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Florida faces Jacksonville in NCAA Opening Round play on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

Friday November 15, 2013No. 2 region seed Florida opens NCAA Soccer play with home match versus Jacksonville

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida faces Jacksonville in NCAA Opening Round play on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 2 region seed Florida and Jacksonville meet for the fourth time overall and the first time in post-season action when the teams face each other for NCAA Championships’ opening round play Saturday afternoon at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

 

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Saturday’s Match Info:

No. 2 region seed Florida (17-4-1, 9-2 SEC) versus Jacksonville (12-7-1, 6-3 A-Sun)

 

Date & Time: Nov. 16, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

Site: James G. Pressly Stadium (4,500) – gates open at 1 p.m.

Parking: Parking is available in the Pressly Stadium lot. Other parking locations near Pressly Stadium with lifted restrictions on Saturday include the UF Law School and Fraternity Row.

 

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 19th season @ UF (418-112-34/24th season overall – 336-89-28/UF), Brian Copham (62-40-16/sixth season overall and at JU)

 

Television: none

 

Radio: none

 

Streaming video: complementary streaming video on GatorVision

 

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

 

Admission:  $7 for adults and $3 for youth 12 & under/senior citizens – contact the UAA Ticket Office at 352-375-4683 x6800 or 1-800-34GATOR, ext. 6800 (state of Florida only)

 

NCAA Championships’ field: Complete bracket

 

Florida NCAA history: The Gators are making their 17th appearance in the NCAA Championships’ field

 

 

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Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for youth 12 and under and senior citizen. Match time is set for 2 p.m.

 

UF is one of 32 programs playing host to 2013 NCAA First Round action this weekend. The tournament schedule for the next four weeks is 1-2-1-2. First round play will be Nov. 15 or 16. The second and third rounds of play will be conducted next weekend (Nov. 22 and 24) at eight campus sites. NCAA Quarterfinal action will be held Nov. 29, 30 or Dec. 1 on four campus sites with the Women’s College Cup set for Dec. 6-8 in Cary, N.C., at the WakeMed Soccer Park.

 

Against the NCAA Field:

Florida is 6-3 against teams in the 2013 tournament field. The Gators have registered wins against No. 4 regional seed Texas A&M (Oct. 27), Minnesota (Sept. 13), Oklahoma State (Sept. 8), Kentucky (Oct. 18), and Mississippi (Sep. 27 and Nov. 8). UF has losses versus No. 1 region seed Florida State (Aug. 30), No. 3 region seed South Carolina (Oct. 4) and Texas A&M (Nov. 10).

 

Last Weekend:

Last week in Orange Beach, Ala., Florida lost 2-1 to No. 21 Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference Tournament final. It was Florida’s 15th appearance in the SEC Tournament final in the program’s 19-year history. Junior Annie Speese gave the Gators a 1-0 halftime lead, but two goals from the Aggies gave them their first SEC Tournament win. Florida opened its 2013 SEC Tournament play Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Arkansas. The only goal of the match came from Savannah Jordan, the SEC Offensive Player and SEC Freshman of the Year. Then Florida used a 2-1 win over No. 22 Mississippi in semifinal action to advance to the final. Both Gator goals came within a seven-minute span. Jordan scored the first off the assist from Lauren Smith. Then Lauren Smith was fouled entering the box and Havana Solaun successfully converted the penalty kick.

 

About the Dolphins:

This is the first NCAA appearance for Jacksonville since 2006. The Dolphins earned the Atlantic Sun Conference’s automatic berth with a 5-3 penalty kick advantage over Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 10 in Ft. Myers, Fla. The two teams played to a 0-0 double overtime decision, forcing penalty kicks. JU took second in A-Sun regular-season play with its 6-3 league record. This will be Jacksonville’s first NCAA appearance under head coach Brian Copham. Junior Kaitlyn Bassett leads JU with 13 goals and 30 points. Senior Ally Lee is the 2013 Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year. Sierra has started 17 of the Dolphins’ 20 matches in goal this season and owns a GAA of 1.07.

 

Series Record:

Florida leads the all-time series 3-0. The last meeting between the two teams came in 2010 (UF 6-0 win).

 

2013 Conference Finish:

Florida – Gators shared 2013 SEC regular-season title with Texas A&M as each turned in 9-2 records. Texas A&M defeated Florida 2-1 in the SEC Tournament final.

Jacksonville – The Dolphins took second in Atlantic Sun regular-season action with a 6-3 record. JU claimed the A-Sun’s NCAA automatic berth with a 5-3 penalty kick advantage over regular-season champion Florida Gulf Coast in the tournament final after the two teams played to a scoreless tie.

 

Rankings:

Florida is ranked No. 6 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

 

 

 

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