No. 13 Florida Beats Red Raiders 3-0|
Sept. 2, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 13 Florida, in its home opener, beat the Texas Tech soccer team, 3-0, in front of 3,728 fans at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
"First of all give credit to Florida," head coach Tom Stone said after the match. "They are the best passing team I have seen in a long time - it was their home opener and they had nearly 4,000 fans at the game. Having said that, we followed our plan to a T in the first half and pinched several balls that should have been converted into at least one goal."
The Red Raiders (3-2) fell behind in the first half after Erika Tymrak took a shot from 20 yards out on the right side. Tessa Andujar was credited with the assist and No. 13 Florida (4-1) took a 1-0 lead.
Taylor Lytle led the team with three shots in 83 minutes of playing time. The best scoring chance for the Red Raiders came when Lytle beat the keeper and with the ball rolling toward the net, the Gators were able to clear it at the last second. Tech continued putting pressure on Florida throughout the first half but went into half down 1-0.
Early in the second half, the Gators' Taylor Travis scored from 10 yards out on an assist from Tymrak to make it 2-0.
"In the second half we were chasing the game a bit but still won the ball in a couple of great counter attacking spots but just could not get the final pass or shot to fall for us," Stone said. "As it often happens the opponents counter attack after a good one of your own is a dangerous thing - that is exactly how we went down 2-0."
Towards the end of the match Florida's depth started to wear on Tech. The Gators played a total of 22 players during the match. The final goal came from Tymrak who scored her second goal of the match in the 66th minute to make the final tally 3-0.
The Red Raiders put a total of six freshmen, three of which started, into the match and each earned valuable experience.
"It does not get much better than Florida this year so to see Pagie (Strahan), Cheyenne (Diggs), Bridget (Jenkins), Erin (Inman), Taylor (Narvaiz) and Jaelene (Hinkle) play so well is very encouraging. Hinkle was fantastic all night long and the rest of that group was more than up to this challenge. Narvaiz was physically very impressive at this level.
Victoria Esson received the start in goal after missing the Saint Mary's match due to injury. The sophomore made a total of five saves and two of which were highlight reel material.
The Red Raiders will return home to the John Walker Soccer Complex on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. to take on Hofstra for the start of the Red Raider Classic.