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Annie Speese celebrates her second goal with Havana Solaun (No. 19). UF defeated USF 2-0 Sunday.

Sunday August 24, 2014Preseason No. 8 Florida Soccer Finishes Opening Weekend with 2-0 win versus South Florida

Gainesville, Fla.

Annie Speese celebrates her second goal with Havana Solaun (No. 19). UF defeated USF 2-0 Sunday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two Gator goals following a weather delay gave the University of Florida soccer team a 2-0 win over South Florida Sunday afternoon at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium.


The match was delayed for 1:40 due to lightning in the area. The players were called off the field with 31:20 remaining in the second half of a scoreless match.


Both goals came from senior Annie Speese. Her first came just under 10 minutes after play resumed. The deflection of a Gator shot came off a USF player and Speese placed it in from seven yards at 67:06.


The final goal of the match started when senior Tessa Andjuar made an endline cross. Havana Solaun made a quick move to free herself from her defender and then sent the ball to Speese, who scored in the 85th minute from 12 yards to the far post.


USF junior Diana Saenz was given a red card at 75:42 and the Bulls played the remainder of the match with a player down.


Gators Stars

·         Today was Speese’s fifth double goal match of her career. Her last was Oct. 9, 2012 versus Alabama.

·         The shutout was the 25th for Gator goalkeeper Taylor Burke. The career record for solo shutouts of 27 is owned by Katie Fraine.



Florida (2-0, 0-0 SEC); South Florida (0-2, 0-0 AAC).


The Series:

Florida is now 4-0-1 versus South Florida including 4-0 in home action.


What They Said:

How did you think the team performed today?

“I thought we did a really good job today of having numbers in the box. We have to get better at our execution of services and our ability to receive the service but we are getting endline a lot. That is something we just need to do some repetitions to improve that.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


Gators performance today

“There was a lot of adversity today to deal with. We came out kind of sluggish in the second half. Then there was the rain delay. We’ve already experienced weather delays, but this was the first to cut off the rhythm in the middle of the game. That can be tough to deal with. I thought we did a good job of getting back out and getting focused.” – senior Annie Speese


What changed after the rain delay to get the two goals:

“It was just execution. It came down to use being a little bit sharper, little bit more focused and completing our passes. Tessa (Andujar) and Lauren (Silver) were working them endline the whole game. We finally got on the end of a couple of their crosses.” – senior Annie Speese


How does it feel to see one of your crosses contribute to a goal?

“It’s really nice because I do run a lot up and down the field. Executing on my crosses feel really good for all the running I do. It is nice to have the support of the forwards. They really work to get in there and get in the right gaps to score goals.” – senior Tessa Andujar


How does the Gators depth help the team?

“Our depth is an asset. There are so many people that can go for us. Everyone knows they can go all out on the field and they can recover because there is someone coming in just as good.” – senior Tessa Andujar


Another shutout today:

“For us, defending starts from our very front forward. Our backline takes a lot of pride in shutouts as well as our whole team. They get a lot of help when people double down when players go past them. The more we grow in that team defense, the better we are going to be.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


It seemed like a physical match today.

“This is always been a really hard game. I don’t think we have ever played them and it’s been an easy game. Emotions always run high and it always seems to be a very physical game. I thought for the most part we did a pretty good job of staying out of that fray.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


Worth Noting
This was the first soccer match played at Dizney Stadium. The Gators will play both of their regular-season home dates at Dizney. The next appearance at the stadium will be Sept. 28 when Missouri visits for a match which will air live on ESPNU.


The last time Florida played a team man-down after a red-card was at Mississippi State in 2013. Florida won that match 1-0 2OT with Savannah Jordan heading in the golden goal in less than two minutes after the Bulldogs went down to 10 players.


Florida has played two matches this season and both have been delayed due to weather.


Preseason Conference Votes:

Florida shared the 2013 Southeastern Conference title with Texas A&M as each team posted 9-2 league records. South Florida took fourth in the Atlantic Coast 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 AAC. UCF is the preseason pick to win the AAC.



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


Next up:

Florida begins a six-match road stretch next weekend in the state of Oklahoma. The weekend opens at Oklahoma on Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET and the match airs on Fox College Sports Atlantic. Then the Gators face Oklahoma State on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. ET.


The Sooners opened the 2014 season with a 2-0 win over Oklahoma State and tied Utah 1-1 double overtime on Sunday.


Both matches from the Sooner State can be heard live on

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South Florida (0-2-0) vs Florida (2-0-0)


Attendance: 379


Stadium: Donald R. Dizney Stadium


Weather: Mostly Sunny, 91 deg. Wind: NE at 6 mph



Goals by Period






South Florida













Scoring Summary:





Goal Scorer






Annie Speese(1)

Savannah Jordan  Jillian Graff

7 yards in front





Annie Speese(2)

Havana Solaun  Tessa Andujar

12 yards in front



Shots: South Florida 3, Florida 12

Saves: South Florida 4 (Katarina Elliott 4) , Florida 2 (Taylor Burke 2)

At 3:05 pm match suspended because of lightning in the area for 1 hour and 40 minutes



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