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Sophomore Danielle Rust scored her first collegiate goal Friday vs. SMU.

Friday September 21, 2001Florida Soccer Defeats SMU 3-0

Gainesville, FL

Sophomore Danielle Rust scored her first collegiate goal Friday vs. SMU.

The No. 20 University of Florida soccer team (3-2, 1-0 SEC) scored three goals in the second half to hand Southern Methodist University (4-1) its first loss of the season in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 1,129. The 3-0 victory was also the first home shutout for the Gators this season.

The opening half saw plenty of Gator opportunities, but none found their way in. UF outshot the Mustangs 12-4 in the opening 45 minutes. The Gators’ first goal came from an unlikely source, as sophomore defender Danielle Rust curved in a 15-yard shot from the right endline at 50:53 to put UF ahead for good. The goal was the first for Rust in her collegiate career.

"I don’t remember too much about how the play was set up. After it left my foot, I knew it was going to go in," Rust said. "I do remember jumping up and down afterwards."

It took just over 30 minutes for the Gators to score again, but UF was able to put two in within a three-minute span. Senior Abby Wambach turned in her fourth goal of the season, hitting an eight-yard volley at 83:58. Freshman Christine Johnson finished the scoring for the evening at 85:33, striking a 20-yard shot from the middle for her second goal of the season.

"For awhile it was a little scary because we had so many great opportunities, especially in the first half. The first 15 minutes could have been 4 or 5-0. The good thing was we kept our composure and stayed patient and kept trying to do the things that were creating the chances," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said.

"We knew that what SMU was really good at was the balls in the back, balls in the air and right before half time they got that really good opportunity that Jordan (Kellgren) came up with a big save on and that is their specialty. That is what we knew they could do really well, so we knew that if we could keep them from serving balls in the back and serving balls on set plays that we would be in good shape. I thought our defense did a great job at keeping the play in front of them so none of those balls were behind them," she continued.

For the match, Florida outshot SMU 30-6. SMU goalkeeper Erin McLeod turned in 10 saves, while UF’s Jordan Kellgren recorded two saves.

Next up, the Gators play host to No. 12 Virginia on Sunday, Sept. 23. Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. and admission is free. Sunday’s match will also air tape-delayed on Sunshine at 3:00 p.m. Before Sunday’s match, Gator fans are invited to attend the Gatorade SoccerFest. The Gatorade SoccerFest, which opens at 11:30 a.m. at the north end of the Percy Beard Stadium, features interactive games. Also, the first 1,000 youth at Sunday’s match receive Frisbees courtesy of Gatorade.

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