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No. 2 regional seed Florida plays host to Florida Gulf Coast Friday at 3 p.m. for NCAA Opening Round action.

Wednesday November 7, 2012No. 2 regional seed Florida faces Florida Gulf Coast in NCAA Soccer opening round

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 2 regional seed Florida plays host to Florida Gulf Coast Friday at 3 p.m. for NCAA Opening Round action.

 

 

No. 2 regional seed Florida (17-4-1, 11-2 SEC) faces Florida Gulf Coast (14-3-3, 7-1-1 A-Sun) for the second consecutive season in opening round play of the NCAA Soccer Championship. Friday’s match time is set for 3 p.m. ET at the James G. Pressly Stadium. Both teams enter NCAA play after sweeping their conference regular-season and tournament titles and are among the 13 double league champions in the 2012 NCAA field.

 

Friday’s Match Information:

NCAA Championships First Round

No. 10 Florida (17-4-1, 11-2 SEC) versus Florida Gulf Coast (14-3-3, 7-1-1 A-Sun)

 

Date & Time: Nov. 9, 2012 @ 3 p.m. ET

Site: James G. Pressly Stadium (4,500)

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 18th season @ UF (399-107-33/23rd season overall – 317-84-27/UF), Jim Blankenship (312-98-24/22nd season overall and 71-28-13/sixth season at FGCU)

Television: none

Radio: ESPN 850/900

Streaming video: complimentary live streaming video available on GatorVision and NCAA.com

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

Admission:  $7 for adults and $3 for youth 12 & under – contact the UAA Ticket Office at 352-375-4683 x6800 or 1-800-34GATOR, ext. 6800 (state of Florida only).

Complete NCAA bracket: available at NCAA.com

Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children up to age 12 and senior citizens. Purchase tickets at the Gator Ticket Office, located at Gate 1 of the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium through Friday noon or after 1:30 p.m. Friday at Pressly Stadium.

 

The University of Florida campus will be active Friday as UF celebrates Homecoming. Parking is available in the Pressly lot after the floats join the Homecoming Parade (approximately 1 p.m.). Other parking locations near Pressly Stadium with lifted restrictions on Friday include the UF Law School and Fraternity Row.

 

Florida claimed its 10th Southeastern Conference Tournament title and the league’s automatic NCAA berth with a 3-0 win over Auburn in Orange Beach, Ala., on Nov. 4. It was the fifth time since the league began awarding a regular season and SEC Tournament title in 2000 that Florida swept both crowns. Senior All-American Erika Tymrak picked up the SEC Tournament MVP honor after scoring a goal in each of Florida’s three matches and adding three assists. It was her second SEC Tournament MVP honor as she also picked up the 2010 award. Senior defensive midfielders Holly King and Jo Dragotta along with freshman center back Christen Westphal joined her on the all-tournament team. Over the course of Florida’s three matches, five different Gators turned in Florida’s eight goals – Tymrak (3), Havana Solaun (2), Dragotta, King and Adriana Leon (1 each). Florida posted wins over Mississippi (2-1) and Missouri (3-0) in its other tournament action.

 

Tymrak leads the Gators’ in goals (8), assists (10) and points (26). Dragotta and Solaun each have seven goals to share second. Solaun’s 22 points is second on the team. Tymrak’s 100 points place her sixth on Florida’s career chart with fellow senior McKenzie Barney in eighth at 72.

 

Florida Gulf Coast 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. 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. 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.

 

When the two teams met last year in NCAA play, Florida used goals off the heads of a pair of seniors to take a 3-0 win. Tahnai Annis headed in goals in the 16th and 68th minutes for her eighth double goal match of her career and the third of 2011. Fellow senior Lindsay Thompson headed in the cross from Annis in the 80th minute for her fourth score of the season as UF advanced to NCAA Second Round action for the sixth consecutive year.

 

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.

 

Florida’s match can also be heard on ESPN 850/900, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on GatorZone.com with Matthew Stubbington calling the action.

 

 

 

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