Oct. 3, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jessica Eicken’s first goal of the season in the 94th minute of overtime propelled Florida to a 4-3 win over Vanderbilt Friday night at the VU Soccer Complex.
The Gators rallied from a 3-2 halftime deficit to tie the game in the 75th minute, and then won in overtime to improve to 8-2-1 overall and 3-0-0 in Southeastern Conference play.
The Commodores (6-4-1, 0-3-0 SEC) came out firing with three first-half goals, with sophomore Molly Kinsella tallying two of them.
The winning goal came at the 94:14 mark when Eicken headed in Ameera Abdullah’s corner kick into the right side of the net.
The game was played at a physical and frenetic pace with both teams going back and forth the entire game.
“I thought it was a great college soccer game tonight,” said Vanderbilt Head Coach Ronnie Coveleskie. “Florida is a very talented and dynamic attacking team. We had a lot of players step up individually and commit to playing a complete game, and I am proud of all of them.”
Molly Kinsella got the Commodores on the board at the 25:01 mark, scoring on a shot from 30 yards out. She was able to get in front of the defender and fired a shot past Florida keeper Katie Fraine who had moved up to stop possession.
Florida stormed right back, scoring at the 27:14 mark as Ameera Abdullah shot from 18 yards out off a cross assist from Megan Kerns to tie the game.
Kinsella scored her second goal at the 35:34 mark off a long drop pass from Megan Forester. She scored from the right side near the 18-yard box to give the Commodores a 2-1 lead. Kinsella now has four goals to lead the team and is just two away from tying her season best of six set as a freshman a year ago.
"I thought Molly Kinsella was fabulous in the first half. She was aggressive and dynamic and came ready to play," said Coveleskie. "She has a desire to win, and I am really proud of her effort."
Lindsay Thompson’s goal at the 41:20 mark tied the game at 2-2 as she scored after taking a rebounded shot and placing it in from four yards out.
Nicole Lukens gave the Commodores the lead back again a little over two minutes later as she fired a shot in from two yards out off a deflected shot.
The Gators tied the game at the 75:59 mark as Ashlee Elliott scored on a rebounded shot from two yards out on the right side.
Florida ended up with a 15-13 shot advantage, marking just the second time all-year that Vanderbilt did not lead in this category.
The Commodores were without the services off senior midfielder Katie Schulz who sat out due to injury. Emily Grant started in her place, while Katie Dean also made her first career start at defender.
VU will close out its five-game homestand against No. 24 South Carolina on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Gamecocks defeated Kentucky, 2-0, and are 2-0-1 in SEC East play. The Commodores will honor seniors Taylor Ryer, Katie Schulz and Amy Wilcox prior to the contest as part of Senior Day activities.
1 2 OT Total
Florida 2 1 1 4
Vanderbilt 3 0 0 3