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UF Soccer: Florida and Georgia Tie 1-1 in double overtime

Freshman Beata Olsson tied the match in the 16th minute in Monday’s 1-1 double overtime match versus Georgia. Olsson now leads the Gators with six goals this season.
Photo by Hannah White

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY MARY HOWARD

Florida and Georgia soccer played to a 1-1 double overtime tie Monday afternoon at the Atlanta Soccer Park.

These two teams also played to the same result when they met Sept. 27, 2020 in Gainesville. It is the third tie in the all-time 36 meetings between these long-time league rivals.

Monday’s Scoring:

All of Monday’s scoring came within the opening 16 minutes of play. Georgia’s Ashley Andersen put in the first shot of the match at 4:30 off an assist from Abby Boyan.

Gator freshman Beata Olsson, who earlier today was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, evened the score in the 16th minute. The goal started when Shaye Seyffart won a header in midfield and then moved forward. She sent the ball to Madison Alexander at the top of the box. Alexander’s serve across the six-yard box was smuggled in by Olsson at 15:14.

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Olsson now leads Florida in goals (6) and is second in points (12).

Both goalkeepers were busy Monday, with UF’s Susi Espinoza equaling her collegiate-high of seven saves; UGA’s Emory Wegener posted six.

Becky Burleigh Said:

“We showed great resilience after giving up the early goal. Thought we really dictated play in the second half and overtime, so we’re disappointed to not get the go-ahead goal.

“Just like to say I appreciate Georgia for their long-term and very respectful rivalry. There certainly have been some memorable matches between the Gators and the Bulldogs over these many seasons.”

Next Up:
Florida closes its 2020-21 schedule Saturday in Miami.

This will be the final match of Becky Burleigh’s coaching career as she announced in January her retirement following the 2020-21 season.¬†Burleigh has been the Gators’ coach since the program’s debut in 1995.

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