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Lauren Smith gets ready to score her second goal of the evening in Friday's Gators Kicking for the Cure match.

Friday October 18, 2013No. 8 Gator soccer wins 3-0 over No. 23 Kentucky

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Lauren Smith gets ready to score her second goal of the evening in Friday's Gators Kicking for the Cure match.

Three goals from a pair of players gave the Florida soccer team a 3-0 win over Kentucky Friday evening in front of 1,235 fans at the James G. Pressly Stadium.


Friday’s SEC Scores

No. 8 Florida 3, No. 23 Kentucky 0

No. 24 Mississippi 1, LSU 0

Missouri 2, No. 7 South Carolina 1

Texas A&M 3, Alabama 0

Georgia 5, Mississippi State 0

Tennessee 1, Auburn 1 2OT

Arkansas 5, Vanderbilt 4 OT

Florida scored first in the seventh minute when Havana Solaun sent a ball into the box from just above the end line. It took a bounce at top of six-yard box. Sophomore Lauren Smith took a touch and then put it in the left corner with her right foot. The Gators scored again late in the opening half when Lauren Silver spied Liz Slattery running down the middle of the field. Silver placed the ball about eight yard above the box where Slattery ran onto it, took a touch and then took a hard shot with her right foot which scored just inside the near post.  


Lauren Smith earned her first collegiate multi-goal match with her long, left-footed strike in the 56th minute. The play started when Solaun’s hard shot from the top of the 18-yard box kicked off the crossbar. The deflected ball was eventually controlled by Solaun, now above and wide of the box. Her centering pass found Lauren Smith coming down the middle of the field. Smith took a touch and put in a 20-yard low, hard shot to the far post.  



·         Lauren Smith is the third Gator to have a multi-goal match this season. Savannah Jordan has registered four and Solaun has one.

·         Silver now ups her season total of assists to six, which now shares first among the 2013 Gators. The six marks Silver’s collegiate-high season total for assists.

·         Both of the primary assists for Lauren Smith’s goals came from Solaun. The two assists ups her season total to five, which is third among the Gators.


RECORDS: Florida (11-3-1, 5-2 SEC); Kentucky (11-3-1, 5-2 SEC).


THE SERIES: Florida leads the series 19-3-2 all-time.


Talk about the effort tonight:

“I think it was one of our more complete games of the season so far.  I think that our tactics of our outside backs getting forward really put a damper on their offense and we sort of got to dictate what we wanted them to do at that point.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


On Lauren Smith’s two goals:

“What was good about it was the ball movement.  On couple of those goals, the ball switched from one side of the field to the other and that’s what created the opening for her to have the space in the middle. All three goals were great strikes. We hit the post, what three times? Some great, great opportunities.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


On her first multi-goal game:

“It’s a great feeling. I feel like the team did an awesome job in setting me up and just playing great. I’m glad I got to execute when I needed to.” – sophomore Lauren Smith


Coach Burleigh said this was on the team’s most complete games of the season. Do you agree?:

“I think that’s completely true. I think everyone is really loyal to each other. We played really hard and you could really tell that we wanted to win the game together.” – sophomore Lauren Smith


Both of the final assists on your goals came from Havana Solaun. Talk about the connection between you two tonight:

“I think we connected really well. I called her name once and she played me a great ball both times. I was really lucky that she had her head in the game, and I was able to get those opportunities from her.” – sophomore Lauren Smith


On how comfortable she is taking long shots:

“I’m comfortable with it. I don’t really get to do it a lot, but Lauren Silver, she was able to compose the ball and hold it for a while on the outside. And I just saw that opening and she just played a really good ball through to me, and I just took a touch. If the opportunity is going to present itself then I’m going to take that shot.” – freshman Liz Slattery


On the win:

“I think that tonight we finished opportunities. I think that, in the past, we’ve been creating good opportunities, but tonight I think we put them in the back of the net. We were really just working for each other.” – junior Havana Solaun


What about Florida’s possession tonight?

“We really put a lot of emphasis on this game about playing with a two-touch rhythm, trying to really make sure that we were showing for each other in a way that you could play in a two-touch rhythm.  So whether you play in a two-touch rhythm or not, is not really the point.  It’s about how the people show around you, thinking you might only have two touches.  When you have a lot of options, I just felt like people were moving and it’s difficult to defend that.” - Florida coach Becky Burleigh


Tonight was the Kicking for the Cure match and Gators put the Orange & Blue aside to wear pink to show their support in the fight against breast cancer…Lauren Smith got a goal with each foot Friday – the left-handed Smith used her right foot for her opening half score and her left for the second goal…Solaun’s last double-assist match came versus Auburn in the 2012 SEC Tournament title match…Three players who didn’t make last Friday’s trip to Mississippi State due to injuries – Annie Bobbitt, Pamela Begič and Taylor Travis – all were back versus Kentucky…the shutout was the eighth of the season for the Gators…it was Kentucky’s first shutout since it opened league play with a 3-0 loss at Auburn…the shutout was the 19h of Taylor Burke’s career, moving her into a tie for third on Florida’s career solo shutouts list.



The Gators continue home action when it meets LSU (9-4-2, 5-1-1 SEC) on Sunday, Oct. 20. It is Senior Day and Florida’s four seniors – Haley Reeb, Maggie Rodgers, Taylor Travis and Caroline Triglia – will be honored in a pre-match ceremony. Match time is set for 1 p.m. ET at Pressly Stadium and admission is free. LSU suffered its first SEC loss 1-0 to Mississippi on Friday in Baton Rouge and now stands second in the league standings.


Sunday’s match airs live on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable 1048). Audio and stats are available on and streaming video can be seen on ESPN3.

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Scoring Summary:























UF: Lauren Smith (Havana Solaun, Claire Falknor) 6:53

UF: Liz Slattery (Lauren Silver) 42:08

UF: Lauren Smith (Solaun) 56:23








Kayla King





Ayanna Parker





Taylor Burke









Statistical Summary:








Shots on goal












Corner Kicks









Cautions: YC-UK #Team (45:00); YC- Begič/UF (69:59);


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