UF soccer survives Wildcats

Havana Solaun (19), a midfielder with the Gators women's soccer team, dribbles the ball during a match against the University of Kentucky at the James G. Pressly Stadium on Sunday October 2, 2011 in Gainesville. The Gators won 3-0.

Max Reed / Correspondent
Published: Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 3, 2011 at 12:04 a.m.

Redshirt junior forward McKenzie Barney's goal from 17 yards out in the 57th minute broke a scoreless tie and true freshman Annie Speese added a pair of late goals from close range as the 12th-ranked Florida soccer team downed visiting Kentucky, 3-0, Sunday before a Pressly Stadium crowd of 2,271.

The victory gave the 10-3 Gators, who downed Vanderbilt, 2-0, Friday, back-to-back SEC shutouts and, coupled with LSU's 2-1 win over Georgia, left them alone atop the SEC Eastern Division at 3-1.

Kentucky, meanwhile, fell to 9-3, 2-2.

“I think that's the story of the weekend, really, is our ability to limit other teams' offensive chances,” head coach Becky Burleigh said. “In most games this season, the other teams have had way too many chances for our liking, so for us to do that this weekend is a big step forward.”

An aggressive Wildcat defense resulted in UF getting off only two shots before intermission. But a change in attack led to a decidedly different second half, with Florida launching eight shots after the break and three of them finding the back of the net.

“We knew that what we really just had to do was pass the ball around them because they were very committed to come hard defensively,” Burleigh said. “When a team does that, what they give up is, if you play and move, it's very difficult to track the players.”

True freshman Havana Solaun from Buchholz had a pair of assists while Barney and junior midfielders Erika Tymrak and Holly King also picked up assists.

The Gators, winners of six of their last seven matches, next host Auburn and Alabama this Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top