Gainesville, FL - In four minutes’ time, the No. 6-ranked Gator
soccer team used a blistering offensive attack en route to a 7-1 win
over Mississippi State (7-5, 0-3 Southeastern Conference)
UF (9-1-1, 3-0 SEC) was just relieved to be home after not having a
match at James G. Pressly Stadium in 28 days. The Gators’ match
Friday, “Kicking for the Cure,” was meant to raise understanding on
the opening day of breast cancer awareness month. Donning pink tie-dye
shirts in pregame warmups, players gathered in mid-September to create
the shirts and they were given to the first 400 fans. A crowd of 1,347
was on hand to welcome the team after its long home lay off.
“What is it not like playing here?” said redshirt sophomore
McKenzie Barney. “It’s such an honor to put on a show for (the
fans). Love making them cheer.”
And the pink-clad fans saw plenty to cheer about. In the seventh
minute, Taylor Travis — named SEC Freshman Soccer Player of the Week
— received a ball from Barney, but was tripped up and failed to
convert. The ball dribbled dangerously to Erika Tymrak, but Bulldog
keeper Skylar Rosson managed the save.
Then the clock struck nine minutes and the next 240 seconds saw the
Gators use five shots to build a 3-0 lead.
In the 10th minute, Travis found an open Nicky Kit speeding down the
left side. Kit seemingly tapped the ball to Barney at the foot of the
keeper’s box, but she dummied it and let the ball drift, untouched, to
Tymrak who was waiting in the box. It was Tymrak’s third goal of the
season and second consecutive Friday night match with a goal.
In the 13th minute, Tahnai Annis shook her defender and attempted a
shot that was deflected right into Barney’s eager feet. Barney chipped
it in for her eighth goal this season. She also set the UF record for
consecutive home appearances with a goal (eight). The previous record
(7) was shared by Gator All-Americans Abby Wambach (2001) and Sarah Yohe
“A lot of people reminded me (of Wambach’s record),” Barney said.
“I didn’t necessarily like the pressure too much but going out we
just focused on having fun. Right away, I just forgot about it.”
In the 14th minute, Annis was fed the ball from Tymrak and snuck the
ball past Rosson’s outstretched hands from 10 yards out.
In the 23rd minute MSU’s Elisabeth Sullivan attempted a penalty kick
— the first against UF this year. Goalkeeper Katie Fraine dove to her
left and deflected the ball. Mississippi State’s Kim Pettit got to the
deflection and slid a shot to the far post, just quick enough that
Fraine was unable to get back to it.
“It was a great save by Fraine,” coach Becky Burleigh said. “I
was disappointed that she gave up a goal there, because it was a
terrific save. We practice PKs all the time.”
Coming into the match, Florida ranked No. 1 in the conference in goals
allowed with a measly five through 10 matches.
In the 45th minute, Sullivan attempted a 23-yard lob shot aimed at the
highest point of the net that Fraine punched out.
Even with the PK goal allowed, UF kept its foot on the gas and scored
four goals in the second half. The Gators poured on a pair of goals in
another quick offensive burst to start the second period.
Freshman Caroline Triglia scored her first collegiate goal in the 49th
minute with a left-to-right blast from 7 yards out.
In the 50th minute, Lindsay Thompson headed in a feed from Tymrak. It
was Tymrak’s third assist in the match and second consecutively. Kit
was also credited with the assist.
In the 68th minute, Jo Dragotta missed a shot off the left post, but
Thompson chipped in the rebound from 5 yards out. For Thompson, it was
her third multi-goal match of her Gator career.
Annis added her second goal of the match in the 89th minute on a Haley
Reeb assist to make it 7-1. She also scored twice in the Gators’ 2-0
win at then No. 25 UCF in the opening weekend of the season and now has
three double-goal matches as a Gator.
The seven goals scored are the most this season and is the highest
offensive output since UF also scored seven versus Jacksonville in 2006.
“Good teams are relentless,” Burleigh said. “That’s what we
keep preaching: we want to be a relentless team and continue to go after
it, regardless of the score.”
Florida continues league home action when it faces Mississippi (5-6-1,
1-2-0 SEC) on Sunday, Oct. 3. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. at the
James G. Pressly Stadium. The Rebels were the only team to defeat
Florida in 2009 league action, taking a 3-2 2OT win in Oxford. In Friday
night’s action, Mississippi lost 3-0 at No. 20 South Carolina. A
coupon for a free soda at Sunday’s match can be found on Gatorzone.com
– the first 500 fans which present the coupon at the concession stand
receive a complimentary soda.
Sunday’s match can be heard on WRUF SportsRadio 850, by simulcast on
Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam
Schick and Matthew Stubbington covering the action. Live, streaming
video is available on GatorVision Online – check out the GatorVision
on www.GatorZone.com for complete information.
Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd Final
Mississippi State 1 0 1
Florida 3 4 7
UF: Erika Tymrak (Nicky Kit, Taylor Travis) 9:42
UF: McKenzie Barney (Tahnai Annis) 12:07
UF: Annis (Tymrak) 13:38
MSU: Kim Pettit 22:43
UF: Caroline Triglia (Tymark) 48:11
UF: Lindsay Thompson (Kit, Tymrak) 49:38
UF: Thompson (Jo Dragotta) 67:40
UF: Annis (Haley Reeb) 88:21
Minutes Saves GA
MSU Skylar Rosson 60:26 8 5
Abby Risner 29:34 4 2
Florida Katie Fraine 52:32 3 1
Brooke Chancey 37:28 2 0
Statistical Summary: MSU UF
Shots 8 31
Shots on goal 6 19
Saves 12 5
Corner Kicks 5 10
Fouls 4 9
Offside 1 0