No. 18 Florida’s attempt to recover from a two-goal deficit against No. 68 Kentucky was unsuccessful, as the Wildcats held on for a 4-3 win Tuesday. The Gators had been on the brink of a comeback after a pair of second-half goals, but ultimately their efforts to restore the match to a level playing field were fruitless.
The contest began with the Wildcats running up the score early, netting a pair of goals in the first half. The Gators responded with a goal of their own in the first, but still faced a 2-1 deficit going into halftime.
After the break, Florida came out strong, with senior forward Dean Conroy netting an equalizer in the 47th minute. With the score knotted at 2-2, Kentucky responded with two goals in quick succession. The Gators’ last-ditch effort failed, as their third goal in the 87th minute was not enough to overcome the Wildcats’ 4-2 lead.
In spite of the loss, the Gators showed promise, finishing the match with a higher number of shots on goal and more corner kicks. Ultimately, however, they were unable to capitalize on their opportunities and convert their scoring chances into a victory.
The match marks the first conference loss of the season for Florida, who now stands at 6-2-2 overall, 1-1 in the SEC. Kentucky, meanwhile, improves to 5-3-1, 1-1 in the conference.