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Savannah Jordan celebrates one of her three goals Sunday with Annie Speese

Sunday August 25, 2013Hat-Trick from freshman Savannah Jordan gives No. 9 Gator Soccer a 3-1 win over Oregon State

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Savannah Jordan celebrates one of her three goals Sunday with Annie Speese

Three goals by freshman Savannah Jordan gave the No. 9 Florida soccer team a 3-1 win over Oregon State Sunday evening at the James G. Pressly Stadium. Florida finishes its opening weekend of 2013 action 2-0 while the Beavers leave the state 0-2.

Two matches into her collegiate career and Jordan now owns five goals – the highest goal total for any Gator through a season’s opening two contests.

Jordan’s hat-trick in the second match of the season is the earliest ever by a Gator freshman. Two others posted hat-tricks in their freshman seasons – Andi Sellers (two in 1997) and Abby Wambach (one in 1998).

TIP OF THE HAT NOTES:

·         Jordan scored twice in the opening half and pushed the Gator lead back to two goals with her final strike in the 84th minute.

·         In the 19-year history of the Gator soccer program, the only other freshmen to score in the opening two matches of their collegiate careers were a pair of players in the first season of Florida soccer in 1995: Aimee Wagstaff – two goals in each of first two matches and Melissa Pini – one goal in each of the first two matches.

·         Only one other Gator had a hat-trick in the second match of a season – then redshirt sophomore Andi Sellers had three goals in Florida’s 5-0 win versus UCF in the second match of the 1999 season.

RECORDS: Florida (2-0, 0-0 SEC); Oregon State (0-2, 0-0 Pac-12).

THE SERIES: Now even at 1-all. In the only other meeting between the two teams, OSU defeated Florida 1-0 OT in the 2009 NCAA Second Round play in Columbus, Ohio.

QUOTES:

Savannah Jordan took three goals tonight and two goals Friday, is that what we can expect from her?

“I hope so, that would be all right with me. But really she’s just a natural finisher and we knew that when we were recruiting her and she has done a great job taking care of her opportunities.” -- UF coach Becky Burleigh

 

The challenge of this match…

“This kind of game is challenging to play because their game plan was to low pressure us, which makes us really have to push the pace. That’s hard because they stand in front of every free kick so that takes time off the clock and the goalkeeper takes a long time to take the goal kicks. So you kind of get lulled into this slow pace and it was really up to us to push the pace. I think for us to come out with three goals in this game was a major achievement.” -- UF coach Becky Burleigh

 

Overall thoughts on the weekend…

“I’m happy with a good start. I think there is a lot that we can work on, which is great for me as a coach, and then I think in terms of our players they got some confidence by coming out with two wins.” -- UF coach Becky Burleigh

 

Talk about following up your two goals from Friday with a hat trick today.

“It was definitely exciting. We really wanted to come out after the first game on Friday night. I think all of my goals tonight were from my teammates. The first one was a good ball by Claire (Falknor), the outside back that got forward. It was great awareness by our other players in midfield who found Havana (Solaun) and (Annie) Speese, who looked up early to play that free kick, and then the other one, Brooke Sharp, played across a great ball and then on the last one Annie Speese got a good clearance in to me. I think all of them were really team-based goals, and I’m really proud of the way we played tonight.” – UF freshman Savannah Jordan.

 

Tell me about your second goal. After beating three people you managed to find the back of the net.

“I was just honestly scrambling into the box and fighting for it. I knew I was right in front of the goal, and to be honest it wasn’t necessarily planned. I probably should say it was, but I just looked up and knew I was in front of the goal and just hit it and wanted to put it away.” – UF freshman Savannah Jordan.

 

How important is it to start the season with a pair of wins?

“That’s really big because, obviously, it’s our first weekend. We’re a new team. We lost five starters, five seniors that were big leaders on the team, so for us to come out and, especially on Friday when we got scored on, having the composure to come back and get another one. Even today, with the transition in the weather, I’m really proud of the team for being able to stay composed and especially with such youth on our team.” – UF junior Annie Speese

 

How much reassurance does it give you knowing that there is young talent here and that you don’t have to have that drop-off that some people thought you were going to have?

“I expected it. Savannah came in this spring and she is just a natural goal scorer. Actually, I told her at halftime ‘You’re going for that hat trick. You’re going for that third one.’ I wasn’t worried about that. We lost some big time players, obviously. Four out of the five seniors now play professionally, but we have a lot of talent on this team and I knew people would step up.” – UF junior Annie Speese

 

WORTH NOTING:

Jordan scored the Gators’ first goal of the evening on Florida’s first shot…it was set up by passes from Annie Speese and Claire Falknor, giving them both their first assists of 2013…Speese joined Havana Solaun on assisting on Jordan’s final goal…freshman Brooke Sharp assisted on Jordan’s second goal…she and Speese each now have two assists for this young season…it was the third multi-assist match for Speese as a Gator – she also had two in 2011…Taylor Burke made the start in goal tonight…she moved quickly down to her right in the 32nd minute to stop a header from Erin Uchacz off a free kick to record Florida’s first save of the season…Pamela Begič, a freshman from Semic, Slovenia, made her first start at midfield tonight.

UP NEXT:
The Gators faces its first top-10 team of the season when preseason No. 3 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC) to Pressly Stadium on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. The Seminoles also opened their 2013 season last weekend with a pair of home matches, defeating Oregon State 1-0 on Friday and took a 4-1 win over Auburn on Sunday.

Friday’s match is the first of nine televised Gator regular-season matches and the UF-FSU match airs on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable 48 or 1048). The match can also be heard live on ESPN 850. Audio, stats and video are available on GatorZone.com. The first 1,000 fans Friday will receive a commemorative Florida vs. Florida State t-shirt.

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Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

 

 

OSU

0

1

1

 

 

 

Florida

2

1

2

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

UF: Savannah Jordan (Claire Falknor, Annie Speese) 11:59

UF: Jordan (Brooke Sharp) 38:42

OSU: Chelsea Buckland (Val Margerum) 66:48

UF: Jordan (Speese, Havana Solaun) 83:23

 

Goalkeepers:

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Oregon State

Audr Bernier-Larose

90:00

4

3

Florida

Taylor Burke

90:00

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

OSU

UF

 

Shots

3

11

 

Shots on goal

2

7

 

Saves

4

1

 

Fouls

10

9

 

Corner Kicks

1

7

 

Offside

1

0

 

 

Cautions: Laura Rayfield/OSU – 35:00/yellow; Val Margerum/OSU – 72:56/yellow; Brandi Dawson/OSU – 79:05/yellow; Karian Gutsche/UF – 83:10/yellow

 

 

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