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The No. 21 Gator soccer team kicks off Florida's 2012-13 athletic season Friday versus Miami.

Friday August 17, 2012No. 21 Gator Soccer Kicks Off Season Tonight at Pressly Stadium versus Miami

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 21 Gator soccer team kicks off Florida's 2012-13 athletic season Friday versus Miami.

The No. 21 University of Florida soccer team kicks off the 2012 campaign Friday with a home match versus Miami. Play begins at 7 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium and admission is free to all 2012 Gator soccer regular-season matches.

 

Friday’s Match Info:

No. 21 Florida (0-0, 0-0-0 SEC)

versus RV Miami (0-0, 0-0-0 ACC)

 

Date & Time: Aug. 17, 2012 @ 7 p.m. ET
Site:
James G. Pressly Stadium (4,500)
The Coaches:
Becky Burleigh, starting 18th season @ UF (382-103-32/starting 23rd season overall – 300-80-26/UF), Tom Anagnost– 50-20-8/four season overall & 10-8-1/one season at Miami)

Television: live on SUN Sports and Fox College Sports Atlantic

Radio: live on ESPN 850

GatorVision: live streaming video and audio for UF-UM match available at http://www.gatorvision.tv/

Internet: live stats and audio for UF-Miami match available on www.GatorZone.com

Tickets: free

Match Promotions:

International Night- Fans encouraged to wear jerseys and attire celebrating cultural identity (or favorite soccer team); Key Tag Giveaway- First 1,000 fans receive fall sport key tags courtesy of SunSports

 

For a complete list of match promotions, please visit the Gator Promotions page.

The first 1,000 fans Friday receive fall sport key tags courtesy of SUN Sports. Friday’s match will air live on SUN Sports and Fox College Sports Atlantic with the Voice of the Gators Mick Hubert and Matthew Stubbington calling the action.

 

This is the fourth consecutive year Florida opens the season versus Miami. Last year, the Gators used a goal in each half to take a 2-0 win in Coral Gables. Taylor Travis scored the first goal of the match in the 37th minute and then freshman Havana Solaun turned in her first collegiate goal in the 51st minute to give UF the final margin. The last time these two teams met in Gainesville in 2010, it was Travis who scored her first collegiate goal in the 107th minute to give UF a 2-1 2OT win at Pressly Stadium.

 

The Gators open the 2012 season ranked No. 21 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll. It is the 16th consecutive season that Florida appears in the NSCAA preseason poll in the program’s 18-year history. Florida meets six NSCAA preseason top-25 teams in 2012 – all on the road - and another four which received votes.

 

The Aug. 17 start date for the 2012 season is the earliest by two days for the Gator soccer program, as the 2011 opener on Aug. 19 was the previous. In fact, it is the earliest start ever for the Gator athletic season. The Gators did compete in an exhibition match last Saturday at preseason No. 12 UCF. Florida used goals from Erika Tymrak and Solaun to take a 2-0 win versus the Knights.

 

The Hurricanes posted a 10-8-1 record in 2011 and are receiving votes in the 2012 NSCAA preseason poll. Already this season, the Hurricanes have played two exhibition matches, taking wins in both (at Dayton/4-0 and at Ohio State/1-0). Senior Kate Howarth led Miami in 2011 with 11 goals, seven assists and 29 points.

 

Florida is the preseason pick by the Southeastern Conference coaches to claim the 2012 league title. Florida earned 10 first-place votes in the coaches’ poll. League newcomer Texas A&M took the other four first-place votes. The Gators have won 11 SEC titles since the program started in 1995. Miami was picked to finish ninth in a preseason vote by the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches. The Hurricanes advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Championships’ field.

 

The 30-member Gator roster features 19 who are either freshmen or sophomores while the remaining 11 are juniors or seniors. Three of Florida’s 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region and All-Southeastern Conference selections return in 2012 – midfielders Holly King and Tymrak plus defender Kathryn Williamson. Both Tymrak and Williamson were named NSCAA All-Americans as juniors in 2011. Three of the top four Gator goal scorers and point leaders from the 2011 campaign are back this season, including the top two scorers – Tymrak (12 goals, 8 assists, 32 points), Annie Speese (8g, 9a, 25 pts) and the No. 4 scorer Solaun (6g, 6a, 18 pts).

 

The nine-member incoming class brings experience with state, regional and/or national Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams. Claire Falknor (Dayton, Ohio), Christen Westphal (Brecksville, Ohio) and Brittney Reed (Kennesaw, Ga.) have been part of youth national teams for ODP or U.S. play. Paulina Speckmaier (Miami, Fla.) played with the Venezuelan National Team earlier this year in Under-20 South America World Cup Qualifier action. One additional newcomer, Adriana Leon, transferred to Florida after playing two seasons at Notre Dame. Leon, who provided the Irish with the game-winning goal in the 2010 NCAA title match, will be with the Canadian Under-20 national team at the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in Japan for opening weeks of Florida’s season.

 

Friday’s match can be heard on ESPN 850, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick covering the action. Live streaming video of the match is also available on GatorVision Online.

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