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No. 8 Florida opens defense of its Southeastern Conference title Friday in a home match versus Alabama.

Thursday September 19, 2013No. 8 Florida soccer plays host to Alabama Friday to open SEC play

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 8 Florida opens defense of its Southeastern Conference title Friday in a home match versus Alabama.

Florida soccer opens Southeastern Conference play with a home match versus Alabama on Friday, Sept. 20 at the James G. Pressly Stadium. Match time is set for 7 p.m. and admission is free.

 

Friday’s Match Info:

No. 8 Florida (6-1-1, 0-0 SEC) versus Alabama (2-5, 0-0 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Sept. 20, 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 (407-109-34/24th season overall – 325-86-28/UF), Todd Bramble, 123-102-27/13th season overall and 43-51-7/sixth season at UA)

 

Television: none

 

Radio: GatorZone

 

Streaming video: live streaming video available on GatorVision

 

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

 

Admission:  free

 

The first 500 fans receive a Florida Gators rally towel.

 

Promotions: Rally Towel - first 500 fans will receive a Florida Gators rally towel; Post-match Autographs - following the match, the Florida Soccer team will sign autographs for fans

 

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 a Florida Gators rally towel. Following the match, the Gator team will sign autographs for fans. It is also Gator Soccer Alumni Night and many members from the past 18 seasons will be at Friday’s match.

 

Last Weekend

Florida

Florida collected a win and a tie in its final weekend of non-conference play. Friday, Florida handed Minnesota a 2-0 loss for the Golden Gophers first loss of the season. After a scoreless opening half, freshman Savannah Jordan needed just two minutes and a tick to put the Gators up 2-0. She scored her first off the assist from junior Lauren Silver. Then passes from sophomore Lindsey Cooper to senior Maggie Rodgers resulted in Jordan receiving the ball inside the right side of the box where she scored her eighth goal of the season.

 

At USF Sunday, the Gators trailed after the Bulls scored an early goal. Despite many good looks at the goal, it took until the 74th minute for the Gators to find the equalizer. From deep in the USF half, sophomore Claire Falknor sent a cross that skimmed through the traffic in front the goal mouth to find junior Havana Solaun waiting just above the far post. Solaun’s shot scored from six yards to knot the score at 1-all. The final result was the first tie in the four-match all-time series between the two teams, as UF now leads 3-0-1.

 

About the Crimson Tide:

This will be the third match versus a top-20 team for Alabama this season, as it opened the season with a 3-0 loss to then No. 15 Wake Forest and fell 2-0 to then No. 20 Denver on Sept. 8. The Tide has a 2-1 OT win over Georgia State and has lost at Colorado (1-0 OT) and at Memphis (6-0). Merel Van Dongen, the 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year, has scored all four of Alabama’s goals in 2013, including the game-winner in 1-0 win versus Alabama-Birmingham. Alabama was 8-9-2 in 2012 and finished tied for 11th in the SEC with a 3-8-2 record. One of those league wins came against the Gators, a 1-0 victory in Tuscaloosa.

 

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.

Alabama – The Tide is picked to finish seventh in SEC.

 

Becky Burleigh Says:

“This Alabama team that we face first [in league play] – they aren’t fooling us. Their record may not look great, but it is the same team as last year, which was a very good team. We are going to be prepared for them because we will not take them lightly.”

 

Rankings:

Florida is ranked No. 8 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

 

 

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