GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida closed out its 2022 season with a 4-1 loss to Texas A&M on Thursday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Florida Senior Night
Florida’s five-member senior class – Francesca Faraci, Alivia Gonzalez, Cameron Hall, Syd Kennedy and Smoke peace – were celebrated on Thursday with a pre-match ceremony.
Over the past four seasons, the team has advanced to the last three Southeastern Conference Tournaments and reached the semifinals in 2019. The 2019 team earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. All five Gators make multiple appearances on the SEC Academic Honor Rolls and have collectively volunteered 161 hours for Goodwill Gator activities. Hall already has a bachelor’s degree, and the others are expected to earn their degrees in fall 2022 or spring 2023.
The first Aggie goal started in the fifth minute when Kate Colvin sent a cross into the middle of the box. Makhiya McDonald touch picked the ball up and Maile Hayes headed it in from six yards.
TAMU goalie Kenna Caldwell assisted on the next goal at 11:29. She hit a free kick just a few steps into the top of the Gator half. Maile Hayes’ touch inside the box looked set for a goal, but Macy Matula made sure by tapping the ball into the net.
The last Aggie goal of the opening half came in the 28thThursday minute. TAMU Mia Pante drove into the middle of the field and scored with a low right-footed shot.
At 69Thursday minute, Madison Young and Delaney Tauzel connected again for a corner kick. Young headed into Tauzel’s boot for her second goal of the season. The pair also scored a corner kick against Vanderbilt a week ago.
TAMU scored again just over a minute later. Hayes received the ball from Sydney Becerra. She made a centering move in the box before scoring her second goal of the night at 69:30.
Florida coach Samantha Bohon He said:
Team play in the second half
“They just showed a little bit more conviction, a little bit more energy. Maybe a little bit of organization. I don’t know how many times I said we played a formation we haven’t played with all season. I think we played almost all [over the course of the season].That’s what the season called for. And there’s a mental piece to it that wears on you because you feel like you can’t create a rhythm.
“For the team, they just come into every game with new hope. They just keep trusting us and keep fighting, so as a team we’re very grateful.” Florida head coach Samantha Bohon
Thoughts on his first season with Florida
“We can see very clearly what we need to work on this winter and spring. Our team is really excited to be able to practice. This is where we can develop and really hone in on some themes and things that we want to add to our style of play. We can also do some individual work that will really help us. We have a two week countdown until we come back with this group. They are very eager. They want to learn and develop and grow. So we are really excited about that.
“Resilience is the first word that comes to mind. This team has dealt with a ton of adversity before we even arrived. It would have caused a lot of individuals, much less programs, to fall apart. This group has had so many struggles. They’ve stayed so connected, and it gave them a reason to keep playing. They wanted to play for each other. The memories they made – it was really cool to hear some of the seniors talking right now about how they got their joy back in playing football this year. There are so many things that they took with them. It’s kind of hard to even articulate it right now, but overall this season they just battled. We had a saying, fight together no matter what. And I think they’ve been doing that all season.”
“I just want to say it’s been an amazing first year. The University of Florida is an incredible place. Jack.” [Rushworth] i just said that the place is made of people and that’s really true. We are all truly grateful to be a part of Gator Nation.” – Florida head coach Samantha Bohon
Florida: 2-14-1, 0-9-1 SEC
Texas A&M: 9-5-5, 3-4-3 SEC
TAMU leads 10-8
Texas A&M (9-5-5, 3-4-3 SEC) vs. Florida (2-14-1, 0-9-1 SEC)
Stadium: Donald R. Disney Stadium (400)
Weather: 81 degrees, mostly sunny, wind ENE at 4 mph
|Goals by period||1||2||Total|
|1.||4:56 am||THERE||Maile Hayes||MaKhiya McDonald, Kate Colvin|
|2.||11:29 am||THERE||Macy Matula||Maile Hayes, Kenna Caldwell|
|4.||68:26||UF||Madison Young||Delaney Tauzel|
|5.||69:30||THERE||Maile Hayes||Sydney Becerra|
Shots: TAMU 15, Florida 9
Saves: TAMU 2 (Kenna Caldwell 2); Florida 2 (Francesca Faraci 2; Alexa Goldberg 0)
Offsides: TAMU 2, UF 1
Notice: Maddy Pirrello-UF – Yellow (8:40), Sydney Becerra-TAMU – Yellow (36:58); Carissa Boeckmann-TAMU – yellow (67:28); Smoke peace -UF – yellow (89:06)