Sunday October 13, 2002Florida Soccer Defeats Arkansas 2-1
Florida freshman Lindsey Affolter hit her first collegiate goal Sunday. UF defeated Arkansas 2-1.
Two University of Florida freshmen provided the tying and go-ahead goals to give the Gator soccer team (5-7-2, 2-1 SEC) a 2-1 win over Arkansas (5-10, 1-3 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 1,013.
The Lady Razorbacks went ahead early with a goal from Lisa Jones at 19:18. It was the third consecutive goal by Jones, as she also provided UA’s two goals Friday in Arkansas’ 2-1 double-overtime win at South Carolina.
Florida freshman Lindsey Affolter tied the match at 39:50, hitting her first goal on her collegiate shot. Senior Danielle Rust started the play with a through ball to Affolter on the left side. Affolter sent the 20-yard bender to the back corner of the goal.
"I tried to first cross the ball, but it came right back to me. The ball was right there so I tried to put something on it and I gave it everything I had. I knew it was going in the right direction and when it went it, I thought ‘Oh my gosh! We scored!’" Affolter said.
Another Gator freshman, Candace Rivers, gave the Gators the lead in the final minutes of the opening half. Rivers hit a five-yard header off a Danielle Murphy corner kick at 43:53 for her second goal of the season.
Twenty different players appeared in the Gators’ lineup Sunday, as the UF coaching staff was looking for a higher level of intensity from its field players.
"I think after watching the first 15 minutes of that game it was just more of the same – a lack of intensity. We felt like we needed to do something drastic and we put a lot of new faces in and those players certainly stepped up to the plate. It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said, who was also celebrating her birthday on Sunday. "I think the people that came off the bench set the tone for the type of intensity that we need to play defense. Hopefully, the starters can pick up the same type of intensity. The players that came off the bench made the difference. They wanted to play and they haven’t gotten the chance. When they got that chance, they proved that they belong. I’m really proud of the people that came off the bench. I think they provided a huge spark and that won the game for us."
Rain sprinkles began in the 57th minute and slowly increased in intensity as the match continued. With less than four minutes remaining in the match, the players were pulled off the field due to lightening. After a delay of 15 minutes, the players returned to the field and finished the match.
Florida outshot Arkansas 10-4 for the match. The goalkeepers, UF’s Jordan Kellgren and UA’s Lindsay Haywood, each turned in three saves.
Next up, the Gators continue their homestand when they play host to No. 21 Tennessee on Friday, Oct. 18. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Percy Beard Stadium and admission is free. Live statistics and audio Friday’s match will be available atwww.GatorZone.com.