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Taylor Burke and Erika Tymrak each were named national players of the week by a pair of outlets.

Tuesday August 28, 2012Gator Duo Pick Up Pair of National Player of Week Honors

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Taylor Burke and Erika Tymrak each were named national players of the week by a pair of outlets.

Senior All-American Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) were named national player of the week by two outlets. Tymrak, who was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week yesterday, is the Primetime Player while Burke is College Sports Madness Defensive Player of the Week.


Last weekend, the Gators traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C., to play a pair of top-15 teams in the Nike Carolina Classic. Florida played then No. 14 North Carolina to a scoreless tie on Friday and then upset then No. 2 Duke 3-2 OT on Sunday. Burke played the entirety of both matches in goal, recording five saves in each match. Friday’s shutout was the ninth of her Gator career.


Tymrak played a part in two of Florida’s three goals in Sunday’s win. With the score 2-1 Duke, Tymrak received a short corner and moved the ball along the end line. Seeing plenty of bodies in the box, she sent in a cross hoping to get a favorable bounce. The ball did take a bounce in the Gators’ favor, deflecting off the back of a DU defender to score as an own goal. In the 93rd minute, Tymrak was on the final end of a give-and-go play with fellow senior McKenzie Barney. Tymrak brought the ball down to the top of the box and sent it right to Barney. Barney sent the ball back to Tymrak who had continued her run into the box and she scored the golden goal in the lower left corner.


Sunday’s win was the first victory versus the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) No. 2 team since the 1998 NCAA College Cup semifinal round.


No. 22 Florida finishes its three-match road stretch versus top-15 teams this Friday when it travels to No. 1 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 with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington calling the action.


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