A goal with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation gave the No. 8 University of Florida soccer team (3-0-0, 0-0 SEC) a 3-2 win over No. 18 Texas A&M (1-2-0, 0-0-0 Big 12) Friday evening in the opening round of play at the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic held at the Regal Soccer Stadium.
The game-winning goal by junior McKenzie Barney came after some key decisions and plays by her teammates when they were deep in the Aggie final third.
“We just capitalized on an amazing opportunity. My goal started because Erika Tymrak switched an awesome ball over to Jazmyne (Avant). Jazmyne beat her defender with that speed that everyone knows Jazmyne has. She played a great ball. I told her it is impossible to miss a ball like that. She literally put it on my feet – I could choose which foot I wanted to play it with. Jo (Dragotta) was in the box pulling defenders off of me,” Barney said. “It was an awesome ball.”
The Gators didn’t always execute the style of play they wanted Friday, but Barney liked the way the team found a way to get the win. more