Gator Soccer Downs Jacksonville in NCAA Opening Round
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida soccer team defeated Jacksonville 2-0 in Saturday's NCAA Opening Round action at the James G. Pressly Stadium.
Florida now advances to the NCAA Second Round to play Duke. The Blue Devils played Colorado College to a 1-1 tie Saturday and advanced with a 5-3 penalty kick advantage.
Florida's first goal also was the first of the season for junior Tessa Anduja. Freshman Savannah Jordan, from the top of the box, one-touched the ball wide to Andujar on the left flank. She received the pass and let it take a couple of bounces toward the box as she sized up her options. The ball she sent from 20 yards scored upper slot at the far post in the 31st minute.
A corner kick from Annie Speese was touched in at the near post by freshman Meggie Dougherty Howard to give the Gators the final margin in the 57th minute. It was the second goal for Dougherty Howard and she scored her first at Florida International also off a corner kick.
GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:
* Andujar is the 13th different Gator to score a goal in 2013. She started her Gator career as a midfielder and moved to outside back in the latter portion of her freshman season. Andjuar scored two goals in the Gators' opening seven matched in 2011, with the last being the first goal scored versus Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 11.
* Florida has scored five goals off of corner kicks this season - with two coming from Dougherty Howard.
* Burke turned in her ninth solo shutout of the season - a career high. She turned in eight as a freshman in 2011.
RECORDS: Florida (18-4-1, 9-2 SEC); Jacksonville (12-8-1, 6-3 A-Sun). In NCAA play, Florida is 25-14 in 17th appearance and Jacksonville is 0-3 in its third appearance.
THE SERIES: Florida leads the series 4-0.
On today's win:
"Well I think, for us, it's move on and advance and that's important. We did a great job of really shutting down their offense, and not allowing them any opportunities. We created a lot of chances, probably should have scored a few more and we had one called back. But at this stage in the game, it's all about move on and advance." - Florida coach Becky Burleigh
On her first goal of the season:
"It wasn't intended for a goal. I was trying to cross it and I kind of mishit it, and I was lucky it went in. I was excited though.
"I think Savannah (Jordan) passed it over to me and I knew I should just take it down the line and then cross it over back to her. So that's what I tried to do, but I guess it just went in. It was lucky. It was really lucky." - junior defender Tessa Andujar
Can you take me through that first goal, it just looked like it was an intended cross and it just happened to find its way into the back of the net.
"Yeah, I don't know. I think I misread it, personally. She tried to go back post and I tried to go top hand with it and it just kind of went by. I don't know, not much to say about it. It was a good shot and what she tried to do she succeeded at it, but I just take that goal and learn from it. Next time just time myself a little better." - junior goalkeeper Sarah Sierra
On the difficulty of the set piece goal that she scored:
"I think a lot of it was the corner kick and Annie (Speese) just played a great ball in. It just takes a touch so I just tried to get something on it and get in front of the girl to put it away." - freshman midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard
On winning the game:
"Like Becky said, we kind of had a little bit of a shaky start to the game. I think it just took a little bit of refocusing at halftime, and coming out and focusing on what we do well and keeping the ball and moving it. And ultimately we got the win and now we're going to go into this week and fix some things and get ready for next week" - junior midfielder Annie Speese
On who was stepping up because of Havana Solaun's absence:
"I think it was a coordinated team effort. You know there's certain things that people do like Annie saying she's taking more shots. I think that's important. We need more offensive production there. I think other people did it by working harder on defense. I think other people did it by winning balls in the air, so it's just kind of a community effort." - Florida coach Becky Burleigh
On Jacksonville's effort today:
"We knew that coming into today it was going to be a hard task and we were playing against a very good team. We needed our side of things to stay organized and compete on every chance on the defensive side, compete every time the ball came to our end, compete for crosses, blocked shots, those kinds of things. Obviously we knew we would create a couple of chances, not as many as they would, but take advantage of those chances. I was incredibly proud of the effort of our girls today. Obviously we don't want to be in this session, we would like to be in the next one, but I am incredibly proud of them for not only the effort but the fight that they put up throughout the entire 90 minutes today." - Jacksonville coach Brian Copham
Florida advances to NCAA Second Round action for the eighth consecutive season...the Gators are making their 17th appearance in the NCAA field in the program's 19-year history...the 2-0 win today marks the 13th shutout for the Gators in 2013...JU's Sarah Sierra's 12 saves today is the season-high by an opponent's goalkeeper (previous high was nine at South Florida)...Burke's career total of solo shutouts is now 23 - second all-time for the Gators and four behind Florida's career leader Katie Fraine (27)...junior co-captain and 2013 All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection Havana Solaun is sidelined after tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament in the Nov. 10 match versus Texas A&M...all six of the SEC teams in the 2013 NCAA Championships advanced to the second round...the only other year all SEC teams advanced past the first round was 2003.
Florida is ranked No. 6 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
The Gators continue NCAA Championship action on Friday, Nov. 22 when it faces Duke. Site and time will be announced by the NCAA later this weekend.
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