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Saturday November 2, 2002No. 20 Clemson Defeats Florida Soccer 5-2

CLEMSON, S.C. --

The University of Florida soccer team (8-9-2) ended 2002 regular-season play with a 5-2 loss on a chilly Saturday evening at No. 20 Clemson (12-6) in front of a Riggs Stadium crowd of 833.

Florida opened up the scoring for the match at 18:25 when junior Dena Floyd hit her third goal of the season off a free kick from 40 yards. The ball bounced twice in the box and into the goal. Of Floyd’s five career goals, all but one have come from beyond 25 yards.

Clemson tied the score at 38:18 when senior Deliah Arrington tucked the ball in at the near post off the assist from Allison Mitchell. Junior Robin Fulton took just over a minute to give the Gators a 2-1 halftime lead. Fulton challenged for the ball above the CU box and won the ball. She took the ball into the box and hit the 12-yard shot to the far post at 39:25 for her third goal of the season.

Clemson provided all the scoring of the second half. Arrington had time to send in a cross from the right sideline. Her cross found Lindsay Browne, who hit the short shot in at 57:47. The Lady Tigers took the lead at 79:23 when Heather Beem hit the penalty kick that was awarded after UF goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren was given a yellow card after coming out to the edge of the box to make a stop on Arrington. At 83:12, Arrington hit her second goal of the match. She got the pass from Browne above the box and drove down the left side. Kellgren made the stop at the post on her first shot, but Arrington was able to stick in the deflection. The Tigers got their final goal at 88:55 when Allison Graham hit a 30-yard shot.

It was a physical match, as a total of 35 fouls were whistled Saturday evening. There were five yellow cards given Saturday – all to the Gators and all in the second half. Two Gators left the match with injuries and were not able to return to play. Sophomore Stephanie Freeman suffered an injury to her right knee in the 38th minute. Fulton injured her right ankle in the 50th minute. UF physicians will examine both when the Gators return to Gainesville.

"Our first half effort was excellent. Clemson had a strong second half, but I can’t even fault our effort in the second half," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "It was tough when Robin went out, she was so dynamic in the game and such a big part of our offense. Stephanie went out also, and that really hurt us. It was tough withstanding the loss of those two along with some mental errors on our part.

"The final score is misleading – it wasn’t a lopsided 5-2 game," she continued. "Anyone that wasn’t at the game won’t be able to get a feel for how this match was played."

Clemson outshot the Gators 15-7. Kellgren turned in two saves and CU’s Lauren Heos recorded no saves.

Next up, the Gators travel to Oxford, Miss., to play in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Florida will meet South Carolina (13-5-2, 4-3-2 SEC) in first-round action on Thursday, Nov. 7. First-round match times will be announced next week. Live audio for Thursday’s match will also be available at www.GatorZone.com.

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