No. 9 Florida got its second win after another 2-0 victory. On Sunday, the Gators beat FIU in Miami to remain undefeated early in the season.
Florida is doing its best to spread goals out early in the season and for the second time scored in both the first half and the second half. To speak to the talent spread across this squad, all three Gators that had points on Sunday didn’t on Friday. Spreading the scoring around is something that has to please head coach Becky Burleigh as Florida finds its groove early in the season.
Tessa Andujar scored for the first time as a Gator in the 40th minute. Her goal was technically unassisted, but was created by a cross put into the box by Jazmyne Avant. The Gators struck again in the 63rd minute when freshman Annie Speese found senior Tahnai Annis who put the ball into the goal from about 12 yards out.
Florida got a good chance to see the depth they possess this season by continuing to get a number of players into the game. While Brooke Chancey got the shutout in the Gators’ season opener, freshman Taylor Burke got the start and was able to hold the opposition scoreless as well. Burke saved all three shots the Golden Panthers had on goal to secure her first victory with Florida.
Andujar is a freshman forward from San Clemente, CA. At San Clemente High School, she was part of teams that went undefeated through their conference schedule during each of her last two seasons. Andujar has been part of the Olympic Development Program since 2005.
A freshman midfielder from Augusta, GA, Speese immediately became TBG’s favorite player when she chose to wear the no. 13 jersey. Speese was a four-time Georgia Independent School Association AAA All-State selection and the Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area Girls Player of the Year three times. While at Westminster, she set school records with 173 career goals and 96 career assists.
Annis is a senior who spends time in the midfield and at forward. Heading into 2011, she had appeared in 71 games and scored 28 goals. With her goal on Sunday, Annis moved up to sixth on Florida’s career points list with 72.
A freshman goalkeeper from Medina, OH, Burke was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American in 2010 and the organization’s Ohio Player of the Year. In 2010, she set an Ohio record with 15 consecutive shutouts which was also tops in the nation that season.
The Gators have a few days off before heading to Knoxville, TN to play in the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic. Florida will play no. 11 (and possible future SEC foe) Texas A&M on Friday and no. 16 UCLA on Sunday.