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Friday September 25, 2009No. 10 Florida Soccer Opens SEC Plays with 2-1 OT Win vs. Kentucky

Gainesville, Fla.

Two goals from sophomore Lindsay Thompson, including a penalty kick in overtime, gave the No. 10 University of Florida soccer team (7-3, 1-0 SEC) a 2-1 OT win over Kentucky (3-3-3, 0-1 SEC) Friday evening at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

 

It was the second consecutive year Florida opened Southeastern Conference play with an overtime win. The Gators defeated Georgia 2-1 in OT in the 2008 league opener held at Pressly Stadium.

 

It was Thompson who also had the game-winning goal in overtime in the last meeting between these two teams. Florida fell behind Kentucky 2-0 after the first 38 minutes of their 2008 meeting in Lexington, Ky., but the Gators scored three unanswered goals, including the winner by Thompson in the 103rd minute, to take the 3-2 2OT win.

 

The penalty kick was awarded Friday when UK’s Jenna Goblirsch fouled freshman Erika Tymrak in the middle of the box. Tymrak told Thompson to take the shot and she wasted no time after the official gave the signal, placing the ball untouched into the net.

 

Although the players decided on the field who was to take the penalty kick, their selection matched up precisely with what UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh was thinking.

 

Did You Know…

Florida has been pushed to overtime in

four of the last eight SEC season

openers, including the last two.

Florida in SEC Openers

Date

SEC Opener

Result

9/8/95

@Kentucky

W, 2-1

9/13/96

Kentucky

W, 2-0

9/12/97

Kentucky

W, 4-0

9/11/98

Tennessee

W, 4-0

9/10/99

Kentucky

W, 2-1

9/29/00

Tennessee

W, 3-0

9/7/01

@LSU

W, 3-0

9/29/02

@South Carolina

L, 0-1 OT

10/3/03

Alabama

W, 5-0

9/24/04

@Alabama

W, 1-0

9/23/05

Alabama

T, 2-2 2OT

9/22/06

@Auburn

W, 3-1

9/28/07

@Georgia

L, 2-1

9/26/08

Georgia

W, 2-1 OT

9/25/09

Kentucky

W, 2-1 OT

 “We actually practiced penalty kicks this week. The players came out a little bit early each practice to take PKs. I have a rating system and she (Thompson) rated the highest, so that’s who I would have chosen. We allow them to decide on the field and she stepped up to the plate,” Burleigh said. “I was happy for her.”

 

Tymrak and Thompson also were involved in Florida’s first goal Tymrak crossed the ball into the box. Lindsay Thompson received the ball in space and took a seven-yard shot that UK goalkeeper Sydney Hiance got her hands on but couldn’t control and the ball scored at 13:26.

 

“Erika started out wide. She decided to dribble it inside so I decided to take her space outside,” Thompson said. “She saw that I was wide open so she played me a beautiful ball. I just whacked it and it went in.”

 

The first Wildcat shot of the match came off a breakaway by redshirt junior Giuleana Lopez in the 52nd minute. She brought the ball in the box but UF goalkeeper Katie Fraine was in position to stop Lopez’s eight-yard shot.

 

Lopez did score in the 57th minute in a play she created when she won the ball at the touchline and sent it up to Stefanie Kildare. Kildare sent the ball back to Lopez who was making a run toward the goal. Lopez took a touch and then scored on a 13-yard far post shot. Of the last five goals scored by the Wildcats in matches versus the Gators, Lopez has scored two goals and added an assist.

 

Both team had opportunities to get the go-ahead goal. In the 78th minute, Brooke Thigpen crossed the ball from the endline into the box. Thompson and Angela Napolitano were in the box, but neither could make a play on the ball before UK cleared it.

 

In the 86th minute, Tahnai Annis brought the ball into the right side of the box and took a near post shot, but it was blocked by a UK defender. The deflection was gathered up by Tymrak just above the endline. She crossed the ball but it just missed Thompson at the far post.

 

 

Fraine was forced to make key saves in the second half and in overtime to keep the Kats from scoring again. Lopez looked to take advantage of a Wildcat block on a Florida clear attempt in the 77th minute. She raced toward the loose ball in the box, but Fraine dove to grab the ball on the ground just before Lopez could get a foot on it. Fraine also made a diving save in the 94th minute on a 12-yard shot by Laura Novikoff. The save in overtime on Novikoff’s shot to the far post was key for Fraine and for the Gators.

 

“It felt really good to be able to help my team like that, especially when it's overtime and its do or die. I remember seeing her turn and thinking, 'Shes going to shoot, she's going to shoot, get set' so I got set. She ripped it to the back post. It’s like everything that we practiced all year: my feet went, my arms extended. I didn’t really have to think about it, it just kind of happened,” Fraine said. I was more surprised that I caught it more so than saved it.”

 

The Gators continue SEC home action by playing host to Vanderbilt (6-2-1, 0-1 SEC) Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. The Commodores lost 2-1 at South Carolina Friday evening. Sunday’s match is the first of six Florida regular-season matches that will be televised this season. The match can be seen live on Comcast SportsSouth (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 259). Cameron Broome and Bernie Guenther will call the action.

 

The match can also be heard on WRUF AM 850, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington covering the action.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

OT

Final

Kentucky

0

1

0

1

Florida

1

0

1

2

 

Scoring:

UF: Lindsay Thompson (Erika Tymrak) 13:26

UK: Giuleana Lopez (Stefani Kildare) 56:41

UF: Thompson (penalty kick) 99:17

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

UK

Sydney Hiance

99:17

9

2

Florida

Katie Fraine

99:17

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UK

UF

Shots

5

21

Shots on goal

3

11

Saves

9

2

Corner Kicks

1

8

Fouls

8

9

Offside

4

0

 

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