Sunday October 20, 2002Florida Soccer Defeats Georgia 1-0 in Overtime
Florida celebrates Monica Hoyles' overtime goal that gave UF a 1-0 win Sunday over Georgia.
The University of Florida soccer team was two-for-two for overtime matches this weekend, as the Gators (7-7-2, 4-2-1 SEC) defeated Georgia (7-8-1, 3-3 SEC) 1-0 Sunday afternoon in front of a Florida Soccer Stadium crowd of 1,566.
Florida and Georgia were coming into Sunday’s match as overtime winners from Friday’s action. Both teams used final scores of 2-1 to post wins Friday, as UF defeated Tennessee and Georgia defeated South Carolina. Sunday’s overtime match was the sixth for the Gators, setting a season record for overtime matches in a single season (previous high: 5 in 2001). The Gators now own a 2002 overtime record of 2-2-2.
The Gators had plenty of chances in regulation play, but the ball failed to find the back of the net each try. That theme started early for the Gators as in the first minute of the match, freshman Cherry Pickman’s shot from 10-yards had the left side of the goal open, but the ball rolled wide. The Bulldogs also had some golden opportunities, as UGA’s Elizabeth’s Metherell’s shot in the 71st minute was cleared off the line by Ashley Kellgren. UF’s Stephanie Freeman also cleared the ball off the line in the flurry following a UGA corner kick in the 88th minute.
But it was sophomore Monica Hoyles who finally was able to get one across the line. She took the cross from freshman Candace Rivers and hit the seven-yard volley at 92:54 for her second goal of the year.
"To tell the truth, I’m not exactly sure how I scored it – it happened so fast. Candace sent the ball in and I was able to get my right foot on it. The goalie was on the left side and there was room on the right side of the goal," Hoyles said. "It was great when it happened – I wished it had happened a little bit sooner, but we were happy to get the goal and the win."
The goal was the second golden goal for Hoyles in her collegiate career, as she hit the overtime goal at No. 3 UCLA in 2001 NCAA Quarterfinal action to send the Gators to the NCAA College Cup. Rivers, who was credited with the assist Sunday, also assisted on Christine Johnson’s game-winning overtime goal on Friday.
"We had a lot of chances but if you don’t finish them, you’re gonna stay 0-0," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "We’ll continue to spend this week, everyday, working on finishing, hopefully we’ll get a little better at it."
This was the third overtime match in the 11-match series between Florida and Georgia – with all the overtime matches being played in Gainesville. UF now owns a 10-0-1 advantage in the series.
Florida outshot the Bulldogs 15-9 Sunday. UF goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in six saves Sunday in her fourth shutout match of the season. UGA’s Ashley Lindley posted five saves.
Next up, the Gators travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a match with SEC Western Division rival Alabama. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m. and the match will be televised live on FOX Sports South Net and Sunshine Network. Live audio for Friday’s match will also be available atwww.GatorZone.com.