Oct. 17, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The Georgia soccer team got a goal from Laura Eddy in the 12th minute, but a pair of scores by Erika Tymrak - including the game-winner seven minutes into overtime - pushed 13th-ranked Florida to a 2-1 decision over the No. 20 Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
Georgia played extra time for the seventh time this season, suffering their second overtime loss. The Bulldogs are now 9-3-4 (4-1-3) as today marked their first SEC loss of the season. Florida improves to 12-2-2 overall and 6-1-1 in conference play.
Today's loss snapped Georgia's eight-game unbeaten streak.
"Our game plan was to put their backs under some pressure and Laura Eddy read a back pass, picked it off and put it away," said head coach Steve Holeman of the Georgia goal. "We missed some good opportunities and probably could've scored three or four today, but on the other side of that, it could've been 4-4. [Keeper] Ashley Baker on our side of things came up big. Florida put us under pressure when we were up 1-0. That's the nature of the game."
"What a great effort," Holeman said. "As a coach you are never disappointed with that kind of effort for 97 minutes. We couldn't ask for more than that. Florida is a great team and showed some resilience clawing back and getting the game-winner in OT on a great finish. This was a great soccer match."
The Bulldogs got another early goal and were playing with the lead for the third straight game. Eddy's goal made Georgia just the third team to score first on Florida this season as the Gators have seldom played from behind in 2010.
The play unfolded as forward Ashley Miller sent a pass up to Eddy from the left, slightly trailing the sophomore attacker. Eddy took a touch and had the ball disrupted by a defender, but won the ball back and found herself open in the middle, sending it into the bottom corner past keeper Katie Fraine to give Georgia the 1-0 lead just 11:05 into the contest. It was the second goal of the season for Eddy, who was playing the center forward position for the first time this season.
With 7:25 to go in the first, Alex Hooker found herself open in front and took a Marah Falle pass on the bounce, sending a bicycle kick just wide left. Down the offensive end again, freshman Carli Shultis fought for a 50-50 ball on the right end line and crossed inside. Hooker's shot was blocked and Falle had a second-chance shot also blocked in the waning moments of the first half.
As the SEC East rivals entered the locker rooms, Georgia remained in front 1-0 while leading 6-3 in shots. Neither goalkeeper was forced to make a save through the first period.
With the clock hovering around 42:00 in the second, Miller caught Fraine a bit out of position on the left but her shot went just wide. Around 27:00 to go in the second and the score still 1-0 in favor of the Bulldogs, Newfield stripped her defender and sent one in at the upper 90, but it went high as she fired it off from her spot on the left wing.
The Gators were active in the offensive end in the second half, and actually appeared to have tied the score when midfielder McKenzie Barney had an open look in front that beat Baker, but it was called a foul on Florida and the goal was disallowed with under 12 minutes remaining and Georgia still on top.
With 8:17 on the clock the Gators finally tied it up as Tymrak controlled the ball in the middle and challenged the Georgia defense, sending a rocket into the corner past Baker, as the redshirt sophomore's string of four straight shutouts and 561:08 of scoreless play came to an end.
The Gators were awarded a penalty kick with 4:02 to play, but Baker made a huge diving save to her right to stop a Lindsay Thompson shot and preserve the 1-1 tie to that point.
The final four minutes were inconclusive and the teams were headed for extra time. Newfield had a shot blocked as Georgia kept the pressure on the Gators in OT. But with 3:02 left in the first overtime, Tymrak provided the game-winner for Florida, stepping up from the right side of the box and sending one over the hands of an outstretched Baker into the left side, sealing it 2-1 for the host Gators.
Newfield led Georgia with three shots, leaving the rookie just seven shy of the single-season program record (76). Hooker also tallied three attempts as Georgia and Florida each took 13 on the day. The Gators held the Dogs out of the corner kick column on the day, taking seven. Baker finished with five saves while Fraine made three.
Georgia narrowly missed a chance at a weekend sweep after pulling out a 1-0 win over No. 14 South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Friday night. The Bulldogs are currently third in the SEC East with 15 points, behind Florida and South Carolina each with 19 to sit atop the league standings.
The Bulldogs will close out their five-game road trip when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a rare Thursday night meeting with the Crimson Tide Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. Live audio and live stats will be available for the game on Georgiadogs.com.