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Senior Megan McMillan turned in her first goal of the season in UF's 3-1 win Sunday vs. UCF.

Sunday September 7, 2003No. 7 Florida Soccer defeats Central Florida 3-1

Gainesville, FL

Senior Megan McMillan turned in her first goal of the season in UF's 3-1 win Sunday vs. UCF.

In a match between two early season unbeaten squads, the No. 7 University of Florida soccer team (4-0) kept its record unblemished with a 3-1 victory over the University of Central Florida (3-1) Sunday afternoon at Percy Beard Stadium.

Florida dominated the first half, scoring all three goals in the first 40 minutes of play. UCF was on the defensive for much of the first half and finally succumbed 27 minutes into the match when Crystal Frimpong came streaking down the wing, picked up a loose ball, and blistered a 10-yard shot while taking on two Golden Knight defenders.

"I saw Robin (Fulton) running down and I tried to hit her with a pass but the defender hit it and it came back to me," Frimpong said. "After I got the ball back I just put it in."

Just two minutes later Ashley Kellgren would add the second Gator goal. After Melanie Booth took a pass from Ananda Erickson, the left-footed freshman hit a crosser that found the back of the right foot of Kellgren who was facing away from the goal. It was the second goal of the weekend for Kellgren, who also scored the second goal in UF’s 2-0 win Friday vs. Florida State.

Megan McMillan added a goal eight minutes before halftime off of a rebound. There was little doubt among the nearly 1,300 people in attendance or McMillan that the ball would eventually find the back of the UCF net.

"When I saw the ball come out I knew I was going to score," McMillan said. "I just tried to hit it past the goalie toward the back post."

UCF added a goal midway through the second half by Jennifer Montgomery while many of the Gator starters were on the bench. UF Coach Becky Burleigh thought it was important for some of the younger players to get some playing time.

"Ideally we would love to give experience to our younger players by throwing them into the fire," Burleigh said. "We knew UCF would have their starters in the game after halftime so wanted to see our younger players would match up. We need everyone to be able to step in and play."

For the match, Florida outshot UCF 14-7. Gator goalkeeper Brittni Goodwin turned in three saves, while the Golden Knight’s Julie Snaman posted six saves.

Florida is back in action Friday at Percy Beard Stadium against East Carolina (2-1-1). Match time is set for 8:00 p.m. and admission is free. Friday is the ALLTEL "Back to School" party at Gator soccer. The first 1,500 fans will receive back-to-school items including notebooks, water bottles and dry erase message boards. The first 1,000 fans are also invited to a postmatch ice cream social.

The UF-ECU match 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.

Match: UCF vs. Florida (9-7-03)

Venue: Percy Beard Stadium (1,295), Gainesville, Fla.

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

   

UCF

0

1

1

   

Florida

3

0

3

   
           

Scoring:

       

UF - Crystal Frimpong (unassisted) 27:00

UF - Ashley Kellgren (Melanie Booth, Ananda Erickson) 28:29

UF - Megan McMillan (Ashley Kellgren) 37:50

UCF - Jennifer Montgomery (Jessalyn Withers, Courtney Baines) 70:42

           

Statistical Summary:

UCF

UF

   

Shots

 

7

14

   

Saves

 

6

3

   

Corner Kicks

1

5

   

Fouls

 

8

10

   

Offsides

 

5

0

   
           

Misconduct Summary:

       

UCF-Kate McCain (caution) 78:10

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