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No. 22 Florida meets its second consecutive top-two ranked opponent Friday at No. 1 Florida State.

Wednesday August 29, 2012No. 22 Florida Soccer Team at No. 1 Florida State Friday

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 22 Florida meets its second consecutive top-two ranked opponent Friday at No. 1 Florida State.

Photo by Shane Laradonis

 

In less than a week’s span, the No. 22 University of Florida soccer team (1-1-1, 0-0 SEC) will meet the nation’s top two teams. Sunday, Florida upset then No. 2 Duke 3-2 in overtime in Chapel Hill, N.C. Now this Friday, the Gators are again on the road, this time to face top-ranked Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC) for the Seminoles’ home opener. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex and the match can be viewed on ESPN3.

 

Friday’s Match Info:

No. 22 Florida (1-1-1, 0-0 SEC) at No. 1 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC)

 

Date & Time: Aug. 31, 2012 @ 7 p.m. ET
Site: Seminole Soccer Complex (1,500)
Press Box Phone: (850) 645-3240

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 18th season @ UF (383-104-33/23rd season overall – 301-81-27/UF), Mark Krikorian 296-83-20/19th season; 128-35-14/eighth season at FSU)

Radio: live on ESPN Radio 850/900

Streaming video: live streaming video available on ESPN3

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

Admission:  Free admission

The James G. Pressly Stadium’s third-largest crowd of 4,671 was on hand to watch these two teams battle in 2011. The Seminoles scored early and Florida’s Erika Tymrak tied the match with 25 seconds left in the opening half. FSU scored again in the 55th minute and Holly King knotted the score in the 67th minute. The Seminoles took the lead for good with a goal in the 72nd minute to claim the 3-2 win. The road team has taken the win in the last four meetings between these two teams.

 

Last weekend, Florida was undefeated in play at the Nike Carolina Classic. The Gators and No. 14 North Carolina played to a scoreless tie Friday’s opening day of action. It was the second overtime match in the 10-match series between the two teams and Friday’s result was the first tie. The only other overtime went to the Tar Heels 2-1 in front of a James G. Pressly record crowd of 5,222 on Oct. 11, 1998. On Sunday, Florida overcame a two-goal deficit to upset No. 2 Duke 3-2 OT. A Gator goal was scored in each period, as sophomore Jillian Graff put UF on the board in the 39th minute. A cross by Tymrak in the 64th minute resulted in a Duke own goal to tie the score. The match was pushed to overtime and it was Tymrak who scored off the give-and-go with fellow senior McKenzie Barney to give Florida the win the 93rd minute. It was Florida’s first win versus the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) No. 2 team since its 1-0 defeat of Santa Clara in 1998 NCAA College Cup semifinal action.

 

Two Gators earned honors for their play last weekend. Tymrak is the national player of the week selection by three outlets – Disney Soccer/NSCAA, Soccer America and CollegeSoccer360.com. She also claimed the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor. Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Burke is the College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week.

 

Florida State took over the top spot on the NSCAA poll this week for the first time in program history. FSU held No. 1 on the Soccer America poll for four consecutive weeks in 2006. The Seminoles are 2-0 this season with two road wins - at Minnesota (3-2) and at No. 9 UCF (1-0). The Aug. 19 match versus Marquette in Milwaukee was canceled due to weather. Three Seminoles appear on the College Sports Madness preseason All-America second-team list - Tiffany McCarty (forward), Kassey Kallman (defender) and Ines Jaurena (defender). Sophomore Dagny Brynjarsdottir leads the Seminoles this season with two goals. Kallman is currently with the U.S. team at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. The U.S. meets North Korea Friday in the quarterfinal round.

 

Seminole goalkeeper Kelsey Wys is the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference soccer player of the week after providing FSU with four saves, two in first half and two in last eight minutes, in the 1-0 win over UCF.

 

Friday’s 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.

 

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