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The Gators celebrate one Annie Speese's (left) two goals in Sunday's 3-0 win over Kentucky.

Sunday October 2, 2011No. 12 Gator Soccer Defeats Kentucky 3-0

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators celebrate one Annie Speese's (left) two goals in Sunday's 3-0 win over Kentucky.

A trio of second-half goals gave the No. 12 Florida soccer team (10-3, 3-1 SEC) a 3-0 win over Kentucky (9-3, 2-2 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a James G. Pressly crowd of 2,271.

 

Sunday’s Scores from SEC Action

Home

Away

Florida 3

Kentucky 0

South Carolina 2

Vanderbilt 0

Mississippi State 2

Auburn 0

Mississippi 3

Alabama 0

Arkansas 0

Tennessee 4

LSU 2

Georgia 1

The opening half yielded few shots by either team, as the Wildcats held a slight 3-2 advantage in that category at halftime. The Gators’ found more opportunities in the second half, with all of the team’s five shots on goal coming in the second 45 minutes. UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh told the team at half to keep the ball moving to open up scoring opportunities.

 

“We knew that what we really just had to do was pass the ball around them because they were very committed to coming hard defensively. When a team does that, if you play and move, it’s very difficult to track the players. We said ‘just keep it.’ That’s going to limit them because they’re just going to be chasing the ball, and that’s kind of what we do best anyway.”

 

The scoreless tie ended in the 57th minute when Jazmyne Avant brought the ball up to the center line and sent a square ball to Holly King running up the middle. King sent the ball through the middle of the field to Havana Solaun located midway in the Wildcat half. Solaun took a touch forward and then sent the ball down the center of the field where McKenzie Barney ran onto it just as she entered the penalty arch. The shot she struck took a bounce in the six-yard box before settling inside the near post. It was Barney’s third goal of the season.

 

Barney recognized the creativity of the pair credited with assists on the goal.

 

“Holly King and Havana Solaun are two of the players on our team who have absolutely amazing vision. That goal in itself shows that. We get the ball out, it’s a transition, we’re playing the ball around, but it takes some amazing players and amazing vision to realize that their middle players can easily be split. That’s what happens when we constantly shift and switch the ball,” Barney said. “Holly looks up and finds Havana split down the middle, and Havana looks up and finds me in between two defenders. Phenomenal ball, you can’t ask for a better ball in, and I had no one on me. She found the open man, and that’s how you get it done.”

 

Freshman Annie Speese scored Florida’s final two goals for her second double-goal match of the season. The first started in the middle of the field when King played a ball to space and Erika Tymrak ran onto it above the box. She brought the ball to the top of box and tried to slip a pass into the box where a pair of orange jerseys was located but the ball clipped the heels of a Wildcat defender. The ball came back to Tymrak, who had continued her run into the box. She took a shot which was stopped by UK’s goalkeeper Kayla Price, but Speese was there at the far post to put away the deflection in the 75th minute.

 

“Erika did a little bit of her magic, got a shot out and ripped it,” Speese said. “I was just there to follow up.”

 

The final goal came in the 87th minute and started when Barney was about 25 yards from the end line and passed to Solaun located five yards ahead. Solaun’s one-touch pass was sent through two Wildcat defenders to Speese making a run down the left side of the box. Speese’s shot scored from just inside the six-yard box.

 

“I think it was kind of off a transition, I looked up and I found Mac (McKenzie Barney) and she played a great ball to Havana and I just continued my run. Havana had an awesome through ball,” Speese said.

 

The duo of goals pushes Speese’s season total to five, which is second among the Gators.

 

The Gators continue home action on Friday, Oct. 7 with No. 20 Auburn. It is the Gators’ fourth annual breast cancer awareness match and the first 400 fans receive pink “Kicking for the Cure” t-shirts.

 

Friday’s match airs live at 7 p.m. on FS-Florida (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 70 or 1070) with Larry Vettel and Matthew Stubbington handling the announcing duties. The match can also be heard on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick calling the action.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

Kentucky

0

0

0

 

Florida

0

3

3

 

 

Scoring:

UF: McKenzie Barney (Havana Solaun, Holly King) 56:36

UF: Annie Speese (Erika Tymrak) 74:29

UF: Speese (Solaun, Barney) 86:07

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Kentucky

Kayla Price

90:00

2

3

Florida

Taylor Burke

90:00

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UK

UF

 

Shots

8

10

 

Shots on goal

2

5

 

Saves

2

2

 

Corner Kicks

3

6

 

Fouls

5

16

 

Offside

2

1

 

 

Cautions: Kathryn Williamson/UF – yellow (84:52)

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