Oct. 21, 2012
NASHVILLE - After holding 11th-ranked Florida scoreless for 50 minutes, the Vanderbilt women's soccer team could not subdue the Gators in the second half. Florida scored four goals in a 17-minute span to defeat the Commodores, 4-0, in Southeastern Conference on Senior Day at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
The Commodores looked good over the first 45 minutes, creating a number of dangerous changes despite not recording a shot on goal. Emily Bush--who was one of three VU seniors to get the starting nod in the team's home finale (two others were unable to participate due to injury)--had a chance early in the game off a pass from freshman Kelsey Tillman, but the Florida defense deflected the ball away before Bush could get the shot off.
Dana Schwartz made her 18th start of the season, while Kate Goldin was in the lineup for the third time on Senior Day. Amanda Essay, who started VU's first six games before being injured, and CJ Rhoades were also honored before the game.
Playing again without their leading scorer or their starting goalkeeper, the Commodores were unable to hold Florida down in the second stanza. The Gators' first goal of the game came in the 51st minute when Erika Tymrak took two touches on the left side of the 18-yard box and fired a shot into the side netting at the far post.
Just 92 seconds later, the Gators would strike again. Jo Dragotta shot a laser from about 32 yards out that found the right upper 90. In the 58th minute, a free kick by Havana Solaun hit off the crossbar and the rebound fell right to Mckenzie Barney, who finished intto the left side of the goal. It marked the second time in as many weeks that Florida has scored three goals in a 10-minute span.
Florida scored its final goal in the 66th minute. Lauren Silver played a cross from the left side to the six-yard box which Annie Speese re-directed toward Carolina Triglia. Triglia controlled the ball and scored from close-range to give UF its final 4-0 advantage.
At 2-6-4 in conference play, Vanderbilt stands with 10 points entering its final game of the season Thursday at Kentucky. The Commodores currently stand in 13th place in the conference, ahead of only Mississippi State. Vanderbilt is only two points out of the Top 10, however, meaning hope is still alive for making the 2012 SEC Tournament.
A win Sunday by LSU moved the Tigers into ninth place with 14 points. South Carolina also got a victory Sunday, moving into 10th place with 12 points. Alabama and Georgia both suffered losses to remain with 11 points and fall to 11th and 12th.
Vanderbilt need to defeat Kentucky on Sunday to get to 13 points and have a chance for a postseason berth. From there, the Commodores would need the three teams directly ahead of them to lose or tie:
- South Carolina would need to lose vs. Florida (SC would likely hold a goal differential over VU if SC ties UF)
- AND Alabama would need to lose or tie at Auburn
- AND Georgia would need to lose or tie at Tennessee