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Friday's post-match included an impressive fireworks display.

Friday September 30, 2011No. 12 Gator Soccer Opens SEC Home Play with 2-0 Win Over Vanderbilt

Gainesville, Fla.

Friday's post-match included an impressive fireworks display.

Two opening half goals gave the No. 12 Florida soccer team (9-3, 2-1 SEC) a 2-0 win over Vanderbilt (6-5, 0-3 SEC) Friday evening in front of a James G. Pressly crowd of 2,541.

 

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It’s Gator Soccer Alumni Weekend. The players and families gathered for a picture following Friday’s match. Read Scott Carter’s blog on the alumni’s continued connection with the Gator Soccer program.

Both of Florida’s first half goals came off play following a corner kick. A pair of fortunate deflections led to Erika Tymrak’s goal in the 23rd minute. The Gators won a corner kick after a centering pass from Jazmyne Avant was cleared out the end line by a VU defender. Sophomore Maggie Rodgers received the corner kick and brought the ball down the right side of the box. Her centering pass clipped the heels of a Vanderbilt defender and kicked to the feet of Tymrak at the top of the box. Tymrak took a touch forward and her shot clipped the inside of the near post and flew to the upper far corner.

 

“That was an awesome ball by (Maggie),” Tymrak said. “I just looked up and I kind of had space. I took a touch and then ripped it and it went in.”

 

The goal pushed Tymrak’s team-high season goals total to nine, with all the goals coming in UF’s last 10 matches. Six of the goals have come from ranges of 10-18 yards and Tymrak spoke about her options are in that area.

 

“I like taking little touches. Sometimes we call it the garbage area. I may just need to clean it up, so if the ball goes there, I like to take a quick touch, slip somebody the ball or shoot it,” Tymrak said. “It’s been pretty successful.

 

The second goal started when Tymrak’s shot from the top of the box was saved out by VU’s goalkeeper Alexa Levick for UF’s fourth corner of the opening half. Soon after the corner kick, Lindsay Thompson had the ball on the end line and sent to freshman Havana Solaun who was making a run in the box after taking the corner kick. Solaun took a pair of touches before seeing Holly King standing unmarked at the top of the six-yard box. The pass caught King’s right foot as it slid forward and the ball went untouched into the far post corner. It was King’s second goal of the season.

 

“I got the ball at the top of the 18 and I looked up and saw a pathway. Holly was just standing there kind of calling for the ball so I shot it through and she had an awesome finish,” said Solaun on her third assist of the season.

 

King was one of two Gators who left the match with an injury. Redshirt junior Katie Kadera left in the 21st minute and King in the 73rd minute. Both will be evaluated by UF medical staff.

 

Friday’s Scores from SEC Action

Home

Away

Florida 2

Vanderbilt 0

South Carolina 0

Kentucky 1

Mississippi State 2

Alabama 2 2OT

Mississippi 2

Auburn 3

Arkansas 0

Georgia 1

LSU 2

Tennessee 0

UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh liked the way the Gators moved the ball tonight, but thought there were some balls in the match that should have been finished for Gator goals. 

 

“I think the only thing that wasn’t efficient about our play in that game was our finishing. It was probably one of our most complete efforts in terms of limiting the other team’s offense and what we did offensively,” Burleigh said. “It was good play, good passing, good combinations, just unlucky not to finish more than what we did.”

 

The Gators continue home action on Sunday, Oct. 2 with Kentucky. Florida fans are encouraged to wear orange as it is “Orange Out” the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats claimed a 1-0 at South Carolina Friday. The first 500 fans Sunday receive a free Florida Soccer mini-fan. Sunday is the final day of the “SEC Together We Can” food drive so bring canned goods to drop off at the gate, which will be distributed by the Salvation Army to needy area families.

 

Sunday’s match airs live at 2 p.m. on CST (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 259) with Christa Mann and Bernie Guenther handling the announcing duties. The match can also be heard on WRUF SportsRadio 850, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington calling the action.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

Vanderbilt

0

0

0

 

Florida

2

0

2

 

 

Scoring:

UF: Erika Tymrak (Maggie Rodgers) 22:36

UF: Holly King (Havana Solaun) 35:35

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Vanderbilt

Alexa Levick

90:00

6

2

Florida

Brooke Chancey

90:00

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

VU

UF

 

Shots

3

17

 

Shots on goal

2

8

 

Saves

6

2

 

Corner Kicks

1

7

 

Fouls

7

13

 

Offside

0

3

 

 

Cautions: None

 

 

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