GAINESVILLE, Fla. ?? The University of Alabama Soccer tell fell 5-1 to Florida at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville Sunday afternoon.
“We were outmanned today by an outstanding Florida team,” head coach Don Staley said. “They are really starting to click on all cylinders in their offense. They have one five straight SEC Games now and showed why today.”
Florida (9-4-2, 5-2 SEC) started the scoring 15 minutes into the game at the 30:42 mark. Florida’s Shanna Hudson fired a shot from about 20 yards out which Alabama defender Danielle Bernier blocked, but the ball bounced right back to Hudson. She was able to fire the rebound into the top corner of the goal on the near side for a 1-0 lead.
Just over a minute later the Gators scored a gain this time it was KeLeigh Hudson who was able to slide a diving header into the goal for a 2-0 Gator lead.
At the 20:30 mark in the first half the Gators scored their third goal of the game. Stacy Bishop hit a cross pass into the box and Ameera Abdullah who tapped the ball in from about four yards out.
The Crimson Tide (9-7-1, 2-5-1 SEC) had appeared to chip into the Gator lead at the 19:59 mark, when Kailey Corken hit a shot past the Gator keeper for what was her fifth goal of season but the Tide was called offsides and the goal was pulled off the scoreboard.
The Gators added their fourth goal of the game at the 18:28 mark as Ashley Harris was able to find the back of the net for a 4-0 Gator at the half.
Alabama was able finally crack the scoreboard in the 85th minute. Jamie Zimmerman drew a foul and was able to take a free kick from about 30 yards out. She served the ball into the box and 5’0” freshman Molly Wittig was able to jump up and head the ball into the back of the net for her first career goal.
The Crimson Tide was able to hold the Gator offense in check for most of the second half with Alabama backup goalkeeper Karen Lansden saving nine shots.
“I thought Karen had a great had a outstanding second half and made some big saves, we had an opportunity to run a different formation and we did not roll over,” Staley added.
Florida added to their lead in the 67th minute when Lauren Hyde gave the gators a 5-0 lead with her goal inside the near post.
The gators were able to out shoot the Tide 28-5 in the game.
The Tide will return home to host the Tennessee Vols on a rare Thursday SEC game at the UA Soccer Complex.