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The Gators opened the 2002 season at Michigan.

Friday August 30, 2002Soccer: No. 18 Michigan Defeats No. 13 Florida 2-0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. --

The Gators opened the 2002 season at Michigan.

No. 18 Michigan (1-0) used two goals in the opening six minutes of play to upset the No. 13 Florida (0-1) soccer team 2-0 Friday afternoon in front of a UM Soccer Field crowd of 845. The match was the season opener for both teams.

Freshman Therese Heaton provided both goals for the Wolverines Friday afternoon. The first strike came very early in the match, as Heaton’s 12-yard shot deep from the left side rebounded off the right post into the goal after just 44 seconds of play. On her second goal, she took a pass and turned to hit a 10-yard shot directly in front of the net at 5:04. Senior Abby Crumpton assisted on both goals and senior Michele Pesiri also earned an assist on the second goal.

Florida started to get some good chances later in the opening half and continued that effort into the second, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Junior Crystal Frimpong led Florida with four shots.

UF’s goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in four saves for the match, while UM’s Suzie Grech had two saves. UM also was credited with one back save. For the match, Michigan outshot Florida 11-9.

"Obviously, the loss is disappointing, but at the same time, we feel like it is gong to be a big learning experience for us throughout the season. I thought at times we did some very nice things, but the bottom line is we have to execute," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said.

"I thought Michigan’s defense was very organized behind the ball. When our players went to make runs, they really wouldn’t check with them, which took away a little bit of our ability to play the ball over the top and through. That was successful for them."

"The great thing is that we have another opportunity on Sunday to lace them up again and go for it. Some of the younger players got a chance to play today. Hopefully this taste of college soccer will help them understand what it takes to get to the next level," Burleigh said. "We’re disappointed, but we are not going to dwell on it. We look at it as a learning experience and will move on to Sunday’s match."

Florida now meets the University of Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 1. Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Meyers Field. Sunday’s match will be a homecoming for two Gators – junior Robin Fulton and sophomore Monica Hoyles. Both are graduates of Cincinnati-area Wyoming High School.

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