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The Florida-USF match Sunday is the first soccer match to be played at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

Saturday August 23, 2014Florida soccer continues home action Sunday versus South Florida; Match at Dizney Stadium

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida-USF match Sunday is the first soccer match to be played at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The opening weekend of the Gators’ 2014 soccer season continues when South Florida visits Gainesville on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. This will be the first soccer match played at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

 

Sunday’s Match Info:

Preseason No. 8 Florida (1-0, 0-0 SEC) versus South Florida (0-1, 0-0 AAC)

 

Date & Time: Aug. 24, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET


Site: Donald R. Dizney Stadium (1,500)

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 20th season @ UF (420-113-34/25th season overall – 338-90-28/UF), Denise Schilte-Brown (154-149-43/17th season overall and 61-50-25/starting eighth season at USF)

 

Television: none

 

Streaming Audio: Gatorzone.com

 

Streaming video: SECNetwork+

 

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

 

 

Admission:  free for all Gator home regular-season matches

 

Promotions: Drawstring bag giveaway - first 500 fans Sunday receive a free drawstring bag; See what a buck buys at Gator Soccer - stop by the concession stand to get a popcorn and a 12 ounce soda – each for just one dollar.

 

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

 

 

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Florida opened its season Friday with a 3-0 home win versus Miami. USF dropped a 1-0 decision to Florida Atlantic in its opener Friday at the Corbett Stadium in Tampa.

 

Two Places to Call Home

During the course of the Gators’ seven home-match schedule, the team will play at two venues – James G. Pressly Stadium and Dizney Stadium. Both of Florida’s regular-season home matches set for Sundays will be played at Dizney Stadium, which will also include the Sept. 28 Missouri match.

 

Playing at Dizney Stadium during the regular season gives Florida venue options if the Gators are fortunate to be in position to host post-season action. A team needs to play at least two matches at a venue to have that site eligible for post-season play.

 

Last Meeting Between Florida-USF:

When UF and USF met last season in Tampa, the Gators trailed after the Bulls scored an early goal. Despite many good looks at the goal, it took until the 74th minute for the Gators to find the equalizer when Havana Solaun scored from six-yards off the cross from Claire Falknor. The final 1-1 2OT result was the first tie in the four-match all-time series (UF leads 3-0-1).

 

In the Gators’ 2014 Opener:

A 3-0 season-opening win over Miami Friday at Pressly Stadium pushed the Gators’ all-time record in home debuts to 18-2. The match was delayed an hour due to lightning, but the Gators quickly got on the board once it started.

 

Senior Jillian Graff scored the first of her two goals of the evening when she deflected a UM clearance attempt and then put the loose ball in from one yard. A trio of Gator seniors combined to give UF its second goal in the 65th minute. Graff scored again off the assists from Solaun and Annie Speese. It was the first double-goal match of Graff’s Gator career.

 

Sophomore Savannah Jordan pushed the lead to 3-0 when she fought off her defender to head in a UM clearance mis-touch from five yards in the 69th minute.

 

The 2014 Gators:

The 2014 Gator team is made up of 25 players, which is fairly evenly split between upper and lower classmen, as 12 are either freshmen or sophomores while the remaining 13 are juniors or seniors. Florida returns all its starters from the 2013 team that reached the NCAA Second Round.

A pair of Gators appeared on the 2013 NSCAA All-America second-team – junior defender Christen Westphal and sophomore forward Savannah Jordan. Joining Westphal and Jordan on the 2013 NSCAA All-South Region team were midfielder Havana Solaun and goalkeeper Taylor Burke

·         Twelve of the Gators’ top 13 points contributors return in 2014, including Jordan whose total of 22 goals was just one behind the nation’s 2013 leader.

 

·         Three Gators – Jordan, Solaun and Westphal – are among the 63 Division I players on Preseason MAC Hermann Watch List. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

 

·         The trio also appears among TopDrawerSoccer.com’s preseason Best XI teams. Jordan is one of three forwards on the first team. Solaun (midfield) and Westphal (defender) appear on the second team.

 

·         Burke’s 2013 goals-against-average of 0.543 ranked No. 13 among NCAA Division I goalkeepers and set Gators’ season GAA record.

 

·         Florida’s returns its backline (Tessa Andjuar, Claire Falknor, Karina Gutsche and Westphal), a group which helped limit opponents to a total of 15 goals in 2013. That number of goals allowed is the lowest for UF since the 12 allowed in 2007 and is the third-lowest total in the program’s 19-year history. The Gators’ 2013 team GAA of 0.61 is the program’s third-lowest.

 

The five-member freshman class has played with state, regional, national and/or international teams, including defender Courtney Douglas. The Canadian has represented Jamaica in CONCACAF Under-17 and Under-20 play. Jessie Holmes was a four-year member of the Cal North ’96 state and Region IV ODP teams.Cassie Owens was a member of FC Boulder 18U team which won the 2013 National Premier League Champions Cup in Aurora, Colorado. Talise Romain, a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com, was member of Region II team which won ’96 age group title at the 2012 and 2013 US Youth Soccer Interregional Thanksgiving Tournaments.

Betsy Middleton joins the Gators after playing her freshman season at Miami (Florida). She appeared in each of the Hurricanes’ 18 matches in 2013, including starting the final 11. Her first collegiate goal was the overtime winner at Milwaukee.

 

Preseason Conference Votes:

Florida shared the 2013 Southeastern Conference title with Texas A&M as each team posted 9-2 league records. USF took 10th in the American Athletic Conference with its 4-3-3 league record.

Florida – The Gators are picked to win the Southeastern Conference.

USF – The Bulls are picked to finish fourth in American Athletic Conference play in 2014. Central Florida is the preseason pick to win the AAC.

 

Rankings:

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

 

 

 

 

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