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Christine Johnson hit the Gators' first goal Sunday in UF's 6-2 win vs. Jacksonville.

Sunday September 14, 2003No. 6 Florida Soccer defeats Jacksonville 6-2

Gainesville, FL

Christine Johnson hit the Gators' first goal Sunday in UF's 6-2 win vs. Jacksonville.

The No. 6 University of Florida womenís soccer team defeated Jacksonville on Sunday 6-2 at Percy Beard Stadium in front of 1,122 fans. Florida (6-0) dominated the match early, scoring three goals in the first half. For the match the Gators out shot Jacksonville (2-3) by a margin of 24-6.

Senior Megan McMillan led the way for the Gators, scoring two goals in the second period for the first multi-goal game of the seniorís career.

"I have done that in spring games before but never in the fall," McMillan said. "Anytime you score a goal it helps your confidence and the teamís confidence."

Florida got on the board early at 8:55 when Christine Johnson converted on a pass from Crystal Frimpong for her first goal of the year.

Just 14 minutes later, junior Ashley Kellgren added a goal when Melanie Booth unselfishly fed her teammate for an easy score in front of the Dolphin net.

"I thought it was a really nice job by Ashley, she had a good run and no one was around her," Booth said. "I would have gone for the shot but the goalie took away the angle so it was just easy to pass it over to Ashley."

Freshman Amber Presnick added the third Gator goal just before the half at 43:05. The goal was Presnickís first of the year.

Florida showed its depth in the second half as 27 players saw substantial playing time. Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh thought it was important to get some of the young players into game action and see how they would react.

"I thought at the beginning of the second half, that was mostly the reserve troop in there, and they did a really nice job," Burleigh said.

After McMillan started the second half scoring at 57:20, Jacksonville pushed through their first goal at 75:46 when leading scorer Ranveig Aas-Hanssen found the far post from eight yards out. The shot was just out of the reach of a diving Brittni Goodwin who was stellar in net for the Gators, registering a save on the other four Dolphin shots she faced. Goodwin was replaced at 80:22 by freshman Caitlin Eshelman, who made her first appearance in goal for the Gators Sunday.

Freshman Jacquelyn Parsons punched through the fifth Florida goal five minutes later at 80:22 when Kelsey Kravec found the midfielder darting through the middle of the Dolphin defense.

After McMillan hit an unassisted 10-yard shot at 83:15 for her second goal of the half, Jacksonville put in its second goal not two minutes later to end the scoring for the day.

Florida is back in action Sunday, Sept.21 against No. 25 Missouri (4-2) at Percy Beard Stadium. Match time is set for 12:30 p.m.. The first 1,000 fans will receive a reversible Gator soccer bucket hat courtesy of Sunshine Network.

The match also will be broadcast over the Internet. Gator soccer fans can hear play-by-play action of the match beginning at 7:00 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: JU (2-3) vs. Florida (6-0)

Venue: Percy Beard Stadium (1,122), Gainesville, Fla.

           

Scoring Summary

1st

2nd

Final

 

JU

 

0

2

2

 

UF

 

3

3

6

 
           

Scoring:

UF - Christine Johnson (Crystal Frimpong) 8:55

UF - Ashley Kellgren (Christine Johnson, Melanie Booth) 22:13

UF - Amber Presnick (Stephanie Freeman) 43:05

UF - Megan McMillan (Jessica Young) 57:20

JU - Ranveig Aas-Hanssen (Lauren Starmer) 75:46

UF - Jacquelyn Parsons (Kelsey Kravec) 80:22

UF - Megan McMillan (unassisted) 83:15

JU - Erika Chapman (Erin Bitterli) 84:58

           

Statistical Summary:

JU

UF

   

Shots

6

24

   

Saves

9

4

   

Corner Kicks

2

8

   

Fouls

6

13

   

Offside

6

5

   
           

Misconduct Summary:

none

     
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