ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - It's another day at the beach for Florida soccer! Gators use a 4-3 penalty kicks advantage over Vanderbilt to move ahead to Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinal action.
The Gators and Vanderbilt tied 1-1 in double overtime Sunday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex, forcing penalty kicks to determine the advancing team. UF is now 3-3 in penalty kicks in its 27 SEC Tournament appearances.
The 181-minute scoreless stretch between these two teams this season was broken up in the 72nd minute when Vanderbilt's Madison Van Elwell hit a long strike to the upper slot.
But this was a meeting between Florida and Vanderbilt that was destined for overtime.
Madison Alexander's goal in the 89th minute assured this would be the third consecutive overtime between the two programs. Florida's Super Senior duo again combined to score for the second time of the last three matches. Kit Loferski's deep cross to the far post was shouldered in by Alexander.
It was Alexander's fifth goal of the last six matches. Both Loferski and Alexander share UF's season goals lead at five each.
After two scoreless overtimes, penalty kicks decided the team moving onto SEC Tournament quarterfinal action. Both teams were successful in their first two penalty kicks but Vanderbilt's Abi Brighton opened the door with her high shot in the third position. Florida's next two shooters, Cameron Hall and Maddy Rhodes, both hit their shots to give UF a 4-3 advantage, with Rhodes going last.
When VU's Amber Nguyen stepped up for the Commodores final shot. Her attempt was wide, signaling Florida's celebration.
Florida (4-11-4, 3-6-1 SEC)
Vanderbilt (8-8-3, 5-4-1 SEC)
Series Record: Florida leads 28-4-3