Cheyenne Spade scored in the 61st minute off a rebound and Missouri evened the match off a penalty kick in the 80th minute as Tennessee settled for a 1-1, double-overtime tie against the Tigers on Sunday in Columbia, Mo.
With the tie, Tennessee is now 7-7-4 and 2-6-3 in SEC play. The Lady Vols need to beat Vanderbilt in their regular season finale on Thursday in Nashville to remain mathematically in contention for an SEC Tournament berth.
The top 10 of the league's 14 squads qualify for the tournament that begins Nov. 6 in Orange Beach, Ala.
Tennessee's most recent win came on Oct. 4 against Ole Miss. The Lady Vols have lost or tied their last six matches, all against SEC opponents.
Florida 3, Tennessee 0
UT's six seniors led their team onto the field at Regal Soccer Stadium on Friday and helped the Lady Vols' battle to a stalemate score at half, 0-0.
But the second half brought an abrupt halt to the UT momentum. Only 46 seconds in, Florida junior Havana Solaun of Florida connected on a penalty kick to put UT down 1-0. Another goal from Solaun off a corner kick and a late goal with eight minutes left from freshman Savannah Jordan was more than enough to put away the Lady Vols, 3-0.
The Lady Vols notched eight shots in the second half after getting no shots off in the opening frame.
"Florida is a very good team," UT coach Brian Pensky said. "They're very technical. Offensively, they move the ball very well and move off ball very well."
The No. 7 Gators came into Friday's game 13-3-1 overall, with just two losses in the conference.
"Funny game," Pensky said. "Shots first half 8-0, score 0-0. Shots second half 8-8, score 3-0. I think the biggest disappointment is that we go into halftime feeling like, 'OK, we just knocked out 45 minutes and we're even. Let's go play.'"
UT was missing a key part of its offense in junior forward Hannah Wilkinson, who was playing for the New Zealand national team. She is an evident missing piece having logged 1,177 minutes this fall, five goals, five assists, and also leading the team with 25 shots on goal.
This left the attacking pressure up to senior Caroline Brown.
"It always takes everyone. I didn't have to feel pressure," Brown said. "Hannah is a great player, but our attack comes from everyone so I knew it would take everyone to finish it."
Despite the lack of goals on the stat line, UT's second half attacks kept the excitement level high, providing numerous scoring chances and three corner kicks.
The group of seniors represented at Friday's game will now help the team focus on what's most important – the rest of the season.
"It's not over," said senior forward Katie Lenz. "It's not over till the very last whistle blows of our last game. We need to believe and find strength in ourselves, because things will start going our way. Things can only go up from here."
"I'm just going to fight," Brown added. "That's all it comes down to. It's just that inner will to give everything you have. That's all I'm trying to do every night."