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Sunday September 26, 2010No. 7 Gator Soccer Wins 2-0 at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

A goal in each half let the No. 7 Florida soccer team (8-1-1, 2-0 SEC) finish a five-match road stretch with a 2-0 win at Vanderbilt (4-5-1, 0-1-1 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a VU Soccer Complex crowd of 865.

 

Sunday’s SEC Results

Mississippi 2, Auburn 1

Tennessee 1, LSU 1 2OT

No. 17 Georgia 0, Arkansas 0 2OT

No. 23 South Carolina 5, Kentucky 1

Alabama 2, Mississippi State 0

Possession was dominated by the Gators, but finishing will be a focus on Florida’s practice agenda for the coming week after recording 18 shots, including eight on goal, Sunday versus the Commodores. UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said that the lack of a finishing touch was tough to watch, but she liked other aspects of Florida’s performance.

 

“We are doing everything but finishing. We held the ball well, looked sharp – everything but finishing,” Burleigh said. “We were frustrated at our lack of finishing. That allowed Vanderbilt to stay in the game much longer than we would have liked. But at the end of the day, we are 2-0 on the road with two shutouts, so it’s hard to really complain about that. We are really pushing this team to be better and better.”

 

Click here to see post-match interview with Katie Fraine.

Freshman Taylor Travis took advantage of a ball in the box to score her second goal of the season to open the Gator scoring. The ball was brought down the center of the field and Tahnai Annis crossed a high ball into the box. Ashlee Elliott challenged the VU goalkeeper Rachel Bachtel along with a VU defender and Bachtel cleared the ball, but it was still loose in the box. Travis found the ball on the right side of the box, sending her shot to the upper slot at 13:51 for the Gators first opening half goal in five matches.

 

“The ball bounced down in front of the keeper. We both hit it at the same time and I just popped up a little bit faster than her,” Travis said.

 

The Gators responded to a Commodore surge on the Gator goal with a score in the 79th minute. The Commodores recorded four shots in a touch over a three minute period beginning in the 74th minute. A halftime talk between teammates McKenzie Barney and Elliott led to the Gators’ final goal.

 

“Ashlee (Elliott) and I actually talked at halftime about the exact situation that led to the goal. I said if you are bringing the ball up and their defense is shifting strong side, I’ll pop out weak side and you can play me a far post ball,” Barney said. “That’s exactly what happened. Ashlee took a few touches up, she committed the defense and then she found me far post. I think one of their defenders got a little of her head on it or else she misjudged it and I just took it the rest of the way. The keeper was off her line, so I just kind of dinked it over her. It was one we definitely needed to finish so I’m glad I did. But if Ashlee hadn’t sent that great ball, the goal wouldn’t have happened.”

 

Florida goalkeeper Katie Fraine recorded her 22nd career solo shutout Sunday, moving her into sole possession of the Gator record. The previous record of 21 solo shutouts was set by Jordan Kellgren, who played for Florida in the 1999-02 seasons. For the day, Fraine recorded four saves, while VU’s Bachtel turned in six.

 

Florida returns home to play host to a pair of league teams from the Magnolia State. Action begins Friday, Oct. 1 when Mississippi State (7-4, 0-2 SEC) visits the James G. Pressly Stadium. Match time is set for 7 p.m. Last year, UF and MSU played to a 1-1 2OT tie in Starkville. Then Mississippi (4-5-1, 0-1 SEC) comes to town for an Oct. 3 match, set for 1:30 p.m. The Rebels were the only league team to defeat UF in 2009, taking a 3-2 2OT win in Oxford. Both matches can be heard on WRUF SportsRadio 850, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington covering the action. Live, streaming video of both matches is available on GatorVision Online – check out the GatorVision on www.GatorZone.com for complete information.

 

Friday’s match is Florida’s “Kicking for a Cure” match as the Gators look to raise breast cancer awareness. The Gator team gathered in mid-September and created 400 pink tie-dye shirts. Those shirts will be given out to the first 400 fans at Friday’s match.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Florida

1

1

2

Vanderbilt

0

0

0

 

Scoring:

UF: Taylor Travis (unassisted) 13:51

UF: McKenzie Barney (Ashlee Elliott, Jo Dragotta) 78:05

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida

Katie Fraine

90:00

4

0

Vanderbilt

Rachel Bachtel

90:00

6

2

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UF

VU

 

Shots

18

10

 

Shots on goal

8

4

 

Saves

4

6

 

Corner Kicks

3

3

 

Fouls

14

5

 

Offside

2

0

 

 

Cautions: Jazmyne Avant (UF) 75:55

 

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