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No. 9 Florida soccer meets Oregon State Sunday at 7 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium

Saturday August 24, 2013No. 9 Florida Soccer plays host to Oregon State Sunday at 7 p.m.

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 9 Florida soccer meets Oregon State Sunday at 7 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium

Preseason No. 9 University of Florida soccer team (1-0, 0-0 SEC) continues season-opening home action Sunday when Oregon State (0-1, 0-0 Pac-12) makes its first visit to the James G. Pressly Stadium. This is the second meeting all-time between the two programs and first in regular-season action. Oregon State eliminated Florida 1-0 OT in 2009 NCAA Second Round action played in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Sunday’s Match Info:

Preseason No. 9 Florida (1-0, 0-0 SEC) versus Oregon State (0-1, 0-0 Pac-12)

 

Date & Time: Aug. 25, 2013 @ 7 p.m. ET

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

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 18th season @ UF (401-108-33/24th season overall – 319-85-27/UF), Linus Rhode, 60-35-10/sixth season overall & at OSU)

 

Television: none

 

Radio: ESPN 850/900

 

Streaming video: live streaming video available on GatorVision

 

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

 

Admission:  free

 

Promotions: Key Tag Giveaway - The first 1,000 receive fall sport key tags courtesy of SunSports

 

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Both teams opened their seasons Friday. The Gators posted a 3-1 home win over Florida Gulf Coast. Junior Havana Solaun scored the season’s first goal in the 35th minute but the Eagles tied the match just before halftime off a corner kick score. The match remained tied until the 81st minute when freshman Savannah Jordan’s eight-yard shot found the far corner. She also put in an insurance goal in the 86th minute when an Eagle defender couldn’t clear a Caroline Triglia shot off the line. Florida is now 13-4-2 all-time in season openers.

 

Coming into 2013:

About the Gators:

Florida returns six startersTessa Andujar (D), Taylor Burke (GK), Havana Solaun (MF), Annie Speese (FM), Taylor Travis (D), Christen Westphal (D)

 

The Gators return two who have earned All-SEC honors during their careers – senior Taylor Travis (2010 All-SEC second team) and sophomore Christen Westphal (2012 All-SEC second team). Junior Havana Solaun, who is part of the U.S. Under-23 National Team player pool, was second among the 2012 Gators with 22 points off of seven goals and eight assists. Fellow junior Annie Speese was fourth in 2012 with 16 points after turning in six goals and four assists.

 

The eight-member freshman class has played with state, regional, national and/or international teams, including goalkeeper signee Nora Neset Gjøen (Bergen, Norway). Gjøen spent the summer with Norway’s Senior National team who finished as the 2013 EURO Championships runner-up. Another international signee, Pamela Begič (Semic, Slovenia), played with Slovenia’s team in qualifying action for the 2013 Women’s EURO. Liz Slattery (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a 2011 and 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School All-America selection. Meggie Dougherty Howard (Largo, Fla.) and Savannah Jordan (Fayetteville, Ga.) have attended age group national camp at the U.S. National Training Center in Carson, Calif.  Kristen Cardano (Tulsa, Okla.), Jordan, Katie Richmond (Pensacola, Fla.) and Brooke Sharpe (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) all have been part of state and regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams.

 

About the Beavers:

OSU starters on Aug. 23 – Jenna Richardson (F), Gwen Bieck (MF), Helene Haavik (MF), Laura Rayfield (D), Chelsea Buckland (F), Jacy Drobney (MF), Kathryn Baker (D), Brittney Oljar (D), Marissa Kovac (D), Haley Shaw (F), Sammy Prudhomme (GK)

 

The Beavers were 11-6-3 in 2012, including posting a Pac-12 record of 3-5-3 (6th).  

 

Preseason Conference Votes:

Florida – Gators are picked to finish second behind preseason No. 12 Texas A&M in the coaches’ vote for 2013 league title.

OSU – Beavers are picked to share sixth overall with Washington State in Pac-12 preseason vote.

 

Rankings:

Florida is ranked No. 9 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll. This marks the 17th consecutive season that Florida appears in the NSCAA preseason poll in the 19-year history of the program.

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