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Savannah Jordan (right) celebrates one of her two goals with teammates Maggie Rodgers (left) and Havana Solaun

Friday September 13, 2013No. 9 Florida soccer hands Minnesota first loss of season

Gainesville, Fla.

Savannah Jordan (right) celebrates one of her two goals with teammates Maggie Rodgers (left) and Havana Solaun

A pair of second half goals from freshman Savannah Jordan gave the No. 9 Florida soccer team a 2-0 win over previously undefeated Minnesota Friday evening at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

After a scoreless opening half, Jordan needed just two minutes and a tick to put the Gators up 2-0. The first goal started when junior Lauren Silver, from in the Florida half, sent the ball to just above the UM box. Then it was a foot race between Jordan and a Gopher defender. Jordan won control and sent the ball to the far post corner just before a second UM defender looked to end the play. Then passes from sophomore Lindsey Cooper to senior Maggie Rodgers resulted in Jordan receiving the ball inside the right side of the box. The shot she took to the far post was touched by the diving Gopher goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs, but the momentum of Jordan’s right-footed shot carried it on where it kicked off the far post into the goal at 65:07.

 

GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

·         Just seven matches into her Gator career and Jordan now has three multi-goal matches. She is the first Gator to have three multi-goal matches through a season’s  first seven matches. She opened 2013  with a pair of goals versus Florida Gulf Coast and then posted a hat-trick versus Oregon State.

·         Only one other Gator has scored eight goals through a season’s opening seven matches – Danielle Fotopoulos in 1998

·         Freshman Nora Neset Gjøen made the start tonight in goal and earned her first solo shutout of her collegiate career.

 

RECORDS: Florida (6-1, 0-0 SEC); Minnesota (6-1, 0-0 Big Ten).

 

THE SERIES: This was the first meeting between Florida and Minnesota.

 

QUOTES
On tonight’s match:

“I think that we knew that this was going to be a hard game just because our styles are so different. We knew this was going to be a game where we had to really get ahold of the game and play the way we wanted to play and for long stretches we did that.  I think that was the difference in the end. They had to chase a lot, they got pretty tired in the second half and we were able to take advantage of it.” – UF coach Becky Burleigh

 

How stressful is it to come into the second half and wait that long for them to start scoring?

“It was not so stressful because our defense was playing really well and they really weren’t having any good looks. That makes us feel secure that we can just continue to have chances.  It wasn’t too end-to-end, I think we were sort of dominating the action. But still, it’s really nice one you get that first one in.”  – UF coach Becky Burleigh

 

How do you feel about your performance overall tonight?

“I think in the first half it’s always hard because they come out defensive- minded. Like really ready to defend the whole team. I got a little frustrated in the first half. My teammates were playing me amazing balls and I was unlucky finishing them, but in the second half it opened up a lot for me. My teammates continued to give me those balls. I guess my luck came, got a couple goals in the second half so it was good.” – freshman Savannah Jordan

 

How did Minnesota’s high defensive line affect you guys offensively?

“We’ve been practicing it all week because we knew, watching scouting reports, they played a really high line. After watching them, I think our team executed what we were trying to do and it affected us a little bit because we had to play more direct just because there were a lot of through balls. A lot of running off the ball, so I think that was a major thing, but I think we did well at executing it.” - freshman Savannah Jordan

 

Was there a mindset change in the second half?

“I think, for me personally, I just had to, I guess, take a breath and pretend I was starting a new game because I knew in the first half I was a little frustrated. Unlucky finishes. I think in the second half I kind of reset and re-focused. I think our team did that as well, kind of took a breath and a step back and really came out in the second half as playing our game, not so much theirs. I think that paid off.” - freshman Savannah Jordan

 

How did it feel to get that first goal?

“It was like a release of stress and everything. I felt more relaxed and it was so much easier to play after that, and I could feel more coming. I had the second one right after that and I felt more coming and a lot relaxed. It helped me play better so it was good.” - freshman Savannah Jordan

 

And hear from Gator goalkeeper Nora Neset Gjøen

How does it feel to finally come back from your concussion?

“It was nice. It felt like a really long time being out because time moves really slowly when you can’t do anything. It’s nice to finally be back on the field.” – freshman goalkeeper Nora Neset Gjøen

 

Does it give you confidence that you could complete your saves and keep a clean sheet for the team?

“It’s nice. Stats are nice, but basically it’s just about winning for me. I don’t really care if I have a shutout or if we win 5-4 as long as we win. I think we did pretty well today, fighting it all the way out.” – freshman goalkeeper Nora Neset Gjøen

 

WORTH NOTING
The assist on the Gators’ first goal came from the foot of junior Lauren Silver – it was the fourth assist of the season and that total gives her a career season high…the assist on Jordan’s second goal was the second of the season for Rodgers and the first as a Gator for Cooper…the shutout was Florida’s fourth consecutive…the two goals surrendered were the most of the season for the Gophers…all-time, Florida is now 6-0 in matches played on a Friday the 13th.

UP NEXT:

The Gators finish non-conference play Sunday when they play at South Florida (4-1-2, 0-0 American). Match time is set for 6 p.m. at the Corbett Stadium in Tampa. The Bulls lost their first match of the season Thursday in Columbia, S.C., falling 1-0 to No. 18 South Carolina.

 

Match can be heard live on ESPN 850. Audio, streaming video and stats are available on GatorZone.com.

 

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Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

 

 

Minnesota

0

0

0

 

 

 

Florida

0

2

2

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

UF: Savannah Jordan (Lauren Silver) 63:06

UF: Jordan (Maggie Rodgers, Lindsey Cooper) 65:07

 

Goalkeepers:

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Minnesota

Tarah Hobbs

90:00

7

2

Florida

Nora Neset Gjøen

90:00

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UM

UF

 

Shots

4

15

 

Shots on goal

2

9

 

Saves

7

2

 

Fouls

7

8

 

Corner Kicks

2

8

 

Offside

4

4

 

 

Cautions: none

 

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