Roundup: UF soccer one win from SEC title
Published: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 1:16 a.m.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — The No. 10 Gators advance to the Southeastern Conference Soccer Tournament final after taking a 3-0 win over Missouri in Friday's semifinal action at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
Next up is a rematch of the 2011 SEC Tournament final, as Auburn upset No. 12 Texas A&M 2-0 in the first semifinal of the day. The Tigers defeated Florida 3-2 in the 2011 final. This will be the 14th SEC Tournament appearance for Florida (16-4-1, 11-2 SEC), which leads the league with nine tournament titles.
A 40-second span in the first half led to the Gators opening a 2-0 lead. A pass from the end line by senior All-American Erika Tymrak found sophomore Havana Solaun about eight yards above the far post. She hit a one-timer to put the Gators on the board at 18:09.
Then the pair reversed roles.
Soon after the kickoff, the Gators gained control and moved the ball into the Tiger half. Solaun, from deep in the Tiger half, sent a ball to Tymrak at the top of the box. She struck a 17-yard shot to the far post upper corner for her seventh goal of the season.
The goal was the seventh for Tymrak, moving her into a tie for the Gators' season lead with fellow senior Jo Dragotta.
Those quick goals weren't the only fireworks of the opening half. A total of six cards were handed out in the first 45 minutes, with the Tigers (14-7, 8-5 SEC) on the receiving end of five of them. Missouri head coach Bryan Blitz was ejected at 23:44 after receiving his second yellow card.
Florida pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 57th minute when a pair of All-SEC first-team selections connected on a set piece. The Gators were awarded a free kick about 27 yards above the MU goal. Dragotta's low kick was touched in by Holly King at the far post for her fifth goal of the season.
Sunday's final airs live on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. The match can also be heard on AM-850.
Florida Splits Dual Meet with Texas A&M
SWIMMING: Florida in dual-meet action against SEC opponent Texas A&M at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The No. 1 UF men's team defeated the No. 21 Aggies 197-98, while the No. 11 UF women fell to No. 4 Texas A&M 104-196. The Gators improve to 3-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC on the men's side, as the women are now 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the SEC.
Florida's men saw 10 different student-athletes combine for 14 wins in the rout of the Aggies. The relay group of sophomore Christian Homer, sophomore Ricky Munch, junior Marcin Cieslak and junior Brad deBorde won the men's 200 medley relay in a time of 1:29. 57.
CROSS COUNTRY: In just his first season at the helm of the program, Florida assistant track and cross country coach Paul Spangler picked up SEC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year honors, while seven Gator runners racked up All-SEC accolades, announced by the league office Friday.
Other UF honorees include Florence Ngetich and Agata Strausa (women's All-SEC first team); Callie Cooper (women's second team); Shelby Davidson and Julie Macedo (women's all-freshman team); Mark Parrish (men's first team); and Phil Duncan (men's all-freshman team).
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