FLORIDA SOCCER

UF soccer defeats Oklahoma St. on Solaun's two goals


Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.

Now in their third year of playing together, Florida junior midfielders Havana Solaun and Annie Speese know each other's tendencies pretty well.

That certainly paid dividends Sunday as Solaun scored a goal in each half off a Speese assist and the UF defense did the rest in a 2-0 win over first-time foe Oklahoma State before 389 fans at Pressly Stadium.

“Playing with Annie has always been so much fun because she just sees the pass and puts it on a silver platter for you,” Solaun said. “Both of her assists today were great.”

The 10th-ranked Gators (5-1) forced the action from the start and never let up, finishing with a 17-3 edge in shots en route to winning their third straight match, all by shutout.

Solaun, who sat out Friday's 3-0 win over Oklahoma with a minor injury, put UF up 1-0 in the 11th minute with her second goal of the season. Freshman midfielder Pamela Begic, who also got an assist on the play, passed the ball wide to Speese, and she made a nice run into box before sliding a pass to Solaun, who drove it into the back of the net from 12 yards out for the game's first goal.

The two combined again less than seven minutes into the second half when Speese got possession of a ball in traffic and found Solaun alone at the top of the box. The former Buchholz standout connected from 18 yards out for the third two-goal performance of her UF career and her 16th career goal.

“I always know that she (Solaun) is going to be looking for the ball,” said Speese, who now leads UF with four assists on the year.

It was the first loss of the season for Oklahoma State (3-1-2), which tied No. 2 FSU 1-1 Friday night in Tallahassee.

“What I like about the whole weekend was the two shutouts,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “I told our team afterwards that if we want to win championships, that's what is going to get us there.

“We could probably be more efficient in terms of our goal-scoring, but to come out of this weekend with no goals allowed – that's a good start for us.”

UF will close out its current homestand against Minnesota Friday at 7 p.m.

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