On Friday night, the Florida Gators soccer team was victorious in their season opener against the University of Miami. The Gators scored a goal in each half and defeated the Hurricanes 2-0. In the 37th minute, sophomore Taylor Travis netted the first goal of the season for the Gators from around ten yards out. In 2010, the Gators faced the Hurricanes in the season opener and it was Travis who scored the winning goal in that match, so it was only appropriate that she continue her goal scoring in the following season. In the second half, it was freshman Havana Solaun, who scored in the 51st minute on a great shot to the far post. Solaun is a graduate from Bucholtz High School in Gainesville Florida. It was extra special for Solaun being that this was the first time she stepped onto the field as a Florida Gator, she netted a goal for her squad. “We kind of built up from the back. Erika slid it across and I took a touch and a shot,” Solaun said. “I was really excited. It felt really good to represent the Gators. I just wanted to do my best to represent the team well.”
The Gators next match is against Florida International University on Sunday, August 21, @ 7:00PM at the FIU Soccer Stadium.