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The Gators celebrate Holly King's (second from left) goal Sunday. Florida defeated Arkansas 4-0.

Sunday September 30, 2012No. 24 Gator Soccer Shutouts Arkansas 4-0

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators celebrate Holly King's (second from left) goal Sunday. Florida defeated Arkansas 4-0.

By Sarah Gibson, UF Communications


Sunday success for the No. 24 Florida Gator soccer team (8-3-1, 5-1 SEC) continued today with a 4-0 shutout over the Arkansas Razorbacks (5-6-1, 2-3-1 SEC) on a sunny Sunday afternoon at James G. Pressly Stadium. The Gators are 6-0 on Sundays this season and have also outscored opponents 19-6 in those Sunday contests.


Gators with 30 or more goals

McKenzie Barney is the seventh in Florida soccer’s

18-year history to score 30 or more goals as a Gator.

She scored Florida’s final goal of the half in Sunday’s

3-0 win over Arkansas to move into the Gators’ 30

goals or better chart.


Years (RS)


Abby Wambach



Andi Sellers

1997-01 (98)


Danielle Fotopoulos

1996-98 (97)


Melissa Pini



Sarah Yohe



Tahnai Annis



McKenzie Barney



The Gators’ defense limited the Razorbacks’ offensive attack to only five shots for the match, which were all taken in the second half. The Gators took six shots in the first half with three of them resulting in goals, each from a different player.


The Gators first goal started when Havana Solaun played the ball out wide right to Maggie Rodgers. Rodgers then dribbled the ball up before passing it off to Annie Speese in the middle of Arkansas territory. Speese then split a pair of Arkansas defenders to find open space in order to strike the ball in low from 18 yards out to the far right post at 16:25.


“Maggie brought it up the field on the right side and the last couple games that ball at the top of the box has been open because when they drive down the line, the defenders are just going straight back,” Speese said. “Maggie saw me, played me the ball and I just made the touch wide and played it back post because I saw the keeper moving to the near post.”


A midfield free kick led to the Gators second goal at 28:47 in the first half. Christen Westphal launched the ball up to Holly King who was able to head the ball into the far left post just off Arkansas goalkeeper Sam Wolf’s finger tips. This was King’s second consecutive Sunday scoring off a header and fourth consecutive Sunday scoring from a set piece.


Sunday’s SEC Scores

Florida 4, Arkansas 0

Vanderbilt 1, South Carolina 1 2OT

Tennessee 1, Missouri 0

LSU 2, Georgia 2 2OT

Alabama 2, Kentucky 1 OT

Auburn 1, Mississippi 0

Texas A&M 2, Mississippi State 0

 “I just started back post and followed my marker in and then cut in front of her to get it,” King said. “Practicing that during practice has helped a lot especially with Christen serving it from midfield and she placed a great ball so it was a great service."


On the Gators’ third goal, defender Annie Bobbitt dribbled the ball up to midfield before playing a through ball to an open McKenzie Barney who then struck the ball low into the back left post at 36:24. Barney is now the seventh Gator to score 30 goals in her Gator career.


“Annie Bobbitt played an amazing ball,” Barney said. “I made a run through there and the defense didn’t see me, but it takes a great ball to slice the defense like that. I took a touch toward the goal and saw the keeper was on her line so I kept dribbling at her and just finished it. Give credit to Annie for finding me on that.”


With their goals Sunday, Barney and King move into a share for first with Solaun on Florida’s season goals list as each has scored four times in 2012.


After a decisive first half, the Gators couldn’t sink any of their nine shots into the net. At almost the end of the match, the Gators were given a penalty kick opportunity after an Arkansas defender’s handball at the top of the box. Tatiana Perez placed the penalty kick into the back right post with only 31 seconds remaining on the clock, which secured the 4-0 victory over the Razorbacks.


It was the second consecutive Sunday to feature a penalty kick that gave a Gator her first career goal as Jo Dragotta turned in her first score against Georgia.


“It took a little bit for me to mentally handle the PK, but I was in there with the chance to take the PK so I took it. It had good placement and it is just great to have the first goal of my career,” Perez said. “I practice to get a chance on the field and I got on the field and had the chance to add one for my team. It just feels great that I was able to contribute.”


Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh said she was pleased with the team’s performance in the first half but a little disappointed that they weren’t able to score more in the second half. She said scoring early has become a trend for the team, which takes pressure off and allows them to play with more freedom. After four consecutive home wins, Burleigh said the Gators are looking toward the challenges they face next week as they hit the road again to face LSU and No. 6 Texas A&M next Friday and Sunday, respectively.


“We have a big weekend next weekend,” Burleigh said. “Every weekend in the SEC we want to earn six points, so getting on the road again will be a new challenge and the same for getting this early lead and keeping it rolling.”


Senior All-American Erika Tymrak was absent for a third straight game after spraining her ankle during the Gators’ Sept. 21 win over Tennessee. Burleigh said her status is still day-to-day.


Florida finishes September with a five-match winning streak, all wins over SEC opponents.


Florida opens October action with a pair of road matches versus SEC Western Division opponents. Both matches are televised. Tune in Friday on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 1048) at 7:30 p.m. to see the UF-LSU match and the UF-Texas A&M contest can be seen on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 251) Sunday at 1:30 p.m.


The matches can also be heard on ESPN 850/900, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on with Adam Schick calling the action.


Scoring Summary:























UF: Annie Speese (Maggie Rodgers) 16:25

UF: Holly King (Christen Westphal) 28:47

UF: McKenzie Barney (Annie Bobbitt) 36:24

UF: Tatiana Perez (PK) 89:29








Sam Wolf





Taylor Burke





Valerie Tysinger









Statistical Summary:








Shots on goal












Corner Kicks













Cautions: None


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