Gator Sports Recap: Sunday, October 20
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida soccer team collected its second 3-0 win of the weekend, defeating LSU Sunday afternoon at the James G. Pressly Stadium.
Savannah Jordan<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/soccer/pages/season_info/player_bios/Jordan_Savannah.php> scored her first of two opening half goals when she connected with a fellow freshman. The ball from Pamela Begič<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/soccer/pages/season_info/player_bios/begic_pamela.php> found Jordan in the box. Jordan and her defender challenged for the ball but Jordan won the joust to place the ball in from 12 yards. Later in the half, Jordan received the box, took a couple of touches to make space and then placed a low 16-yard shot to the far corner. The goals up her season total to 15.
A free kick just above the box pushed the Gator lead to 3-0. The Tigers were whistled for a hand ball just above the box. Junior Annie Speese’s<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/soccer/pages/season_info/player_bios/speese_annie.php> shot dipped over the wall and into the goal to give the Gators’ season assist co-leader her first goal of 2013 and the 15th of her career.
GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:
· Two goals by Jordan gives the freshman her fifth multi-goal match of the season.
· Speese now has three free-kick goals and today’s was the first since Nov. 18, 2011
RECORDS: Florida (12-3-1, 6-2 SEC); LSU (9-5-2, 5-2-1 SEC).
THE SERIES: Florida leads the series 14-1-2 all-time.
First six point SEC weekend, how does it feel?
“It feels really good. It feels great, especially in the way that we did it, it was a real team effort and I just want to say a special shout out to the seniors too. They’ve left a really big legacy for this program and we’re happy to send them out on a positive note.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh
On using the space on the field…
“I think we just have to keep getting better and better on our ball movement and the movement off the ball. Those two things this weekend were excellent. If we can do it in this space, then we know we can do it anywhere. We take it on the road this week and then we come back for our home finale on Sunday. There are no easy games left and we just have to keep doing what we’re doing.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh
Can you sense the team’s confidence growing from this?
“When we play well, it easy to feel, and not just see, but feel. You can tell. We get rhythm, we start playing one-two-touch, we move off the ball, and I think that gives our team a lot of confidence when that happens.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh
How much momentum did winning Friday help the team this weekend?
“I think that certainly helped. I think getting off to a good start on these weekends and again, not having to play everybody 90 minutes. We played a lot of people on Friday and I think that was an advantage for us today because it was a little warm out here and we got to use a lot of players and I think that helps.” - Florida coach Becky Burleigh
On getting two goals:
“I think our team has been playing great these last couple of games, moving the ball really well. I think it just opened up for me and I was excited to get the goals.” – freshman Savannah Jordan
On her first goal of the season:
“We’ve been working a lot on free kicks in practice and I just had a good feeling when I stepped up to it. Havana (Solaun) looked at me and said ‘Speese, you’re going to make this.’ So I was like ‘Okay I can put this in.’ I don’t think the keeper could see it until it was over the wall.” – junior Annie Speese
On getting two big wins this weekend:
“That’s huge for us. We really needed that confidence boost. Coming off of last weekend I think we’re starting to get some momentum and hopefully we can continue that going forward.” – junior Annie Speese
On this past week spent at U.S. Under-18 Training Camp:
“I think it was great. I had some great training down there with some amazing players, great coaches. I learned a lot. I was definitely a little tired when I came back, but it was good coming into the team playing so well and they were all really supportive of me. I’m glad we came out this weekend with those two great wins.” – freshman Savannah Jordan
Today’s win moves Florida from a four-way tie for third to a two-way tie for second in the Southeastern Conference standings with three matches remaining…the Gators share second with Kentucky at 18 points each and Texas A&M tops the league with 21 points…a team receives three points for a win and one point for a tie toward the league standings…today was Florida’s Senior Day and the careers of Haley Reeb<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/soccer/pages/season_info/player_bios/reeb_haley.php>, Maggie Rodgers<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/soccer/pages/season_info/player_bios/rodgers_maggie.php>, Taylor Travis<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/soccer/pages/season_info/player_bios/travis_taylor.php> and Caroline Triglia<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/soccer/pages/season_info/player_bios/triglia_caroline.php> were celebrated in a pre-match ceremony…Jordan and Vanderbilt’s Cheyne Williams now lead the league with 15 goals each (all matches)…the shutout was the ninth of the season for the Gators…LSU was shutout in both of its matches this weekend (lost 1-0 to No. 23 Mississippi Friday) – prior to this weekend, the Tigers were last shutout Sept. 13 in 4-0 loss to Stephen F. Austin.…freshman Nora Neset Gjøen<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/soccer/pages/season_info/player_bios/Gjoen_Nora_Neset.php> earned her third solo shutout today… Gjøen wore pink in goal today, as the Gators wore pink uniforms Friday for the Kicking for the Cure match and today was the first opportunity for the goalkeepers to wear pink in support in the fight against breast cancer.
Florida is ranked No. 8 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)<http://www.nscaatv.com/rankings/2559/NCAADivisionI/women/National/Poll8> poll and LSU is No. 25 by College Sports Madness<http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/womens-soccer/top-25-rankings>.
The Gators’ final full weekend of league play is an away-home weekend. Play begins at Tennessee (7-6-3, 2-4-2 SEC) on Friday, Oct. 25. Match time is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Regal Soccer Stadium. Tennessee lost 2-1 at Arkansas Sunday.
Friday’s match airs live on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable 1048). Audio<http://www.gatorvision.tv/mediaPortal/player.dbml?&catid=0&DB_OEM_ID=6500> and stats are available on GatorZone.com<http://www.gatorzone.com/_dev/recap-format/25545.html>.
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