Friday November 16, 2001UF Soccer Opens NCAA Play with 4-0 Win vs. UCF
Abby Wambach turned in two goals in Florida's 4-0 NCAA First Round win vs. UCF.
The No. 6 seeded University of Florida soccer team (18-3-1) opened NCAA Tournament play with a 4-0 victory over the University of Central Florida (14-6) Friday evening in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 684. The Gators now meet Georgia, which was a 5-2 winner vs. Miami in Friday’s opening match at Percy Beard Stadium. Florida and Georgia will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Percy Beard Stadium.
"Well, I think it was a good first round for us," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "We got a shutout. We got to play a lot of people. We got to rest some people. So, all the way around, it was a good opening round game. I am very excited because it got the jitters out of us a little bit."
Senior Abby Wambach scored the first and last goal for UF on Friday. The first goal started when Crystal Frimpong sent the ball to Casey Hamel, who crossed the ball near the goal where Wambach headed it in from three yards at 27:20. Her final goal came off a penalty kick at 67:08, which was awarded when an UCF player was called for a handball in the box.
Sophomore Dena Floyd gave the Gators a lift heading into halftime, as she took the pass from Christine Johnson and scored off a 25-yard blast from the middle. It was her second goal of the year. Johnson got her eighth goal of the season at 52:46, hitting a 10-yard shot off the pass from Wambach.
"Tonight they (Florida) did well with getting in line and crossing the ball and taking advantage of finishing chances. They disrupted us enough that I think we felt a little frantic," UCF Head Coach Amanda Cromwell said. "We didn’t play our game as offensively liked we had hoped. Our first touches were off and so were our passes didn’t connect."
For the match, Florida outshot the Golden Knights 22-3. Florida’s starting goalkeeper, Jordan Kellgren, turned in one save in 72 minutes of play and Regan Wiesemann recorded no saves in 18 minutes. UCF’s Jessica Kuhlman turned in four saves in 74 minutes and her substitute, Carol Lewis, posted two saves.
Tickets for Sunday’s NCAA Second Round match are $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 17 and under, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for UF students with valid Gator 1 ID cards. Also, game stats will be available at www.GatorZone.com and live audio will be available at the same site.