GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Arkansas pushed No. 8 Florida on Sunday in Gainesville, but the Gators pulled away for a 3-1 soccer victory.
The loss leaves Arkansas 5-10-3 overall and 2-6-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida is now 14-2-2 overall and 8-1-1 in the SEC.
Down 1-0 at the half, Arkansas scored to tie the game less than 10 minutes into the second half on a goal by Ally Atkins.
Beth McVean made a steal around midfield and made a nice pass to Kelsey Allison, who got a pass between a pair of defenders to Atkins. Atkinswas running down the right side of the field andgot the pass outside the box and dribbled in. She drewgoalkeeper Katie Fraine out andfired a shot from the right side of the field into the left side of the goal at 53:35.
Ten minutes later, Florida scored a pair of goals in less than five minutes to take control.
"I was a little disappointed in a couple of the goals we gave up," head coach Erin Aubry said. "There were a couple of those we could have done a better job on. Ally Atkins scored a great goal early in the second half and that set the tone. I was really pround of our second-half performance."
Sarah Chapman scored on a 15-yarder off a pass from Taylor Travis at 62:58 to put the Gators up 2-1.
Both teams missed good scoring opportunities after that point before Florida opened up some breathing room on a goal by McKenzie Barney. She scored off passes from Travis and Natalie Torosian, getting a clear shot from about 10 yards out. Her shot into the right side of the goal came at 67:33.
Both teams had chances the rest of the way, but that was it for the scoring.
For the game, Florida had just a 12-9 advantage in shots and a 5-4 lead in shots on goal. Arkansas out-shot the Gators 6-5 in the second period with a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal.
"We emphasized at halftime that we needed to do things together both offensively and defensively," Aubry said. "Both offensively and defensively, we weren’t with each other in the first half. We focused on that in the second half and created more opportunities and attacked together. We also defended better."
Florida led 5-3 in corner kicks. The Gators were called for eight fouls and Arkansas for four.
Arkansas battled in the first half, even though less than 15 minutes into the game, Florida took a 1-0 lead.
Holly King was on the back side of the six-yard box and headed a shot into the top half of the right corner off a cross from the near side by Tahnai Annis at 14:31.
For the half, Florida had just seven shots to three for the Razorbacks. Florida had a 3-0 lead in shots on goal. UF had three corner kicks and Arkansas had two.
Arkansas closes the regular season on Friday with a 7 p.m. contest at LSU.
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