Oct. 25, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee honored its six seniors before Friday night's match against No. 7 Florida and played valiantly through a scoreless first half before the Gators scored three second half goals to win the match, 3-0.
UT paid tribute to seniors players Tori Bailey, Caroline Brown, Caroline Capocaccia, CC Cobb, Katie Lenz and Jessica Rolfs and senior team manager Whitney Carter with a special pre-match ceremony as they prepared for their final UT regular-season home match.
Tennessee (7-7-3, 2-5-2 SEC) held strong in the first half playing 45 scoreless minutes against the vaunted Florida (13-3-1, 7-2-0 SEC) attack.
Rolfs made her first career start and received a touch on the ball before Julie Eckel subbed in shortly afterwards to handle the duties in the net.
In the 15th minute, Florida broke into the box from the far side and Tessa Andujar hit the crossbar with the first shot of the match.
UF had four more good looks from the 22nd through the 25th minutes and Eckel stood her ground, turning away shots by Savannah Jordan and Annie Speese.
Eckel turned away another shot by Savannah Jordan in the 39th minute to keep the match scoreless heading in to the half. At the break, Florida had an 8-0 advantage on shots.
The Gators took the lead in the 46th minute when Havana Solaun put in a penalty kick past a diving Eckel after a UT foul in the box right out of halftime.
In the 48th, Michele Christy fired a shot on goal that Taylor Burke covered. Bailey had another good attempt for UT on a ball played form Brown in the box, but her shot from eight yards out went over the crossbar.
Solaun scored again 66th minute when she bent in a corner kick from the near side.
Savannah Jordan scored in the 82nd minute when Taylor Travis a ball in from the far side of the box and Jordan put it in the lower right of the net.
Tennessee will next face Missouri on Sunday at Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. ET.