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Sunday September 29, 2002South Carolina Soccer Defeats Florida 1-0 in OT

COLUMBIA, S.C.

The University of Florida soccer team (3-6-1, 0-1 SEC) was defeated 1-0 in overtime in its Southeastern Conference opener at South Carolina (8-2, 1-0) Sunday afternoon. It was the first win for the Gamecocks in the eight-year history of Florida soccer, as the Gators now lead 9-1 in the all-time series. It is the fourth loss all-time for the Gators in SEC action. The Gamecocks extended their current win streak to five with Sunday’s result.

The opening half was scoreless, but Florida outshot the Gamecocks 11-0. Dena Floyd hit a goal early in the match, but although the whistle wasn’t blown until after the shot the official ruled the play dead prior to the goal because Crystal Frimpong was lying next to the post due to a right ankle injury. Frimpong was removed by the UF athletic trainers from the field and did not return to the match. The UF medical staff will examine her when the team returns to Gainesville.

The second half saw the Gamecocks find their stride offensively, as both teams turned in seven shots. Each team had excellent looks at the goal in the second 45 minutes, but neither team could get the score. Ashley Williams scored the golden goal for the Gamecocks at 100:07. Melinda Carter jumped on a miss clear attempt by the Gators and her through ball found Williams for the 10-yard shot.

"We had plenty of opportunities," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "It is very, very disappointing. Right now we are at a loss on how to win. It requires an extra effort – finding a way to put a team away. At halftime, the shots were 11-0. They didn’t even have a look at our net and we had so many opportunities but we couldn’t find a way to put them away. The longer a team hangs around, the more confidence they get. We make one bad pass at the end and that is the game. We are just searching for answers at this point. The game shouldn’t have gotten away from us."

For the match, UF outshot the Gamecocks 18-8. UF goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in four saves while USC’s Elise Matthews recorded eight saves.

Next up, Florida continues SEC play at Vanderbilt on Friday, Oct. 4. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at the Vanderbilt Soccer Field.

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