Friday August 25, 2000FSU Defeats Florida Soccer Team 3-2
The No. 10 University of Florida soccer team was stunned Friday by a 3-2 loss at Florida State in front of a FSU Soccer Complex crowd of 1,282. The loss marks only the second time in the Gators six-year history that UF opened the season with a loss and is the first time UF has lost to FSU in the two team’s all-time six-match series.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the opening half. Florida had two promising opportunities to score in the first 45 minutes, but couldn’t get off a successful shot.
The second half was also scoreless up to the 77th minute, then both teams exploded with two goals each within a span of four minutes. UF junior Karyn Hall hit a 10-yard shot to the far post to put the Gators up 1-0 at 76:49. FSU responded in less than a minute, when Heather Dyche’s free kick just above the box went in to tie the match. UF junior Keisha Bell put the Gators ahead again at 79:06 when Hall kicked the ball out to her from the congestion in the middle of the box. Bell hit the 16-yarder to put UF up 2-1. But FSU’s Marte Vik Edvardsen sailed in an 18-foot shot at 80:12 to again tie the match. The Seminoles hit the go-ahead goal when Edvardsen took a shot off a breakaway. The shot rebounded off UF goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren, but FSU’s April Murphy put in a nine-yard shot before Kellgren could cover the ball.
"Obviously, it was a big disappointment for us to lose this game," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "But you have to give credit to FSU. Everytime we scored, they answered and I thought they did a good job of coming back.
"You need to have composure after you score. The most dangerous times of the game are the last five minutes of each half and right after you score a goal. I think our inexperience showed, giving up two goals shortly after we scored," she continued. "I want us to think about this match, but not dwell on it. We need to be prepared to play Miami on Sunday."
The Gators were without junior All-American Abby Wambach and sophomore All-SEC performer Danielle Murphy Friday evening. Both players are ineligible to play for UF at this time and will return to the Gator lineup later in the season.
The Gators will meet another in-state rival on Sunday, Aug. 27 when UF meets Miami in Coral Gables. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at Cobb Stadium.