GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida defeated UCF 1-0 in second-round play of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
“It really has come a long way,” head coach Becky Burleigh said. “It’s a whole team effort for us. When people think of our defense they think of our back line and our goalkeeper, but it’s a team effort. And a big part of it comes with us keeping the ball. When we have the ball, they don’t — and that’s the best defense you can have.”
UCF keeper Lianne Maldonado, with 15 shutouts this season, but she couldn’t stop a give-and-go play from Taylor Travis to Erika Tymrak and back to Travis, who bumped the game’s lone goal past a diving Maldonado in the 60th minute.
In 2011, UCF took down the Gators on its home field, putting a bitter end to the season.
“This is a just a totally different team. This year’s team is more about a belief in what we’re doing,” senior midfielder Holly King said. “We were extremely confident going into this game and we’ll be extremely confident going into the next game.”
Florida will play Notre Dame on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
“We hadn’t gotten past this round our whole careers,” senior center back Kathryn Williamson said. “This is a huge step for our senior class, for us as a team. I think we’re going to fight and keep on going.”