COLUMBIA, S.C. – Florida soccer lost 1-0 at No. 22 South Carolina Thursday evening at the Eugene E. Stone III Stadium.
The match was played a day early as Hurricane Ian is expected to impact the Columbia, S.C., area. In addition to early play for soccer, USC’s football game versus South Carolina State was also played Thursday evening.
Both teams turned in four shots and no goals in the opening half.
South Carolina scored in the 61st minute. From the edge of the box, Corinna Zullo sent the ball to the top of the box for Catherine Barry. Her right-footed shot took a bounce just before crossing the line at the far post. It was Barry’s fourth goal to lead the Gamecocks in 2022.
The Gators did have some great opportunities Thursday. Junior Julianne Leskauskas had a pair of good looks in the opening half. Her first was a 20-yard left-footed shot just high of the near post upper corner. Later, she picked up the ball free above the box and moved past a pair of defenders to take a 10-yard shot that was stopped by USC’s Heather Hinz. With seven minutes left in the match, redshirt freshman’s Oakley Rasmussen’s 20-yard shot was just wide of the far post corner.
Tonight’s result was Florida’s sixth loss of 2022 by a single goal.
Coach Samantha Bohon Said:
On today’s performance:
“Tonight this game could have gone either way. It’s just a little detail here or a detail there. It makes a difference in the outcome. We created our chances. They created their chances and they found a way to score one.
“There’s been very few times a season where I’ve been disappointed in our team’s effort. There has been very few times a season where I’ve been disappointed in the fight and the connectivity that our team has had as a group. But in order for us to get results in this league, we have to do a little bit more than that.
“It’s not for lack of opportunity and desire. All those intangibles that we can control are there. It’s now just executing at a little bit of a higher level for 90 minutes.” – Florida Head Coach Samantha Bohon
Thoughts on Hurricane Ian impact:
“There are a lot of people suffering in Florida right now after Hurricane Ian. They are in our thoughts and prayers as we know our fellow Floridians are experiencing some real distress and hardships.” – Florida Head Coach Samantha Bohon
Florida: 2-9-0, 0-4 SEC
South Carolina: 7-2-3, 2-2 SEC
Florida leads 22-12-2
Florida starts October action with a home match versus three-time defending SEC champion and No. 12 Arkansas next Thursday.
Thursday, Oct. 6
Thurs., Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. ET
Donald R. Dizney Stadium (1,500)
SEC Network + with Kyle Crooks and Matthew Stubbington calling the action.
Florida (2-9-0, SEC 0-4) at No. 22 South Carolina (7-2-3, 2-2 SEC)
Stadium: Eugene E. Stone III Stadium
Weather: 66 degrees, winds 7 mph
|Goals by Period||1||2||Total|
|1.||60:55||USC||Catherine Barry||Corinna Zullo|
Shots: Florida 8, South Carolina 12
Saves: Florida 7 (Alexa Goldberg 7), South Carolina 2 (Heather Hinz 2)
Offsides: UF 1, USC 2