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Erika Tymrak (left), who scored twice Friday, hugs golden goal scorer McKenzie Barney.

Friday October 7, 2011No. 11 Gator Soccer Defeats No. 22 Auburn 3-2 OT

Gainesville, Fla.

Erika Tymrak (left), who scored twice Friday, hugs golden goal scorer McKenzie Barney.

A golden goal by junior McKenzie Barney in the 97th minute gave the No. 11 Florida soccer team (11-3, 4-1 SEC) a 3-2 overtime win over No. 22 Auburn (9-3-1, 3-2 SEC) Friday evening in front of a James G. Pressly crowd of 1,563.

 

Friday was Florida’s fourth annual breast cancer awareness match. The Gators warmed up in “Kicking for the Cure” pink t-shirts and 400 fans received matching shirts. Sophomore Taylor Travis even dyed her hair pink! Junior Erika Tymrak wore a pair of pink cleats Friday, although she didn’t make the change because of the cause – her regular cleats cracked forcing the late change.

 

The sub cleats didn’t seem to impact Tymrak’s play as she scored UF’s first two goals and assisted on the golden goal. It was the fourth time of Tymrak’s career and second of the season she played a part in every goal in a match with two or more goals. 

Matches Erika Tymrak Played Part in Each Goal

 (2 or more goals)

Date

Opponent

Final Score

Goals

Assists

10-17-10

Georgia

2-1 OT

2

 

11-5-10

Georgia^

3-1

 

3

9-2-11

Texas Tech

3-0

2

1

10-7-11

Auburn

3-2 OT

2

1

^ - SEC Tournament

 

It was the first overtime match for the Gators this season, marking the longest season opening stretch without OT since the 1996 team, which wasn’t pushed to extended time until the 22nd match of the season.

 

Friday’s match had the Gators coming from behind twice. Auburn took advantage of a defensive turnover in the Gators’ final third to take the early lead. Senior All-American Katy Frierson jumped on the turnover, brought it to the top of the box and sent the ball across to junior Ana Cate. She one-touched the ball to the far post upper corner from 12 yards in the 34th minute.

 

Florida knotted the score early in the second half. Gator goalkeeper Taylor Burke started the play by throwing the ball to Havana Solaun. She played a square ball to Holly King just inside the Florida half who sent a ball into space. Solaun ran onto to the ball in the Auburn half, then turned toward the middle of the field. She sent the ball to Erika Tymrak who took a touch before scoring from 10 yards.

 

“Havana basically dribbled this whole way attacking. She committed her defenders, she did everything she was supposed to do and slipped me an amazing ball,” Tymrak said. “I was at the top of the 18 and I believe I took a look up and shot it with my left foot and scored.”

 

Auburn took the lead again when Maggie Rodgers was challenging AU’s Mary Coffed for possession in the box. The ball tipped off Rodgers’ foot and went back toward the goal where it took an odd bounce at the far post to score. It was the first own goal given up by the Gators since the semifinal round of the 2008 Southeastern Conference Tournament.

 

Just over six minutes later, the score again was tied. Annie Speese started the play when she won the ball just inside the Florida half at the sideline and sent the ball to King. King sent the ball ahead to Tymrak who was just a step inside the Florida half. Tymrak brought the ball down the middle of the field and just when she entered the arch above the box, sent a left-footed shot which scored at the near post.

 

“We won it out of the back and Holly King had it in the middle. She played me a little straight ball,” Tymrak said. “I took a touch up and I saw open grass, which is my favorite, so I went at them. I found myself at the top of the box and hit it – it went in left corner. I was thankful that my team could set me up for those goals.”

 

Friday’s Scores from SEC Action

Home

Away

Florida 3

Auburn 2 OT

South Carolina 4

Alabama 1

Tennessee 4

Mississippi 3 OT

Kentucky 2

Arkansas 1 OT

Vanderbilt 2

LSU 1 2OT

Georgia 4

Mississippi State 3 2OT

It was her 11th goal of the year and she finished the match with 27 points for the season – two better than her previous high set in 2010.

 

The winning play started when King chested down an Auburn clearance attempt a few steps inside the AU half. She sent the ball ahead to Tymrak who took a couple of touches toward the middle of the field before playing a ball into space on the left side of the box. Barney ran up to the ball and with her left foot, placed it just inside the near post from six yards.

 

Barney thought Tymrak’s two goals earlier led to the Auburn defense make the decision which gave her the space to score the winner.

 

“She (Erika) just dribbled it in and I made a crossing run across the back of the defense to the opposite side that she was dribbling. She just slotted me the perfect ball in,” Barney said. “It’s hard for the defense to read when you have the biggest threat on the field running at you, and you have somebody else that’s running away from you. They kind of have to choose, do they go with me or do they go with Erika? I don’t blame them for stepping with Erika because she’s an awesome player. They left me wide open and I just had to take my time and try to find the back of the net.”

 

The overtime goal was the second of Barney’s career and first since 2010 when she hit the winner at Florida State to give UF a 2-1 OT win in the sixth match of the season.

 

The overtime wasn’t a worry for Florida coach Becky Burleigh because it a situation that the Gators see often in training.

 

“We do a lot of short duration games in practice. Sometimes we’ll do a lot of seven or eight minute games, so for us overtime is very similar to that,” Burleigh said. “It’s just a brief period of time and we know that we’ve scored multiple goals on many occasions in practice doing that, so I think our team has confidence in playing those short periods.”

 

The Gators finish their fourth match home stand on Sunday, Oct. 9 with Alabama. The Tide lost 4-1 at South Carolina Friday evening. All youth soccer players and teams are invited to Youth Soccer Day at Sunday’s match. One lucky youth soccer player 12 & under will announce the Florida Gators starting lineup in honor of Youth Day. Following the match, all children 12 and under can take part in a special meet and greet with the 2011 Gators.

 

Sunday’s match airs live at 3 p.m. on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 251) with Cat Whitehill and Eamon McAnaney 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

OT

Final

 

Auburn

1

1

0

2

 

Florida

0

2

1

3

 

 

Scoring:

AU: Ana Cate (Katy Frierson) 33:08

UF: Erika Tymrak (Havana Solaun) 48:35

AU: Own goal 51:42

UF: Tymrak (unassisted) 57:48

UF: McKenzie Barney (Tymrak, Holly King) 97:22

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Auburn

Amy Howard

97:22

3

3

Florida

Taylor Burke

97:22

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

AU

UF

 

Shots

7

14

 

Shots on goal

4

6

 

Saves

3

2

 

Corner Kicks

5

7

 

Fouls

14

15

 

Offside

1

2

 

 

Cautions: Holly King/UF – yellow (79:39), Ashley Kotero/AU – yellow (83:02)

 

 

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