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Friday September 11, 2009No. 14 Florida Soccer Defeats Duke 2-1

Gainesville, Fla.

A pair of Gators turned in their second goals of the season Friday as the No. 14 University of Florida soccer team (4-2, 0-0 SEC) defeated Duke (2-3-1, 0-0 ACC) 2-1 Friday evening in front of a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 2,251.

 

The Gators were looking for a win after losing 2-1 in double overtime at Indiana and being shutout 3-0 by the then No. 9 UCLA in last weekend’s road action.

 

“It was a very important win for us,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “They were a really tough Duke team and they were well prepared. I was pleased with the way that we fought back tonight.”

 

Both teams scored late in the opening half with Florida scoring first in the 42nd minute. UF goalkeeper Katie Fraine served up a free kick from the UF side of the center circle. The ball was popped up in the air by Brooke Thigpen at the top of the DU box. Tahnai Annis headed the ball to the right to find Lindsay Thompson as she made a vertical run in the box. Thompson one-touched the ball into the goal from six yards for her second goal of the season.

 

“Katie Fraine kicked it and it bounced off of Brooke Thigpen’s head. From her head it went to Tahnai’s head and it sailed over their defenders,” Thompson said. “I was holding two of them off. I had a one-time touch and I was just trying to not kick at the goalie.”

 

Look for the Gator Soccer Team Saturday

Tomorrow, the Gator soccer team will be feted between the first and second quarters of the Florida-Troy football game for its 2008 Southeastern Conference title.

 

Burleigh will also be recognized for being named the 2008 SEC Coach of the Year.

Just over two minutes later, Duke had the ball in the Florida half. It was touched out to Chelsea Canepa at the corner of the box. She took three touches to create space and took a low 25-yard shot that scored at the far post.

 

A pair of Florida freshmen connected to give the Gators the game-winning goal in the 64th minute. Kayla Bala collected the ball just right of the upper 18-yard box corner. She brought the ball toward the endline with a touch and then sent a cross into the box. Thigpen just needed to tap the ball in from six yards to collect the second goal of her collegiate career.

 

“I was on the far side, and Kayla was on the right outside back and was taking it down the side. She had space on the edge of the box,” Thigpen said. “Kayla sent a cross and then I shot it to the corner of the goal to sneak it in.”

 

A flurry of Gator activity in the 82nd minute almost netted an insurance goal. Thompson took a shot in the box which was deflected by Duke goalkeeper Tara Campbell. Erika Tymrak collected the ball, but her shot hit the post and kicked back into play. Thigpen took a shot, but it was blocked out for a Gator corner kick.

 

An area that the Gators were looking for improvement was in their physical presence as they felt that UCLA had the upper hand in that area in Florida’s last outing.

 

“What I was most happy with was our team’s physical effort,” Burleigh said. “We played much tougher and at a faster pace than we have and I like both of those things.”

 

Burleigh also liked that the Gator backline was involved in the attack tonight.

 

“I think that the biggest difference (from past matches) is that we were very courageous especially in the second half with our backs going forward and getting in the attack. That gave us a little bit easier time having possession because there is a lot of space out wide and that’s where they make their runs.”

 

The Gators continue home action on Sunday, Sept. 13 when No. 20 Colorado (4-2, 0-0 Big 12) makes its first trip to Pressly Stadium. Colorado was a 2-1 winner over Utah Friday in Boulder, Colo. Match time has moved up to a noon start to accommodate the Buffaloes return flight to Colorado. Streaming audio and video of Sunday’s match is available at www.GatorZone.com – the official website of the Florida Gators. Click on the GatorVision link to get complete information about streaming video for Sunday’s match.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Duke

1

0

1

Florida

1

1

2

 

Scoring:

UF – Lindsay Thompson (Brooke Thigpen, Tahnai Annis) 41:11

DU – Chelsea Canepa (unassisted) 43:16

UF – Brooke Thigpen (Kayla Bala) 63:23

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Duke

Tara Campbell

90:00

9

2

Florida

Katie Fraine

90:00

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

Duke

UF

Shots

10

14

Shots on goal

3

11

Saves

9

2

Corner Kicks

1

5

Fouls

9

10

Offside

7

4

 

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