I spent my Friday the 13th attending the UF Volleyball game against the Georgetown Hoyas in UF's Active Ankle Challenge and the UF Soccer game against Minnesota Golden Gophers. This game was especially important to Gator senior, Taylor Brauneis, who was facing off against her young sister Caitlin. Taylor was able to edge her younger sister as the Gators beat the Hoyas in three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-14, 25-10. From what I saw, it was another dominant victory for the #5 team in the nation. Khloe Mann had another strong performance as the senior led the way with 11 kills and 16 of the team's 59.5 points. UF will look to continue its streak against Iona tomorrow at 12 pm and Western Michigan at 7:30 pm in the O'Connell Center while the Hoyas will look to bounce back on Saturday as well against Western Michigan at 10 am and Iona at 5 pm.
After volleyball, I took the short walk down to James G. Pressly Stadium and managed to catch the second half of the soccer game vs Minnesota. It was 0-0 when I arrived, but it did not stay that way for long as freshman Savannah Jordan scored two goals in a span of two minutes! This was all the Gators needed as they handed the Golden Gophers their first lost of the season by a score of 2-0. Keeper Nora Neset Green, also a freshman, had 2 saves to preserve the shutout. The Gators had 15 shots on goal compared to Minnesota's 4. It is easy to say that the freshmen played a big role in the win tonight. The Gators will look to continue their winning ways on the road Sunday against the University of South Florida Bulls at 6 p.m. while the Golden Gophers will look to right the ship against Jacksonville on Sunday at 1 p.m.
*Stats accredited to Gatorzone.com