Friday October 11, 2002Florida Soccer Ties LSU 1-1
Robin Fulton scored the Gators' goal in Friday's 1-1 draw with LSU.
After a very physical double overtime match, the University of Florida (4-7-2, 1-2-1 SEC) and LSU (10-1-1, 2-0-1 SEC) soccer teams settled for a 1-1 tie Friday evening in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 1,279.
Florida struck early, with the goal coming at 12:50. Stephanie Freeman took the ball up the middle and flicked it left to Crystal Frimpong, who was coming up towards the box. Frimpong sent a cross to her right over to Robin Fulton, who was right in front of the net. The ball almost got away, but Fulton was able to control it and then tucked it in past Tiger goalkeeper Robyn DesOrmeaux into the right side of the net.
Gator fans had a scare later in the first half, when in the 31st minute, Kara Rao went down after a collision with an LSU player. She was carried off the field by the UF Athletic Training staff and did not return to the match.
Both sides stepped up the intensity in the second half. LSU scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute, when the nation’s leader goal scorer Mandy Heintz sent a pass over to former Gator Stephanie Keating, who finished the play with a goal.
Neither team was able to hit the golden goal in the 20 minutes of overtime play. It was the fourth overtime match for the Gators and the first overtime match for the Tigers this season.
For the match, UF outshot the Tigers 9-7. Florida goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in two saves, while LSU’s DesOrmeaux posted three saves. The two teams accumulated 52 fouls Friday (28 – LSU; 24 – Florida) and five players received yellow cards (3 – LSU; 2 – UF).
The Gators return to action on Sunday, Oct. 13 when they play host to Arkansas (5-9, 1-2 SEC). Match time is set for 2:30 p.m. at the Percy Beard Stadium and admission is free. Children are invited to participate in Sunday’s Gatorade Soccer Fest beginning at noon at the north endzone of the soccer/track stadium. Also on Oct. 13, the Chris McCarty Band will perform in a free concert immediately following the match.