September 4, 2010 by staff
Gatorzone, Playing his first opponent from outside the Sunshine State, the No. 9-ranked Gator football team better scored the only goal when the sun shone to start the second half. Florida (4-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) was the seat of San Diego State Sunday and McKenzie Barney uses a goal 40 seconds into the second half for a 1-0 victory.
“That game was like work and our games before this have been much more fluid,” said coach Becky Burleigh. It was the first day of the appearance of the season, as only UF Sunday’s other match was an afternoon start time rare. The midday heat took its toll, especially once the clouds parted in the second period. “We must be prepared, will come on Sundays throughout the season,” said Burleigh.
Defenses of both teams but bent not broken in the first half. UF had five shots on goal in the first period, all of different actors.
In the 15th minute, junior Tahnai Annis could not get enough leg behind the shot and the ball rolled harmlessly to the Aztecs goalkeeper Aubree Southwick.
SDSU also had a couple of good looks at goal, but could not convert any of their opportunities.
Southwick, a senior, made a free throw savings experienced Florida Nicky Kit at minute 33. Junior forward Lindsay Thompson was fouled outside the penalty area and fired a shot Kit in white curved left, but Southwick dove and stopped him.
Own goalkeeper Florida, senior Katie Fraine, also made a save chance in 1v1 SDSU freshman Soledad Gomez in the 41st minute.
“We let you determine the pace of the game,” said Fraine. “If we come out every game like this, it will not happen for us.”
The Gators made sure to come out more aggressive in the second half and tripled their shots on goal in the second 45 minutes. His aggression paid off in the defensive end, and keep UF the Aztecs in their heels and limited to only four shots on goal after halftime.
“I like the first five minutes, but then just kind of went back to the same old, same old,” said Burleigh.
In the 46th minute, Pablo put the Gators on the board with a goal lightning-fast seven yards. Senior Ashlee Elliott and sophomore Ericka Tymrak were credited with assists on the goal. Tymrak dribbled through the defense and caught the attention of the defender of Barney, freeing up your child for the winning goal.
“The first time was not acceptable and that definitely made it clear at halftime,” said Barney. “Everyone finally turned in his brain in the second half. I should have had at least two more in the network. We have had many more opportunities than we want to put on the back of the net, but escaped with a win.
The goal extended his current streak of Barney – she is now six straight games at home with a goal.
Florida home makes its appearance only in September next Friday, when Jacksonville (2-1, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) visits Pressly Stadium.
Match time is scheduled for 7 pm the game can be heard on AM 850 WRUF by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville / Ocala) or www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington covering the action. Live game video streaming is available online GatorVision – check out the GatorVision in www.GatorZone.com for complete information.
The first 1,000 fans will receive free 2010 Gator football jersey replica shirts courtesy of Gatorade. In addition, the first 200 youth soccer players receive Friday orange pompoms. Throughout the game T-Shirts Youth Soccer month are released throughout the crowd.
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