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No. 8 Florida faces No. 23 Kentucky in Friday's Kicking for the Cure match.

Wednesday October 16, 2013No. 8 Florida soccer plays host to No. 23 Kentucky Friday for Kicking for the Cure match

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 8 Florida faces No. 23 Kentucky in Friday's Kicking for the Cure match.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida faces two teams ahead of the Gators in the Southeastern Conference standings in home action this weekend. Play opens with Kentucky on Friday, Oct. 18 and the match airs live on SUN Sports beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.


Friday’s Match Info:

No. 8 Florida (10-3-1, 4-2 SEC) versus No. 23 Kentucky (11-2-1, 5-1 SEC)


Date & Time: Oct.18, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. ET

Site: James G. Pressly Stadium (4,500) – gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Press Box Phone: (352) 375-4683 x4662

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 19th season @ UF (411-111-34/24th season overall – 329-88-28/UF), John Lipsitz (154-66-18/12th season overall & 53-33-10/5th season at UK)


Television: live on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 48 or 1048).


Radio: GatorZone


Streaming video: live on ESPN3


Internet: live stats and audio for UF-UK match available on


Admission:  free


Friday is the Gators’ Kicking for the Cure match.The first 500 fans Friday receive a pink hat with a Gator logo on front.

Promotions: Pink Kicking for the Cure Hat - first 500 fans in attendance will receive a pink Kicking for the Cure hat in support of Breast Cancer Awareness; Grab a T-Shirtpink t-shirts will be thrown into crowd at points of match; Feed the Florida Students – first 150 students get free pizza; Gator Autographs -  Gators will autograph team poster post-match


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

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is Florida’s “Kicking for the Cure” match and the Gators will wear pink to show their support for the fight against breast cancer. The first 500 fans Friday receive a pink hat and pink t-shirts will be thrown out to the crowd at points of the match. The Gators will autograph team posters post-match on the north end of the James G. Pressly Stadium concourse.


In the SEC Standings:

Kentucky is among a three-way tie for second in the league standings with a 5-1 record. The Gators share fifth in the SEC standings with a 4-2 record.


Last Friday:

In its only match last weekend, the Gators were pushed to overtime for the second consecutive Friday, but this time took a 1-0 2OT win at Mississippi State. Despite dominating possession, it wasn’t until the 109th minute that the Gators were able to get a goal. From just above the end line, junior Lauren Silver served a ball into the box. Freshman Savannah Jordan headed the ball in for her 13th goal of the season. That goal ranks as the fifth-latest in the program’s 19-year history. The total places her in a tie for first among the league’s scorers and a tie for sixth among the nation’s goal leaders.


About the Wildcats:

Kentucky is one of three teams tied for second in the SEC standings with 15 points, just a point behind LSU. The Wildcats have five SEC wins, including the last four (at Auburn 1-0; Georgia 1-0, at Mississippi State 3-1, at Vanderbilt 2-1, Tennessee 4-1). The Wildcats’ lone league loss came versus Arkansas (3-0) in the second match of the 2013 SEC season. Junior Stuart Pope leads UK with nine goals and shares first in points at 22 with junior and two-time All-SEC member Arin Gilliland, who is the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Week after turning in a hat-trick last Friday versus Tennessee. Kentucky was 14-8-1 in 2012 and finished fourth in the SEC with an 8-4-1. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Championships’ field in 2012, falling 5-0 at UCLA in the second round.


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.

Kentucky – The Wildcats are picked to finish third in SEC.



Florida is ranked No. 8 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and Kentucky is No. 23.




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