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No. 9 Gator soccer team plays host to Minnesota on Friday, Sept. 13

Thursday September 12, 2013No. 9 Florida soccer plays host to undefeated Minnesota Friday

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 9 Gator soccer team plays host to Minnesota on Friday, Sept. 13

Florida finishes a three-home stand Friday, Sept. 13 when it faces undefeated Minnesota at the James G. Pressly Stadium. Match time is set for 7 p.m. and admission is free. This is the first meeting between Florida and Minnesota.

 

Friday’s Match Info:

No. 9 Florida (5-1, 0-0 SEC) versus Minnesota (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

 

Date & Time: Sept. 13, 2013 @ 7 p.m. ET

Site: James G. Pressly Stadium (4,500) – gates open at 6 p.m.

Press Box Phone: (352) 375-4683 x4662

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 19th season @ UF (406-109-33/24th season overall – 324-86-27/UF), Stefanie Golan, 16-7-2/second season overall and at UM)

 

Television: none

 

Radio: ESPN 850

 

Streaming video: live streaming video available on GatorVision

 

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

 

Admission:  free

 

 

Promotions: Gator shades -  the first 500 fans in attendance will receive Florida Gator sunglasses

 

For a complete list of match promotions, please visit the Gator Promotions page.

 

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The first 500 people at Friday’s match receive Florida Gator sunglasses.

 

Last Weekend

Florida

The Gators posted a pair of shutout wins over Big 12 teams last weekend at Pressly Stadium. The Gators’ match Friday was delayed an hour due to weather. When play did begin, the Gators scored quickly. Sophomore Pamela Begić headed in Florida’s first goal at 8:55, marking her second consecutive match with a goal. Florida’s final two scorers - sophomore Lauren Smith and freshman Brooke Sharp – posted the first goals of their collegiate career.

 

Sunday, junior Havana Solaun scored a goal around 11 minutes played for each half in Florida’s 2-0 win versus Oklahoma State Sunday at Pressly Stadium. Solaun now has a double-goal match for each season of her Gator career. Begič and junior Annie Speese combined for the assist on the first goal and Speese also earned the assist on the second. She now has four matches with two of more assists and Sunday’s was her second of 2013 as she also had a pair of assists versus Oregon State on Aug. 25. The shutout was the third consecutive for Florida.

 

About the Golden Gophers:

This is the third consecutive match versus a Southeastern Conference team for Minnesota. Last weekend, UM played host to the Minnesota Gold Classic, opening play with a 2-1 win over LSU and taking a 2-1 OT win over Mississippi on Sunday. UM also has wins versus Toledo (2-1), North Dakota State (4-1), Illinois State (4-0) and at Iowa State (1-0). Junior Katie Thyken leads the Gophers in 2013 with six goals. UM was 11-7-2 in 2012 and finished tied for fourth in Big Ten play with a 6-4-1 record.

 

Preseason Conference Votes:

Florida – Gators are picked to take second in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M topped the coaches’ vote for 2013 league title.

Minnesota – The Golden Gophers are picked to finish seventh in Big Ten Conference play in 2013. Penn State is the Big Ten Conference preseason pick.

 

Did You Know:

·         Minnesota is the third consecutive first-time opponents for Florida. Florida met Oklahoma and Oklahoma State last weekend.

 

·         Two Gators earned weekly honors following the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State matches. Begić picked up the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday and sophomore Christen Westphal was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week.

 

·         Savannah Jordan’s six goals is the nation’s ninth-highest individual total, according to the first NCAA statistics release revealed Sept. 9. Sophomore Rachel Daly of St. John’s (NY) has 11 goals through five matches to lead the nation. Of the 21 players with six or more goals this season, one third are freshmen.

 

 

Becky Burleigh Says:

“Minnesota has got to have some confidence coming off their last two wins (vs. LSU and Mississippi). Minnesota is very different than the style we play. They are really aggressive and play a pretty high line.”

 

Rankings:

Florida is ranked No. 9 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

 

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