SEC Soccer: Florida Gators Lose 2-1 to Tennessee in League Opener

GAINESVILLE (SportsDay) – It was a hard-fought match, but it was defending Southeastern Conference Tournament champion Tennessee taking a 2-1 win over Florida Friday evening at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium to open league play.

The message that this would be a battle was sent front the very start when Florida drove toward goal. Junior Julianne Leskauskas intercepted a clearance attempt in the box and took a shot just 16 seconds in, but UT’s Lindsey Romig made the stop. It was the first of nine saves for Romig – increasing her season saves high by six .

“I thought our performance was pretty strong for 90 minutes. This shows the difference of winning and losing is really small,” Florida Head Coach Samantha Bohon said. “Some key plays went their way in the first half and we created a ton of opportunities in the end.

“Their keeper made some big -time saves. She should get a good ice bath today because it was a really impressive performance from her. I told our players it’s not that I felt like we lost the game. I thought she just really won the game for them.

“I’m really happy with the effort. I’m really happy with the execution. I’m really happy with our staff because I thought our game plan was spot on. Hopefully this gives us some momentum even though we didn’t get the result of how we can play as we go into the rest of this SEC schedule.”

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