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McKenzie Barney joins Abby Wambach & Sarah Yohe as Gators with goals in 7 straight home matches.

Friday September 3, 2010No. 7 Gator Soccer Defeats Jacksonville 6-0

Gainesville, Fla.

McKenzie Barney joins Abby Wambach & Sarah Yohe as Gators with goals in 7 straight home matches.

The No. 7 University of Florida soccer team used goals from six different players to beat Jacksonville 6-0 Friday in front of 1,577 fans and a dozen of the team’s alumni at James G. Pressly Stadium. The first day of the Gator Soccer Alumni Reunion weekend witnessed the Gators’ fourth win over an in-state opponent this season (Miami, UCF and Florida Atlantic) and fourth shutout in a row.

Consecutive Home Appearances With a Goal

Home Goal

Scoring Run

 

Florida Player

 

Ending Match

7

McKenzie Barney

still active

7

Abby Wambach

11/18/01 vs UGA

7

Sarah Yohe

10/29/99 vs S.Carolina

6

Sarah Yohe

11/15/97 vs VU

5

Danielle Fotopoulos

11/22/98 vs. NW

4

8 times by 7 players

 

In its lone home appearance in September, UF (5-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) converted on three goals in each half — including goals in the waning seconds of each period — to put away the Dolphins. Jacksonville (2-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) couldn’t generate much on offense, turning in four shots for the match.

“We just didn’t want to take our foot off the gas,” coach Becky Burleigh said. “We just wanted to keep being a little more relentless.”

In the 27th minute, Lindsay Thompson netted a sliding goal from the keeper’s right side to the far post. Dolphins’ goalkeeper Alexa Rooney dove to her left, but it was a fraction of a second too late, and the ball skated, untouched, into the goal. Erika Tymrak and Sarah Chapman were credited with the assists. 

“I just tried to get my touch on (the ball) as quickly as possible and luckily I got there before the goalie did,” Thompson said. “Seemed like after that, everything fell into place.”

Three minutes later, freshman Taylor Travis rocketed a shot on goal from the right side that was deflected and found its way to Tahnai Annis on the rebound. Annis scored the goal on a left-to-right shot from 12 yards out.

With five seconds left in the first half, freshman Maggie Rodgers put the Gators up 3-0 with her first collegiate goal off the double assist from Thompson and Brooke Thigpen. Rodgers trapped the ball passed back from Thompson and bounced it in past Rooney’s outstretched hand.

“I wasn’t even paying attention to the time,” Rodgers said. “After I scored, I was ready to go start the new kickoff and I was like ‘Oh, it’s the end of the half.’”

Florida lived on the aggressive side and dominated on defense, tallying 15 shots in the first half while holding the Dolphins to just three. The second half was more of the same, as Florida refused to be shaken out of its offensive mindset as it also turned in 15 shots in the final 45 minutes.

“I’m really happy with the shutout,” Burleigh said. “That says a lot about our team’s defense.”

McKenzie Barney, the current SEC Offensive Player of the Week, made sure her team kept its foot on the gas and scored five minutes into the second half to emphatically put UF ahead 4-0, tying a school record (Abby Wambach/2001 and Sarah Yohe/1999) with her streak of seven consecutive home matches with a goal.

“Anything tied with Abby Wambach (U.S. National Team member) means a whole lot to me,” Barney said. “That’s insane; she’s a soccer god.”

With less than 10 minutes gone by in the second half, the team erupted into a “It’s great to be a Florida Gator” chant, fueled by the atmosphere of famous alumni present.

“That really helps them think that they’re playing for more than just themselves,” Burleigh said.

It was indeed better to cheer the orange and blue on Friday night, especially after freshman Mary-Ann Krlin joined Rodgers in scoring her first collegiate goal. Alicia Nalley was credited with the assist, along with Chapman — her second of the match.

In the 90th minute, Natalia Torosian scored her second goal of the season and added to the win count, with the team’s sixth goal.

Florida begins a five-match stretch of road contests with Friday, Sept. 10 date at No. 5 Florida State (3-0). FSU advanced to the 2009 NCAA Quarterfinal round, falling 2-0 at Notre Dame. Next Friday’s match is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The match can 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.

 

By Eugenio Torrens, UF Communications

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Jacksonville

0

0

0

Florida

3

3

6

 

Scoring:

UF – Lindsay Thompson (Erika Tymrak, Sarah Chapman) 26:17

UF – Tahnai Annis (Taylor Travis) 29:02

UF – Maggie Rodgers (Thompson, Brooke Thigpen) 44:55

UF – McKenzie Barney (Jazmyne Avant) 49:58

UF – Mary-Ann Krlin (Alicia Nalley, Chapman) 79:09

UF – Natalia Torosian (Thigpen) 89:43

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

JU

Alexa Rooney

90:00

8

6

Florida

Katie Fraine

52:38

2

0

 

Brooke Chancey

37:22

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

JU

UF

 

Shots

4

30

 

Shots on goal

2

14

 

Saves

8

2

 

Corner Kicks

2

6

 

Fouls

4

10

 

Offside

1

0

 

 

 

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