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Junior Ashley Kellgren scored the final two goals in UF's 3-2 double OT win vs. UCF.

Friday November 14, 2003UF Soccer onto NCAA 2nd Rnd with 3-2 OT Win vs UCF

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Junior Ashley Kellgren scored the final two goals in UF's 3-2 double OT win vs. UCF.

The No.3 seeded University of Florida soccer team was pushed to overtime, but advanced to Sunday’s NCAA Second Round after defeating Central Florida 3-2 in double overtime Friday in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 1,334. The Gators advance to meet Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi (15-5-2) Sunday in second round action beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Percy Beard Stadium. UM advanced after defeating Texas 1-0 in the day’s first match.

Florida (17-3-2) never trailed in the match and out shot UCF 13-9, but the Golden Knights kept the pressure on the entire match.

The Gators got on the scoreboard first at 16:28 when Crystal Frimpong found Christine Johnson in the middle of the field. Johnson delivered a blazing 20-yard one timer past UCF keeper Julie Snarman.

The Golden Knights answered right back at 18:15 when Jennifer Montgomery found the crossbar just out of the reach of Gator keeper Brittni Goodwin. The ball ricocheted off the bar right to a waiting Courtney Baines who put it passed Goodwin. The play typified the scrappy play of a Golden Knight team that pushed the Gators to the limit.

"Central Florida gave us everything we could handle," Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "I think we escaped one tonight."

Florida seemed determined to take back the lead after the unlucky bounce off the cross bar. They were able to at 26:56 with a fortunate deflection of their own. After Monica Hoyles sent the ball on net, Ashley Kellgren was able to maneuver herself around Golden Knight defenders to hammer home a six-yard shot just past a diving Central Florida defender.

The match score was knotted at 75:45 after a Florida a foul was called just outside the Gator box, giving Central Florida a direct free kick from a prime position. Montgomery drilled a 20-yard shot to the upper right hand corner. As soon as it left her foot there was little doubt that it would find the back of the net.

Both teams had ample opportunities in the waning moments of regulation. Florid had several corner kicks that found the head of charging Gator players but only found the hands of UCF keeper Snarman.

Florida went on to dominate both the overtime periods, out shooting the Golden Knights 5-1 and playing the two only corner kicks of the extra frames.

Central Florida’s lone chance came about five minutes into the second overtime. Goodwin got caught out of her net and an opportunistic Becca Eshelman raced toward the Florida goal and knocked a shot just past the far post as Gator defenders raced to track her down.

The Gators responded quickly after the near UCF goal. Hoyles raced down the middle of the pitch and hit Frimpong, who used her blazing speed to dart past the UCF defense. Frimpong hit Kellgren in stride coming down the middle of the box and the junior forward drilled a shot to the back of the net for the first golden goal of her career and second score of the game. Kellgren now shares the Gators’ season goals lead with nine.

"It was an incredible game," Central Florida Head Coach Amanda Cromwell said. "It had everything you would expect from a College Cup game."

Florida is back in action Sunday at in second round action against Mississippi. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. at the Percy Beard Stadium. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth 17 & under and senior citizens. The first 250 UF students with ID are admitted free. Gator fans can also listen to Sunday’s UF-UM match webcast live on www.GatorZone.com.

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