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One of the biggest uncertainties facing the 2016 Florida soccer team this offseason was how it would fare defensively following the loss of All-American defenders Christen Westphal and Claire Falknor to graduation.
As time expired at Dizney Stadium, UF coach Becky Burleigh watched her team, the 2015 Southeastern Conference Tournament champs, fall to Duke University in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament Championship.
Kaylan Marckese walked onto campus this Summer and didn’t plan on seeing the field.
The Florida soccer team has mixed emotions after its season came to an abrupt end on Sunday.
Following Florida’s 2-1 loss to Duke in the third round of the NCAA tournament Sunday, coach Becky Burleigh opened her post-game press conference admitting that in her 21 years at UF, the final loss still hurts the most.
On Friday night, Florida moved one step closer to playing for the program’s second NCAA Championship.
Following last Saturday’s 1-0 NCAA Tournament first round win against Western Michigan, junior forward Savannah Jordan laid out everything that needed to be known about tonight’s matchup against William & Mary (14-4-3, 7-1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) at 7 in one simple sentence.
Opponents have been trying to disrupt the No. 5 Florida soccer team’s main strategy of ball possession throughout four postseason matches.
Upon visiting Gainesville as a high school sophomore, Sarah Troccoli knew Florida’s soccer program was a perfect fit.
Saturday night’s NCAA first-round matchup for the No. 2 regional seed Florida soccer team — a 1-0 victory over Western Michigan — was anything but a cakewalk.
It wasn’t until the second half of Saturday night’s game at Donald R. Dizney Stadium that No. 2 regional seed Florida (18-3-1, 8-2-1 Southeastern Conference) was able to find its way on the board, en route to a 1-0 victory over Western Michigan (14-4-4, 8-1-2 Mid-American Conference) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
A set piece goal — the same event that led to Florida’s demise the first time it met Auburn this season — was what clinched the Gators’ victory over the Tigers on Friday.
Seeking to avoid being ousted in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament for the second straight season, the Gators found themselves faced with adversity just minutes into the match.
After winning the regular season Southeastern Conference title last Thursday, the Florida soccer team shifts its focus to postseason play — and a tournament that last season included an early exit for UF.
For just the second time in program history, the Florida soccer team swept the end-of-year individual conference honors.