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The Gators' 2013 season ended Friday with a 1-0 loss at Duke in NCAA Second Round action.

Friday November 22, 2013Florida soccer loses 1-0 at Duke in NCAA Second Round


The Gators' 2013 season ended Friday with a 1-0 loss at Duke in NCAA Second Round action.

DURHAM, N.C. – The Florida soccer team lost 1-0 to Duke in Friday’s NCAA Second Round action at the Koskinen Stadium.


Friday’s NCAA Second Round Scores

Duke 1, No. 2 Florida 0

No. 1 North Carolina 4, Indiana 0

No. 1 Virginia 1, Georgetown 0

No. 4 Santa Clara 2, Boston University 1

Illinois 4, No. 3 Portland 3

Boston College 4, No. 2 Nebraska 1

No. 3 Michigan 3, Illinois State 0

No. 1 Virginia Tech 1, West Virginia 0

Stanford 1, No. 3 South Carolina 0 OT

No. 4 Texas A&M 2, Texas Tech 2 (TA&M 4-3 PK)

Wake Forest 1, No. 4 Penn State 0

Notre Dame 1, Western Michigan 0

Arkansas 1, St. John’s 0


Number indicates regional seed

Duke now advances to the NCAA Third Round to play Arkansas. The Razorbacks, making their first NCAA appearance, defeated the Red Storm 1-0 in Friday’s opening match at the Durham site.


The Blue Devils scored off their only corner kick of the opening half. Senior Natasha Anasi tucked in the ball served up by Mollie Pathman and touch out wide by Kim DeCesare at the far post for her second goal of the season at the 21 minute mark.


The best opportunity of the opening half came in the 25th minute when senior Caroline Triglia’s 20-yard curving shot was headed to far post. DU’s Meghan Thomas, as she did on each of Florida’s four shots on goal in the opening half, made the stop.


The Gators had another nice look in the 75th minute when, from deep in the left flank, junior Christen Westphal sent a ball to the six-yard box. Savannah Jordan got a touch on it but the shot couldn’t get past Thomas. Late in the half, junior Jillian Graff took an 18-yard shot which headed to the far post but Thomas again made the stop.


RECORDS: Florida (18-5-1, 9-2 SEC); Duke (9-8-5, 5-5-3 ACC). In NCAA play, Florida is 25-15-3 in its 17th NCAA appearance and Duke 26-17-7 in its 20th appearance.


THE SERIES: Florida leads the series 6-4-2. In Durham, DU leads 2-2-1


Opening Statement:

“I was really proud of them. Sometimes our sport … is a little bit cruel in the sense you can dominate a game and not win. I was really proud of our team tonight.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


On Duke’s goal:

“Well it was a corner. They had a good service to the back post. Their player played a ball back in and it was the second ball that got us.” - Florida coach Becky Burleigh


On Duke’s defense in the second half:

“They were trying to protect that 1-0 lead and they were just bunkering, putting lots of numbers behind the ball. I felt like we just needed a couple good quality serves. We did have some good looks and the keeper came up with a big save. We just weren’t able to stick one in the back of the net. We did everything but.” - Florida coach Becky Burleigh


On the season:

“I’m really proud of where this team came from and where we are now. It’s really tough for the seniors because this is the end for them. But for that group that returns, we laid some major groundwork. I’m really excited for what the future holds for this team.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


On tonight’s match:

“We got one down in the game and I think our team changed our rhythm, but once we came back for the second half I thought we started to establish our rhythm again. We were playing great.” – junior defender Lauren Silver


On the growth of this team over the course of the season:

“These are core values we work on with our team – loyalty, heart, responsibility, passion. I think that our team demonstrated that through the entire season. The team that we were at the beginning is not us tonight. We are a completely different team and with every obstacle that was placed in front of us we have molded, changed and adapted. From the beginning to the end, it’s been a journey but we’ve all grown. The love we have for each and every teammate has grown exponentially and that was shown tonight.” – junior defender Lauren Silver


On tonight’s match:

“I think we fought as hard as we could. We definitely fought for the full 90 minutes. Duke was able to score early off a corner and they did a good job of holding that lead the rest of the way. They played great defense and we had a few opportunities but Duke just played a great game.


“I’m really proud of the team. We thank our seniors for their four years that they gave. It is going to be hard to see that group leave.” – junior goalkeeper Taylor Burke


The Gators made their 17th appearance in the NCAA field in the program’s 19-year history in 2013…Florida’s senior class – Maggie Rodgers, Haley Reeb, Taylor Travis and Caroline Triglia – finish with a four-year career record of 73-20-5 (0.770)…that total of wins ranks among the nation’s top five in NCAA Division I programs…Taylor Burke’s season goals-against-average of 0.543 is the lowest in school history (previous low – 0.567 by Jordan Kellgren in 1999)…Friday’s play saw five regionally seeded teams – No. 2 Florida, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Portland, No. 3 South Carolina, No. 4 Penn State – all losing in the second round.

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@UFGatorSoccer (Becky Burleigh)


Scoring Summary:























DU: Natasha Anasi (Mollie Pathman, Kim DeCesare) 21:00









Taylor Burke





Meghan Thomas









Statistical Summary:








Shots on goal












Corner Kicks









NCAA Field (Region that contains Florida)

* - denotes host institution






*Virginia Tech (16-4-2)





Virginia Tech 2-0



UMBC (13-5-2)






Virginia Tech 1-0


Rutgers (13-4-4)





WVU 0-0 2OT (WVU 3-0 PK)



*West Virginia (16-3-2)








*Boston U (14-3-4)





Boston U 1-0



Harvard (12-3-2)






Santa Clara 2-1


California (11-4-5)





Santa Clara 2-1



*Santa Clara (14-4-1)




*UCF (16-2-4)





St. John’s 3-1



St. John’s (NY) (11-5-3)






Arkansas 1-0


Arkansas (13-8)





Arkansas 2-1



*Oklahoma State (9-6-6)








*Colorado College (15-4-2)





Duke 1-1 2OT (DU 5-3 PK)



Duke (8-8-4)






Duke 1-0


Jacksonville (12-7-1)





Florida 2-0



*Florida (17-4-1)





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