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Sunday, June 04, 2023

Burleigh reopens goalie competition

Teams almost never want controversy and


And that's why it was so surprising to see UF

coach Becky Burleigh bench goalkeeper Katie Fraine in the second

half of Friday's match against Georgia.

In Burleigh's defense Fraine had allowed two

first-half goals to the Bulldogs, which was the sign of Fraine

losing ground.

But isn't it a bit unwise at this point, with

the SEC season just getting underway to make a move like this. All

Burleigh has to do is look back to when Steve Spurrier roamed the

sidelines at Florida Field to know how fragile the psyche of a

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goalkeeper - or in Spurrier's case a quarterback can be.

In the late 90's the Ball Coach went back and

forth with the "two-headed monster" of Doug Johnson and Jesse

Palmer and the result was the worst stretch of his career at


On Sunday Burleigh said she was reopening the

competition between Fraine and true freshman Megan Berlingo, which

at this point seems ridiculous to me.

Especially given the fact that the two appear

to be equal in terms of both talent and experience.

And especially when the four goals the Gators

gave up this weekend were more a result of poor defensive play

coupled with the inexperience of the pair.

With those things considered I don't see the

reason behind possibly hurting the confidence of one or both


Because like the saying goes: "If you have two

goalkeepers, you don't have one."

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