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Friday October 24, 2003No. 6 Gator Soccer Upset at Mississippi State 1-0


The No. 6 University of Florida soccer team (12-3-1, 4-2-1 SEC) was upset 1-0 by Mississippi State (8-7-2, 2-4-1 SEC) Friday evening in front of a MSU Soccer Field crowd of 334. It was the first win for the Bulldogs in the five-match series between the two teams.

The two teams played a scoreless opening half with the Gators outshooting the Bulldogs 12-1. The Gators’ best scoring chance came in the 26th minute when Christine Johnson’s pass in the middle of the box found Crystal Frimpong. MSU’s goalkeeper Luisa Marzotto stopped her one-touch shot. UF senior Robin Fulton was shaken up on a collision with Marzotto in the 23rd minute and was replaced by Megan McMillan. Fulton did return to play to start the second half.

MSU scored its first goal ever against the Gators at 64:32 when Sara Moore put in the one-timer from eight-yards off the header assist from Betty Ann Casey.

The Gators had their chances Friday. In the second half, one of the Gators’ better opportunities came in the 75th minute when Cherry Pickman’s shot in the box was stopped by Marzotto, but there wasn’t a Gator close enough to put the rebound in the net. In the 78th minute, Florida had a numbers advantage but McMillan’s shot went wide of the post.

"It was a frustrating loss," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "This is the game of soccer. You can dominate a team for 89 minutes, give up a goal and lose 1-0. The bottom line is that it isn’t good enough to dominate a team – you’ve got to put them away. We certainly had our chances, but we didn’t put them away. That is something that has been haunting us for the past four or five games. We’ve addressed it in practice, we’ve talked about it – if you don’t score goals, you’re not going to win games."

For the match, Florida outshot MSU 20-8. Florida goalkeeper Brittni Goodwin turned in four saves while Marzotto posted nine saves.

The Gators are in action again Sunday, Oct. 26 when they meet Mississippi at 2:00 p.m. (ET). The match will be broadcast over the Internet. Gator soccer fans can hear play-by-play action of the match beginning at 2:00 p.m. at 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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