Gators stumble in SEC matchup

Published October 2, 2006

GAINESVILLE - Tennessee used two first-half goals to claim its first SEC soccer win Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 decision over Florida.

The Vols took a 2-0 lead into halftime off goals by sophomore Kylee Rossi. Her first goal at 18:05 came when she drove the end line and tucked in a 3-yard shot at the near post. She scored again from 15 yards at 37:25 on a breakaway pass from Jordan Falcusan.

The Gators (7-4-1, 3-1) are ranked 21st by Soccer America.

At halftime, the Vols (5-3-3, 1-1-2) held a 3-2 advantage in shots, but a change in UF's formation gave the Gators more offensive presence in the second half as UF outshot Tennessee 11-6.

USF women fall

South Florida (5-5-1, 2-3) dropped its third Big East soccer contest in as many games, falling 5-0 to Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers (9-1-1, 4-0-1) took control from the start, scoring its first goal in the 12th minute. Fifty-five seconds later, the Scarlet Knights took a 2-0 lead with a shot past USF goalkeeper Casey Garrett from 30 yards out.

Seminoles rally

FSU, ranked third by Soccer America, fought back from a 1-0 halftime deficit for a 2-1 victory in Tallahassee. The Seminoles (8-1-1, 2-1-1) needed a goal from Mami Yamaguchi in the 86th minute to put away Virginia Tech (5-5-1, 1-3-0). FSU outshot Virginia Tech 21-3 but once again struggled to finish off its opportunities until late. "I thought we started out pretty good," FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. "We are still not good enough in the final third."


UF: Junior opposite hitter Amber McCray collected 13 kills on .407 hitting to lead Florida, ranked 10th in the Division I AVCA poll, to a sweep of No. 17 Tennessee in Gainesville. The Gators (12-2, 5-1 SEC) improved to 30-3 against Tennessee under coach Mary Wise. Florida ended with more kills (54-35), digs (59-50) and blocks (8-3), and also out-hit the Volunteers .377-.096.

TAMPA: Tampa (18-1, 6-1 Sunshine State Conference), ranked No. 1 in the Division II AVCA poll, cruised to a 3-0 sweep of visiting Florida Tech. Stephanie Rivera and Alisha Green led the way with 12 kills apiece. Amy Rumore led a group of three Tampa setters with 22 assists as Gabriela Saade added 11 and Sara Ellis had three.

ECKERD: The Tritons (12-7, 2-4) fought to a 3-1 victory in a Sunshine State Conference match over visiting Rollins College (11-5, 3-2). Eckerd was led by freshman Lydee Benoit with 21 kills, and Angela White recorded 13 kills and 11 digs. Kati Therriault and Keisha Carter, posted double figures in kills, each with 11.