Florida Gators soccer defeats Alabama 3-0

Special report on the Florida Gators soccer team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three second-half goals – with freshman Deanne Rose starting and ending the scoring – gave the University of Florida soccer team a 3-0 win over Alabama Sunday at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

How the Goals Were Scored:
After a scoreless opening half, the Gators struck early in the second half. The first Florida corner kick resulted in a Gator goal, as Rose’s header at the near post scored the kick from Briana Solis in the 50th minute.

Less than a minute and a half later, Mayra Pelayo scored put UF up 2-0. Pelayo took the ball endline and sent the ball toward goal. It hit a Tide defender and the momentum of the deflection carried it into the goal at 50:50.

A long give-and-go play gave Rose her second goal of the evening. Florida won the ball at midfield and it was sent to Rose just outside the center circle. She touched the ball back to Laís Araujo, who was just moving across the midway line. Araujo recognized Rose’s opportunity and immediately sent a ball into space. Rose broke free to catch up with the ball, sending a right-footed shot in from 12 yards.

Worth Noting

·         Rose’s first goal was her fourth consecutive goal for Florida in an eight-day span. She scored twice in Florida’s 2-1 win at Iowa State on Sept. 12, scored the Gators’ goal in a 2-1 loss at Texas A&M on Sept. 21 and then today’s opening goal.

·         Rose’s double goal effort today – her second of the last three matches – puts her atop the Gator goal and points leaders this season. She now has six goals and 13 points.

·         Pelayo’s goal was her second of the season and of the last four matches.

·         Florida turned in its fifth shutout of 2017. It was the 16th solo shutout of junior goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese’s career.

·         Florida now leads the all-time series 20-1-2.
Florida: 8-2-0, 2-1 SEC
Alabama: 8-3-1, 1-1-1 SEC

What the Gators Said:
On the differences in halves:
“I just felt like in first 25 minutes, we just stood off them too far and let them do what they wanted, and they looked pretty good. Then as soon as we put them under pressure, all of a sudden, you know, they didn’t look as good, and I think a big part of that was our pressuring. We’re capable of doing that to anyone, and I think we just forgot, and so once we started putting the pressure on, all of a sudden that generated some of our offense.” – Florida Head Soccer Coach Becky Burleigh

How critical was it for the Gators to get two goals early in the second half?
“Super critical [for Gators to score two early second half goals]. We needed to come back stronger. We had to get a little wake-up call, which made our team come together as one. We know that we are the type of team that can [respond] we had to show our coaches that we can do that.” – senior defender Kristen Cardano

On her feelings the last couple games…
“I’ve been feeling good. I think my teammates have done such a good job of encouraging me, and the coaches. So I think it’s finally coming through, the execution. It’s nice to be scoring.” – freshman forward Deanne Rose

On the confidence of scoring
“I have a sigh of relief every time I score just because I know it can happen, but it’s the execution and finally it’s starting to come through.” – freshman forward Deanne Rose

On early second half momentum:
“It’s great that we got the momentum, and we were in their half ever since those two goals. It was great.”  – junior midfielder Mayra Pelayo

On having a week off of games…
“It is going to be kind of good because lately we haven’t been practicing because we will have a practice then have a day off then go straight to games. This week we have a full week of practice. So that’s where tactically we can work on everything offensively or defensively.” – junior midfielder Mayra Pelayo

Preseason Conference Votes:
Florida tied for third in the 2016 SEC regular-season standings and won the SEC Tournament title. The Tide finished ninth in the SEC in 2016 at 4-5-2 and posted a final record of 9-8-2.

·         Florida – The SEC coaches picked the Gators to win the 2017 Southeastern Conference title<http://floridagators.com/news/2017/8/14/florida-is-picked-to-win-in-sec-soccer-coaches-preseason-vote.aspx?path=soccer>.

·         Alabama – The Tide is picked to place 10th in the SEC.

Florida ranks No. 6 on the United Soccer Coaches (USC) poll<http://unitedsoccercoaches.org/web/Rankings/College_Rankings/NCAA_DI_WOMEN/web/rankings/ncaa/di_women.aspx> and Alabama is receiving votes.

Next up:
The Gators are at Georgia a week from today. That match airs live on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Listen to Kyle Crooks’ call on ESPN 98.1 FM / 850 AM or GatorVision.com.

Georgia lost 2-1 to Vanderbilt today in home action.

Alabama (8-2-1, 1-0-1 SEC) at Florida (7-2-0, 1-1 SEC)

Stadium: James G. Pressly Stadium (767)

Weather: 83 degrees, winds NE 10 mph, 63% humidity

Goals by Period












Scoring Summary:




Goal Scorer






Deanne Rose

Briana Solis

1yd header off corner kick




Mayra Pelayo

16yds away from right wing




Deanne Rose

Laís Araujo

12yds away from the right wing

Shots: Alabama 10, Florida 9

Saves: Alabama 5 (Kat Stratton 5), Florida 5 (Kaylan Marckese 5)

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.