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No. 7 Florida opened SEC road play with a 4-1 win Friday at No. 24 Mississippi.

Friday September 27, 2013No. 7 Florida soccer opens SEC road play with 4-1 win at No. 24 Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss.

No. 7 Florida opened SEC road play with a 4-1 win Friday at No. 24 Mississippi.

Four goals by four different Gators gave the No. 7 Florida soccer team a 4-1 win over Mississippi Friday evening in front of 1,023 fans at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. It was the Southeastern Conference road opener for the Gators.

Friday’s SEC Scores

No. 22 South Carolina 2, Auburn 1

Georgia 1, Missouri 0

Arkansas 3, No. 25 Kentucky 0

Alabama 5, Vanderbilt 2

Tennessee 1, LSU 1 2OT

Texas A&M 8, Mississippi State 0

 

Florida opened the match scoring on its first three shots to put the team up 3-0 after just 16 minutes of play. A cross from Annie Speese into the center of the box ended with Savannah Jordan hitting her 11th goal of the season at 4:32. Then Pamela Begič put in the ball at 13:23 off Jordan’s first collegiate assist. It was Begič’s third goal of the season. Then it was Begič’s turn for an assist, finding sophomore Claire Falknor with space and time in the box. Falknor turned and put it in for her first goal of the season at 15:10.

 

The Rebels’ scored their only goal of the match in the 28th minute when Bethany Bunker scored off a long throw in.

 

The final Gator goal came off a scrum in front of the goal. Junior Jillian Graff hit her first goal of the season in the final minute to give UF the final margin.

 

Jordan now has 11 goals, making her one of five in NCAA Division I play to turn in 11 or more goals this season.

 

GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

·         With 11 goals in 10 matches, Jordan leads all Gator freshman scorers in the program’s 19-year history. She is one ahead of the 10 goals through 10 matches turned in by Abby Wambach in her freshman year in 1998.

·         Two Gators scored their first goals of the season – Falknor and Graff.

 

RECORDS: Florida (8-1-1, 2-0 SEC); Mississippi (8-2-1, 1-1 SEC).

 

THE SERIES: Florida leads the series 17-2-1 all-time.

 

QUOTES
On the match:

I thought it was our best start of the year as far as coming out in the first 15 minutes or so and really imposing ourselves. I felt we got a little complacent. We gave up that long throw-in set piece goal, which was a little disappointing. I think we sort of regained it in the second half. To come in here and score four goals on the road, we are really, really happy with that.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh

 

On Claire Falknor’s goal:

“I was really excited for Claire to score. We had watched video this week and talked with her about continuing her run to make her a play maker. She did just that and it was great for her to get a result from it.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh

 

On following the plan, resulting in her first goal of 2013:

“It happened so fast. When I was thinking back about it later, I thought ‘what happened?’ I played the ball into Savannah and she held it really well. I continued my run around her and then she played it to Pam. She saw that I continued my run and played me in. I had no one by me so I took a touch, turned and shot. It was awesome.” – sophomore defender Claire Falknor

 

On the Gators’ first goal of the evening:

“I got the ball in from the outside from Speese. It was a great build-up and she played it in. I just turned to my left side, looked up and placed it in the goal.” - freshman forward Savannah Jordan

 

On her first goal of the season:

“Tessa (Andujar) and Caroline (Triglia) had some good plays on the line when the ball got crossed in. It kind of just juggled around in the box. I saw it was loose so I got ahold of it and kicked it in.” – junior forward Jillian Graff

 

WORTH NOTING
Jordan’s score at 4:32 is Florida’s earliest goal of the season (previous was Begic’s goal versus Oklahoma at 8:55)…Graff’s goal at 89:22 was the latest score for the Gators in 2013 (previous was Jordan’s score at 85:57 versus Florida Gulf Coast)…three goals was the most opening half offensive output for the Gators this season…Florida also scored three goals in the second half at FIU…four goals equals Florida’s highest goal total of the season (also scored four at FIU)….there was a contingent of about 30 friends and family on hand to cheer Jordan Friday…Florida’s win snapped Mississippi’s four-match win streak.

UP NEXT:

The Gators continue road action Sunday, Sept. 29 when they make their first visit to Columbia, Mo., to face the Tigers as a league member. Match time is set for 2 p.m. ET at the Audrey J. Walton Complex. The Tigers lost 1-0 to Georgia on Friday in Columbia, Mo.

 

Sunday’s match can be seen on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 251 or 1251) or on WatchESPN. Audio and stats are also available on GatorZone.com.

 

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Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

 

 

Florida

3

1

4

 

 

 

Mississippi

1

0

1

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

UF: Savannah Jordan (Annie Speese) 4:32

UF: Pamela Begič (Savannah Jordan) 13:23

UF: Claire Falknor (Begič) 15:10

UM: Bethany Bunker (none) 29:48

UF: Jillian Graff (Tessa Andujar) 89:22

 

Goalkeepers:

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida

Taylor Burke

90:00

0

1

Mississippi

Kelly McCormick

90:00

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UF

UM

 

Shots

11

7

 

Shots on goal

9

1

 

Saves

0

5

 

Fouls

7

10

 

Corner Kicks

3

3

 

Offside

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cautions:  Erin Emerson/UM – 52:20 (yellow); Savannah Jordan/UF – 58:12 (yellow); Olivia Harrison/UM – 79:19 (yellow)

 

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