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Megan Kerns turned in two shots on goal Friday at Portland.

Friday September 19, 2008No. 16 Florida Soccer Loses 2-0 at No. 5 Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -

Megan Kerns turned in two shots on goal Friday at Portland.

A goal in each half gave No. 5 Portland (7-1, 0-0 West Coast) a 2-0 win over No. 16 Florida (4-2-1, 0-0 SEC) Friday evening in front of a Harry A. Merlo Field crowd of 3,464.

 

Portland’s goals, both from freshman Danielle Foxhoven, came early and late in the match. The Pilots scored the only goal of the opening half at 9:37. Michelle Enyeart sent the ball into the box but the ball was deflected. Foxhoven scored on the opportunity from six yards to give the Pilots the 1-0 lead.

 

The Gator turnover late in the second half gave the Pilots the final margin. Megan Rapinoe found the ball and placed it in the box where Foxhoven was able to score on her 1v1 situation from six yards in the 85th minute.

 

The attacking players for Portland are difficult to contain, UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said.

 

“I think their attack is really dynamic. Rapinoe is a very mobile player playing out of the middle. At the top, Enyeart is very dangerous and Foxhoven finished the goals,” she said. “Portland has a very dynamic attack – probably one of the most dynamic attacks in the country.”

 

The Gators had some looks at the goal in the opening half, but couldn’t find that vital last touch. In the ninth minute, Ameera Abdullah brought the ball down the leftside of the box, but her centering cross was just out of the reach of Megan Kerns before the UP goalkeeper gathered it up. Just a couple of minutes later, Sarah Chapman brought the ball down the right sideline. Her cross found Kerns in the box, but her shot was stopped by UP’s Kelsey Davis.

 

The Gators’ touch improved in the second half, with more dangerous looks at the UP goal. Freshman Lindsay Thompson gave the Pilot crowd a scare in the 57th minute when Davis tried to punt the ball out of the UP box. Thompson pressured Davis and the punt deflected off of Thompson. The deflection traveled back toward the UP goal, but was wide.

 

The Gator had three strong looks at the goal in the four-minute span, starting in the 68th minute. Kerns found Annis making a diagonal run in the box. Annis took a hard shot that was deflected out for the Gators’ first corner kick of the match.  The Gator pressure continued and Annis found the ball in the box in the 71st minute, but her shot was just wide of the far post.  Within the same minute, Annis took advantage of the Pilot’s trouble clearing the ball , but her hard, 10-yard shot was just high.

 

“I thought we created some really good opportunities. The number of opportunities we had weren’t that big, but I thought the quality of our opportunities were excellent. There were three or four quality chances there and we just need to stick those because a 1-1 game is something way different than a 1-0 game,” Burleigh said. “The last goal they scored was the result of us taking risks and pushing people forward. I don’t care if we lose 5-0 or 1-0; it doesn’t matter to me. So we are going to take risks (to try to score) so that goal was the result of us taking risks at the end.”

 

For the match, Portland had eight shots-on-goal to Florida’s three. Katie Fraine turned in six saves in the Gator goal, while Davis posted three for UP.

 

Next up, Florida returns home to play host to its fourth consecutive National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 25 team on Sunday, Sept. 21 to face No. 25 Kansas (6-1, 0-0 Big 12). Match time is set for 1 p.m. (ET) at the James G. Pressly Stadium and admission is free. This is the first meeting between the two teams. The Jayhawks are coming off a 3-2 win at UCF Friday. KU opened the season with five consecutive wins - Purdue (3-0), Auburn (2-1), Alabama-Birmingham (5-2), SMU (1-0) and Missouri State (4-1) before suffering its first loss last Sunday to Loyola Chicago (2-1). The match can be heard live on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington covering the action Sunday.

 

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Florida

0

0

0

Portland

1

1

2

 

Scoring:

UP – Danielle Foxhoven (Michelle Enyeart) 9:37

UP – Foxhoven (Megan Rapinoe) 84:57

 

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida

Katie Fraine

90:00

6

2

Portland

Kelsey Davis

90:00

3

0

 

Statistical Summary:

UF

UP

Shots

6

21

Shots on goal

3

8

Saves

6

3

Corner Kicks

2

7

Fouls

13

15

Offside

1

3

 

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