Florida soccer's 2011 season ended in shocking and disappointing fashion. With a 4-1 loss to Miami in Friday night's season opener, the Gators began the 2012 season in the same way.
Florida allowed three goals in the first 30 minutes of play at James G. Pressly Stadium, putting itself in a hole it would not dig out of with defensive indifference that led to soft goals. The Hurricanes' first goal came on a corner kick that was headed in by a player who got clear airspace to operate in the box, and the second and third of the first half were the results of lackadaisical defending more than any mistakes by keeper Taylor Burke.
The Gators pulled a goal back in the second half thanks to a nifty pass from Erika Tymrak to freshman Claire Falknor that set the latter up for her first career collegiate goal. But the 'Canes added a fourth goal, Tina Romagnuolo's second of the evening, to put the game away for good.
The early season schedule gets no easier for the Gators after their home opener: Tilts with ACC powers North Carolina, Duke, and Florida State, all currently top-10 teams, loom in the next two weeks.