Roundup: Soccer handles Miss. St., 7-1
Published: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 12:50 a.m.
In four minutes’ time, the sixth-ranked Gator soccer team used a blistering offensive attack en route to a 7-1 win over Mississippi State.
Florida (9-1-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) 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,” came on the opening day of breast cancer awareness month.
The pink-clad fans saw plenty to cheer about in the game against the Bulldogs (7-5, 0-3 SEC). 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 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 Nicky Kit speeding down the left side. Kit tapped the ball to Barney at the foot of the keeper’s box, but she let the ball drift untouched to Tymrak, who was waiting in the box. It was Tymrak’s third goal of the season.
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 (1999).
In the 14th minute, Annis was fed the ball from Tymrak and snuck the ball past Rosson from 10 yards out.
Florida continues league home action when it faces Mississippi (5-6-1, 1-2-0 SEC) on Sunday.
Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium and will air on AM-850.
SWIMMING: Florida concluded day one of the inaugural three-day All Florida Invitational at the top of the men’s and women’s standings.
The Gators led from start to finish on day one, winning the first seven events in finals of the evening session. Florida State finished the day second in both the men’s and women’s, while Miami and Florida Atlantic took third in the women’s and men’s, respectively.
The 2010 NCAA Women’s Champions picked up where they left off, winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:32.94 with the combination of junior Sarah Bateman, junior Shara Stafford, freshman Kaitlin Frehling and sophomore Jamie Bohunicky. Not to be outdone, Florida’s male foursome of junior James Turner, senior Matthew Norton, senior Conor Dwyer and Logan Storie, captured the men’s 200 free relay with a time of 1:21.89.
Freshman Elizabeth Beisel collected her first career event win, placing first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:46.66). The men’s team placed one through three as well in the 500 free, with sophomore Jason Taylor finishing first (4:28.67), senior Joey Pedraza taking second (4:31.00) and senior Balazs Gercsak coming in third (4:32.19).
Day two of the first-ever All Florida Invitational begins today at 9 a.m. with prelims, followed by finals at 7 p.m.
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