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Friday October 25, 2002Florida Soccer Wins at Alabama 2-0

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --

The University of Florida soccer team (8-7-2, 5-2-1 SEC) claimed a 2-0 win over Alabama (11-4-1, 2-4-1 SEC) Friday evening in front of a UA Soccer Field crowd of 658.

Both of Florida’s goals were Alabama own goals – the first own goals for the Gators this season. Florida took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Danielle Murphy served the ball into the box and UA goalkeeper Courtney Rogers punched the ball out to the top of the box. UF’s Stephanie Freeman took a shot and the rebound bounced off a UA player into the goal at 8:28.

The Tide had a chance to tie the match at 32:20 after it was awarded a penalty kick. UA’s Katie French substituted back into the match to take the kick. She tried to place the ball inside the right post, but Florida goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren covered the ball to stop the play.

The Gators’ second goal came off the fray following an UF corner kick. A Tide defender tried to clear the ball, but the ball went in the wrong direction and deflected off of Rogers’ head into the goal at 57:33. Rogers did stop an UF penalty kick and also covered the rebound shot off her save at 61:17. The Gators were awarded the penalty kick after Alabama had a handball in the box.

Kellgren turned in a total of six saves Friday and her strong play in goal preserved her fifth shutout of the season. UA’s Rogers posted three saves. For the match, UA outshot the Gators 11-9.

"I thought Jordan played a great game for us. She came up with some key saves for us," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "I think there were times that we let the game get away from us a little bit and other times, we really stuck to the game plan and controlled the play. Once the second goal was scored, that allowed us to settle down a little bit more and stick to our game plan.

"But credit Alabama – they played hard," she continued," she continued. "Don (Staley, UA Head Coach) got his team emotionally and physically ready to play. Their game plan was pretty obvious – let’s get the ball in the mixer and see what happens. That’s when Jordan came up with some big saves. A lot of their goals come off of through balls or rebounds. I thought Jordan did a good job of making sure they didn’t have many rebounds and the defenders did a good job a taking away the through ball."

Next up, the Gators travel to Auburn, Ala., to meet SEC leader Auburn on Sunday, Oct. 27. Match time is set for 3:00 p.m. (ET) at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Live audio for Sunday’s match will also be available at www.GatorZone.com.

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