Florida soccer coach Becky Burleigh and the Gators don’t want tonight’s home match up against Oklahoma to be a repeat of last Friday.
In a matchup that saw the Gators concede three goals in the first half to Florida State, the Gators looked overmatched at home and were dealt their only loss of the season so far. Not only did the Gators look sloppy on the defensive end, they also lost one of their goalkeepers, Nora Neset Gjøen to a head injury.
After going out on the road and defeating FIU in Miami two days later, Florida looks to get back to their winning ways against the Sooners tonight. Burleigh says there’s always a silver lining, and the Gators learned a lot in the FSU match about maintaining possession of the ball.
The matchup against Oklahoma tonight at Pressly Stadium brings unfamiliarity. Florida has not seen this Sooner team nor have they seen the Oklahoma State team they will face off against on Sunday. Burleigh says the unfamiliarity will actually sharpen the Gators tactical precision; they’ll need to focus on limiting mistakes to beat these teams.
One of the interesting aspects of Friday’s match is the unique style that Oklahoma brings to the table. Burleigh maintains that the team as well as the fans that come to Pressly Stadium tonight will be treated to a different style of play, and she and the Gators are embracing the challenge.
Kick off is tonight at 7 and will be broadcast on ESPN 850 WRUF. Be sure to listen live on the radio or on WRUF.com.