Roundup: Elite Eight spot on line for soccer
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:49 p.m.
No. 2 regional seed Florida (19-4-1, 11-2 SEC) and Notre Dame (15-5-2, 8-1-1 Big East) meet at 1 p.m. today in NCAA soccer third-round play.
It's the third meeting between the programs and the first time in NCAA play. The Fighting Irish own a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children up to age 12 and senior citizens. Purchase tickets at the Pressly Stadium ticket booth starting at 11 a.m.
Florida (1998) and Notre Dame (2010, 2004, 1995) are among the eight programs to claim national team titles in the 30-year history of the NCAA Championships. The player who scored the game-winning goal in Notre Dame's 1-0 win over Stanford in the 2010 NCAA Championship is Gator junior Adriana Leon, who transferred to Florida for the 2012 season.
Florida advanced to its first NCAA Round of 16 match since 2008 with a 1-0 win over UCF on Friday.
A come-from-behind 2-1 upset win over No. 3 regional seed Wake Forest sent Notre Dame to the third round
UF is one of eight programs playing host to second- and third-round action this weekend. The winner today's match advances to the quarterfinals, which will be held Nov. 23, 24 or 25 on four campus sites.
The Women's College Cup is set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in San Diego, Calif., at the University of San Diego's Torero Stadium.
VOLLEYBALL: The Gators will attempt to earn the SEC title outright today, as they host South Carolin on Senior Day.
First serve is set for 1:30 p.m. The Gators will honor seniors Betsy Smith, Sundai Weston and Tangerine Wiggs before the match.
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the match to support these seniors during their final introductions.
CROSS COUNTRY: At Louisville, Ky., UF women's cross country squad turned in a 23rd-place finish, its second-best performance since 2006 in its last six trips to nationals.
Senior Florence Ngetich led the way for the Florida on the women's side, crossing 54th overall.
On the men's side, UF junior Mark Parrish and sophomore Jimmy Clark competed as individuals for the Gators, Parrish finishing 174th and Clark 196th in the field of 245 men's athletes.
Oregon claimed the women's team title with 114 points, while favorite Oklahoma State won the men's national championship with a 72-point finish at the earliest-ever NCAA Cross Country Championships after the new date formula for NCAAs was instituted this season.