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Six different Gators scored seven times Sunday as UF defeated Kansas 7-2.

Sunday September 18, 2011No. T-9 Gator Soccer Wins 7-2 at Kansas

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Six different Gators scored seven times Sunday as UF defeated Kansas 7-2.

Photos by Rick Chapman

 

Goals by six different Gators led to the No. T-9 Florida soccer team’s (7-2, 0-0 SEC) 7-2 win over Kansas (6-3, 0-0 Big 12) Sunday afternoon at the Kansas Soccer Complex. The match was the final before conference play begins for both teams.

 

Progress is something the Gator coaches are always looking for as the season marches on and UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh thought the team took a step forward this weekend after road wins at Missouri (2-0) and Kansas (7-2).

 

“As the season progresses we are always trying to get better and better,” Burleigh said. “I think we took a step forward this weekend so that’s a good thing.”

 

The Gators got on the board early, just one tick over eight minutes in. Sophomore Maggie Rodgers, deep on the right side, crossed the ball into box. Tahnai Annis timed her jump perfectly, volleying the ball in at 8:01. The goal was the 30th of her Gator career.

 

Did You Know…

Florida opened Sunday’s match with five goals. That is the most goals in a half by the Gators since 1998.

Date

Opponent

Site

Goals (Half)

Final

10/02/98

Maryland

A

6 (1st)

W, 7-2

10/16/96

Mercer

A

6 (2nd)

W, 9-0

9/18/11

Kansas

A

5 (1st)

W, 7-2

10/04/98

Old Dominion

A

5 (2nd)

W, 6-0

09/26/97

Louisiana State

A

5 (1st)

W, 10-1

09/26/97

Louisiana State

A

5 (2nd)

W, 10-1

09/07/97

Florida International

A

5 (2nd)

W, 6-1

The Gators’ second score started in the 20th minute when freshman Havana Solaun took a shot, KU goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau made the stop, but the rebound slid to her right where Annie Speese was waiting to finish at the far post corner. The goal was the third for Speese for the weekend, as she provided both goals in Florida’s 2-0 win at Missouri on Friday.

 

Solaun got a goal to go with her assist in the 24th minute. The Jayhawks appeared to score a goal, which was ruled offside. The Gators quickly put the ball into play, finding Solaun at the top of the attacking third. Solaun took a shot which Liebetrau deflected. Solaun, following up her shot was able to put in the loose ball from eight yards for her second goal of the season.

 

The Gators got two quick goals in the final two minutes of the half. Caroline Triglia sent a diagonal ball to McKenzie Barney, who scored her second goal of the year at the far post corner at 43:18. As time ticked down, Katie Kadera played a ball to Lindsay Thompson, who brought the ball down the field into the box. The shot she tucked in at the post just crossed the line as the halftime horn sounded.

 

“They were counting down the 10 second clock. She kept her composure and slipped the ball in at the last second,” Burleigh said. “It was good for her to stay focused despite the fact the clock was running down.”

 

When Thompson was a freshman in 2008, she scored the only goal of the opening half of the UF-UCF match in the NCAA Second Round at 44:57. Before her goal Sunday, that was the latest ever by a Gator in the opening half.

 

Second half scoring began when the Gators were awarded their first penalty kick of the season at 48:41 after Rodgers was fouled in the box. Erika Tymrak score on the kick, giving her six goals for the season. That total equals her career-high season total of goals set last year as a sophomore.

 

Two quick goals by the Jayhawks narrowed the Gator lead to four. Freshman Ingrid Vidal added to her KU season goal lead in the 54th minute when she intercepted a back pass to the Gator goalkeeper Brooke Chancey. The Jayhawks were awarded a corner kick in the 59th minute. Jamie Fletcher’s header off the corner was blocked, but Caroline Kastor was there to put in the deflection.

 

Annis and Rodgers, who started the Gator scoring in the ninth minute, connected again to end the scoring for the match in the 89th minute. Rodgers again sent a cross into the box which Annis scored at the near post corner.

 

Burleigh liked the ball movement shown by the Gators today.

 

“I think we did a really good of moving the ball well and catching Kansas out of position. It is difficult to recover when the ball is moving that quickly,” Burleigh said. “The finishes became relatively easy after the way we move the ball.”

 

The Gators begin defense of their Southeastern Conference title next weekend with a pair of road trips, facing Georgia on Sept. 23 and No. 16 Tennessee on Sept. 25. Friday’s match can be heard on WRUF SportsRadio 850, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick calling the action. Live streaming video of the match is also available on Georgia All-Access.

 

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Florida

5

2

7

Kansas

0

2

2

 

Scoring:

UF: Tahnai Annis (Maggie Rodgers) 8:01

UF: Annie Speese (Havana Solaun) 19:51

UF: Solaun (unassisted) 23:39

UF: McKenzie Barney (Caroline Triglia) 43:18

UF: Lindsay Thompson (Katie Kadera) 45:00

UF: Erika Tymrak (penalty kick) 48:41

KU: Ingrid Vidal (unassisted) 53:30

KU: Caroline Kastor (Jamie Fletcher) 58:36

UF: Annis (Rodgers) 88:16

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida

Brooke Chancey

90:00

6

2

Kansas

Kat Liebetrau,

90:00

4

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UF

KU

 

Shots

14

14

 

Shots on goal

11

8

 

Saves

6

4

 

Corner Kicks

6

4

 

Fouls

16

9

 

Offside

2

2

 

 

Cautions: none

 

 

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