No. 7 Florida defeats No. 8 Texas A&M in preseason match
TAMPA, Fla. (Via University of Florida) – Florida took a 2-1 win over Texas A&M in a preseason match played Monday evening at Ed Radice Field.
The match was played in three periods of 30 minutes each. After a day of rain in the Tampa area, Monday’s match was played on turf.
Monday’s match was the first collegiate action for this pair of preseason top-10 teams. The Gators are No. 7 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll while Texas A&M is next at No. 8. Although both members of the Southeastern Conference, these two teams are not scheduled to meet in 2016 regular-season action. Since Texas A&M joined the league for the 2012 season, either Florida (2012, 2013-tie, 2015) or Texas A&M (2013-tie, 2014) have claimed each of the SEC regular season titles.
About Monday’s Exhibition:
Texas A&M scored first in the eighth minute off a goal from Emily Bates.
Florida senior Meggie Dougherty Howard tied the match with her 19-yard strike in the 24th minute. The Gators got the go-ahead goal in the 45th minute when sophomore Mayra Pelayo curved in a right-side shot from outside the box into the far corner of the net.
The Gators had several other near chances as the Aggies finished with a 15-14 advantage in shots. In the final minute, freshman goalkeeper Susi Espinoza made a fingertip save on a low Aggie shot. She tipped it wide right to force a corner kick. That corner kick was the final play of the match.
Florida will return to Tampa on Saturday to face USF in the final exhibition match of the 2016 preseason for both teams. The match will be played at 7 p.m. at Corbett Stadium.