UF soccer glad to be back home

Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:52 a.m.

After playing eight of the first 11 matches away from home, the Florida soccer team opens a four-match, two-week homestand when the Gators host Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt tonight at 7 at Pressly Stadium.


Friday's match

Who: Vanderbilt at Florida
When: 7 p.m.
Where: James G. Pressly Stadium

Road warriors? Yes. But understandably a bit road weary as well.

“It is great to finally be home,” junior All-SEC defender Kathryn Williamson said.

“We're very happy about it. Obviously it's a comfortable environment, we have our fans here, and it's a field we're used to playing on — although not recently. I think we're really excited to perform for our fans and get out there and be aggressive.”

Florida (8-3, 1-1), which plays six of its nine remaining regular-season matches on the Pressly pitch, opened SEC play with a road split last weekend. UF, which topped Georgia, 1-0, but lost to Tennessee, 4-2, slipped six spots to No. 12 in this week's NSCAA poll.

“It's going to be nice to play in front of our own fans, but also just to not have to deal with travel,” head coach Becky Burleigh said. “We haven't gotten home until after midnight on any of the nights that we've traveled, so it'll be nice just to be in one place for awhile.”

While Vandy (6-4, 0-2) provides the opposition tonight, Kentucky (8-2, 1-1) will square off with UF Sunday at 2 p.m.

“I think we need to rebound from that Tennessee game,” Burleigh said. “Obviously that was not the result we were looking for. It's important for us to get back on track, both in terms of defensively not giving up goals and offensively producing more.

“We're excited to be back home and have a chance to play again.”

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