OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss soccer team fell 2-0 to No. 11 Florida Friday night in Oxford.
With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 5-9-1 overall (1-6 SEC) while No. 11 Florida improved to 13-3 overall (7-1 SEC).
Florida took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute as Havana Solaun scored a close-range shot from Jo Dragotta to the far post. The Gators added their second goal of the match in the 77th minute as Solaun added her second goal of the match off a close-range one touch shot off an assist from Jazmyne Avant.
Florida outshot Ole Miss 16-3 in the game with a 7-0 advantage in shots on goal.
“We had a game plan to sit in and defend and to break down their possession and I thought we did that at times,” head coach Matt Mott said. “They scored two very good goals and you are not going to shutout Florida. They are a very talented team and we knew we had to be close to perfect tonight. We had some good looks in the second half and I’m pleased with how we defended in the second half.”
In the first half, the Rebels faced nine shots from the quick Gator front line but the Ole Miss defense did a good job thwarting many of the Gators’ efforts.
In the 57th minute, Erin Emerson and Ole Miss had numbers up and Emerson found Jenna Strother down the right side. Strother’s attempt went wide. Less than two minutes later, Emily Reid had a shot from inside the box and her attempt narrowly missed.
Goalkeeper Kelly McCormick kept Florida from increasing its lead in the 76th minute as she made a save on a close-range shot off a quick Gator free kick.
Ole Miss will host South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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