s goal was assisted by Dipasupil and redshirt sophomore Jaida Thomas.
The Gators played frustrated late in the match. They were charged two yellow cards in the last third, one to Syd Kennedy and on another to Georgia Eaton-collins. Kennedy’s yellow card turned red in the 77th minute, the first red card of 2021 for the Gators.
Despite allowing two goals, goalkeeper Alexa Goldberg had another good day in net, doing as much as she could with 25 shots taken by Tennessee. Goldberg recorded six saves to increase her season total to 65.
The Gators will try to turn things around when they head home to face Missouri on Sunday at 1 p.m.