Georgia Falls To Florida In SEC Opener 1-0
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Sept. 23, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. ---- Erika Tymrak's goal in the 70th minute broke a scoreless tie and lifted No. 6 Florida to a 1-0 win over Georgia in front of a season-high 2,337 fans at the UGA Soccer Stadium Friday.
The Bulldogs (6-3, 0-1 SEC) had their five-game winning streak snapped despite holding Florida to its lowest offensive output in six contests.
"I thought our game plan worked out well," said Georgia head coach Steve Holeman. "We created some really good opportunities. We had probably three of them and just didn't capitalize. Florida is one of the top teams in the country and they possess well. They play a different system so you have to adjust to them."
Georgia had a chance to tie the game with a minute to go, but Jenna Owens' shot from 35 yards out hit the crossbar and the Gators (8-2, 1-0 SEC) held on for their fourth straight win.
Georgia nearly took an early 1-0 lead, but a shot by Susannah Dennis inside the 18-yard box was just wide, and the two teams would play to a scoreless first half. The Bulldogs had another chance to score early in the second half, but a shot by Alexa Newfield was saved by Florida goalkeeper Taylor Burke.
Minutes later, Tymrak created a shot for the Gators and posted her seventh goal of the season for the 1-0 lead.
"We limited their opportunities in the first half, but made a costly error in the second half. It's just one game, and we have 10 SEC games ahead of us. We now have to prepare for South Carolina and get after it on Sunday."
Ashley Baker finished the game with four saves for the Bulldogs.
Georgia will return to action Sunday when South Carolina visits for a 2 p.m. contest. Live video will be available on www.georgiadogs.com as well as radio coverage on Athens' 960 WRFC.