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The Gators celebrate TessaAndujar's goal Sunday.

Sunday September 11, 2011No. 9 Gator Soccer Defeats Florida Gulf Coast 5-0

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators celebrate TessaAndujar's goal Sunday.

Five different Gators scored Sunday, as the No. 9 Florida soccer team (5-2, 0-0 SEC) posted a 5-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast University (5-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

 

In Florida’s last outing on Friday, the Gators lost 3-2 to No. 5 Florida State. UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh wanted to see how the Gators would come out today after Friday’s battle.

 

“The big question in this game was going to be, “How do we bounce back after such an emotional game like Friday?” and I thought that we responded really well,” Burleigh said. “To come out with four goals in the first half, and to dominate the way we did, was a really good testament to the leadership on our team.”

 

The four goals in the opening half were the most for the Gators since its 7-1 win versus Mississippi State on Oct. 1, 2010, when UF also scored four in the first 45 minutes.

 

A pair of freshmen paired up for Florida’s first goal. The play started when Kathryn Williamson continued her run through the middle of the field and received the ball as she moved by the midfield circle. Williamson sent the ball to Jillian Graff who was running down the left sideline. Graff took the ball to the end line, sending it to Tessa Andujar at the corner of the box. Andujar moved across the top of the box before sending a right-footed shot into the net at 7:32.

 

“I saw Jillian going down line so I dropped back and she gave me a great ball,” Andujar said. “I just saw the opening to shoot and I did. It was lucky that it went in.”

 

A give-and-go resulted in Erika Tymrak scoring her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 16th minute. Tymrak received the ball off a throw-in and moved from the right sideline to just above the box, sending the ball to Tahnai Annis. Annis sent a square ball immediately back to Tymrak. As Tymrak crossed the top of the box, she took one touch and sent the ball into the goal from 10 yards.

 

Freshman Lauren Silver notched her first Gator goal in the 24th minute. Tymrak, located in the middle of the Eagle half, sent the ball left to Annie Speese. She immediately passed the ball to Silver who was just above the FGCU box. Silver took a touch down the side of the box before launching a curving shot which scored at the far post upper corner.

 

Florida’s final goal of the opening half started with Speese bringing the ball through the center of the Eagle half. She sent the ball forward to Taylor Travis at the top of the goal. Both Carolyn Triglia and Speese made runs into the top of the box and the square ball played by Travis found the foot of Triglia. She placed a hard, left-footed shot into the upper far corner for her second collegiate goal and first of 2011.

 

The second half score came when freshman Kim Sapienza broke up an Eagle throw-in at midfield. She sent the ball forward to Speese moving through the upper section of the Eagle half. Speese one-touched the ball, which rolled down the center of the box where Lindsay Thompson was able to fend off a pair of Eagle defenders to score from 10 yards in the 58th minute.

 

Speese tallied three assists on the day, which on Florida’s Individual Match Records is behind the four assists posted by Christine Brady in 1997 and Lisa Olinyk in 1996. Speese is the first freshman to turn in three assists in a match since Karyn Hall versus Mississippi in 1998.

 

The two teams had played two similar opponents already this season, with Florida posting 2-0 wins at Miami and at FIU in the opening weekend. The Eagles scored three straight goals Friday to defeat FIU 3-2 and lost 2-1 2OT to Miami on Tuesday. With those results, Burleigh knew the Gators could be challenged by the Eagles.

 

“I think we just wanted to see what the game was going to bring us. Gulf Coast has played a lot of teams really tough. They played Miami, they played FIU, and this is their third game of the week, so we knew we could take advantage of that,” Burleigh said. “I still think our team did a good job of getting after it early and not just taking the pace because the game was a slow pace. They really dictated which I liked.”

 

Each Florida goalkeeper played a half Sunday, with Taylor Burke starting (no saves) and Brooke Chancey recording three saves in the second half. Senior Stephanie Powers turned in six saves Sunday for the Eagles.

 

The Gators begin another four-match road stretch next weekend in the Midwest, facing Missouri on Sept. 16 and Kansas on Sept. 18. Listen to Adam Schick’s call of the UF-MU match beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on www.GatorZone.com.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Florida Gulf Coast

0

0

0

Florida

4

1

5

 

Scoring:

UF: Tessa Andujar (Jillian Graff) 7:32

UF: Erika Tymrak (Tahnai Annis) 15:28

UF: Lauren Silver (Annie Speese) 23:55

UF: Caroline Triglia (Taylor Travis, Speese) 42:50

UF: Lindsay Thompson (Speese) 57:18

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida Gulf Coast

Stephanie Powers

90:00

6

5

Florida

Taylor Burke

45:00

0

0

 

Brooke Chancey

 

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

FGCU

UF

 

Shots

7

19

 

Shots on goal

3

11

 

Saves

6

3

 

Corner Kicks

1

10

 

Fouls

6

6

 

Offside

1

1

 

 

 

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