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In a match-up between the SEC leaders, Florida claimed a 2-1 win over Missouri Friday at Pressly Stadium.

Friday October 12, 2012No. 12 Gator soccer takes 2-1 win over No. 14 Missouri

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In a match-up between the SEC leaders, Florida claimed a 2-1 win over Missouri Friday at Pressly Stadium.

Jo Dragotta’s first game-winning goal of her career gave the No. 12 Gator soccer team (11-3-1, 8-1 SEC) a key 2-1 victory over No. 14 Missouri (12-3, 7-2 SEC) in front of a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 1,779 on a perfect Friday evening.

 

Friday’s SEC Scores

Florida 2, Missouri 1

Auburn 1, Georgia 0

Kentucky 1, Tennessee 0

South Carolina 2, LSU 1

Mississippi State 3, Alabama 2

Texas A&M 3, Arkansas 1

Mississippi 1, Vanderbilt 0

Both teams came into Friday’s match sharing the overall SEC lead with identical league records. Tonight’s win moves Florida into sole possession of the league lead with four matches remaining. Texas A&M, after its 3-1 win tonight at Arkansas, is now second in the league standings. Florida defeated Texas A&M also by a 2-1 score last Sunday

 

Dragotta’s blast in the 85th minute completed the Gators’ fifth come-from-behind victory of the season. Florida was awarded a corner kick and junior Adriana Leon sent a low, bouncing ball to just above the six-yard box. Dragotta ran onto the ball and her right-footed shot rocketed in untouched to the middle of the net.

 

The play was just what UF Assistant Coach Alan Kirkup had drawn up.

 

“The credit goes to our coach Alan Kirkup. He thought of that play and execution is what we have been harping on. It was a perfect ball by Adriana Leon,” Dragotta said. “Honestly, I didn’t even realize at that moment [that it was a potential winning goal]. I just completely freaked out wondering how much time was left on the clock. It was really exciting. I’ve never scored a game-winning goal.”

 

The goal was certainly very exciting for one member of the Pressly crowd Friday, as Dragotta’s maternal grandmother, Grace Zizzo, made her first trip to Gainesville to see Dragotta play. Friday was also “Nana’s” (as Dragotta calls her) birthday.

 

There were fireworks scheduled post-match for the Gators’ “Kicking for the Cure” match but there were some early sparks as Friday’s contest was a physical battle. The Tigers controlled the ball for much of the opening half and held an 8-1 shots advantage at halftime and led 1-0 off a set-piece goal.

 

The Tigers took advantage of its multiple of opening half corner kicks to take the first half lead. Alyssa Diggs, who took the corner, received the ball back as she made a run through the box. Her shot from six yards was deflected by Gator goalkeeper Taylor Burke, but the ball was free in the box and was put in at short range by Taiwo Adeshigbin in the 25th minute.

 

“The level of physicality is pretty is pretty much what we expected,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “Ultimately it was a game of two halves.  We let their pressure get to us in the first half but I think we came out with good composure and aggressiveness in the second half.

 

The Gators, wearing pink jerseys to show their support for the fight against breast cancer, found the tying goal off their third shot of the second half.

 

Dragotta played a ball to Erika Tymrak located at the corner of the box. She took a couple of touches toward the center and then the ball deflected to her left to find sophomore Annie Speese. An end line move and then a five-yard left-footed shot gave Speese her third goal of the season.

 

The shot wasn’t what Speese intended.

 

“Erika Tymrak had the ball and she was coming towards the middle. The defender got a foot on it and it just deflected towards me. I ran around her and took a touch. Honestly, I was aiming back-post and the keeper knew that and I miss-hit it. I got lucky with the near-post,” Speese said. “I will take it. A goal is a goal.”

 

For Speese, it was her third consecutive goal against the Tigers as she scored both goals in Florida’s 2-0 win at Missouri last season. The assist was the 33rd of Tymrak’s career, moving her into a tie for fourth on Florida’s career chart.

 

Finding a key component – composure - helped the Gators get on the scoreboard Friday.

 

“I think the problem [in the first half] was we weren’t playing quickly enough and we just didn’t keep our composure. That’s such a big word for this team. I feel like we did a lot better with that in the second half,” Burleigh said. “Coming back shows a lot about our team that we don’t panic when that happens. I have to give credit to Missouri for coming in here and really putting their style of play on us, but I think in the second half we were able to turn that around a little bit and that just made the biggest difference.”

 

Home action concludes Sunday when the Gators face Mississippi State (8-7-1, 1-7-1), 3-2 winners at Alabama Friday, for Senior Day. The careers of Florida’s five seniors – McKenzie Barney, Jo Dragotta, Holly King, Erika Tymrak and Kathryn Williamson – will be celebrated in a pre-match ceremony.

 

Match time is set for 2 p.m. at Pressly Stadium and admission is free. Sunday’s match airs live on CSS (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 259) with Bernie Guenther and Cameron Broome calling in the action.

 

Live streaming video of Sunday’s match is available via 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

Final

 

 

 

Missouri

1

0

1

 

 

 

Florida

0

2

2

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

MU: Taiwo Adeshigbin (Alyssa Diggs) 25:08

UF: Annie Speese (Erika Tymrak) 52:30

UF: Jo Dragotta (Adriana Leon) 85:28

 

Goalkeepers:

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Missouri

McKenzie Sauerwein

90:00

3

2

Florida

Taylor Burke

90:00

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

MU

UF

 

Shots

10

13

 

Shots on goal

4

5

 

Saves

3

3

 

Fouls

8

4

 

Corner Kicks

10

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cautions: Holly King/UF – yellow (33:38), Taiwo Adeshigbin/MU – yellow (76:31), Jessica Greer/MU – yellow (76:55)

 

 

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