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Nicky Kit provided both assists in Florida's 2-1 win Sunday at LSU.

Sunday October 26, 2008No. 7 Florida Soccer Posts 2-1 Win at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. -

Nicky Kit provided both assists in Florida's 2-1 win Sunday at LSU.

The No. 7 University of Florida soccer team (15-2-1, 10-0 SEC) got the tying and go-ahead goals in the second half to hand LSU (12-3-1, 6-3-1 SEC) a 2-1 loss Sunday afternoon in front of a LSU Soccer Complex crowd of 1,367. The Tigers are ranked No. 13 by Soccer America and entered the match ranked No. 2 behind Florida in the Southeastern Conference rankings.

 

The Tigers entered the match on an 18-match home unbeaten streak, with its last loss at the LSU Soccer Complex coming Oct. 13, 2006 in a 2-1 loss to Auburn. To end that streak, Florida was forced to come back from a one-goal halftime deficit. It was the third time in Florida’s five SEC road matches this season that it came from behind to win.

 

The Tigers took advantage of Florida’s trouble clearing the ball at midfield to take the lead at 33:56. The ball was sent ahead by Malorie Rutledge to Rachel Yepez who split her defenders to run it down in the box. She scored her first goal of the season at the far post corner on her 1v1 opportunity with UF’s goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo.

 

“We’ve been in that situation before and that’s what we talked about at halftime,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “We told them we been here before and we know what it takes to come back but that’s not going to happen by us just saying that we’ve been here before. We had to make some changes tactically and we did a better job in the first part of the second half of possessing the ball.”

 

Florida tied the match very early in the second half. Sophomore Nicky Kit served the ball from a few steps above the LSU endline. Tahnai Annis was in the center of the box and her presence drew the attention of LSU’s goalkeeper Mo Isom. The ball carried to the far post where Ameera Abdullah scored on an eight-yard shot at 46:31. It was her sixth goal of the season.

 

“Nicky served a really good ball in from the left side. Tahnai made the run to the near post and I was just behind. She let it go past her and it came to me,” Abdullah said. “I just chested it, then hit it and it went in at the left side of the goal.”

 

The go-ahead goal started again with a Kit cross from the left side. Her cross found Annis at the far post corner, who coolly headed the ball in from six yards for her ninth goal of the season. That goal total is the most by a Gator freshman since Abby Wambach turned in 19 in 1998.

 

2008 SEC Soccer Standings

EASTERN DIV.

SEC

Points

ALL

Pct.

Florida*

10-0

30

15-2-1

.861

Georgia

6-3-1

19

8-9-1

.472

South Carolina

5-3-2

17

11-4-4

.684

Tennessee

5-4-1

16

8-9-1

.472

Vanderbilt

3-6-1

10

9-7-2

.556

Kentucky

2-7-1

7

4-12-2

.278

WESTERN DIVISION

LSU

6-3-1

19

12-3-1

.781

Auburn

6-3-1

19

10-7-2

.579

Alabama

4-5-1

13

9-7-2

.556

Mississippi

4-5-1

13

6-9-3

.417

Arkansas

4-6

12

11-7

.611

Mississippi State

0-10

0

5-14

.263

* - 2008 SEC champion

 

Sunday, Oct. 26 SEC Results

Florida defeated LSU 2-1

Auburn defeated Tennessee 2-1 2OT

Georgia defeated Alabama  2-0

Vanderbilt defeated Mississippi State 4-0

Mississippi defeated Kentucky 3-1

South Carolina defeated Arkansas 3-1

 “We actually had a few balls served into the box and it kept getting played out. A few got knocked back out to Nicky. Each time, I just tried to make sure that I was getting back in the box and recycling my run,” Annis said. “Finally, on her last service in, it was a high ball that was floating for awhile. I just made sure that I could get something on it and judge it right. I kept focused and concentrated. I headed it and it went right through the keeper’s hands. It was close – it was just five or six inches inside the post.”

 

The Tigers looked to have scored in the 87th minute, but what would have been the tying goal was ruled offsides.

 

Two of Berlingo’s three saves Sunday came off a Tiger push at the end of the opening half. Rutledge took a shot at in the 44th minute which Berlingo saved, but the ball was still in play. The Tigers pushed the rebound to the center where Melissa Clarke took a short back-heeled shot, but Berlingo made the diving one-handed save. LSU”s Isom turned in four saves Sunday.

 

Next up, Florida travels to Columbia, S.C., to meet South Carolina for the regular-season finale on Thursday, Oct. 30. Match time is set for 8 p.m. (ET) at the Eugene E. Stone III Stadium. The Gamecocks are 8-0-2 at home in 2008. This will be Florida's first appearance on the Fox Soccer Channel's Match of the Week (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 255). The match can also be heard live on WRUF AM 850 or on the simulcasts on Gator Radio - Cox Channel 96/946 in Gainesville and GatorZone.com with Adam Schick covering the action.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Florida

0

2

2

LSU

1

0

1

 

Scoring:

LSU – Rachel Yepez (Malorie Rutledge) 33:56

UF – Ameera Abdullah (Nicky Kit) 46:31

UF – Tahnai Annis (Kit) 72:12

 

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

Florida

Meghan Berlingo

90:00

3

1

LSU

Mo Isom

90:00

4

2

 

Statistical Summary:

UF

LSU

Shots

12

14

Shots on goal

6

4

Saves

3

4

Corner Kicks

3

5

Fouls

5

7

Offside

0

3

 

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