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Senior Nicky Kit started the Gator scoring in the 19th minute.

Saturday August 14, 2010Gator Soccer Takes 3-0 Win in Exhibition Match versus Alabama-Birmingham

Gainesville, Fla.

Senior Nicky Kit started the Gator scoring in the 19th minute.

The No. 11 University of Florida soccer team posted a 3-0 win versus Alabama-Birmingham in an exhibition match held Saturday evening at the Florida Soccer Practice Field.

“We’ve been practicing for 10 days now, so it was it was good to get out and face someone other than ourselves. It was a good chance to see the team in action,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “We are looking forward to getting the season started next Friday. We hope plenty of fans come out for our home opener next Friday against Miami.”

The match was played as three 30-minute periods. The first two Gator goals came within four minutes of each other in the opening period. Senior Nicky Kit started the scoring when she hit an unassisted goal in the 19th minute. Sophomore Erika Tymrak put the ball in off the assist from junior Tahnai Annis in the 23rd minute to push the score to 2-0.

The Blazers had a chance to cut the lead in half in the 80th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick. Senior Katie Fraine made the stop on Laura McCalla’s shot to keep the match scoreless.

A pair of freshmen assisted on the final goal. Mary-Ann Krlin and Maggie Rodgers combined to get the ball to sophomore Holly King, who finished it at the near post corner.

The Gators' season officially opens next weekend, when Florida plays host to Miami on Friday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. Then Florida meets No. 25 UCF in Orlando on Sunday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Both of the Gators’ opening weekend matches will be televised. The Miami match airs live on Sun Sports and the UCF match is scheduled to appear on Fox Sports Florida.

 

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