GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida soccer claimed a 4-1 comeback win over Louisiana State Sunday afternoon at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
The Gators tied the match late in the opening half. Three unanswered second-half goals gave Florida the final margin.
LSU took advantage of their second scoring opportunity in the 23rd minute when Shannon Cooke sent a sharp pass to Lindsey Eaton just above the six-yard box. Eaton evaded her defender and scored from eight yards on a right-footed shot.
Senior Alyssa Howell gave the Gators a lift with her score shortly before halftime. Carina Baltrip-Reyes brought the ball through the Tiger half. Nearing the LSU defensive third, Baltrip-Reyes sent the ball ahead to Cassidy Lindley at the top center of the box. She immediately sent the ball into space down the center of the goal. Howell ran the ball down and just beat the on-coming LSU goalkeeper to score at 42:33.
Florida took the lead for good early in the second half. The play started when Lindley sent the ball out wide to Mayra Pelayo. She bought the ball to above the corner of the box and played it into space for Briana Solis making an angled run through the box. Solis took a touch toward end line and her centering pass was touched in to the upper netting by the right foot of Lais Araujo from four yards in the 50th minute.
The Gators' third goal came in the 61st minute. It started with some passing back and forth between Solis and Araujo as Solis moved toward goal. From the top of the box, Araujo's angled ball found Madison Alexander making a run. Alexander's one-touch from six yards scored at the far post.
The final goal came off an Araujo corner kick. Courtney Douglas leaped and headed in her first collegiate goal from six yards in the 84th minute.
- Since the start of Southeastern Conference play, Araujo has scored five goals in three matches - one vs. Vanderbilt and LSU, three at Kentucky.
- It was a double first for Douglas. Her first collegiate goal came on her first collegiate shot.
- Howell first collegiate goal came Thursday in Lexington with less than a minute remaining in the opening half. Today, she scored again - this time in the 43rd minute.
- Alexander's goal Sunday is her fourth of 2018, setting her collegiate season high goals total.
- Baltrip-Reyes' assist on Howell's goal gives her the first collegiate point of her career. Baltrip-Reyes played at Florida International for the 2016 season and sat out the 2017 campaign with a knee injury. She transferred to Florida in the spring of 2018.
- The four goals was the most surrendered by the Tigers this season. The previous high came in a 3-0 loss at then No. 4 Texas A&M to open SEC play.
Florida: 4-6-1, 2-1 SEC
LSU: 6-4-1, 0-2-1 SEC
Florida leads 18-1-2
Florida has one match next weekend and it is at Mississippi State.