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The fifth-largest crowd in UF soccer history (3,526) was on hand Friday.

Friday September 18, 2009No. 7 Florida Soccer Falls 1-0 to No. 5 Florida State in Overtime

Gainesville, Fla.

The fifth-largest crowd in UF soccer history (3,526) was on hand Friday.

The No. 7 University of Florida soccer team (5-3, 0-0 SEC) lost 1-0 in overtime to No. 5 Florida State (7-1, 0-0 ACC) Friday evening in front a James G. Pressly crowd of 3,526 - the fifth-largest crowd in the program’s 15 seasons. Friday’s result was the first overtime contest in the 17-match series between the two teams.

 

The lone goal came when sophomore Toni Pressley hit an eight-yard shot off a deflection in the 93rd minute. It was her first goal of the season.

 

UF goalkeeper Katie Fraine, who turned in three saves Friday, said an accumulation of Gator mistakes that started before the play led up to the game-winning goal.

 

“It was just one mistake after another after another. I should have called the ball back from Jazmyne (Avant) so she got confused and felt she needed to clear it out. The throw in came in. I called “Keeper” and ended up plowing into my own player. The ball lands at Pressley’s feet. She actually hit a right-footer into the backside of the net. It was just a series of mistakes,” Fraine said. “You hate to see that after we played so well. It was unfortunate that it happened in the overtime, but we have to take our play today away as a positive.”

 

The Gators showed great advances Friday from its 3-0 loss to then No. 9 UCLA on Sept. 6. UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh saw plenty in that match that needed improvement in the Gators’ play. Despite the loss, Burleigh was pleased with what she saw from the Gators Friday.

 

"I thought we played great. I thought it was our best performance of the season. Obviously it was a really disappointing way to lose. We knew that they had a long throw in and we prepared for the long throw in. That’s probably the only disappointment of the whole game. Other than that, I thought it was a heck of a game with two good teams battling. I am really proud of the way that our team played."

 

The loss to UCLA turned out to be a teaching event the Gators have gained from.

 

"They understand that we had to raise the level after UCLA. UCLA showed us that we couldn’t go on playing at that level and expect to compete with the top teams in the country,” Burleigh said. “Ever since then, we've tried to hold a very high standard, both in practice and the games, and it’s just made a big difference."

 

"We all feel bad about losing. None of us ever want to lose, particularly against a rival and at home,” she continued. “All those factors are bad things, but in terms of the way we played, we're going to be fine."

 

There were great chances on both sides to score in regulation. Late in regulation, a centering ball off a throw-in just missed UF freshman Brooke Thigpen at the far post. Tiffany McCarty was heading to the goal in the box in the 16th minute before UF’s Kathryn Williamson broke up her drive with a slide tackle. In the 18th minute, a Gator cross was punched out to the top of the box. Freshman Erika Tymrak gathered it up and brought it back into the box but her 16-yard shot was wide right. Tymrak also had the Gators’ lone shot of the overtime period, but the 20-yard shot was saved by FSU’s Erin McNulty.

 

In the 22nd minute, FSU’s Becky Edwards received the ball in the box off a long throw in. Fraine was off her line, but Edwards’ shot was cleared off the goal line by senior Lauren Hyde. Near the midpoint of the second half, FSU’s Jessica Price got free in the box but Fraine made a diving save on Price’s eight-yard shot to the near post.

 

Sophomore Lindsay Thompson said after the match that she had “three near chances” to score that were just off the mark. A pair of those chances came in the opening half. Thompson got her head on the end of a cross from the endline midway through the opening half but McNulty made the save on her six-yard shot. Fraine started a Gator attack in the 36th minute when the ball she booted found Thompson in the middle of the FSU half. She tapped the ball to Tahnai Annis at the top of the box. Annis returned it to Thompson, who continued her run through the box, but her shot was wide.

 

For the match, both teams turned in nine shots. Florida turned in four saves and FSU’s McNulty posted two saves.

 

The Gators finish their non-conference slate on Sunday, Sept. 20 when they play host to Eastern Kentucky (3-5, 0-0 Ohio Valley). Match time is set for 1 p.m. at Pressly Stadium. EKU lost 3-0 at Jacksonville Friday evening. Streaming audio and video of Sunday’s match is available at www.GatorZone.com – the official website of the Florida Gators. Click on the GatorVision link to get complete information about streaming video for Sunday’s match.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

OT

Final

Florida State

0

0

1

1

Florida

0

0

0

0

 

Scoring:

FSU: Toni Pressley (Rachel Lim) 92:36

 

Goalkeepers:

 

 

Minutes

Saves

GA

FSU

Erin McNulty

92:36

2

0

Florida

Katie Fraine

92:36

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

FSU

UF

Shots

9

9

Shots on goal

5

2

Saves

2

4

Corner Kicks

5

6

Fouls

4

8

Offside

3

2

 

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