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Friday October 10, 2003Tennessee Soccer Defeats No. 7 Florida 2-0

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

The No. 7 University of Florida soccer team (10-2, 2-1 SEC) was shutout 2-0 by the Tennessee Lady Volunteers (8-4, 2-1 SEC) Friday evening in front of a Tennessee Soccer Complex crowd of 752. Friday’s win marked the third win for the Lady Volunteers in the last four meetings with the Gators.

The Lady Vols took a 2-0 lead into halftime, thanks to two opportunistic goals. Kayla Lockaby scored first for the Lady Vols at 20:43 when she put in the rebound off a save right in front of the goal. Then Lyndsey Patterson found herself free of the Gator double team and she took advantage of the situation to hit a six-yard shot at 41:13 to give UT the final margin.

Florida’s best shot to score in the opening half came in the 22nd minute when Robin Fulton brought the ball down the right side after beating her defender. She took a 10-yard shot that hit the far post, but kicked back into play.

In the second half, UF’s Christine Johnson had a good opportunity to score in the 52nd minute when the ball ended up at her feet off a corner kick, but her shot was high. Late in the half, Florida had a three consecutive shots as UT couldn’t clear the ball out of the their zone, but none of the shots were able to cross the line.

Patterson was looking for her second goal of the match in the 69th minute, but UF freshman Ansley Myrick cleared the ball off the line to deny the UT score.

"It was the tale of two halves," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "I think that we were too passive in the first half. I thought that we were playing too passive defensively prior to the match and it is something that we talked about. But in the first half I thought we let them dictate the play. Patterson was great tonight – she beat us on the double team to score the second goal and she assisted on the first goal. The bottom line is that when we are aggressive, that plays to our strengths and we are successful. When we are passive, we tend to struggle. In the second half, we had a ton of chances, but you’ve got to stick those chances. That came back to haunt us from the Auburn match where we had a lot of chances but we had to go to overtime to finally get the goal. When we have a lot of chances, we need to stick them. I think it was a combination of passive defense and not sticking our chances."

For the match, Tennessee outshot UF 12-6. Florida’s Brittni Goodwin turned in five saves while UT’s Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart posted one save.

Junior center midfielder Stephanie Freeman was toppled on an attempt at a header in the fourth minute and dislocated some cartilage of her rib cage. She played until the 37th minute when she was replaced by Megan McMillan and did not return to play. Freeman will be evaluated again prior to Sunday’s match at Georgia to determine her status.

The Gators are back in action on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Georgia. The match will be aired live on Sunshine at 1:00 p.m. 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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