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Friday September 27, 2002No. 25 Florida State Defeats Florida Soccer 2-1

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.

The No. 25 Florida State (6-2-2) soccer team claimed a 2-1 win over Florida (3-5-1) Friday evening in front of a record Seminole Soccer Stadium crowd of 1,603. It was the second loss for the Gators in their last two visits to Tallahassee. The Seminoles took their first win in the two team’s series in 2000.

Florida scored first, but it was FSU that took a 2-1 lead into halftime. Crystal Frimpong scored the first goal of the match at 6:04. The goal was started by the pass from Stephanie Freeman, who found Robin Fulton headed down the right side of the box. Fulton sent the cross into the box and Frimpong just beat her defender to hit the short shot into the goal. FSU tied the match at 21:43 when Leah Gallegos took the feed from Camie Bybee inside the box and beat her defender for her fifth goal of the season. The Seminoles moved ahead at 35:17 off a Teresa Rivera free kick. Rivera’s kick went to far post where Amber Tollefson headed it back to the middle of the box. Jez Ratliff took the header and hit the shot.

The Gators picked up their play in the second half, but couldn’t put one in the goal. Florida had some opportunities in the second half, including a chance in the final minute when Fulton’s shot went wide of the near post.

"In a rivalry game, the home field means something. We played such a great second half. We have to play that way the entire game," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "At halftime, we (the coaches) basically questioned our pride. We did come out and responded – I’m really proud of the way we played. But 45 minutes of that type of effort is not enough – especially against a rivalry opponent on their home field. You’ve got to play two halves like that and I think that is the lesson that we will learn tonight."

For the match, FSU outshot the Gators 12-10. Both goalkeepers –UF’s Jordan Kellgren and FSU’s Kerry York – each turned in four saves Friday.

Next up, Florida opens the Southeastern Conference season in Columbia, S.C., when the Gators meet South Carolina. Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Eugene E. Stone III Stadium.

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