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Lindsay Thompson's goal in the 80th minute gave UF a 2-1 win and send Florida to the SEC Tournament final.

Saturday November 5, 2011No. 23 Gator Soccer Advances to SEC Tournament Final with 2-1 Win Over Alabama

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -

Lindsay Thompson's goal in the 80th minute gave UF a 2-1 win and send Florida to the SEC Tournament final.

A goal in each half sends the No. 23 University of Florida soccer team (16-6, 7-4 SEC) to the Southeastern Conference Tournament final, as the Gators posted a 2-1 win Friday over Alabama (10-8-3, 4-5-2 SEC) in the day’s second semifinal match at the Orange Beach SportsPlex.

 

Friday’s SEC Tournament Scores

Florida 2

Alabama 1

Tennessee 0

Auburn 1

The win sends Florida to its second consecutive and 13th overall SEC Tournament final appearance on Sunday where it will meet Auburn. The Tigers advanced with a 2-0 win over Tennessee in Friday’s first semifinal.

 

Florida claimed its ninth SEC Tournament title in 2010 with a 1-0 win over South Carolina.

 

Sunday’s championship match airs at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 251) with Tony DiCicco and Sam Gore calling the action.

 

All the scoring of the opening half came within a 40-second span. Alabama struck first at 32:07 when freshman Pia Rijsdijk scored off a corner kick for her fifth goal of the season.

 

Then it was Florida’s turn. The Gators brought the ball down to the Tide half. Sophomore Caroline Triglia, located at the top of the Tide box, played a diagonal ball for Erika Tymrak on the left side of the box. She hit a hard strike from seven yards to the far corner at 32:47.

 

“Caroline came off the bench and immediately had a couple of amazing passes. I think there were a couple of give and goes and she gave me the perfect ball,” Tymrak said. “All I had to do was look up and I hit it far.”

 

The goal pushes Tymrak’s team-leading season goals total to 12.

 

The Gators had several dangerous chances to get the go-ahead goal in the second half but UF finally pulled ahead when senior Lindsay Thompson scored in the 81st minute.

 

Tymrak brought the ball down the field to the top of the box and the ball she sent forward was right on target, as Thompson just needed to tap it in for her third goal of the season. With the goal, Thompson moves up to a tie for the No. 8 spot on the Gators career points chart with 68 points off of 28 goals and 12 assists.

 

“Erika had been dribbling the whole game and it seemed she couldn’t find the last pass because the runs were off or whatever,” Thompson said. “Finally she gets through and just lays it right across the goal for me to basically tap in.”

 

Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh thought the quick score to tie was key.

 

“We didn’t panic when they scored. We didn’t spend much emotional energy chasing the game because we got that goal back right away and that was big. It was just then back to business as far as us trying to break them down,” Burleigh said. “It was just a matter of being patient in the second half until we found a way to get one in.”

 

Burleigh thought Alabama’s goalkeeper, Justine Bernier, a member of the Canadian National Team and a 2011 All-SEC second team selection, had some big saves Friday.

 

“You have to credit Alabama’s keeper Bernier. She came up with some really big saves. She kept them in the match,” Burleigh said.

 

For the match, Bernier turned in eight saves and Florida’s Taylor Burke posted one save.

 

Sunday’s 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 calling the action.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

 

 

Alabama

1

0

1

 

 

 

Florida

1

1

2

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

UA: Pia Rijsdijk (Janea Simpson, Ashley Willis) 32:07

UF: Erika Tymrak (Caroline Triglia) 32:47

UF: Lindsay Thompson (Tymrak) 80:21

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Alabama

Justine Bernier

90:00

8

2

Florida

Taylor Burke

90:00

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UA

UF

 

Shots

7

19

 

Shots on goal

2

11

 

Saves

9

1

 

Corner Kicks

2

8

 

Fouls

6

6

 

Offside

0

5

 

 

Cautions: none

 

2011 SEC Soccer Tournament

 

Nov. 2-6 – Orange Beach Sportsplex – Orange Beach, Ala.

 

Wed., Nov. 2

Fri., Nov. 4

Sun., Nov. 6

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Auburn 3

 

 

 

Match 1- 1 p.m. (ET)

 

 

 

 

Auburn 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 LSU 0

 

 

 

 

Match 5 -

Auburn

 

#6 Kentucky 1

SEMIFINAL 6 p.m. (ET)

 

 

Match 2- 3:30 p.m. (ET)

 

 

 

 

Tennessee 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Tennessee 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match 7 -

 

 

 

FINAL 3:30 p.m. (ET)

 

#8 Alabama 1

 

Live on ESPNU

 

Match 3- 6 p.m. (ET)

 

 

 

 

Alabama 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 South Carolina 0

 

 

 

 

Match 6 -

Florida

 

#5 Georgia 0

SEMIFINAL 8:30 p.m. (ET)

 

 

Match 4- 8:30 p.m. (ET)

 

 

 

 

Florida 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Florida 2

 

 

 

 

 

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