Gainesville, FL - A pair of goals in each half gave the No. 12
University of Florida soccer team (12-4-2, 6-1-2 SEC) a 4-0 win over No. 17 LSU (10-4-3, 6-2-1 SEC) Thursday evening in front of a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 1,359.
The win moves Florida from third to second in the Southeastern
Conference standings. The Gators have two matches remaining in their
league schedule - at Arkansas on Sunday and versus No. 10 and SEC leader South Carolina on Friday, Oct. 30. The current league standings has four teams within five points of USC’s leading total of 22 points - Florida (20 points), LSU (19), Georgia (18) and Mississippi (17). Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a tie toward the league
In her second consecutive start and first at home, redshirt freshman
McKenzie Barney scored Florida’s first and final goals of the match.
The first was set up when the ball was loose in the box after a Gator
corner kick. A LSU player’s attempt to clear the ball placed it near
the mouth of the Tiger goal. Barney headed the ball in from two yards at
4:40 - the earliest goal scored by the Gators this season.
“The ball rumbled around in the six-yard box after a great corner
kick and it kind of ended up by me. It was a straight-up ball that came
to me and one defender. I went up for it and got it in the net,”
Barney said. Barney’s second goal of the evening started when Erika Tymrak brought the ball down the center of the LSU half. She made a move to elude her defenders, allowing her to bring the ball to the top of the box where she touched it out to the right to Lindsay Thompson, who was making a run through the far side of the box. Thompson centered the ball where Barney finished it from 12 yards at the center of the goal at 82:56. It was Barney’s second multi-goal match of the season.
“Erika Tymrak came down the center of the field and the defense
committed to her. She had two players step to her so she played an
awesome ball out to Lindsay. Lindsay fought hard for the ball and served an amazing cross in. It landed literally right at my feet. I just had to touch it in,” Barney said. “That was definitely Lindsay’s goal -
she worked really hard for that ball.”
A set play led to UF’s second goal of the opening half. Lauren Hyde
took the 40-yard free kick and placed it in the middle of the box.
Sophomore Sarah Chapman’s diving header from 10-yards scored at the far post corner in the 32nd minute.
Chapman didn’t see the ball score, but the crowd reaction tipped her
off that she had her first goal of the season.
“It was amazing - I'm just happy I got it in. I didn't even know I
scored until my teammates were surrounding me,” Chapman said. “I
think after I headed it, I got sandwiched or something. I heard the
crowd and I thought ‘I hope that’s a goal.’ I was ok - I got up
and then I did the little jump I always do to celebrate.”
Freshman Brooke Thigpen made Florida’s third goal happen in the 61st
minute. Thigpen eluded one and then another LSU defender who were
marking her closely. She created the space which allowed her to turn and shoot. Thigpen scored at the far post from 12 yards, moving her into second among the Gators with six goals this season.
UF goalkeeper Katie Fraine turned in four saves Thursday, including a
diving stop on Taryne Boudreau’s 23-yard free kick in the eighth
minute. LSU’s starting goalkeeper, Mo Isom, turned in three saves.
Hannah Linzay entered the match in the 83rd minute for the Tigers and
did not record a save.
The Gators wore pink uniforms Thursday as it was Florida soccer’s
first Cancer Awareness match. Events surrounding the match had
information regarding prevention and raising awareness about the fight
against the cancer. For one of the Gators, the match had special
significance. Hyde’s mother, Lisa, passed away from breast cancer in
Hyde’s senior year of high school.
“Actually once I hit the soccer field, I don’t focus on that, but
one of my really good friends Anne Rose (UF team manager) came up right before the game and said, 'Do this for your Mom', so I think that I did
and the whole team did too,” Hyde said. “I’m really glad we got to
support breast cancer awareness and that everyone came out for the game. It’s just nice to have the whole team backing that cause and being a part of such a great team and such a great community.”
The Gators travel to meet Arkansas (8-5-4, 2-5-2 SEC) on Sunday, Oct.
25 for its final road match of the regular season. Match time is set for
1 p.m. (ET) at Razorback Field. The Lady Backs lost 2-0 at No. 10 South