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No. 8 Florida lost to No. 3 Florida State 3-0 Friday

Friday August 30, 2013No. 8 Florida loses 3-0 to No. 3 Florida State

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No. 8 Florida lost to No. 3 Florida State 3-0 Friday

Three opening half goals gave No. 3 Florida State a 3-0 win over No. 8 Florida Friday evening in front of a crowd of 4,279 – the fifth largest ever at James G. Pressly Stadium.

Junior Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored her first two goals of the match in a span of just over two minutes to put the Seminoles up 2-0. Sophomore Michaela Hahn pushed FSU’s lead out to 3-0 with her unassisted goal with 49 seconds to halftime. The three-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the Seminoles of their 10 wins versus Florida.

Florida had an early chance to score when the Gators intercepted a FSU pass and Havana Solaun sent the ball forward. The shot by Annie Speese was just touched out for a Gator corner kick. Freshman Savannah Jordan also recorded a pair of shots on goal Friday.

 

RECORDS: Florida (2-1, 0-0 SEC); Florida State (3-0, 0-0 ACC).

THE SERIES: The win narrows the Gators’ lead in the all-time series to 11-10. This was the fourth time of the last five meetings between the two intrastate rivals that both brought top-10 rankings into the match.

QUOTES
About the loss to a ranked team

“I think they’re a good team, there is no question that they’re a good team and I don’t want to take anything away from them because you don’t come here and win 3-0 without being a good team. I think in the second half I was really proud of our team’s fight and our desire to get back in it, regardless of the fact that we did not. Some of the things that came out of this game are really going to help us down the road.” – UF coach Becky Burleigh

 

Talk about the second goal and the set pieces…

“We did not deal effectively with the set pieces. Every time she threw it in (long throw-in by Megan Campbell) it was a problem for us. It was a great throw in and it doesn’t help that on this field she can throw it to the back post.  That’s just very difficult to defend. We’ve got to get better at it and our focus in training on set pieces has got to be better.” – UF coach Becky Burleigh

 

How big is the first goal to get?

“I didn’t feel that at 2-0 we were out of it. Honestly, I didn’t feel like at 3-0 we were out of it. The third goal was tough because it was such an unusual goal, but I think that even going into halftime we could come out and impose our will on them. I think at times we did, but we have to put that on the score board.” - – UF coach Becky Burleigh

 

A loss is always tough, but what do you take away from a game like this?

“I think we learn from it. Just like Becky just told us that we can only go up from here. There’s nothing else we can lose. We even said it at halftime. We have nothing to lose and I think in the second half we came out with a lot of fire and we had the ball much of the second half. I think we can only go up from here, and I’m excited for the rest of the season.” – freshman forward Savannah Jordan

 

Was there something said or a different game plan in the second half due to the change in intensity?

“I think we were a little frustrated with how the first half went. Not necessarily how we played the whole time, but maybe the goals that we gave up or the times that we switched off. I think that kind of just put fire underneath us. When we came out the second half we were a little mad, in a way, but in a good way. We showed some aggression I think that paid off a little bit in the second half.” – freshman forward Savannah Jordan

 

Talk about the night in general:

“FSU is always one of our toughest matches and we always meet them early on. They’re a great test to show us where we’re at. They just came out today and they executed their opportunities. So congrats to them for that. It’s a learning opportunity for us. It’s disappointing because we created some chances but we didn’t finish them, but it’s the third game of the season so we put that behind us and then we go from here. We go into practice and make some changes, and we go from there.” – junior midfielder Annie Speese

 

What positives do you take out of this?

“I think we came out the second half and played like it was 0-0 and for the majority of that half, we played in their half. We kept fighting and we didn’t give up, so I think that says a lot about our team.” – junior midfielder Annie Speese

 

All-Time Top 10 James G. Pressly Stadium Soccer Crowds

Rank

Opponent

Crowd

Date

1.

North Carolina

5,222

10/11/98

2.

Florida State

4,745

8/27/99

3.

Florida State

4,671

9/9/11

4.

Florida State

4,442

9/2/95

5.

Florida State

4,279

8/30/13

6.

Georgia

3,859

9/29/06

7.

Texas Tech

3,728

9/2/11

8.

Florida State

3,526

9/18/09

9.

Florida State

3,472

9/28/01

10.

Florida State

3,432

11/28/03

How hard was it for them to get those two goals back-to-back so quickly?

“Yeah, that’s tough. Especially when we feel like we’re playing well. So we have to do a better job of reacting to that, but, again, I think we stayed pretty well composed and we did a good job trying to fight back. Obviously, we didn’t we didn’t finish any of our opportunities, but tonight was a great environment. We appreciate all the fans coming out and supporting us. It’s a huge crowd, and next time, hopefully, we’ll give them a better result.” – junior midfielder Annie Speese

 

WORTH NOTING

The Florida-Florida State match-up now makes up four of the top five attendance figures ever posted at Pressly Stadium, with each of those four crowd numbering above 4,200…the three Seminole goals in the opening half is the most ever in the 21-match series by FSU…UF senior Taylor Travis made her first start of the season….Gator goalkeepers Nora Neset Gjøen and Taylor Burke each played a half Friday and both recorded two saves…with 18 minutes left in the match, the bank of lights above the press box went out…play was halted, the teams discussed options and decided to continue play…the lights returned for the final two minutes.

UP NEXT:

The Gators head south for their first road action of the season, facing Florida International (0-1, 0-0 C-USA) on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at the FIU Soccer Stadium. The Panthers lost their home opener 4-2 to Arizona on Aug. 23 and was at Stetson Friday evening. Match can be heard live on ESPN 850. Audio and stats are available on GatorZone.com.

 

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Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

 

 

Florida State

3

0

3

 

 

 

Florida

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

FSU: Dagny Brynjarsdottir (Nickolette Driesse, Michaela Hahn) 26:31

FSU: Brynjarsdottir (Megan Campbell) 28:40

FSU: Hahn (unassisted) 44:11

 

Goalkeepers:

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

FSU

Kelsey Wys

90:00

4

0

Florida

Nora Neset Gjøen

45:00

2

3

 

Taylor Burke

45:00

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

FSU

UF

 

Shots

9

8

 

Shots on goal

7

4

 

Saves

4

4

 

Fouls

5

6

 

Corner Kicks

3

4

 

Offside

4

3

 

 

Cautions: none

 

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