Gator Soccer at No. 12 Tennessee Thursday and Meets Missouri Sunday for Gators Kickin’ for a Cure Match

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It’s a double Southeastern Conference schedule for Gators Soccer as the teams reach the mid-point of the league schedule.

  *   Florida meets its fifth top-20 opponent Thursday at No. 12 Tennessee. Gators will look for first win in Rocky Top since 2017. Four of the last six meetings between UF and UT were decided by a single goal, including the last two.
  *   Missouri comes to Donald R. Dizney Stadium for a Sunday afternoon match. It is Gators Kickin’ for a Cure match so UF will wear its pink kits to show their support for fight against cancer. Fans are asked to donate single serving food items, cutlery and batteries for families who are facing cancer.
  *   Sunday’s match brings together the two league teams who saw the program-starting coaches retire after the 2020-21 season. Tony Amato took over for Becky Burleigh, who started the Gator program in the 1995 season. Stefanie Golan is now MU’s coach, replacing Bryan Blitz, who was with the Tigers since 1996.

Thursday, Oct. 7 at No. 12 Tennessee

  *   Time/Site: 7 p.m. ET at Regal Soccer Stadium< > (3,000)
  *   Audio: GatorVision< > with Kyle Crooks and Matthew Stubbington calling the action
  *   Video: SEC Network +< > with Michael Wottreng and Tori Beeler Watson calling the action
  *   Tickets: Free admission

Sunday, Oct. 10 versus Missouri

  *   Time/Site: 1 p.m. ET at Donald R. Dizney Stadium< > (1,500)
  *   Audio: GatorVision< >
  *   Video: SEC Network< > +  with Kyle Crooks and Matthew Stubbington calling the action
  *   Tickets: Free admission
  *   Live Stats< >

Last Time Florida-Tennessee Met:
Florida couldn’t find the equalizer in its 2020 home finale, dropping a 2-1 match to Tennessee on Oct. 30, 2020. Tennessee scored a goal in each half. Claudia Dipasupil scored on a 25-yard shot that dipped just under the cross bar. She also played a role in UT’s next goal, sending in the corner kick that Jaida Thomas headed in at the 70th minute. Ten minutes later, Gator Maddy Rhodes headed in a Parker Roberts corner kick.

Last Time Florida-Missouri Played:
Missouri ended Florida’s 2020 SEC Tournament appearance in the second round with a 2-1 win in Orange Beach. Missouri scored first in the 17th minute with an eight-yard shot by Macy Trujillo. Cassidy Lindley scored off the through ball from Alivia Gonzalez to tie the match in the 21st minute. Bella Alessi provided the Tigers with the game-winner in the 72nd minute when she put in the deflection of Trujillo’s shot.

2021 Records:

Florida (3-6-3, 2-1-1 SEC)

Tennessee (10-1, 3-1 SEC)

Missouri (4-7, 0-4 SEC)

Series Records:
Tennessee: UF leads 18-11-3
MU: UF leads 8-4-2

About this Week’s Gator Opponents:
Tennessee and Florida have played two common opponents this season, with both teams defeating Florida Gulf Coast (UT – 6-0; UF – 1-0) and split at South Florida (2-0 win – UT; 2-1 loss – UF). The Vols won 2-1 2OT in both of their 2021 overtime matches – versus No. 11 Auburn and at Missouri.

Tennessee opened league play with 3-1 loss at defending SEC co-champion Arkansas. Since that loss, UT won 2-1 OT versus No 11 Auburn and at Missouri and claimed a 3-1 win at defending SEC co-champion Texas A&M in its last outing.

Freshman Taylor Huff is the Vols’ goals (6) and points (15) leader while senior Mackenzie George is the assists (7) leader. Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Roming has started 10 matches and owns a goals against average of 0.62.

Missouri and Florida have played two common opponent this season, as both teams went to overtime versus Miami (MU 1-0 win; UF 1-0 loss) and versus Vanderbilt, MU lost 5-0 and Florida tied the Commodores 0-0 2OT. All three Tiger overtime matches have been in Columbia, Mo., with MU winning versus Miami (1-0) and Notre Dame (3-2) and lost 2-1 2OT to Tennessee.

Missouri is looking for its first league win, losing by 2-1 scores to South Carolina, at Alabama, Tennessee and dropped a 5-0 match at Vanderbilt last Friday.

Freshman Milena Fischer of Saarbrucken, Germany, leads the Tigers in all offensive categories – goals (5), assists (5) and points (5). Sophomore Sophia Worth’s 543 minutes in goals leads the three goalkeepers. She owns a goals-against-average of 2.02.


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