Football links in Florida, 1-1 (2OT)
GAINESVILLE, Fla .– An extremely hot Sunday afternoon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium, a 61st-minute goal from the senior midfielder Carlee Allen gave Texas (0-1-1) a second-half lead, but that wasn’t quite enough as Florida (0-1-1) rallied for an equalizer at 86:50 on the way to a 1-1 (2OT) tie.
Texas Team Notes
- Allen’s goal was only the second of his Burnt Orange & White career and his first since scoring against Grambling State on September 22, 2019.
- The teams tied for shots (17-17), shots on goal (8-8) and saves (7-7), while Texas held a 7-4 lead on corner kicks. and a 51-49% advantage in possession time. .
- Sunday’s meeting was the first between the Texas and Florida football programs.
Texas got off to a good start in the third minute as a freshman forward Trinidad Byars did a solid run on the right wing before centering up the six. Missimo was waiting in the middle, but the Southlake, Texas native’s quick volley was blocked up front by Gator’s defense.
At 5:40 am, a promising Texan center on the left side of the 18th found Holly ward in the space in the middle. Unfortunately, the first-year striker’s quick shot from 12 yards made it way past the right post.
Florida almost broke a free kick in the 10th minute. On a long shot in the box, a Texan defender tried to clear the ball to shake it outside the right post.
The Longhorns remained early in control of things as a senior midfielder Julia grosso (13:49) and Missimo (19:14) each saw their efforts stalled as Texas quickly took the 5-0 advantage.
Against the course of the game, a quick Florida attack resulted in Florida’s first shot of the game at 11:29 PM as forward Madison Alexander jumped over two Texas scorers to direct a shot well to the left. of the frame.
Progressing slowly in the game, the Gators scored a great opportunity in the 25th minute. Midfielder Nicole Vernis took possession from the left side and fired a 22-yard curved shot to the frame. Texas fifth-year senior goaltender Madden Savannah quickly dived all the way to his left to make a save before Texas cleared the ball.
Vernis from Florida had another big chance at 27:35 which was again foiled by Madden. After beating his marker on the left wing, the Gator midfielder dribbled a 1-v-1 only for the UT net keeper to get out of his line and fall to deflect the shot towards his. law.
UF had another blocked shot at 28:19, but that was it for either team for the remainder of the first half as the teams went to the tied break at 0-0.
Ward gave the Longhorns a quick start in the second half at 48:22 as his left-footed 13-yard try to the left was saved near the left post.
The Gators threatened to come back the other end at 50:41 as UF forward Kouri Peace received a pass one step behind the Texas baseline. First-year defenseman EmJ Cox ran back to cause Peace enough trouble for his eventual shot to be saved by Madden.
Grosso had a solid run down midfield before forcing a Texas save and corner at 59:27.
The work of the Vancouver, BC native proved to be important as the Longhorns scored the ensuing free kick. Missimo threw the corner into the crowd near the top of the six. Allen rose above everyone else to lead his first goal of the season in the top 90 for a 1-0 lead.
Grosso had a great opportunity to get on the scoresheet and double Texas’ lead in the 66th minute, but her right-footed shot from 15 yards ventured straight to Florida goaltender Alexa Goldberg.
With Madden out of her line in the 70th minute, UF’s Alivia Gonzalez nearly charged UT as the forward made a quick turn around 40 yards and shot just outside the right post.
As Florida made forays into their third attacker, but failed to connect on the last pass, Byars tried his luck 15 yards in the 78th minute but hit his breath straight at the keeper.
Texas nearly sealed things at 84:33 as the Longhorns opened up to a 2-v-1 situation. Junior forward Sydney nobles cross of the right wing in the middle to the midfield Ashlyn miller, but the rookie’s shot was somehow saved by Goldberg with his right leg.
It turned out to be a huge game as Florida finally leveled things off with 3:25 left in regulation. On a Texas turnaround in the back, a UF pass to the top of the box found Kit Loferski. She shifted to her left and fired a drive that was overturned by a diving Madden. Unfortunately, the ball took off inside the left post before entering to tie the game at 1-1.
Madden was huge for the Longhorns in the 95th minute as the keeper used both hands to lead a 14-yard Loferski shot from the right side up and over the bar.
Just 26 seconds into the second OT, Missimo had a solid chance on the right wing, but her 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 inside the 18th. There was a dangerous collision inside the box, but the linesman had his flag as an off-box. Game.
Missimo nearly finished for Texas on a left wing shot at 109: 29 as her 16-yard effort was knocked up and down the crossbar. Somehow the ricochet popped straight up before falling into Goldberg’s hands as she sat on the goal line.