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The Gators congratulate Lindsay Thompson after her goal with 3 second remaining in the opening half

Sunday November 16, 2008No. 2 seed Florida Soccer Defeats UCF 2-0 in NCAA Second Round; Gators to Meet Texas A&M Next

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators congratulate Lindsay Thompson after her goal with 3 second remaining in the opening half

A goal in each half gave the No. 2 regional seed Florida soccer team (19-3-1, 11-0 SEC) a 2-0 win over UCF (14-6-3, 7-2-2 C-USA) Sunday afternoon in NCAA Championship Second Round action held at the James G. Pressly Stadium. The win advances Florida to its third consecutive NCAA Round of 16 and the Gators will play host to No. 3 regional seed Texas A&M (17-4-1, 7-2-1 Big 12) on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.

 

Florida entered Sunday’s match 0-1-1 in its last two meeting versus UCF, as UF ended 2007 home play and opened 2008 home action versus the Knights. Florida and UCF also met in 2007 NCAA Second Round action at Pressly Stadium. UF and UCF played to a scoreless tie, with the Gators advancing to the 2007 NCAA Round of 16 with a 4-3 advantage on penalty kicks. UCF returned to Gainesville for UF’s home opener on Aug. 29. The Knights scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute to take a 1-0 win.

 

NCAA Soccer Championship - Gainesville, Fla. Site
NCAA Round of 16

Match Times:    

Sunday, Nov. 23 @ James G. Pressly Stadium

1 p.m.: No. 2 regional seed Florida (19-3-1) vs. No. 3 regional seed Texas A&M (17-4-1)

 

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Florida's 2008 NCAA Results:
1st Rnd: UF 2, California 1
2nd Rnd: UF 2, UCF 0

Texas A&M's 2008 NCAA Results:
1st Rnd: Texas A&M 5, Texas State 2
2nd Rnd: Texas A&M 3, Washington 1

 The Gators looked to have scored in the 18th minute Sunday. Freshman Sarah Chapman’s header at the far post off Ameera Abdullah’s corner kick was negated by an offsides call. Although the goal was called off, it seemed to give UF a boost as Florida hasn’t been able to get a ball across the line in the past two meeting with the Knights.

 

“Getting the first goal called back was a big key because just the knowledge of putting them under pressure helped,” UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. “We did that the last time we played them and we didn’t score so I think putting one actually in the back of the net sort of relaxed everyone a little bit and let us know we could get after it more in the second half.”

 

It appeared that the first half was going to be scoreless, but a Gator push to the sound of the horn was rewarded with a goal. The ball sent by the Gator backline out of their box found Megan Kerns just a few steps into the UCF half. She chested the ball to Angela Napolitano at the center of the UCF half and she touched the ball forward to Lindsay Thompson located just right of the center of the 18-yard box. Thompson spun to the right and took the shot which scored at the center of the goal at 44:57. The goal was her seventh of the season and first since scoring a pair at Alabama on Oct. 19.

 

 “It felt really good (to get the goal), especially since there were about five seconds left in the half. I was trying to hurry and try to get it in the net before time ran out. My emotions were freaking out,” Thompson said. “Once it went it, I was happy that we could relax going into the break. It was a great feeling.”

 

Her score with just three second remaining in the half is the latest goal in an opening half in the program’s history. The previous latest goal came at 44:50 by Erin Baxter in a 4-0 win versus Tennessee on Sept. 11, 1998.

 

Florida got a bit of breathing room in the 78th minute when Kerns scored her 13th goal of the season. Sophomore Nicky Kit served the ball into the box and Kerns took a shot at the far post. UCF goalkeeper Aline Reis made the stop, but Kerns put the deflection in from four yards to push the score to 2-0. Kerns knew the two-goal lead was key as UCF made a final push with regulation winding down.

 

“It helped us relax because it gave us a little cushion. Towards the end of our 1-0 games it always gets hectic,” Kerns said. “This game got a little hectic too but having the cushion helped.”

 

The three points earned by Kerns Sunday pushed her past 60-career points, making her the ninth Gator to pass the mark and she joins fellow senior Ameera Abdullah (68 points) on the list. More than half of Kerns’ career points have been turned in this season, as she leads UF in points (35), goals (13) and shares the assists lead (9).

 

Burleigh said the match was what the team expected – a tough contest where the Gators needed to take advantage of its opportunities.

 

“We are very excited to be moving on to the next round. We expected a tough rematch with UCF. I think our team played well, put them under pressure again and again and did a good job defensively to get the shutout.”

 

The solo shutout was the second of the season for UF goalkeeper Katie Fraine. UCF’s Reis turned in five saves Sunday.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

UCF

0

0

0

Florida

1

1

2

 

Scoring:

UF – Lindsay Thompson (Megan Kerns, Angela Napolitano) 44:57

UF –Kerns (unassisted)

 

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

UCF

Aline Reis

90:00

5

2

Florida

Katie Fraine

90:00

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UCF

UF

Shots

7

20

Shots on goal

1

7

Saves

5

1

Corner Kicks

1

5

Fouls

9

11

Offside

6

2

 

 

 

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