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Friday November 14, 2008No. 2 seed Florida Soccer Opens NCAA Play with 2-1 Win over California

Gainesville, Fla.

A Gator senior contributed a goal in each half Friday, giving the No. 2 regional seed Florida soccer team (18-3-1, 11-0 SEC) a 2-1 win over California (10-9-1, 3-5-1 Pac-10) Friday evening in NCAA Championship First Round action held at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

 

For the second season in a row, Florida will face UCF in NCAA Second Round action. The Knights defeated Miami 3-1 in Friday’s other opening round match. In 2007 NCAA Second Round action, UF and UCF played to a scoreless tie, with the Gators advancing 4-3 on penalty kicks. This will be the second meeting between Florida and UCF this season. The Gators opened their 2008 home season with a 1-0 loss to UCF on Aug. 28.

 

For the third consecutive match, the Gators found themselves playing from behind. A misplay by the backline in Florida’s final third led to an early Bear goal. Freshman Natasha Richardson took the ball and scored her first goal as a Bear from 12-yards on her 1v1 opportunity with UF goalkeeper Katie Fraine in the fourth minute.

 

Florida evened the score when it capitalized on a set play opportunity in the 16th minute. The Gators were awarded a free kick 28-yards above the UC goal. Megan Kerns struck a ball that curved left into the net for her 12th goal of the season.

 

“I saw the keeper cheat a little bit to the left so I decided to go far post and it worked,” Kerns said.

 

The Gators’ go-ahead goal came early in the second half. Junior Caitlin Howard brought the ball deep into the UC box and served it to the far post. Kerns and Ameera Abdullah were in position to make a play on it, but it was Abdullah that was able to put it in from four yards for her eighth goal of the season.

 

Abdullah’s first thought when she saw that the strike was a goal was “We’re ahead!”

 

NCAA Soccer Championship Second Round Information - Gainesville, Fla. Site

 

Sunday, Nov. 16

1 p.m.: Florida (18-3-1) vs. UCF (14-5-3)

 

Tickets:

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$3.00 children 12 & under, students and senior citizens

First 200 UF students with identification are admitted free

 

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 “I’m proud of the whole team for stepping up and Caitlin [Howard] for making a tremendous run down the line,” she continued. “I’m just happy that our team showed tremendous heart.”

 

The match was exactly what UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh expected – a challenging contest against a team from the highly-competitive Pacific 10 Conference.

 

“It was a tough game, just as we expected. We knew that Cal was going to take it to us and I thought they did. I’m proud of our team for coming back from a one goal deficit. Survive and advance, that’s what it’s all about at this point and that’s what we did.”

 

For the match, the two teams were even with six shots on goal each. UF’s Fraine turned in five saves, while UC’s goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini had four saves.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

California

1

0

1

Florida

1

1

2

 

Scoring:

UC – Natasha Richardson (unassisted) 3:34

UF – Megan Kerns (unassisted) 15:06

UF – Ameera Abdullah (Caitlin Howard) 50:22

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

California

Gina Pellegrini

90:00

4

2

Florida

Katie Fraine

90:00

5

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UC

UF

Shots

14

8

Shots on goal

6

6

Saves

4

5

Corner Kicks

7

3

Fouls

11

14

Offside

3

0

 

 

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