It wasn’t until the 103rd minute that Oklahoma State’s Marlo Zoller hit the back of the net from 14 yards out and put the hopes of a Gator victory to rest.
The Cowgirls (3-0) bested UF (2-2) at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sunday, emerging victorious 1-0 at the end of double overtime. The loss is UF’s second in a row, coming after a defeat against Ohio State on Friday.
The first half played out largely in favor for Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls took seven shots, while the Gators only got two off. OSU also had a slight edge in corner kicks, taking four to UF’s three.
Coach Becky Burleigh recognized the lack of offensive effort as the game continued.
"It was tough. We were trying to bounce back and for very long, long stretches of that game we had the play,” she said in a release. “But ultimately, we didn't really create many offensive opportunities out of that possession. That needs to change.”
The second half looked much better for the Gators as they zeroed in on the Cowgirls. Oklahoma State’s lead in the shot count narrowed to a 6-5 margin in the second period, and Florida produced more set-piece chances with a substantial 6-0 advantage on corner kicks.
UF had a chance to go up in the 74th minute. Midfielder Sarah Troccoli delivered a header close to goal, but it was deflected just above the bar by OSU goalie Hannah Warner.
The two teams remained scoreless until the end of regulation and beyond. The first overtime period was relatively uneventful, with both teams only taking a single shot. The second overtime period didn’t last long though, as Zoller hit the far post with a shot that ricocheted in behind UF goalie Kaylan Marckese for her first goal of the season.
The Cowgirls finished the game with 15 shots (seven on target) to the Gators eight shots (four on target). Despite the loss, UF led the game in corners, taking nine to Oklahoma State’s four.
Florida’s offense appears to be severely hindered by the absence of forward Deanne Rose, the team’s leading scorer last year. Rose suffered a minor strain in practice according to team officials, and she’s being cautious with her injury in preparation for a stint with the Canadian National Team on Sept. 2 when it faces off against Brazil.
Ahead of its match against UCLA this Friday, Burleigh told her team there’s no time to mull over its defeat.
“We have two big games next weekend so there's no time to feel sorry for ourselves,” she said. Now it is the time to find answers."
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Despite making her return to the field against Florida State, UF forward Deanne Rose couldn't provide an offensive spark, as the Gators lost 1-0 and failed to score for the fifth-straight game.