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Speese tames Tigers with two great goals
September 17th, 2011 3:35PM

TAGS:  college women


[MISSOURI-FLORIDA] No. 10 Florida got goals in each half from freshman Annie Speese, the first two of her collegiate career, and beat No. 24 Missouri, 2-0, handing the Tigers their first loss since their season opener.
The Gators opened the scoring in the 43rd minute when Holly King intercepted a Missouri clearance just inside the Tiger half and tapped it forward to Jo Dragotta, who sent it forward to Speese just inside the 18-yard box circle and continued her run th rough the box. But Speese saw her opportunity and sent a 19-yard shot to the upper slot for her first collegiate goal
“Jo played me the ball. I was running at the backline and they just kept dropping. Originally I was looking for teammates making runs and they were all making runs,” Speese said. “But the defenders kept dropping so I had a wide open shot so I just took it. It was pretty exciting. I’ve had plenty of chances this season so it felt good to finally get one in.”
Speese scored again from nearly the same spot late in the second half. The Gators were awarded a free kick above the MU box. Dragotta sent the ball forward to Speese, who took a touch toward the goal and then scored again from 19 yards.
“Both of Annie’s goals were great goals,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “That second one was a rip.”

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