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Florida lost 3-2 to Auburn in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship match.

Sunday November 6, 2011Auburn Takes Southeastern Conference Soccer Tournament Title Over No. 23 Florida

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -

Florida lost 3-2 to Auburn in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship match.

A come from behind effort fell short, as the No. 23 University of Florida soccer team (16-7, 7-4 SEC) lost 3-2 to Auburn (14-6-2, 5-5-1 SEC) in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship match, held Sunday in front of an Orange Beach SportsPlex crowd of 1,444. The two teams played to the same score just a month ago in Gainesville, with Florida taking the 3-2 overtime win.

 

The tournament title is the first for the Auburn Tigers. As the No. 7 seed, AU becomes the lowest seed ever to claim the tournament title. As the champion, Auburn takes the SEC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship field.

 

Orange Beach Soccer Complex * Orange Beach, Ala.

Nov. 2 – Opening Round

Match 1 @ 1 p.m. (ET) – Auburn 3, LSU 0

Match 2 @ 3:30 p.m. (ET) – Tennessee 2, Kentucky 1

Match 3 @ 6:00 p.m. (ET) – Alabama 1, South Carolina 0

Match 4 @ 8:30 p.m. (ET) – Florida 2, Georgia 0

Nov. 4 – Semifinal

Match 5 @ 6:00 p.m. (ET) –Auburn 1, Tennessee 0

Match 6 @ 8:30 p.m. (ET) – Florida 2, Alabama 1

Nov. 6 – Final

Match 7 @ 3:30 p.m. (ET)Auburn 3, Florida 2

The Tigers put two on the scoreboard off free kicks in the first 30 minutes, with both coming off the foot of senior All-American Katy Frierson. The first goal came when Frierson settles the ball sent off Heather Havron’s free kick and then places it in from a short distance at 11:09.

 

Frierson took advantage of Florida’s difficulty clearing the ball off a long upfield free kick to score her second goal. Tatiana Coleman volleys a cross to Frierson above the box. Frierson volleys the ball toward goal and it glances in at near post off a UF defender’s leg in the 30th minute.

 

2011 SEC Soccer AllTournament Team

Molly Atherton, Alabama

Justine Bernier, Alabama

Ana Cate, Auburn

Katy Frierson, Auburn (MVP)

Amy Howard, Auburn

Julie King, Auburn

Jo Dragotta, Florida

Holly King, Florida

Kathryn Williamson, Florida

Tori Bailey, Tennessee

Chelsea Hatcher, Tennessee

A goal from Gator junior Holly King in the 43rd minute cut the lead to one before half. Jo Dragotta took a 30-yard free kick and King beat her marker to the ball at the penalty kick spot. King touches the ball two yards into free space and shoots back across the goal keeper into the lower left corner for her third score of the season.

 

A pair of Gator freshmen teamed up to give Florida the tying goal in the 54th minute. Annie Speese, located about 35 yards above the AU goal, sent a through ball on pace to Jillian Graff on the right side of the 18-yard box. Graff takes the ball in stride and in the clear, stroking a first-time strike into the lower left corner. The goal was her second of the season.

 

The game-winning goal came off the foot of junior Ana Cate in the 64th minute. The play started when Julie King sent a long cross from the right side to the front left corner of the six-yard box. Cate stretches and slides to volley the ball in for her team-leading ninth goal of the season.

 

The Gators had some good looks to tie the match, including five in the final 10 minutes. With eight minutes remaining, junior Erika Tymrak took the pass from Kathryn Williamson and moved toward goal. She took a shot, but the ball was high. Later, Maggie Rodgers sent a cross across the goal, but AU’s goal keeper Amy Howard makes the stop just before Speese was able to get a touch on it. The two Gators nearly connected on the same play in the 87th minute, with Speese trying to get a head on it, but she and an AU defender collided on the play and both players ended up on the ground. The Gators were awarded a free kick in the 86th minute when Tahnai Annis was fouled just above the box, but Speese’s shot was just above the cross bar. The Gators’ last shot by Tymrak in the final minute was blocked.

 

UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh liked the physical presence displayed by the Gators in their first two tournament wins, but thought the lack of that presence today, especially in the opening half, hurt Florida Sunday.

 

“I’m disappointed because I thought in the first two games of the tournament, we brought a great physical presence defensively and in this game, we were not able to match that,” Burleigh said. “Ultimately, we lost this game in the first half by not bringing the physical presence we showed in the first two games.”

 

Florida placed three juniors on the SEC All-Tournament team – Dragotta, King and Williamson. AU’s Frierson picked up the Most Valuable Player award.

 

Florida now returns home to await the announcement of the NCAA Soccer Championships field. The 64-team field is set to be revealed Monday, Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at NCAA.com. The Gators have appeared in the NCAA field in 14 of the previous 16 tournaments, winning the title in 1998.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

 

 

Auburn

2

1

3

 

 

 

Florida

1

1

2

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

AU: Katy Frierson (Heather Havron) 11:09

AU: Frierson (Tatiana Coleman) 29:41

UF: Holly King (Jo Dragotta) 42:02

UF: Jillian Graff (Annie Speese) 53:15

AU: Ana Cate (Julie King, Jessica Rigthmer) 63:21

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Auburn

Amy Howard

90:00

0

3

Florida

Taylor Burke

90:00

6

2

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

AU

UF

 

Shots

9

18

 

Shots on goal

3

8

 

Saves

6

0

 

Corner Kicks

1

8

 

Fouls

10

9

 

Offside

3

2

 

 

Cautions: Jo Dragotta/UF – yellow (33:23)

 

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 3

 

#6 Kentucky 1

SEMIFINAL 6 p.m. (ET)

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Tennessee 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Tennessee 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auburn

 

 

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 2

 

#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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