ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – In an 11-goal match that saw four ties and five lead exchanges, it was the Gators taking a 6-5 overtime win over Kentucky Friday in Southeastern Conference Tournament opening round action at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
Sophomore Cassidy Lindley hit the winner in the 96th minute, giving Florida the decisive sixth goal in the 600th match in the program’s 26-year history.
The win moves Florida ahead to Sunday’s SEC Tournament second round play to face Missouri.
Settle in for this scoring review. Eleven combined goals equals the most ever for the Florida program.
Florida’s Parker Roberts scored the first in the 24th minute. A deep cross from Cassidy Lindley was attempted to be cleared by UK but Roberts one-touched it in from 14 yards.
The Wildcats scored the next three, with the first two coming within a minute. Emily Hahnel won the ball just above the Florida box. She sent it to Maria Olson at the top of the box who quickly sent it left for Jordyn Rhodes making a run down the left side of the box. Rhodes hit a 12-yard shot to the far corner at 25:32 for the first tie of the match.
Just 24 second later, Kentucky