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Erika Tymrak (center) celebrates her golden goal with her Gator teammates in UF's 3-2 OT win versus No. 2 Duke.

Sunday August 26, 2012Gator Soccer Upsets No. 2 Duke 3-2 in Overtime

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Erika Tymrak (center) celebrates her golden goal with her Gator teammates in UF's 3-2 OT win versus No. 2 Duke.

Photo gallery by Andy Mead

 

Senior All-American Erika Tymrak’s first goal of the year was golden as the University of Florida soccer team (1-1-1, 0-0 SEC) upset No. 2 Duke (2-1, 0-0 ACC) in the second day of action at the Carolina Nike Classic Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field.

 

Did You Know…

►Duke came into Sunday’s match ranked No. 2 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), TopDrawerSoccer.com, CollegeSoccer360.com and Soccer Times polls and also held the No. 1 spot on Soccer America’s last poll.

 

Florida last defeated the NSCAA’s No. 2 ranked team in 1998 NCAA College Cup semifinal action (UF 1, Santa Clara 0; Dec. 4, 1998).

 

Florida last defeated a top-ranked team (on any poll) in 1998 NCAA College Cup action (UF 1, North Carolina 0; Dec. 6, 1998).

 

►The last time Florida played consecutive road matches that went to overtime came in a span of a week during the 2010 season. Florida defeated Florida State 2-1 in overtime and then traveled to Durham, N.C., to register a 1-1 2OT tie versus Duke the following Friday.

 

►Florida last came from two goals down to win versus Arkansas in Southeastern Conference Tournament play on Nov. 4, 1999. Florida won the match 4-3.

 

The Gators’ record for goals down to win came in 2003 NCAA Second Round action versus Mississippi when UF rallied from a three-goal deficit to win 4-3 2OT.

 

►Today’s goal was the second golden goal for senior All-American Erika Tymrak. She also scored the overtime winner Oct. 17, 2010 versus Georgia.

It wasn’t unexpected that the contest would be pushed to overtime, as this was the third consecutive meeting between Florida and Duke that went to extra minutes. Unlike the two meetings in 2010 – a 1-1 2OT tie in Durham and 0-0 2OT in Gainesville in the NCAA Second Round - a winner was determined today.

 

It was a give-and-go play that ended the match in the 93rd minute. Tymrak brought the ball down to the top of the box and sent it right to fellow senior McKenzie Barney. Barney sent the ball back to Tymrak who continued her run into the box.

 

“I looked up and saw McKenzie wide open. I gave her the ball and then made a run in the box,” Tymrak said. “She put it literally right on my foot. I don’t really remember much of it because I was so in the moment. I kicked it and it might have deflected off of someone, but it went in.”

 

Tymrak’s score finished the Gators comeback from a first-half two-goal deficit. The Blue Devils struck first when junior Gilda Doria struck a 20-yard shot in the ninth minute. Cassie Pecht scored her second goal of the season after she intercepted a Gator pass to hit an unassisted goal from 20 yards in the 29th minute.

 

A pair of sophomores synced up to score Florida’s first goal in the 39th minute. Havana Solaun, located just above the middle of the box, sent a through ball into the box which found Jillian Graff. Her right-footed shot from 15 yards scored at the lower right corner of the goal.

 

“I saw the gap in the defense between the two center backs so I made a run across the line,” Graff said. “Havana played a great ball through and I took a touch and shot it.”

 

It was Graff’s first goal of the season and the third of her career.

 

Graff’s goal was “huge”, according to Tymrak, as it sent the Gators to halftime down by just a goal.

 

A second-half cross by Tymrak ended up as the tying goal in the 64th minute. Florida was awarded a corner kick and Annie Speese sent the ball to Tymrak, who moved the ball along the end line. She saw an opportunity to put the ball into traffic and the ball she sent deflected off of a Duke player’s back to score for the Gators.

 

“The coaches always say just drill it in (in that situation) because it will hit off of someone. I just looked up and saw a bunch of our players and a bunch of their players so I drilled it waist high and it deflected,” Tymrak said. “It was really exciting because it tied the score.”

 

It was the first time an opponent registered an own goal versus Florida since the Oct. 7, 2011 3-2 overtime win over Auburn at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

 

Through three matches, the Gators now have a win, loss and a tie. Just over a week ago, the team opened with a disappointing 4-1 loss to Miami. Now after tying perennial power and No. 14 North Carolina 0-0 2OT and defeating 2011 NCAA College Cup finalist Duke today, the Gators got some validation that they are better that what they showed in the opener.

 

“I know this is the biggest win of the season since it is the only one,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said with a laugh. “It was just a much-needed win and confidence boost for this team. We overcame a lot in this game. After going to overtime in a battle with North Carolina Friday night, to be able to have the legs to go into overtime today and win this after overcoming a two-goal deficit shows the character this team has.

 

“It was a huge game for us because of the way we started the season against Miami,” she continued. “It would be easy for us to have some self-doubt, but everyone on this team knew that we are a really good team and we just had to go out and prove it.”

 

Florida finishes its three-match road stretch versus top-15 teams this Friday when it travels to No. 3 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC). Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex and the match will be available on ESPN3. The match can also be heard on ESPN 850/900, 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

OT1

Final

 

 

Florida

1

1

1

3

 

 

Duke

2

0

0

2

 

 

 

Scoring:

DU: Gilda Doria (Kim DeCesare) 9:17

DU: Cassie Pecht 28:30

UF: Jillian Graff (Havana Solaun) 38:36

UF: DU Own goal 64:16

UF: Erika Tymrak (McKenzie Barney) 93:12

 

Goalkeepers: 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida

Taylor Burke

93:12

5

2

Duke

Tara Campbell

93:12

1

3

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UF

Duke

 

Shots

10

16

 

Shots on goal

4

 

 

Saves

5

1

 

Fouls

8

12

 

Corner Kicks

4

10

 

Offside

1

2

 

 

Cautions: Jo Dragotta, UF (68:41)/yellow; Karina Gutsche, UF (73:47)/yellow

 

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