GAINESVILLE, Florida – A very hot Sunday afternoon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium, a 61st minute goal from the senior midfielder Carlee Allen gave Texas (0-1-1) a lead in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Florida (0-1-1) came together to tie at 86:50 on the way to a 1- 1 (2OT) tie.
Texas team notes
- Allen’s goal was only the second of his career at Burnt Orange & White and the first since he scored against Grambling State on September 22, 2019.
- The teams tied in total shots (17-17), shots on goal (8-8) and saves (7-7), while Texas maintained a 7-4 lead in corners and a 51-49% lead. advantage in time of possession. .
- Sunday’s meeting was the first between Texas and Florida football programs.
Texas got off to a positive start in the third minute as a freshman striker Trinity Byars he made a steep climb up the right wing before entering the top of the six. Missimo waited in the middle, but the quick defense of Southlake, Texas, was blocked by Gator’s defense.
At 5:40, a promising Texas cross from the left side of the 18th found Holly Ward in the space in the middle. Unfortunately, the 12-meter striker’s quick play traveled very well off the right post.
Florida were very close to putting themselves one up after 10 minutes as Texas got through on the left, but failing in concentration, he shot the ball wide.
The Longhorns maintained first control of things as a senior midfielder Julia grosso (13:49) and Missimo (19:14) had their efforts blocked as Texas put themselves ahead of the top 5-0.
Against the running game, a quick Florida attack resulted in Florida’s first shot of the game at 11:29 p.m. at the goal.
Slowing down the game, the Gators got a chance to take the lead with 25 minutes played, but Nicole Vernis’s cross from the left flank was fumbled in front of the goal and easily dealt with by the opposition. Texas fifth-year senior goalie Savannah Madden he quickly stretched completely to the left to save before Texas dropped the ball.
The Florida varnish had another great chance at 27:35 that was thwarted again by Madden. After overtaking the scoreboard on the left wing, the Gator midfielder dribbled at 1-v-1 only to drop attention to his line’s UT net and fall to deflect the shot to the left. his right.
UF got another blocked shot at 28:19, but it was all for either team for the rest of the first half as the teams went to the break scoring 0-0.
Ward started the Longhorns with a quick start in the second half at 48:22, as his attempt with the left from 13 yards to the left was saved near the left post.
The Gators threatened the other end again at 50:41 when UF striker Kouri Peace received a pass one step behind the Texas bottom line. First-year defender EmJ Cox ran back to cause Peace enough trouble that Madden saved his eventual shot.
Grosso made a strong run in the middle of the field of play before forcing a stop and a Texas corner at 59:27.
The work of the natives of Vancouver, British Columbia, proved important, as the Longhorns scored the ball below. Missimo threw the corner to the crowd near the top of the six. Allen rose above everyone to headline his first goal of the season in the top left of the 90s to take a 1-0 lead.
Grosso made a bid to take the lead as a ball coming in on the right hand side left Texas Gold completely alone with keeper Alexa Goldberg, who made a spectacular block.
With 70 minutes played, Madden’s Alivia Gonzalez almost extended the lead, but his shot from the left glanced off the top of the bar to fall behind the net.
With Florida making inroads into his third striker, but not connecting in the final pass, Byars tried his luck from 15 yards in the 78th minute, but hit the ball to the goalkeeper.
Texas almost sealed things off at 84:33 when the Longhorns opened in a 2-v-1 situation. Junior forward Nobles of Sydney crossed from the right wing towards the middle to the midfielder Ashlyn Miller, but Goldberg saved the freshman shot somehow with his right leg.
This turned out to be a massive play, as Florida finally tied things down with 3:25 left for regulation. With a Texas check in at the back, a UF pass at the top of the box found Kit Loferski. He moved to his left and fired a unit that was tilted by a Madden diver. Unfortunately, the ball exploded inside the left post before entering to tie the game at 1-1.
Madden came to the Longhorns in the 95th minute as the goalkeeper used both hands to direct a 14-yard shot from Loferski from the right side up and over the bar.
Just 26 seconds from the second OT, Missimo had a solid chance on the right wing, but his 12-yard attempt flew to the left of the back post.
With about three minutes to go, Florida delivered a pass to a player just one pass from the 18th. There was a dangerous collision inside the area, but the side officer had the flag in the lateral.
Missimo almost finished with Texas on a shot from the left side at 109:29 when his 16-yard effort was tilted up and out of the crossbar. Somehow, the bounce jumped straight before falling into Goldberg’s hands as he sat on the goal line.