September 13, 2014,
PALO ALTO, California - A penalty kick early in the first overtime period was all Stanford needed to take a 1-0 win over Florida Friday evening in front of a Maloney Field at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium crowd of 1,079.
The penalty kick was awarded when junior Claire Falknor<http://www.gatorzone.com/soccer/bios.php?year=2014&player_id=89> was whistled for a foul 92:47. Lo'eau LaBonta converted the kick to push Stanford's 2014 record to an unbeaten 5-0-1.
Some of the Gators' best scoring looks came in the opening half. Senior Tessa Andjuar<http://www.gatorzone.com/soccer/bios.php?year=2014&player_id=76>'s endline ball she sent in the 13th minute was just past sophomore Savannah Jordan<http://www.gatorzone.com/soccer/bios.php?year=2014&player_id=102>. The pair nearly connected again in the 39th minute when Andujar's endline cross sailed in front of the goal mouth, with Jordan just missing getting a touch on it with her head. In the 58th minute, Jordan won the ball at the top of the Cardinal defensive third, bringing it into the box. Her shot heading for the upper corner was touched out by SU goalkeeper Jane Campbell for a Gator corner kick.
Florida goalkeeper Taylor Burke<http://www.gatorzone.com/soccer/bios.php?year=2014&player_id=79> made some key saves in the second half to keep the match scoreless in regulation. Chioma Ubogagu caught up with a ball free in the box in the 67th minute. Burke made the save and covered the rebound to end the opportunity. Later, Burke was off her line and SU's Hannah Farr tried a shot from 20 yards. Burke recovered to make the stop. With the final horn of regulation sounding, Burke saved a shot from Ubogagu at the near post.
Florida: 4-2, 0-0 SEC
Stanford: 5-0-1, 0-0 Pac-12
Stanford leads the series 3-0.
This was the first meeting between the two programs since 2002.
What Becky Burleigh Said:
On tonight's match:
"I was really pleased with what we got out of this game. I think we grew a lot from this game and will take some of this going forward. Obviously they have a pretty stout defense as they haven't given up a goal all year. But we certainly had our chances, especially in the first half. We had several near misses. I think the biggest issue of the game was us getting out of what we do best a little bit. You have to credit Stanford for having a role in that. For a big majority of that game, I thought we imposed our will on them and that's great to see that we are capable of doing that.
"I think we are going to see a very different kind of game in New Mexico, but no less of a challenge. For us, it is about growing every single game. Certainly this game gave us an opportunity to grow, but it also gave us an opportunity to develop some confidence knowing we can play with the best teams in the country." - Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh
Stanford has yet to give up a goal this season, playing 563 minutes without yielding a goal.
In each of the last two weekends, only one match in the nation featured a pair NSCAA top-10 teams. Florida was in both of those matches. Last Friday, the then No. 8 Gators took a 2-1 win at then No. 2 Florida State. Tonight match featured No. 6 Florida and No. 4 Stanford.
This was Florida's first overtime match of the season and Stanford's second consecutive (tied Notre Dame 0-0 2OT on Sept. 7).
This was the third consecutive match for the Gators versus a team which advanced to 2013 NCAA play.
Preseason Conference Votes:
Florida shared the 2013 Southeastern Conference title with Texas A&M as each team posted 9-2 league records. FSU took second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with its 10-1-2 league record.
Florida - The Gators are picked to win the Southeastern Conference.
SU - The Cardinal is picked to take second in the Pacific-12 Conference. UCLA is the preseason choice to win the Pac-12.
Florida is ranked No. 6 and SU is No. 4 on the third National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll<http://www.nscaatv.com/rankings/3208/NCAADivisionI/women/Poll3>.
Florida continues play in the west when it makes its first visit to Albuquerque to face New Mexico (1-2, 0-0 MWC) on Sunday, Sept. 14. Match time is set for 1 p.m. ET at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos opened their home season Friday with a 4-2 win over Loyola-Chicago.
Hear Adam Schick's call of the match live Sunday at GatorZone.com<http://www.gatorvision.tv/mediaPortal/player.dbml?&catid=0&DB_OEM_ID=6500>.
#6 Florida vs #4 Stanford (9/12/2014 7:35 p.m. at Stanford, Calif.)
Florida (4-2-0) vs Stanford (5)
Stadium: Cagan Stadium
Weather: 74 degrees at kickoff
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