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Florida plays host to Florida Gulf Coast Friday at 3 p.m. for NCAA Opening Round action

Monday November 5, 2012Florida Soccer to Play Host to Florida Gulf Coast for NCAA First Round Action

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida plays host to Florida Gulf Coast Friday at 3 p.m. for NCAA Opening Round action

The University of Florida soccer team (17-4-1, 11-2 SEC) plays host to Florida Gulf Coast (14-3-3, 7-1-1 SEC) on Friday, Nov. 9 for NCAA First Round action. Due to UF’s Homecoming and Gator Growl events, Friday’s start time is 3 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium. Florida is a No. 2 region seed for the third consecutive year.

 

NCAA Soccer Championship Information - Gainesville, Fla. Site

Match Time:

Friday, Nov. 9

3 p.m. - Florida (17-4-1) versus Florida Gulf Coast (14-3-3)        

Tickets:

$7.00 adults

$3.00 children 12 & under, students and senior citizens

First 200 UF students with identification are admitted free

 

For more information, contact the UAA Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683, ext. 6800 or 1-800-34GATOR, ext. 6800 (state of Florida only)

Internet:

Live stats available on www.NCAASports.com; live audio & video for UF-FGCU match available at www.GatorZone.com

NCAA Championships bracket:

See all 64 teams here

UF is one of 32 programs playing host to 2012 NCAA First Round action this weekend. The weekend schedule for the next four weeks is 1-2-1-2. First round play will be Nov. 9, 10 or 11. The second and third rounds of play will be conducted next weekend (Nov. 16 and 18) at eight campus sites. NCAA Quarterfinal action will be held Nov. 23, 24 or 25 on four campus sites with the Women’s College Cup set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in San Diego, Calif., at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium.

 

This is the second consecutive year the two teams meet in the NCAA Opening Round. Last year, the Eagles made their NCAA debut and lost 3-0 to Florida.

 

This is the Gators’ 16th appearance in the NCAA Championships’ field. Florida’s Becky Burleigh, who has been the head coach for each of the program’s 18 seasons and is still the only woman to lead her team to the NCAA title in 1998, knows the Gators will need to be prepared for the Eagles.

 

“This team has been so good at focusing on the game at hand, which for us is Florida Gulf Coast,” Burleigh said. “Jim Blankenship has done a terrific job with their program. We go way back as we were big rivals when I coached at Berry and he coached at Lynn University. I think we met for a couple of national championships then. He’s done a terrific job of winning and we need to be on our toes and be ready to roll.”

 

Florida received one of the 30 automatic NCAA berths after the Gators claimed the Southeastern Conference Tournament title yesterday with a 3-0 win over Auburn. In last year’s NCAA action, Florida reached the second round, falling 3-2 to UCF.

 

Florida is 7-3-1 against teams in the 2012 tournament field. The Gators have registered wins against No. 3 region seed Duke, Missouri (Oct. 12 and Nov. 2), Auburn (Sept. 16 and Nov. 4), Tennessee and Texas A&M. UF has losses versus No. 1 region seed Florida State, Kentucky and Miami (Fla.). Florida and No. 2 region seed North Carolina tied on Aug. 24.

 

Six SEC teams received bids – Florida, Auburn, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M. The SEC and Pac-12 each placed six teams in the field and that number is second only to the nine berths awarded to Atlantic Coast Conference.

 

Team capsules:

Florida (17-4-1, 11-2 SEC) claimed its 12th SEC title with a 11-2 regular season record and completed the sweep of league titles Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Auburn in the SEC Tournament title match. The SEC Tournament title was the 10th for the Gators.

 

Senior All-American Erika Tymrak leads the Gators’ in goals (8), assists (10) and points (26). Senior Jo Dragotta and sophomore Havana Solaun each have seven goals to share second. Solaun’s 22 points is second on the team.

 

Florida placed four on 2012 All-SEC teams with two picking up top honors. Senior Holly King was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year pick while Tymrak claimed the SEC Offensive Player of the Year honor. Dragotta, King and Tymrak appeared on the All-SEC first team and freshman Christen Westphal earned a spot on the All-SEC second team. The quartet also were named to the SEC All-Tournament team with Tymrak earning the MVP honor for the second time since 2010.

 

Seven Gators have turned in five or more goals this season, which shares the high number among the NCAA No. 1 and No. 2 region seeds (Stanford and Virginia also have seven with five or more goals).

 

Florida Gulf Coast (14-3-3, 7-1-1 A-Sun) is making its second consecutive and second overall NCAA appearance in 2012. Its appearance in the 2011 NCAA field was the first for the entire FGCU athletic program as FGCU received notification Aug. 11, 2011 that it was officially a NCAA Division I member after waiting out the four-year Division I transition period.

 

The Eagles won their second consecutive Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship yesterday with a 1-0 overtime decision over Mercer. Freshman Ally Kasun, who turned in yesterday’s golden goal, was the A-Sun Tournament MVP. Eagle teammates Emma Blackwell, Danielle Faller and Ashley Ciesielczyk joined her on the all-tournament team.

 

Six Eagles own 10 or more points this season and are led by sophomore Shannen Wacker’s 25 points off of 11 goals and three assists. Ciesielczyk is the FGCU assist leader with 10, which ranks 13th in the nation. FGCU freshman goalkeeper Brittany Brown stands No. 19 in the nation with her goals against average of 0.58 and she also has nine shutouts.

 

 

 

 

 

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