Led by freshman, Florida soccer's offense picking up steam – The Independent Florida Alligator
The Florida soccer team is on an offensive tear.
The Gators are coming off a week where they scored early and often, taking down SEC foes Missouri and Vanderbilt in the process.
“I think it means a lot in terms of confidence,” junior midfielder Sarah Troccoli said. “We lost to Texas A&M and we’ve slowly been building back up from then. So it gives us good momentum going forward.”
Since UF’s lone conference loss to the Aggies, the team has strung together a four-game win streak and held a positive differential of 10 goals. Florida has scored first in all four games as well, with its opening goals against Missouri and Vanderbilt coming inside the first 15 minutes.
And when they score first, the Gators have been particularly effective. They’re 9-0 in matches when they’ve scored first. On five occasions, that goal has come in the first 15 minutes.
“When you score early it just kind of makes the game a different tenor,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “It gives you confidence, and when it happens you get really appreciative of it.”
When Burleigh’s team scores an early goal, it usually means more are on the way.
In matches where it opens the scoring inside of 15 minutes, Florida has outscored its opponents 13-2. And a big part of this dominance is the performance of freshman forward Deanne Rose.
Rose has been a strong presence in the UF attack all season, leading the team in goals (8), points (18), shots (39) and shots on goal (21). The freshman has also been the first name on the score sheet on three occasions this season, twice scoring in the opening 15 minutes.
While Rose has stood out on offense since the start of the season, she has been especially effective since mid-September.