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Florida begins a four-match home stand Friday when No. 23 Tennessee comes to the James G. Pressly Stadium

Thursday September 20, 2012Florida Soccer meets Tennessee Friday to begin a four-match home stand

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida begins a four-match home stand Friday when No. 23 Tennessee comes to the James G. Pressly Stadium

The Florida soccer team (4-3-1, 1-1 SEC) opens a four-match home stand this Friday when No. 23 Tennessee (6-1-2, 1-0-1 SEC) visits the James G. Pressly Stadium. Match time is set for 7 p.m. and admission is free.

 

Fridayís Match Information

RV Florida (4-3-1, 1-1 SEC) versus No. 23 Tennessee (6-1-2, 1-0-1 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Sept. 21, 2012 @ 7 p.m. ET
Site: James G. Pressly Stadium (4,500)
The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 18th season @ UF (386-106-33/23rd season overall Ė 304-83-27/UF), Brian Pensky (73-53-22/fourth season overall and 6-1-2/first season at UT)

Radio: ESPN 850

Streaming video: live streaming video available on GatorVision - visit the site for more information

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

Admission:  free admission

 

It is Gator Soccer Alumni Weekend and several from past Florida teams will be in attendance at this weekendís matches at Pressly Stadium. Alumni will be announced at halftime of Fridayís match.

 

Both teams come into Fridayís match after playing overtime contests last Sunday. The Gators split in their opening weekend of Southeastern Conference play, dropping their league opener 2-1 last Friday at Kentucky. Both teams scored penalty kick goals in the opening half. McKenzie Barney hit her first collegiate PK attempt for her second goal of the season in the 12th minute to give UF an early lead. In the second half, a goal off a Wildcat corner kick gave UK the final margin.

 

Sunday at Auburn, Florida used Adriana Leonís first goal as a Gator to claim a 2-1 OT win. Florida trailed after an early Tiger goal. Holly King combined with fellow senior Jo Dragotta to score off a free kick to tie the match in the 72nd minute. It was Kingís second straight Sunday with a goal off a Dragotta free kick. With just 32 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Leon received the ball off Erika Tymrakís free kick and placed it in at the far post corner from 18 yards. She is the third in the programís 18-year history to make their first Gator goal golden, with all three coming since 2008.

 

Tennessee opened 2012 SEC action last Friday with a 2-1 overtime home win over Alabama and then tied Vanderbilt 1-1 2OT Sunday. The Lady Vols came into league action off their only non-winning weekend of the season, as they tied 0-0 2OT at Cal State Northridge on Sept. 7 and then lost 1-0 at then No. 2 UCLA. Senior Amy Harrison leads UT this season with four goals. Brian Pensky is in his first season as the Lady Vols head coach, replacing Angela Kelly who is now the Texas head coach.

 

These two teams last met in the opening weekend of 2011 league play. The Gators fell behind early and saw the Lady Vols build a 3-0 halftime lead. Tymrak scored on a penalty kick early in the second half. In the 65th minute, Havana Solaun scored on an unassisted goal to cut the UT lead to a single goal. UTís Alexis Owens finished off her first collegiate hat-trick in the 86th minute to give the Lady Vols the final 4-2 score.

 

Live streaming video of Fridayís match is available via GatorVision. The match can also be heard on ESPN 850, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on GatorZone.com with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington calling the action.

 

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