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Erika Tymrak (right) celebrates first goal in 2-1 OT win vs No. 21 Georgia.

Sunday October 17, 2010Erika Tymrak Scores Twice to Give No. 13 Gator Soccer 2-1 OT Win versus No. 21 Georgia

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Erika Tymrak (right) celebrates first goal in 2-1 OT win vs No. 21 Georgia.

For 82 minutes on Sunday, it looked like No. 21-ranked Georgia might make it a two-for-two road wins versus higher ranked teams weekend. Georgia claimed a 1-0 win at No. 14 South Carolina Friday and led the No. 13 University of Florida soccer team for most of Sunday’s match.

 

Sunday’s SEC Scores

Away

Score

Home

Score

Tennessee

1

No. 14 South Carolina

2

Auburn

1

Kentucky

1

Alabama

0

Vanderbilt

2

LSU

6

Mississippi State

2

Arkansas

4

Mississippi

4

But on Florida’s Senior Day, it was sophomore Erika Tymrak who spoiled the Bulldogs’ weekend. She scored both goals in a 2-1 OT victory for the Gators (12-2-2, 6-1-1 Southeastern Conference).

 

The Bulldogs (9-3-4, 4-1-3 SEC) got on the board in the 12th minute when sophomore Laura Eddy charged toward the goal off a defensive turnover. She sidestepped goalkeeper Katie Fraine to score from six yards out.

 

GatorVision OnLine interviews with UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh along with Lindsay Thompson and Erika Tymrak.

“We never thought it was going to be one of those days,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “I knew that we were going to get the equalizer. It was coming. It was just a matter of time.”

 

After numerous near-miss scoring opportunities for the Gators in the first and second halves, Tymrak scored an unassisted goal after carving her way up the middle of the field and slotted a right-legged shot from 15 yards out.

 

In the 86th minute, Tymrak made her way deep into Bulldog territory again and was fouled by UGA’s Bailey Powell within the penalty box, which awarded UF its first penalty kick of the season.

 

Lindsay Thompson, who made both penalty kicks the Gators were awarded last year, stepped up to take the kick but UGA goalkeeper Ashley Baker guessed correctly and deflected the kick. The rebound came directly back to Thompson, but her header soared high and away.

 

Baker, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week, entered the match on the heels of four consecutive shutouts and snuffed Florida in the first half. The UGA defense held the Gators in check and held them to just three shots on goal in the first period.

 

Did You Know…

Three Gators each turned in a pair of goals in Florida’s two wins this weekend.

 

In Friday’s 4-2 win versus Tennessee, juniors Tahnai Annis and Lindsay Thompson each scored two goals. Sophomore Erika Tymrak provided both goals in 2-1 OT win Sunday versus No. 21 Georgia.

And for most of the second period, it looked like Georgia would escape with its first win in Gainesville as the Gators saw their near misses mount.  But once Baker let Tymrak sneak one past her, it was a tie ballgame with a momentum shift.

 

“I’m sure Georgia would have settled for a tie, so we had to really push the pace,” Burleigh said. “That’s the one thing our style of play will do, it will take a lot out of another team that’s chasing.”

 

In the 97th minute, Thompson found Tymrak, who struck gold — this time from 23 yards out. It’s the third consecutive regular season where Thompson has assisted on the game-winning goal against Georgia. It was the first double-goal match of Tymrak’s collegiate career.

 

“I was at the top of the (penalty) box and I was just looking for something,” Tymrak said. “I remember Vic (associate coach Victor Campbell) telling me ‘Just gamble and take a shot and maybe it will go in.’

 

“So I took a shot, and it went in.”

 

The win keeps UF tied with South Carolina for first in the SEC race. The Bulldogs remain in third place, four points out of first.

 

Florida begins its final full week of Southeastern Conference action Thursday, Oct. 21 when it meets LSU (6-6-4, 3-2-3 SEC) in Baton Rouge, La.  Match time is set for 8 p.m. (ET) at the LSU Soccer Complex. 

 

The UF-LSU match can be heard on WRUF SportsRadio 850 or by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) with Adam Schick covering the action. Audio for Thursday’s match can be heard on www.GatorZone.com.

 

By Eugenio Torrens, UF Communications

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

OT

Final

Georgia

1

0

0

1

Florida

0

1

1

2

 

Scoring:

UGA: Laura Eddy (unassisted) 11:05

UF: Erika Tymrak (unassisted) 81:43

UF: Tymrak (Lindsay Thompson) 96:58

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Georgia

Ashley Baker

96:58

5

2

Florida

Katie Fraine

96:58

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UGA

UF

 

Shots

13

13

 

Shots on goal

4

7

 

Saves

5

3

 

Corner Kicks

0

7

 

Fouls

10

6

 

Offside

1

3

 

 

Cautions: none

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