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Florida meets Notre Dame Sunday at the James G. Pressly Stadium in NCAA Round of 16 action.

Saturday November 17, 2012No. 2 regional seed Florida faces Notre Dame in NCAA Soccer Round of 16

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida meets Notre Dame Sunday at the James G. Pressly Stadium in NCAA Round of 16 action.

No. 2 regional seed Florida (19-4-1, 11-2 SEC) and Notre Dame (15-5-2, 8-1-1 BIG EAST) meet Sunday in NCAA Soccer Third Round play. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium. This will be the third meeting between the two programs and the first time in NCAA play. The Fighting Irish own a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series.

 

Sunday’s Match Information

No. 2 region seed Florida (19-4-1, 11-2 SEC) versus Notre Dame (15-5-2, 8-1-1 BIG EAST)

 

Date & Time: Nov. 18, 2012 @ 1 p.m. ET
Site:
James G. Pressly Stadium (4,500)
The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 18th season @ UF (401-107-33/23rd season overall – 319-84-27/UF), Randy Waldrum, 385-99-28/23rd year overall (women) & 278-49-16/14th season at ND)

Television: none

Radio: ESPN 850/900

Streaming video: live streaming video (free) available on GatorVision and NCAA.com

Internet: live stats and audio for UF-ND 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 Pressly Stadium ticket booth starting at 11 a.m. Sunday.

 

Florida (1998) and Notre Dame (2010, 2004, 1995) are among the eight programs to claim national team titles in the 30-year history of the NCAA Championships. The player who scored the game-winning goal in Notre Dame’s 1-0 win over Stanford in the 2010 NCAA Championship is Gator junior Adriana Leon, who transferred to Florida for the 2012 season.

 

Florida advanced to its first NCAA Round of 16 match since 2008 with a 1-0 win over UCF on a chilly Friday evening. The only goal of the match came off the first goal of the season for junior Taylor Travis. She was on the final end of a give-and-go play with senior All-American Erika Tymrak, as she put in the quick through ball from Tymrak from eight yards in the 60th minute. The assist was the 40th for Tymrak, moving her into a tie for third with Melissa Pini on Florida’s career chart.

 

SEC Players of the Year honors went to Tymrak and fellow senior Holly King, the league office announced Oct. 29. Tymrak is the first Gator to be named SEC Offensive Player of the Year since the league began naming an Offensive and Defensive honoree in 2005. King is the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and is the third Gator to earn the honor since 2009. Joining the pair on the All-SEC first team is senior Jo Dragotta. Center back Christen Westphal is part of both the All-SEC second and Freshmen teams. All four also represented UF on the SEC All-Tournament team, with Tymrak picking up her second SEC Tournament MVP honor after three goals and three assists during the course of the event.

 

A come-from-behind 2-1 upset win over No. 3 regional seed Wake Forest sends Notre Dame to Sunday’s NCAA Third Round match. A pair of freshmen gave the Irish the tying and go-ahead goals. 2012 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Cari Roccaro tied the match in the 59th minute and Crystal Thomas gave the Irish the final margin with her score in the 70th minute. Roccaro and junior Mandy Laddish missed Notre Dame’s opening seven matches as they were part of the U.S.’s gold-medal team at the 2012 FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup in Japan. Roccaro was an All-BIG EAST first team selection and Laddish earned second team honors. Thomas and freshman Katie Naughton were named to All-BIG EAST second and third teams, respectively.

 

UF is one of eight programs playing host to 2012 NCAA Second and Third Round action this weekend. The winner of Sunday’s match advances to NCAA Quarterfinal play, which will be held Nov. 23, 24 or 25 on four campus sites. The Women’s College Cup is set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in San Diego, Calif., at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium.

 

Sunday’s match can also be heard on ESPN 850/900, 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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