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Taylor Travis' 35-yd goal in 4th minute proved to be the game-winner in UF's 2-0 win at LSU

Thursday October 21, 2010No. 12 Gator Soccer Wins 2-0 at LSU

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Taylor Travis' 35-yd goal in 4th minute proved to be the game-winner in UF's 2-0 win at LSU

The No. 12 University of Florida soccer team (13-2-2, 7-1-1 SEC) used a goal in each half to defeat Southeastern Conference Western Division leader LSU (6-7-4, 3-3-3 SEC) 2-0 Thursday evening in front of a LSU Soccer Complex crowd of 773.

 

Thursday’s SEC Scores

Away

Score

Home

Score

No. 18 South Carolina

3

Arkansas

1

No. 25 Georgia

3

Alabama

0

Tennessee

1

Auburn

0 OT

Vanderbilt

2

Mississippi State

0

Kentucky

1

Mississippi

2 OT

The Gators remain in a tie with South Carolina for the lead in the SEC, as the Gamecocks claimed a 3-1 win at Arkansas Thursday.

 

The Gators got on the board early in the opening half when freshman Taylor Travis’ right-footed strike from 35-yards scored in the upper left corner of the goal. The goal, easily the longest of the season for the Gators, was Taylor’s third goal of the season.

 

Travis said a pair of teammates pulled defenders away, leaving her with her long-range opportunity.

 

“The coaches are always telling me to ‘Take them on’. Jo (Dragotta) made the run out wide and took her defender with her. L.T. (Lindsay Thompson) showed away from the ball so she took her defender with her,” Travis said. “It was like the seas parted and I saw the shot so I took it.”

 

A pair of Gators combined for Florida’s second goal in less than a minute after entering the match. A ball sent out wide found Maggie Rodgers streaking down the right sideline. Rodgers centered the ball to sophomore Natalia Torosian just inside the box. Her strike from 10 yards scored in the upper slot at 70:26. It was her third goal of the season.

 

Torosian and Rodgers were just following some halftime advice.

 

“Alan (Kirkup, UF Assistant Coach) talked to us at halftime about taking the ball down the line and having the players in the box go forward and then come back and stand on the PK line to lose our defender,” Torosian said. “Maggie had a perfect opportunity. She took it down the line and played a beautiful ball. I just did what Alan told me to do and cut back on the PK line. I just tried to focus and place it in the net.”

 

A couple of key saves in the opening half helped keep the Tigers from getting on the scoreboard. In the 27th minute, Ashlee Elliott cleared a Carlie Banks shot off the line at the near post corner in the 18th minute. Just under 10 minutes later, UF goalkeeper Katie Fraine made a one-handed save when Courtney Alexander took a shot after a Gator defensive turnover just above the box. Fraine also needed to make a stop on another Alexander shot in the 59th minute. Alexander’s shot through the box hit the leg of a Gator defender and took an unexpected turn, but Fraine still had the read on the ball and was able to make the stop at the far post corner.

 

UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh knew it was going to be a challenging match and was pleased the Gators came away with a win.

 

“I thought it was a great win on the road, especially to get the shutout. These games get tighter and tighter as the race gets closer to the end. We knew this was going to be a tough one going in and it proved to be just that,” Burleigh said. “I thought in the first 10 minutes of the second half, LSU came out really hard. They did a good job of putting us under pressure, but our defense did a terrific job of weathering that. I think later in the half they sort of resorted to just hitting the ball long and I think our defense knew that was coming so it was a little bit easier for us to deal with. LSU is a good team. They were dangerous and had some good opportunities.”

 

Florida returns home to play host to its regular-season home finale on Sunday, Oct. 24 when Arkansas (5-9-3, 2-5-2 SEC) comes to town. Start time is set for 1:30 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

 

The UF-Arkansas match can be heard on WRUF SportsRadio 850 or by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington covering the action. Audio for Sunday’s match can be heard on www.GatorZone.com. Live, streaming video of Sunday’s match can be seen at www.GatorZone.com – just click on the GatorVision icon for more information.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Florida

1

1

2

LSU

0

0

0

 

Scoring:

UF: Taylor Travis (unassisted) 3:56

UF: Natalia Torosian (Maggie Rodgers) 70:26

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida

Katie Fraine

90:00

4

0

LSU

Megan Kinneman

90:00

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

LSU

UF

 

Shots

11

11

 

Shots on goal

5

5

 

Saves

3

5

 

Corner Kicks

3

4

 

Fouls

3

12

 

Offside

1

3

 

 

Cautions: None

 

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