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Stephanie Freeman turned in her first collegiate goal Friday in UF's 2-0 win vs. FSU.

Friday September 5, 2003No. 7 Florida Soccer Shuts-Out FSU 2-0

Gainesville, FL

Stephanie Freeman turned in her first collegiate goal Friday in UF's 2-0 win vs. FSU.

Two first-half goals was all the No.7 University of Florida (3-0) soccer team need to defeat intra-state rival Florida State (0-3) 2-0 on Friday evening in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 1,281. The 3-0 start marks the first time since 1999 for the Gators.

A soggy field compliments of Tropical Storm Henri did not keep Florida from scoring just fifteen minutes into the opening stanza courtesy of a bending corner kick from freshman Melanie Booth that found the waiting right foot of junior Stephanie Freeman at 15:40. The goal was Freemanís first of her collegiate career.

"It was really exciting to get my first goal especially against Florida State," Freeman said.

Junior Ashley Kellgren added the other goal for Florida at 36:47, her first of the season. Booth and Freeman both assisted on the goal. The tandem was all over the wet field on Friday.

Although Florida now leads the all-time series 7-3, the win was only the Gatorís second in the last five meetings against the Seminoles. Florida lost last year at Tallahassee 2-1 and Coach Becky Burleigh told the team to capitalize on this yearís home field advantage.

"We talked about how we wanted to defend our home turf," Burleigh said. "This is a big rivalry and it is always nice to get a win."

Freshman goalkeeper Brittni Goodwin added her name to the list of season firsts for the Gators after recording the shutout. Goodwin capitalized on playing all 90 minutes for the first time this season by posting her first career shutout. Goodwin had been splitting time with freshman Colleen Donovan until a knee injury last Sunday sidelined the goalkeeper for the rest of the season. Goodwin turned in seven saves Friday evening.

"I have been playing all year so I was ready," Goodwin said. "Itís great that we were able to do this (shutout) against Florida State."

Florida Stateís starting goalkeeper Joy McKenzie left the field after 71 minutes of action after colliding with UFís Robin Fulton. She recorded three saves for the night. Kerry York replaced McKenzie in goal and recorded no saves.

The Gators are back in action on Sunday, Sept. 7 against UCF. Match time is set for 1:30 at Percy Beard Stadium. Sunday is Beat the Heat Day and the first 1,000 fans will receive a battery powered fan and a sample of Panama Jack sunscreen. Sundayís match will be televised live on Sunshine and FoxSports Digital Atlantic with the Voice of the Gators Mick Hubert and former Gator and current Philadelphia Charge player Heather Mitts covering the action. The match also will be broadcast over the Internet. Gator soccer fans can hear play-by-play action of the match beginning at 1:30 p.m. at www.GatorZone.com. The "player" software (Windows Media Player or Real Player) needed to hear the Internet broadcast is available for free at the same site.

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