GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida soccer earned a gritty 1-0 win over Auburn Thursday evening at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The win is notable as Florida is the league’s first program to earn 200 Southeastern Conference wins.
Both teams came into the match looking for the win to move up the ladder toward the 10-team field for the 2023 SEC Tournament in Pensacola, Fla. With the win, Florida is now among a three-way tie for 11th .
This Evening’s Scoring:
With just seconds remaining in the opening half, Lena Bailey’s fourth goal of the season sent the Gators into halftime with a 1-0 advantage and proved to be the game-winner. The Gators were awarded a free kick midway inside the Tiger half. The ball sent in by Daviana Vaka to the six-yard box was challenged by several before Bailey was able to poke it across the line.
.@LenaBailey_ beats the clock!!
🔸With only 11 seconds left, this marks the latest goal scored in the first half for the Gators this season!
— Gators Soccer (@GatorsSoccer) October 19, 2023
The second half had chances for both teams. The Gators backline held steady, with goalkeeper Alexa Goldberg flying high to make a key save on Carly Thatcher’s shot from distance that was heading to the upper far post corner. The final result extends Goldberg’s career season-high solo shutout total to seven for 2023.
🐊 Tonight’s win over Auburn marks our 200th SEC…