Gator Sportshop
Gator Ticket Office

Soccer Headline

Stephanie Freeman scored the game-winning goal for UF in the 82nd minute at Georgia.

Sunday October 12, 2003No. 7 Florida Soccer Defeats Georgia 2-1

ATHENS, Ga.

Stephanie Freeman scored the game-winning goal for UF in the 82nd minute at Georgia.

The go-ahead goal from Stephanie Freeman in the 82nd minute gave the No. 7 University of Florida soccer team (11-2, 3-1 SEC) a 2-1 win over Georgia (9-5, 2-2 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a Georgia Soccer Stadium crowd of 975.

The Gators took a 1-0 lead to halftime off the sixth goal of the season from junior Ashley Kellgren. The goal started when Robin Fulton used her speed to gain the advantage on her defender and brought the ball down the right side of the box. She cross the ball in front of the goal and Kellgren was there at the far post to hit the short shot.

UGA knotted the match at 1-all at 78:56 when the Dogs leading goal scorer, Jessica Winton, hit an 10-yard shot to the middle of the goal off the assist from Erin Sekerak.

But Freeman, playing despite separating some ribcage cartilage in Friday’s match at Tennessee, got the game-winning goal for the Gators at 81:49.

"We’ve been working hard the whole game and it was frustrating when they got their goal. I think we all stepped it up because we knew that we had to score. Robin (Fulton) played the perfect ball, splitting the two defenders. I just timed the perfect ran on and found the far post," Freeman said. "Everyone was really excited. I was worried that they were going to hug me and hurt my ribs, but it was okay."

The match was a physical battle from the starting kick. The two teams combined for 30 fouls during the match. Freshman defender Melanie Booth was shaken up in the 25 minute and was forced to leave the match. Florida played a man down until her return a short time later.

"It was really physical today. Some of that may be due to the rivalry. I’m really proud of how hard we came out and played. This isn’t the prettiest game that we’ve played this season, but we played hard and that’s what in the end did it for us. I thought Robin (Fulton) was a workhorse out there on the right side. She was really causing them fits all day," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "I thought we came out with a much tougher mentality. We’ve got to have that type of mentality every time we step on the field."

Next up, the Gators return home to play host to Kentucky on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m.. 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.

Florida Athletics - A Championship Experience with Integrity - Vision Statement
  • University of Florida
  • NCAA
  • Sun Sports / Fox Sports Florida
  • IMG
  • SEC Network

© 1998 - 2014 University Athletic Assoc., Inc., Sun Sports & IMG College. All Rights Reserved.