CORAL GABLES, Florida – A hat-trick from Savannah Jordan and the first collegiate goal from freshman Sarah Troccoli gave the University of Florida soccer team at 4-2 win at Miami Thursday in from of a Cobb Stadium crowd of 650.
After a scoreless opening half, five goals were score in a nine-minute span.
Miami scored first in the 57th minute when Gracie Lachowecki put in the pass from Amy Schmidt. In the next minute, Jordan put in the ball fromGaby Rivera to tie the match.
Florida went ahead when Jordan scored her second goal of the match in the 61st minute off the assist from freshman Samantha Chung. The Hurricanes knotted the match at 2-all when Jamie Brunsworth placed in the ball from Lachowecki in the 62nd minute.
Troccoli’s career first and game-winning goal put Florida ahead 3-2 in the 65th minute. Jordan settled a ball at the top of the box and sent a square ball left for Troccoli for the Gators’ third goal
Jordan finished off her three-goal match in the 85th minute. Freshman Mayra Pelayo sent the ball to Jordan deep in the box where she spun and scored goal No. 3.
Jordan’s hat-trick is her second of her Gator career and first since the Aug. 25, 2013 Oregon State match. She now has 12 multi-goal matches of her collegiate career.
Jordan’s seven points tonight off of three goals and an assist is a career-high (previous high: six points Aug. 25, 2013).
It was the 34th hat-trick in Florida soccer’s 21-year history. Jordan is one of six Gators to record two or more collegiate hat-tricks (Abby Wambach/10; Danielle Fotopoulos/6; Andi Sellers/5; Sarah Yohe/3; Melissa Pini/2 and Jordan/2).
Three Gators turned in firsts tonight:
First goal: Troccoli
First assist: Rivera and Samantha Chung
Florida is now 7-2 all-time versus the Hurricanes and 4-0 in Cobb Stadium.
World Cup Celebrity in the Stands:
Jill Ellis, head coach for the U.S.’s 2015 Women’s World Cup title team, was at Thursday’s match.
Florida: 2-1-0, 0-0 SEC
Miami: 0-2-0, 0-0 ACC
What the Gators Said:
What did talk about with the team after a scoreless first half?
“I used halftime to remind the team to not worry so much about playing perfectly and just compete. We just needed to battle and I think they really came out and took that to heart. But it wasn’t really about what I said. Some of the older players stood up in the locker room and said it before I even got there. I think it really resonated with this group. They needed to let go of the desire to play perfectly and just get after it and that’s exactly what we needed.” – Florida head coach Becky Burleigh
Preseason Conference Votes:
Florida was second in the 2014 Southeastern Conference final standings with a 9-2 record. Texas A&M won the league title with a 9-1-1 record. Miami was 12th in the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference standings with its 2-7-1 league record.
Florida – The Gators are picked to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference title.
Miami – The Hurricanes are picked to finish 12th in the ACC. Florida State is the pick to repeat as ACC champs in 2015.
Florida is ranked No. 14 on the August 25 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
Florida opens home action and the 2015 SEC Network soccer broadcast schedule this Sunday when it plays host to No. 1 and defending NCAA champion Florida State.
Match time is set for 1 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium. Admission is free for all Gator soccer regular-season home matches.
The first 250 fans at Sunday’s match receive a free Florida Soccer Spray Fan. Free pizza, courtesy of Domino’s, will be available to the first 100 UF students. A complete list of promotions can be found at GatorZone.com.
Sunday’s match can be seen on the SEC Network (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable 68 or 1068) or on WatchESPN. Gator Great and former U.S. National Team member Heather Mitts and Pete Pranica will call the action for the SEC Network’s first match of the 2015 soccer season.
Listen to Adam Shick and Matthew Stubbington’s call of the match on ESPN Gainesville 850AM/95.3FM or via the GatorZone.com stream.
Miami (0-1-0, ACC 0-0-0) vs No. 14 Florida (1-1-0, SEC 0-0-0)
Stadium: Cobb Stadium (650)
Weather: 84, Humidity 69% Mostly Cloudy, Winds ESE at 10 mph
|Goals by Period||1||2||Total|
|1.||55:49||UM||Gracie Lachowecki||Amy Schmidt|
|2..||57:40||UF||Savannah Jordan||Gaby Rivera|
|3.||60:46||UF||Savannah Jordan||Samantha Chung|
|4.||61:55||UM||Jamie Brunworth||Gracie Lachowecki|
|5.||65:02||UF||Sarah Troccoli||Savannah Jordan|
|6.||84:16||UF||Savannah Jordan||Mayra Pelayo|
Shots: Florida 19, UM 8
Saves: Florida 1 (Valerie Tysinger 1); UM 6 (Catalina Perez 6)