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Stacy Bishop scored in each half as UF defeated Alabama 5-1 Sunday.

Sunday October 21, 2007Florida Soccer Defeats Alabama 5-1

Gainesville, FL

Stacy Bishop scored in each half as UF defeated Alabama 5-1 Sunday.

Five goals from four different Gators gave the University of Florida soccer team (9-4-2, 5-2 SEC) a 5-1 win over Southeastern Conference Western Division rival Alabama (9-7-1, 2-5-1 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a James G. Pressly crowd of 1,100.

 

The Gators scored on consecutive shots to open the afternoon’s scoring. For the second straight Sunday, senior Shana Hudson started off Florida’s scoring. She took a shot which deflected back to her and then fired a hard shot off the volley, putting in the 18-yard ball to the far post at 14:18. The goal was the second for Shana Hudson this season.

 

Just under a minute and half later, Stacy Bishop put the Gators up 2-0. Melanie Booth’s cross went across the goal and found the sliding foot of Bishop, who placed it in the back of the net from five yards at 15:43.

 

“Mel Booth played a perfect ball across,” Bishop said. “I just had to tap it in.”

 

Junior Ameera Abdullah scored off a six-yard tap-in at 24:29. KeLeigh Hudson threw the ball in from the Tide third to Bishop, who sent it across the goal where Abdullah put it away. The goal was the first for Abdullah this season.

 

“I got the cross from Bishop. The girl got in front of me and I just kind of stuck my foot in there, hoping to get it and the ball just kind of rolled in,” she said. “It was kind of a random goal, I guess. Hopefully I can now get on a roll and start scoring. I had a couple of chances after, but they didn’t go in. But it feels pretty good to get a goal.”

 

Florida’s final goal of the half came from senior Ashley Harris in the 27th minute. Harris’s score from three-yards was her sixth of the season.

 

“I remember when I got in I just flicked it on to Mel (Booth) and then just tried to hurry up and get in the box. I didn’t expect that I would be the next person to be able to get to the ball,” Harris said. “I tried to hurry up and create some havoc in front of the box. I just stuck a leg out there and got the ball.”

 

Did You Know

The four goals in Sunday’s opening half marked the 21st time UF has turned in four or more goals in the first half.

# of 1st half goals

# of times (last time)

6 goals

3 times (last 10/2/98 at Maryland)

5 goals

4 times (last 10/28/01 vs. Mississippi

4 goals

14 times

 

Bishop scored her second goal of the day at 67:11 for her first multi-goal match of the 2007 season and the third of her Gator career. Florida’s Angela Napolitano was fouled well above the box and Lauren Hyde took the subsequent 30-yard free kick. Her ball found Bishop’s head and she placed it in the net from 10 yards. The goal was the sixth for Bishop, who has now scored at least one goal in five of Florida’s last eight matches. Four of her six goals this season have been scored off of headers. She and Harris are now tied for first among the 2007 Gators with six goals each.

 

The Tide ended Florida’s 513-minute shutout streak when freshman Molly Wittig scored on a seven-yard header off of Jamie Zimmerman’s free kick at 84:27. It was the first collegiate goal for Wittig.

 

With today’s win, Florida moves into a three-way tie for third in the SEC standings with 15 points. Tennessee leads the SEC standings with 19 points, followed by Georgia (17), Auburn (15), Florida (15) and LSU (15). Teams earn three points for a win and one for a tie. Due to the postponement of the Oct. 5 Vanderbilt at Florida match due to inclement weather, those teams have played one less match than the other 10 league teams. After Florida’s 0-2 start in league play, the Gators have claimed five consecutive wins, marking the longest winning streak for the team since the 2000 season (UF was 9-0 in 2000 league play). Only four matches remain on the regular-season slate and UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh knows the team will need to be prepared.

 

“The SEC is just a one game at a time thing. There are some good teams left on our schedule. We’re fortunate to have some of those games at home, but whether you are home or away, you still need to play good soccer to win,” Burleigh said.

 

Next up, the Gators head to Fayetteville, Ark., for its final road match of the regular season. Florida faces Arkansas (8-8-1, 1-6-1 SEC) on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Lady ‘Back Field. Thursday’s match can be heard live on WRUF-AM 850. Match statistics and streaming audio of the UF-UA match can also be found on www.GatorZone.com.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Alabama

0

1

1

Florida

4

1

5

 

Scoring:

UF: Shana Hudson (unassisted) 14:18

UF: Stacy Bishop (KeLeigh Hudson, Melanie Booth) 15:43

UF: Ameera Abdullah (Stacy Bishop)

UF: Ashley Harris (Megan Kerns, Booth) 26:32

UF: Bishop (Lauren Hyde) 67:11

UA: Molly Wittig (Jamie Zimmerman) 84:27

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Alabama

Justine Bernier

45:00

1

4

 

Karen Lansden

45:00

9

1

Florida

Meghan Berlingo

45:00

0

0

 

Katie Fraine

45:00

0

1

 

Statistical Summary:

UA

UF

Shots

5

28

Shot on goal

1

15

Saves

10

0

Corner Kicks

1

10

Fouls

11

9

Offside

1

0

 

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