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No. 12 Florida makes its second trip to the Magnolia State this season, this time to face Mississippi State on Friday.

Wednesday October 9, 2013No. 12 Florida soccer at Mississippi State Friday

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No. 12 Florida makes its second trip to the Magnolia State this season, this time to face Mississippi State on Friday.

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Florida heads back to the Magnolia State for further Southeastern Conference action, this time to face Mississippi State on Friday, Oct. 11. Match time is set for 8 p.m. ET at the MSU Soccer Field in Starkville, Miss.

 

Friday’s Match Info:

No. 12 Florida (9-3-1, 3-2 SEC) at Mississippi State (3-9, 0-5 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Oct.11, 2013 @ 8 p.m. ET

Site: MSU Soccer Field (500)

Press Box Phone: (662) 325-0905

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 19th season @ UF (410-111-34/24th season overall – 328-88-28/UF), Aaron Gordon (3-9/first season at MSU & overall)

 

Television: none

 

Radio: ESPN 850 AM

 

Streaming video: live streaming video available on HailStateTV

 

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

 

Admission:  free

 

 

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Notables:

·         Both teams have a player among the nation’s top goal scorers. Florida freshman Savannah Jordan and MSU senior Elisabeth Sullivan share eighth in the nation with 11 goals each. Cal Poly’s Elise Krieghoff leads the nation with15 goals.

·         Florida has found recent trips to Starkville rough going. The 2009 meeting required a late penalty kick by Lindsay Thompson to tie the match at 1-all. It is the only tie in the all-time 14-match series. The Bulldogs claimed their only two wins in the series history in Starkville - in 2003 and in Florida’s last trip to Starkville in 2011 – both 1-0 decisions.

 

In the SEC Standings:

After its win versus Auburn last Sunday, Florida is now tied for fifth overall in the league standings through five of the 11-match schedule. Auburn and Mississippi State share 13th with 0-5 records.

 

Last Weekend

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Last weekend, the Gators suffered their first home league overtime loss since 2004 when then No. 19 South Carolina’s Taylor Leach headed in a corner kick to give the Gamecocks a 2-1 2OT win Friday. Prior to Friday’s match, Florida last lost in overtime came in 2009 NCAA Second Round action versus Oregon State (1-0) and since that time, had a record of 7-0-5 in overtime matches. The Gamecocks scored first Friday off Bay Daniel’s header in the 37th minute. Jordan tied the match with just 31 seconds remaining in the first half, putting in the cross from Havana Solaun.

 

Florida returned to the win column on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Auburn. Florida scored first off a corner kick collision at 15:07. Pamela Begič and Auburn’s goalkeeper Alicen Wright went up to challenge for the ball and Begič just got her head on it to put it in just inside the post. Both players came down hard and left the field under their own power, but did not return to play.

 

Jillian Graff put in her second goal of the season at 30:09, placing a well-placed shot to the far post from 12 yards. Florida got their third score of the half just over nine minutes later when Caroline Triglia headed in a cross from Lindsey Cooper.  

 

About the Bulldogs:

Mississippi State has opened SEC play with five consecutive losses – Missouri (3-1), at Texas A&M (8-0), at LSU (3-2 2OT), Kentucky (3-1) and Arkansas (1-0). Senior Elisabeth Sullivan is among the nation’s goals leaders, as she is tied for fifth at 12 – equaling her collegiate high set in 2012. Aaron Gordon is in his first year at the head of the MSU program, making the move to Starkville after six seasons as a member of Texas Tech’s staff. Mississippi State was 9-10-1 in 2012 and finished 14th in the SEC with a 2-10-1 record.

 

Becky Burleigh Says:

“It is a hard place to play. The last two times we’ve been there, we’ve struggled a little bit. So it is up to us to be mentally prepared and come out strong.”

 

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.

Mississippi State – The Bulldogs are picked to finish 14th in the SEC.

 

Rankings:

Florida is ranked No. 12 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

 

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