UF soccer playing host to 'Noles

Florida coach Becky Burleigh says physical play will be key to setting the tone against Florida State.

Brett Le Blanc/Correspondent
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.

A pair of instate rivals with top-10 national rankings square off at 7 tonight when No. 3 Florida State visits No. 8 Florida at Pressly Stadium in a regionally televised match on Sun Sports.


Florida soccer

Who: No. 3 Florida State (2-0) vs. No. 8 Florida (2-0)
When: 7 tonight
Where: Pressly Stadium
TV: Sun Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable 48 or 1048)
Radio: ESPN AM-850/900

The teams are off to 2-0 starts and are looking to build on that momentum.

“There are a couple of different ways this team can set the tone,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “One of them is through physical play like winning air balls and winning tackles, but another way we can do it is just really keeping the ball so the other team has to chase.”

FSU reached the 2012 College Cup before losing in the NCAA semifinals.

“They have another really good team,” Burleigh said. “They’ve got quite a few international players who generally come with a different experience than the American players. I think they have maybe six in their starting lineup, so from that standpoint we know they’re going to be sophisticated, smart and technical. For us, we just have to be on top of things.”

Freshman forward Savannah Jordan started both matches for UF and became the first player in program history to score five goals in her first two outings. She was named the National Player of the Week as well as the SEC Freshman of the Week.

Six true freshmen in all played in the two wins, with goalkeeper Nora Neset Gjoen and midfielder Pamela Begic, UF’s two new international players, each earning a start.

“I think there are a lot of freshmen who are going to get significant playing time,” Burleigh said. “We’ve already seen that from this past weekend, and I think that’s a trend that’s just going to continue.”

UF leads the all-time series 11-9, but FSU has won the last two and three of the last four including a 1-0 win in Tallahassee last year. The last seven meetings have all been decided by one goal.

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