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Sunday October 6, 2002Florida Soccer Falls 3-0 at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. --

The Kentucky soccer team (7-4, 2-1 SEC) defeated Florida (4-7-1, 1-2 SEC) for the first time Sunday afternoon in front of a UK Soccer Complex crowd of 638, handing the Gators a 3-0 loss. The Gators now own a 10-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Wildcats, which dates back to the 1995 season.

The Wildcats provided the only scoring of the opening half at 27:48 when Elizabeth Ramsey hit her fifth goal of the year. Kentuckyís goal was set up when Courtney Pollock passed the ball to Jen Wilkinson. Wilkinson sent the through ball to Ramsey, who immediately took the 10-yard shot that found the upper slot of the goal.

Florida has an excellent scoring opportunity in the 20th minute, as Robin Fulton brought the ball down the left side of the field. The goalkeeper came out to stop the ball but Fulton was able to get the ball by her. The momentum of the ball was just a bit too fast for Fulton, who couldnít take advantage of the open net as her shot was outside of the far post.

Kentucky turned in two goals in the second half. The first goal was set up when the Gators thought the ball was going to roll out the endline, but the Kats were able to just dance the line the keep it in. Lauren Russell was found at the near post for a short shot into the goal at 52:06. UKís final goal came at 65:13, when the Katís through ball found Christal Mattingly with just a single defender between her and the goal. She hit the eight-yard shot at 65:13 to give the Kats the final margin.

"When you miss early, that gives the other team confidence Ė especially when it was an empty netter," Burleigh said. "But even at 1-0, I felt like we were in it, but I thought it was a real back-breaker to give up the second goal. The second goal was because of our mental error. We stopped because we thought the ball was out of bounds and it wasnít. It was a back breaker because it was goal No. 2 and because it was a goal that could have been easily avoided.

"We knew we were down some people this weekend, but that means that others need to step up," Burleigh continued. "Given the conditions with the wind and the condition of the field, you knew you were not going to be able to play possession, controlled soccer. It was going to come down to tackling, winning 50-50 balls and Kentucky beat us. Kentucky deserved to win because they outplayed us to win the 50-50 balls. We tried different combinations up top to win those balls but we didnít get much production out of anybody that we put in there. There are games that you have to win them by playing hard and there are games you have to beat the other team on tactics. On a field like this, you canít use your tactics. You have to beat team by out-playing and out-hustling. Both teams have equal opportunity to out-hustle the other and Kentucky out-hustled us."

The Gators were without two regular starters Friday, as forward Crystal Frimpong was out with a sprained right ankle and forward Christine Johnson did not make the trip due to a gastrointestinal infection.

Next up, the Gators return home to play host to Louisiana State University on Friday, Oct. 11. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Percy Beard Stadium and admission is free. Live statistics and audio Fridayís match will be available at www.GatorZone.com.

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