After suffering a resounding defeat at the hands of Florida State on Friday that raised questions about the ability at the back and in net, the Florida Gator soccer team quickly quieted doubters with a 4-0 shutout of FIU Sunday night. Florida goalkeeper Taylor Burke recorded the first clean sheet of the season for the Gators as the match saw four different members of the Orange and Blue score goals.
The scoring kicked off when midfielder Caroline Triglia got on the board with 37 minutes gone by after a smooth pass from senior Maggie Rodgers. Florida did not get on the board again until the second half when they scored three times. After Taylor Burke was able to save what would have been a match-tying penalty kick from FIU, Florida was able to squeeze the life out of the Panthers in the 10 minutes following.
In that span, freshman Savannah Jordan tallied off of a feed from Pamela Begic, and then Begic got into the scoring action herself, using her noggin to extend the lead to 3-0. The scoring was capped just a few minutes later when midfielder Meggie Dougherty-Howard found the back of the net. Burke turned away every other offensive attempt that FIU was able to muster, leaving the final score at 4-0.
Now that the Gators grabbed their first road win of the 2013 campaign, they return home for their next two matches, taking on Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on Friday and Sunday. UF is 3-1 on the season.