Florida travels to Duke in NCAA second round
Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8:33 p.m.
Expect a hard-fought, tight battle on Friday when No. 6 Florida meets Duke in a second-round NCAA Tournament match at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. at 7:30.
NCAA Tournament, second round
Florida at Duke, 7:30 p.m.
“Duke is really talented,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “It's just a fun team to play against because it's a little bit of a rivalry even though we don't play in the same conference or play every year. It seems like every single time we play, it's a very competitive game.”
The two teams last met at this same site early last season, with Florida winning a 3-2 overtime thriller, while the Blue Devils took a 4-2 penalty-kick win at Pressly Stadium in 2010 after the two teams played to a scoreless draw in their last postseason meeting.
Duke (8-8-5), one of eight host schools for second-and third-round play, advanced with a penalty-kick win over host Colorado College after the two teams played to a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes, while Florida (18-4-1), a No. 2 regional seed, downed visiting Jacksonville, 2-0, finishing the game with a 26-5 advantage in shots.
It was UF's first game since losing junior first-team All-SEC midfielder and former Buchholz star Havana Solaun for the remainder of the season with a torn right ACL.
“I think what I most liked about that game was our defensive ability to shut down JU's attack,” Burleigh said. “I thought we did a good job of overall team defending.”
St. John's (12-5-3) and Arkansas (14-8) meet in the first game Friday at 5 p.m., with the winner moving on to face the UF-Duke winner Sunday at 1 p.m.
Sunday's winner advances to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Live video streaming of Friday's match is available at GoDuke.com, while audio and live stats will be available at GatorZone.com.