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Angela Napolitano (left) & Megan Kerns each scored twice in UF's 6-1 win versus Nebraska.

Sunday August 31, 2008No. 22 Florida Soccer Defeats Nebraska 6-1; Kerns & Napolitano Score Two Goals Each

Gainesville, FL

Angela Napolitano (left) & Megan Kerns each scored twice in UF's 6-1 win versus Nebraska.

Four different Gators turned in six goals as the No. 22 University of Florida soccer team (2-1-1, 0-0 SEC) defeated Nebraska (0-3, 0-0 Big 12) Sunday afternoon in front of a James G. Pressly crowd of 800.

 

Florida suffered a frustrating 1-0 home loss to UCF Friday. Despite several great looks at the goal, the Gators couldn’t get a score. Friday’s result was still on the mind of the Gators Saturday when the team met.

 

“On Saturday morning, the team went into a room and set a whole bunch of goals. One of our main goals was not only to shoot the ball, but to finish it. Friday we had a whole bunch of shots but we weren’t able to finish them,” UF senior Megan Kerns said. “Luckily today we were able to put some in.”

 

The Gators seemed to settle down after the first few minutes of the match and started working to achieve the goals they set Saturday morning. After a few good looks at the NU goal, Florida scored in the 18th minute. Nicky Kit brought the ball down the left side and played it to Ameera Abdullah who touched it over to Angela Napolitano on the opposite side of the box. Napolitano put in her first goal of the season from seven yards into the upper corner.

 

“I missed a sitter early on so I knew that we were creating good offensive opportunities,” Napolitano said. “It was just a matter of scoring more, so we were able to do that.”

 

The Cornhuskers tied the match in the 24th minute. Michaella Fulmer took a 12-yard shot that was deflected off a Florida defender but the ball continued traveling across the goal mouth. Molly Thomas was just wide of the far post and she put the ball in for her first goal of the season.

 

Kerns scored the next two Gator goals. Her first came when Kit played ball from the left side into the box. Kerns and her NU marker slid after the ball, but it was Kerns who was just able to get her left foot on the ball to touch it into the goal at the far post at 26:32.

 

In the final five minutes of the half, Kerns scored again. Freshman Brooke Patterson played a ball to Tricia Townsend on the left side. Townsend sent the ball to the far post where Kerns headed it in from five yards. The multi-goal match was the second of Kerns’ career and first since 2006.

 

Florida’s second half scoring started in the 54th minute when Abdullah brought the ball in the box and played a square pass to Tahnai Annis who was making a run down the center of the box. Annis scored from five yards for her second consecutive Sunday with a goal.

 

“It was good to get one myself since I had some chances on Friday that I didn’t finish,” Annis said.

 

Just three minutes later, Napolitano made a move at the top of the box to elude her defender. She then took a 10-yard shot that hit the far post. The ball kicked off the post and danced along the goal line. Kerns slide in to make sure the ball crossed the goal line, but it did cross the line just before Kerns was able to get a foot on it. It was the first multi-goal match of Napolitano’s career.

 

A pair of Gator freshmen paired up for Florida’s final goal of the day. Laura Ray centered the ball into the box where Lindsay Thompson scored her first collegiate goal from five yards in the 80th minute. The six goals was the biggest offensive output for the Gators since the 2006 season when UF turned 6-1 (Sept. 3 vs Louisiana-Lafayette) and 7-0 wins (Sept. 10 vs Jacksonville).

 

UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh saw similarities in Florida’s attack from Friday to Sunday, with one key difference.

 

“Honestly I think we created just as many good opportunities on Friday as we did today. The difference was we just finished them,” Burleigh said. “There were some really great goals. It’s just one of those things where we have to build upon what we did today in terms of our finishing.”

 

Next up, Florida has an unusual Friday off prior to playing at No. 5 Florida State on Sunday, Sept. 7. Match time is set for 4:30 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The UF-FSU match will air live on FSN-FL. The match can also be heard live on WRUF AM 850.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Nebraska

1

0

1

Florida

3

3

6

 

Scoring:

UF – Angela Napolitano (Ameera Abdullah, Nicky Kit) 17:07

NU –Molly Thomas (Michaella Fulmer) 24:32

UF – Megan Kerns (Kit) 26:32

UF – Kerns (Tricia Townsend, Brooke Patterson) 39:51

UF –Tahnai Annis (Ameera Abdullah) 53:59

UF – Napolitano (unassisted) 56:34

UF – Lindsay Thompson (Laura Ray) 80:14

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Nebraska

Jessica Mills

80:15

4

6

 

Brittany Pfeil

9:45

0

0

Florida

Meghan Berlingo

90:00

2

1

 

Statistical Summary:

NU

UF

Shots

10

14

Saves

4

2

Corner Kicks

2

6

Fouls

2

2

Offside

3

0

 

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