Soccer Drops 2-0 Decision to No. 16 Florida
BATON ROUGE - The homestanding LSU Tigers conceded a pair of goals late in the second half to the 16th-ranked Florida Gators as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to the visitors in Southeastern Conference play on Friday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman saved the first seven shots on goal she faced on the night, but the Tigers (5-5-4, 1-4-2 SEC) were unable to withstand the Florida (9-3-1, 6-1) attack while seeing their two-game SEC unbeaten streak snapped with 1,290 supporters on hand for the contest.
The Gators avenged LSU's 1-0 victory in Gainesville during the 2011 regular season when the Tigers clinched their fourth SEC Western Division crown at James G. Pressly Stadium.
Kinneman was spectacular in goal for the Tigers once again as she led the defensive effort with seven saves through 74 minutes. She turned in another highlight reel save in the 49th minute when Florida junior Taylor Travis curled a strike inside the left post from 30 yards that appeared destined for the back of the net, but Kinneman dove full-extension to her right to deflect the ball past the end line for a corner kick. It was one of 13 corner kicks attempted by the Gators on the night.
Senior All-American Erika Tymrak broke the ice in the 75th minute when she tallied her third goal of the season on a strike from the top of the six-yard box after sophomore defender Lauren Silver played her free behind LSU's back line on a through ball into the area. Tymrak gave the Gators a 1-0 lead at the 74:10 mark of regulation.
Sophomore midfielder Havana Solaun provided the final margin with just 36 seconds remaining on the scoreboard clock when she scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season following a run into the box after gaining possession of the ball in the midfield.
With the win, the Gators ran the longest winning streak in SEC play to six-straight games while keeping pace in the race for the league title with 18 points in conference action.
The Tigers return to the pitch Sunday afternoon as they welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores to Baton Rouge for a contest that will kick off at 1:05 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium. Like Friday's match, the Tigers and Commodores will compete against one another on live television as FSN's SportSouth will also air Sunday's contest.