Roundup: UF beats Missouri in extra kicks, advances to SEC soccer semis

Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:45 p.m.

Orange Beach, Alabama — No. 15 Florida survived two overtimes and eight rounds of penalty kicks to advance in the first round of the SEC soccer tournament Wednesday night.

The Gators, the tournament's fourth-seed, built a two-goal lead early in the second half. Fifth-seeded Missouri erased that lead in sixty seconds, forcing a tie that held until extra kicks.

Sophomore Melanie Monteagudo scored just two minutes into the second half, giving the Gators a 3-1 lead. But Melanie Donaldson and Jessica Johnson scored back-to-back Missouri goals one minute apart to lock the match at three. Florida goaltender Kaylen Marckese saved a Tigers penalty kick with just under five minutes to play to perserve the tie.

Both teams failed to score in two overtimes. In the decisive penalty kicks round, Florida and Missouri each scored on its first seven attempts. Monteagudo scored on the Gators' eighth kick. Marckese stopped the Tigers eighth try to seal the victory.

Florida (14-4) moves on to play No. 1 seed South Carolina Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET in the tourney semifinal.


No. 6 Gators sweep Georgia

Athens, Ga. — The sixth-ranked Florida volleyball team swept Georgia, 25-18, 25-12, 25-20 for its ninth straight victory, the fifth time in the Gators' past nine wins Florida has finished off an opponent in straight sets. The win places Florida alone atop the SEC standings.

Junior Carli Snyder led Florida with 12 kills and six digs.

Florida (21-2, 11-1) earned head coach Mary Wise's 400th career SEC win.

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