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Megan Kerns recorded three shots on goal in Friday's 1-0 loss to UCF

Friday August 29, 2008No. 22 Florida Soccer Drops 1-0 Decision to UCF

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Megan Kerns recorded three shots on goal in Friday's 1-0 loss to UCF

A late goal gave the UCF soccer team (1-1, 0-0 Conference USA) a 1-0 win at No. 22 Florida (1-1-1, 0-0 SEC) Friday evening in front of a James G. Pressly crowd of 1,798. It was the first loss in a home opener in the 14-year history of the Gator soccer program.

 

Florida was on the attack in the second half, with several quality chances at the UCF goal. The Gators recorded eight of their 19 shots of the match in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Some of the better looks at the goal included in the 52nd minute, Ashlee Elliott’s pass found Megan Kerns at the top of the box. Her square pass found freshman Tahnai Annis, but her shot was wide. Just a minute later, Annis took another shot that was saved out for a corner kick. Just a bit later, Nicky Kit crossed the ball from deep by the left sideline to Kerns. Her header shot was on frame, but UCF’s Aline Reis made the one-handed save out for a corner kick. 

 

“I think in the first 20-25 minutes of the second half we had enough chances to win two or three games. But the bottom line is you’ve got to put them in the back of the net,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “Credit their keeper for a good performance but I feel that we need to find a way to finish. This is something that we can overcome. It’s a wake-up call, especially to our younger players, about what the margin of victory and defeat is and sometimes it’s really slim.”

 

With seven minutes left in regulation, Yvonne George took advantage of a Florida turnover at the top of the Gator box. Stacie Hubbard took the turnover and found George open at the left corner of the box. She put her 12-yard shot in to give the Knights the only goal of the match.

 

Burleigh said the team needs to learn from this match.

 

“There were some really good chances for us. I thought we created some great opportunities. But we can’t turn the ball over in our own defensive third which is what we did for their goal,” Burleigh said. “We’ve got to find a way to win. They found a way to win despite not having many opportunities – you have to give credit to UCF for that.”

 

Next up, the Gators play host to Nebraska (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) on Sunday, Aug. 31. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at Pressly Stadium. Sunday’s match is the first of seven 2008 Florida matches that will be televised. Mick Hubert, the Voice of the Gators, and Andy Warner will call the action for SUN Sports. The match can also be heard live on WRUF AM 850. The first 2,500 fans at Sunday’s match receive a 2008 Gator soccer poster compliments of Dodge.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

UCF

0

1

1

Florida

0

0

0

 

Scoring:

UCF – Yvonne George (Stacie Hubbard) 83:01

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

UCF

Aline Reis

90:00

8

0

Florida

Katie Fraine

90:00

1

1

 

Statistical Summary:

UCF

UF

Shots

6

17

Saves

8

1

Corner Kicks

3

12

Fouls

9

9

Offside

2

0

 

 

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