Florida Gators soccer comes from behind to beat Auburn at home

Special report on the Florida Gators soccer team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It was another come-from-behind win for the No. 24 University of Florida soccer team. The Gators won 2-1 over Auburn on a drippy Friday evening at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

The Gators trailed after the Tigers scored in the 16th minute. Florida freshman Kouri Peace scored in the 37th minute to tie the match and junior Parker Roberts hit the game-winner in the 48th minute.

Friday’s scoring:
The Tigers won the ball at the top of the Gators’ defensive half. Jessie Gerow pass found Angeline Daly making a run above the box. Daly received the ball, won a joust and then hit a 19-yard right-footed strike which scored in the 16th minute.

Peace tied the match in the 37th minute. The cross Carina Baltrip-Reyes sent from the touchline was dummied by Deanne Rose at the near post. The ball continued moving across the goal before Peace put it in from six yards.

Florida used an early second half goal to take the lead. Freshman Ava Kuyken’s ball found Cassidy Lindley moving above the box. Lindley and her defender moved horizontally above the box before Lindley sent the ball into space. Roberts caught up to ball and beat the goalkeeper with a shot to the far post corner.

Worth Noting

*   Parker Roberts now has four goals in 2019 – setting her career high for goals in a season. She three goals as a freshman at Kansas in 2015 and as a UF sophomore in 2017. Four goals shares second with Cassidy Lindley among the Gators in 2019
*   Kouri Peace scores in her second consecutive match, with her three goals this season coming in her last eight appearances.
*   Outside back Carina Baltrip-Reyes recorded her first point of 2019 on the Gators’ opening goal.
*   Lindley now leads the 2019 Gators with five assists
*   Florida has scored three goals this season in the 48th minute.

Florida: 10-5-0, 6-1-0 SEC
Auburn: 6-7-2, 3-4-0 SEC

What the Gators Said:
On Auburn early goal:

“I thought our team was really resilient. Normally after we give up a goal, we’ll get together and talk about it. But you could tell that the attitude of our team was ‘all right that’s not going to happen – let’s just go’. It set the tone for what happened after that, which was our dominance at that point. – – Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh

On focus going into match:

“We were trying to be a little bit sharper in our execution regardless of what the opposition presented. That was what really showed tonight for me. They were able to execute very well. That’s not easy to do, so it was very impressive.” – Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh

On Suzi Espinoza’s saves:

“We trust Suzi in her ability to do that. That’s one of the things she brings to our team. She’s got great reactions and does a good job.” – Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh

On game-tying goal:
“I was creeping behind the one defender and I thought ‘Deanne was going to get it’. It rolled underneath her foot and so I went right ahead and kicked it in.” – freshman Kouri Peace

On game-winning goal:
“I saw a gap between one of their center backs. I just ran, whether I got the ball or not, I didn’t care. I found myself 1 v. 1 with the goalie and just tried to get it on target.” – junior Parker Roberts

On offensive success:
“Our energy and the mental aspect of the game. We knew we couldn’t come out with a loss here. We had to win, we needed those points. We knew what was at stake and pushed through the adversity.” – freshman Kouri Peace

On second goal in as many matches:
“Just being in the right spot at the right time. Making the right runs and being there in case something happens. Tonight, that’s how my goal came.” – freshman Kouri Peace

On momentum shift:
“We realized we needed to defend better as a team. We were working individually and not tracking as a unit. It was chasing after people and doing a lot of extra running than we needed to. We talked about it and said, ‘If we are going to win this game, we’ve got to do it together. We’ve got to stay together, stay compact, and make sure we have each other’s backs.'” – junior Parker Roberts

On team’s success:
“We are having fun. We’re confident and we’re having fun. That’s the most important. It’s more important than any tactical or technical thing. When you are doing it together, it brings a sense of freedom. It plays a big difference. It carries over onto the field and off the field.” – junior Parker Roberts

Next Up:
The Gators are at Tennessee next Thursday for a SEC Network match.

Thursday, Oct. 24 at Tennessee (8-5-2, 2-4-2 SEC)
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Auburn (6-7-2, 3-4-0 SEC) at No. 24 Florida (10-5-0, 6-1-0 SEC)

Stadium: Donald R. Dizney Stadium (835)

Weather: 69 degrees, winds E at 7 mph, 74% humidity, light rain

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Scoring Summary:




Goal Scorer





Angeline Daly




Kouri Peace

Carina Baltrip-Reyes




Parker Roberts

Cassidy Lindley

Shots: Auburn 7, Florida 15

Saves: Auburn 7 (Kate Hart 7), Florida 4 (Susi Espinoza 4)


Kit Loferski/UF – yellow (58:03)

Andrew Spivey
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