Special report on the Florida Gators soccer team:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gator soccer exploded with an 8-0 win over Stetson Sunday evening at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
There isn’t a Gator on the current team who was around when Florida last scored eight goals in a match – Oct. 3, 1999 in 8-0 win versus Florida International.
It is the seventh time – and first since 2017 – UF has opened a season unbeaten through the opening four matches. This is the first time in the program’s 29 seasons that a Gator team opened a season with four consecutive shutouts.
Three turned in their first Gator goals tonight. That included a double first-half goal effort from both freshman Megan Hinnenkamp and graduate transfer Molly Grant.
Hinnenkamp, Missouri’s 2023 Gatorade Player of the Year, got the Gator scoring going in the 17th minute off assists from Tori Grambo and Lauren McCloskey. Just over two minutes later, Hinnenkamp earned her first collegiate brace after she took the ball down the right sideline and then hit a right footed 17-yard shot to far corner.
Then it was Grant’s turn to tally a brace. Grant scored her first Gator goal in the 22nd minute when she put in the ball from the eight yards off assists from Tatum O’Coyne and Anna DeLeon. Then in the 28th minute, Grant got the tap in at the far post off assists from Charlotte McClure and Amelia Malkin.
Freshman Lena Bailey started the second half scoring putting in Njeri Butts’ cross in the 51st minute. It was the second consecutive Sunday score for Bailey, as the reigning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week scored the only goal in the 1-0 win versus Maryland.
Senior Julianne Leskauskas hit a bullet from 22 yards to the right upper slot at 56:47 for her opening score of 2023.
In her first appearance as a Gator, freshman Liwa Nilsson scored her first collegiate goal at 67.46. The ball was sent in by an Oakley Rasmussen corner kick. Grant touch the ball out to Nilsson located at the top of the box. She took a touch before hitting a right-footed shot to the right corner.
Scoring closed in the 81st minute when O’Coyne sent a cross from deep in the Hatter half. Tessa Barton let the ball roll past her to a wide open Maddy Rhodes at the far post. The goal was Rhodes first since her freshman season.
Coach Samantha Bohon Said:
“I think the thing that I’m most proud of is another clean sheet. We’ve worked really hard on that and sometimes you can get a little casual in these games and have mental lapses. I thought we were really solid, allowing one shot the whole 90 minutes. So really proud of that and obviously being able to put a bunch of the back of net.
“We were disappointed with Miami [0-0 tie last Thursday] because we thought we created chances to win that game. So it’s nice to see this response tonight. We got stronger tonight. We had some people back [from injuries] who got valuable minutes which is really important for developing our depth. So we’re excited about what we got out of tonight.” – Florida Soccer Head Coach Samantha Bohon
Florida: 3-0-1, 0-0-0 SEC
Stetson: 0-4-0, 0-0-0 ASUN
Florida leads 3-0.
The first trip to Kennesaw State is the only match on Florida’s schedule next weekend. Kennesaw State (1-2-1, 0-0 ASUN) lost 3-1 at South Alabama on Sunday.
Date: Sunday, Sept. 3
Time: 6 p.m. ET
Site: Fifth Third Bank Stadium<https://ksuowls.com/facilities/fifth-third-bank-stadium/4>
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Stetson (0-4, 0-0 ASUN) at Florida (3-0-1, SEC 0-0-0)
Stadium: Donald R. Dizney Stadium (756)
Weather: 92 degrees, winds E at 9 mph
Goals by Period
Tori Grambo, Lauren McCloskey
Tatum O’Coyne, Anna DeLeon
Charlotte McClure, Amelia Malkin
Shots: Stetson 1, Florida 27
Saves: Stetson 10 (Mallory Osborn 3; Morgan Flippin 7), Florida 0 (Alexa Goldberg 0; Jayden Emmanuel 0)
Offsides: Stetson 1, UF 3
Cautions: 12:22 – Samantha Markey-SU (yellow); 82:38 – Anna Brethauer-SU (yellow)