Gator Soccer Faces Georgia and LSU This Week

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators begins an eight-day span that includes their final three Southeastern Conference regular-season matches with a road contest at Georgia and then returns home to face LSU on Gators Senior Day.

  *   Florida looks for its first win over Georgia since 2018 in Thursday’s meeting in Athens. The teams tied 1-all in both meetings last season – Sept. 27 in Gainesville and March 29 in Atlanta. Florida lost 1-0 in its last visit to Athens to close 2019 SEC regular-season action, ending UF’s 12-match win streak in the all-time series.
  *   Florida and LSU met earlier this calendar year for a neutral site meeting in Orange Beach, Ala., on March 14. LSU scored in the 89th minute to take a 2-1 win. It was the Tigers first win in eight meetings versus the Gators.

Thursday, Oct. 21 at Georgia

  *   Time/Site: 5 p.m. ET at Turner Soccer Complex< > (1,700)
  *   TV: ESPNU< > – Mike Watts and Lori Lindsey with the call
  *   Audio: GatorVision with Kyle Crooks and Matthew Stubbington calling the action
  *   Tickets: Free admission
  *   Live Stats< >

Sunday, Oct. 24 versus LSU

  *   Time/Site: Noon ET at Donald R. Dizney Stadium< > (1,500)
  *   SEC Network +< >  Kyle Crooks & Matthew Stubbington with the call
  *   Radio: ESPN Gainesville 98.1 FM / 850 AM<>
  *   Tickets: Free admission
  *   Live Stats< >
  *   Promotions: Gator Senior Day – careers of Florida seniors Madison Alexander, Taylor Baksay, Georgia Eaton Collins, Kit Loferski, Shaye Seyffart and Samantha Tobar celebrated in a pre-match ceremony; T-Shirt Giveaway – first 200 fans receive a Gators replica jersey t-shirt!

Last Meeting:

Weather in the Atlanta area forced the spring 2021 meeting between Florida and Georgia to be pushed a day to Monday, March 29. All the scoring came in the opening 16 minutes. UGA’s Ashley Anderson scored in the fifth minute and Beata Olsson tied the match in the 16th minute off assists from Madison Alexander and Shaye Seyffart. Of the eight overtime matches in the 36 all-time meetings (the most UF meetings versus an SEC opponent), two came in the extended 2020-21 season.

Florida and LSU met in Orange Beach, Ala., on March 14, 2021 for a neutral site meeting. Reese Moffatt gave LSU the halftime lead with her goal in the 41st minute. Beata Olsson tied the match in the 69th minute off the assist from Madison Alexander. Molly Thompson’s goal at 88:45 gave LSU the win.

2021 Records:

Florida (3-9-3, 2-4-1 SEC)

Georgia (10-3-2, 3-2-2 SEC)

LSU (9-5, 2-5 SEC)

Series Records:
Georgia: UF leads 30-3-3
LSU: UF leads 19-2-2

Last Match:
Florida dropped a 2-0 match at No. 23 Auburn on Oct. 17. After a scoreless opening half, the Tigers took the lead in the 52nd minute off a score from SEC goals leader Marissa Arias. Sydney Richards put in the deflection off Anna Haddock’s shot in the 72nd minute for the match’s final goal.

Auburn looked for its third goal in the 79th minute when Maddie Simpson took a 10-yard shot. Gator goalkeeper Alexa Goldberg got a hand on it to tip the ball up to hit the crossbar for her ninth save of the afternoon. Goldberg’s turned in six or more saves in seven matches this season.

About this Week’s Gator Opponents:
Georgia has wins in two of its three meetings versus ranked teams this season – versus No. 15 Clemson (3-1 win), at No. 5 LSU (2-1 OT win) and versus No. 8 Arkansas (4-1 loss).

The Bulldogs are 7-2-1 in home action, including 1-1-1 in SEC action. The two teams have faced four common opponents – Mississippi State (UF 2-1 road win; UGA 2-2 2OT home tie), Auburn (UF 2-0 road loss; UGA 3-0 road loss), Missouri (UF 3-2 OT home loss; UGA 1-0 road win) and Kentucky (UF 1-0 OT home win; UGA 2-1 home win). UGA is unbeaten in 2021 overtime action, tying Mississippi State 2-2 and defeating then No. 5 LSU 2-1.

Graduate Mollie Belisle leads Southeastern Conference players in goals (14) and points (29). UGA assists leader is senior Daniella Murguia (10). Senior Emory Wegener has played all but 45 minutes in goal for UGA this season and owns a goals against average of 1.13.

Louisiana State jumped into the Aug. 31 national top 25 at No. 17 after upset road wins at then No. 15 South Florida (2-1) and then No. 19 UCF (2-0). The 5-2 win at then No. 21 Arizona State elevated the Tigers to No. 7 on the Sept. 7 poll. After opening 2021 with an 8-0 record, LSU was No. 5 on the Sept. 21 poll. In LSU’s fourth meeting versus a ranked team, the Tigers lost 1-0 in overtime at then No. 22 Auburn on Oct. 10.

LSU and Florida have played six common opponents – South Florida (UF loss, LSU win), UCF (UF loss, LSU win), Mississippi State (UF/LSU win), Mississippi (UF/LSU loss), Kentucky (UF/LSU win) and Auburn (UF/LSU loss). The Tigers lost both of their two 2021 overtime matches (2-1 loss vs Georgia; 1-0 at then No. 22 Auburn).

Redshirt senior Tinaya Alexander leads LSU in goals (7) and points (17). She shares the assists lead (3) with fellow senior Alesia Garcia and junior Rammie Noel. Junior Mollee Swift played all but 108 minutes in goal for LSU this season and owns a goals against average of 1.41.

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