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Annie Speese (with headband) scored her first two collegiate goals in Friday's 2-0 win at Missouri.

Friday September 16, 2011No. T-9 Gator Soccer Wins 2-0 at Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo.

Annie Speese (with headband) scored her first two collegiate goals in Friday's 2-0 win at Missouri.

A goal late in each half by freshman Annie Speese gave the No. T-9 Florida soccer team (6-2, 0-0 SEC) a 2-0 win Friday over Missouri (7-2, 0-0 Big 12), ranked No. 24 in the most recent Soccer America poll. The loss was the first for the Tigers since their season opener.

 

Did You Know…

Annie Speese is the 11th Gator to turn in multiple goals in the match where they scored their first collegiate goal and second since Leah Bridges in 1995 to provide all the UF scoring for the match.

# of Goals

Name

Date

Score

Opponent

3

Jill Stevens

10/16/1998

W, 8-0

Mississippi State

2

Annie Speese

9/16/11

W, 2-0

at Missouri

2

McKenzie Barney

9/27/2009

W, 5-1

Vanderbilt

2

Natalia Torosian

9/20/2009

W, 5-1

Eastern Kentucky

2

Whitney Singer

10/22/1999

W, 4-0

at Alabama

2

Adrianne Moreira

9/19/1997

T, 3-3 2OT

Maryland

2

Andi Sellers

9/7/1997

W, 6-1

at Florida International

2

Heather Mitts

9/15/1996

W, 3-0

at Vanderbilt

2

Katie Tullis

9/24/1995

W, 7-0

Louisiana State

2

Randee Koeppel

9/16/1995

W, 7-0

Florida Atlantic

2

Leah Bridges

9/8/1995

W, 2-1

at Kentucky

The only score of the opening half came late. Holly King intercepted a Missouri clear attempt just inside the Tiger half and tapped it forward to Jo Dragotta. Dragotta sent it forward to Speese just inside the 18-yard box circle and continued her run through the box. But Speese saw her opportunity and sent a 19-yard shot to the upper slot for her first collegiate goal at 43:00.

 

“Jo played me the ball. I was running at the backline and they just kept dropping. Originally I was looking for teammates making runs and they were all making runs,” Speese said. “But the defenders kept dropping so I had a wide open shot so I just took it.

 

“It was pretty exciting,” she continued. “I’ve had plenty of chances this season so it felt good to finally get one in.”

 

Speese scored again from nearly the same spot late in the second half. The Gators were awarded a free kick above the MU box. Dragotta sent the ball forward to Speese, who took a touch toward the goal and then scored again from 19 yards.

 

“Jo and I were discussing the kick. It was a little far out of our range to take a shot. Someone said play it short, so then she played me,” Speese said. “Again they backed off and didn’t pressure as much. I ran at them and again I had a shot.”

 

Speese is the first Gator freshman to turn in two goals in a match since McKenzie Barney scored twice in the 2009 regular-season finale win over South Carolina.

 

The Missouri Tigers wore pink Friday night for their breast cancer awareness night. The Gators will have their third annual “Kicking for the Cure” match on Oct. 7 versus Auburn.

 

The first 400 fans will receive a FREE pink tie-dyed "Kicking for the Cure" t-shirt. The 2011 Florida Soccer team will hand tie-dye each shirt individually!

 “Both of Annie’s goals were great goals,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “That second one was a rip.”

 

She also credited the play of Dragotta and the backline Friday.

 

“I thought Jo Dragotta had a really good game. She was kind of the focal point for us being able to switch the point of attack and she did a good job with that.

 

“The backline did a good job of dealing with their three up top. Their three up top don’t track back at all so that meant when our outside backs were gone, we had to deal with their three staying there, which I thought we did very well,” Burleigh continued. “That was a key part of the game.”

 

It was the coolest temperature for the Gators this season, as it was 54 degrees at the start of the match.

 

“I do love Florida, I just realized that,” Dragotta said with a laugh when asked about the weather. ”Missouri is a really good team. They played hard. We were happy to get the win.”

 

Burleigh thought the Gators showed some good traits Friday.

 

“This is a good win. It is hard to come into Missouri and get a win. The weather was a little bit of a condition for us which we haven’t faced this year and I thought they handled that well,” Burleigh said. “It was a high pressure, very high-paced game and our team at times did some good things to take away that high pressure ability with our passing game.”

 

Two freshmen started in goal Friday. Taylor Burke recorded two saves Friday in goal for the Gators. Missouri’s McKenzie Sauerwein turned in six saves.

 

The Gators finish non-conference play on Sept. 18 at Kansas. Listen to Adam Schick’s call of the UF-KU match beginning at 2 p.m. ET on www.GatorZone.com.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Florida

1

1

2

Missouri

0

0

0

 

Scoring:

UF: Annie Speese (Jo Dragotta) 43:00

UF: Speese (Dragotta) 85:43

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida

Taylor Burke

90:00

2

0

Missouri

McKenzie Sauerwein

90:00

6

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UF

MU

 

Shots

15

8

 

Shots on goal

8

2

 

Saves

2

6

 

Corner Kicks

3

6

 

Fouls

3

7

 

Offside

6

3

 

 

Cautions: Brooke Williams/MU (73:18)

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