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Abby Wambach scored the game-winning goal off a header in UF's 2-1 win Tuesday at No. 9 UConn.

Tuesday October 2, 2001No. 13 Florida Soccer Defeats No. 9 UConn 2-1

STORRS, Conn. --

Abby Wambach scored the game-winning goal off a header in UF's 2-1 win Tuesday at No. 9 UConn.

The No. 13 University of Florida soccer team (6-2-1, 2-0 SEC) defeated No. 9 Connecticut (7-3) 2-1 Tuesday evening in front of a Morrone Stadium crowd of 825. It is the Gators’ first win of the season vs. a National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) top-10 team and second vs. NSCAA ranked team this week. UF defeated then No. 12 Florida State 2-0 last Friday in Gainesville.

The first score of the match was an own goal by the Gators at 13:46 when Keisha Bell’s pass back to goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren caught her going the opposite direction of the ball. Florida knotted the score at 24:02 when Andi Sellers took the cross from Christine Johnson and hit a rocket at the top of the box through the UConn goalkeeper’s hands.

The tie was broken at 65:57 when Abby Wambach headed in the ball at the near post off Danielle Murphy’s deep cross from the right side.

"We started off real shaky and I think a lot of that was due to the UConn’s pressure. It was a big goal to get that own goal back. I think the own goal continued to make us play shaky – you obviously question your own confidence a little bit after you give up an own goal. For us to get that one back and get to halftime 1-1 was a big plus for us," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said.

"I think what was great about this was coming from behind and for us to come up here in the middle of the week to play a UConn team that has been also been playing very well – I think this is a big win for us. I love the way UConn plays – they’ve got a great squad. They are definitely going to be a team to contend with down the road."

For the match, UF outshot the Huskies 14-11. Kellgren recorded seven saves in goal for the Gators, while UConn’s Erin Rice also turned in seven saves.

The Gators return to Gainesville to play host to Vanderbilt on Friday, Oct. 5. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Percy Beard Stadium and admission is free. The first 1,000 fans to Friday’s match receive free t-shirts.

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