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Melanie Booth (left) assisted on Ashley Kellgren's golden goal to give UF a 4-3 win vs. Mississi

Sunday November 16, 2003UF Soccer Moves to NCAA Sweet 16 with4-3 Win vs UM

Gainesville, FL

Melanie Booth (left) assisted on Ashley Kellgren's golden goal to give UF a 4-3 win vs. Mississi

Ashley Kellgren’s second consecutive golden goal in double overtime capped an incredible come from behind win for the No. 3 seeded Florida (18-3-2) soccer team against Mississippi (15-6-2) in NCAA Second Round action Sunday at Percy Beard Stadium in front of 1,223 fans. The Gators overcame a 3-0 deficit to claim the win – the largest comeback in the history of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament.

Florida controlled the match in the opening moments until Mississippi midfielder Hillary Beckman intercepted a pass in the Florida half at 22:33 and booted through a 23-yard shot to give the Rebels a 1-0 edge which they would take into halftime. Previously this season, Florida had not come back from a halftime deficit to win.

Mississippi started the second half with a flurry, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes. Mississippi capitalized on a Florida halftime formation adjustment to take a 2-0 lead at 51:53 when Brittney Potts found Karen Hall from eight-yards out.

Florida, who normally plays with a 4-5-1 formation, switched to a more aggressive 3-4-3 to try to put more pressure on the Rebel net.

The Gators would fall behind 3-0 just two minutes later when Potts intercepted Florida keeper Brittni Goodwin’s clear attempt. Potts sent a sailing ball over her head from 40 yards out to make the score 3-0 at 53:11.

With potentially only 35 minutes left in the season, the Gators began to pound the Mississippi goal.

Just eight minutes after Mississippi took the 3-0 lead, Ashley Kellgren found Robin Fulton streaking down the middle of the Rebel defense where she knocked it past Mississippi keeper Brittany Gillespie from eight yards out at 61:14.

The momentum seemed to swing in Florida’s favor from that moment on. Less than two minutes later Florida would capitalize on one of their 15 corner kicks of the match when Melanie Booth’s bending ball found the head of Megan McMillan at 63:30.

After closing the gap to one, the Florida pressure only increased and at 66:20 Crystal Frimpong was fouled in the box and it appeared as though the Gators would cap an unlikely comeback with the ensuing penalty kick.

Dena Floyd stepped to the line looking to convert on her sixth straight penalty kick of the year. Gillespie seemed to know what side Floyd would go to as she made a spectacular save after Floyd ripped a shot to the top left corner of the net.

The Gators only intensified their pressure after the failed penalty kick. At 70:01 Frimpong hit McMillan, who had snaked her way through the Mississippi defense for a two-yard shot. The goal was McMillan’s 11th of the season to lead the team.

The two teams played to a stalemate for the final 20 minutes of regulation and the match went to overtime. It was the Gators’ third consecutive overtime match and fourth consecutive overtime match in NCAA play (dating back to 2001 season). When UF met Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., in regular-season Southeastern Conference action on Oct. 26, the Gators claimed a double-overtime 1-0 win.

"We definitely had the momentum going into overtime," Kellgren said. "There was no way we were going to lose after coming back from three goals down."

The first overtime played much like the second half with the Gators dominating much of the play. It appeared that the first extra period would end without heroics until Monica Hoyles knocked a bouncing ball over the Mississippi defense which found the head of McMillan, who flicked on goal with just a second left on the clock. Gillespie made a spectacular save by knocking it just over the bar to send the game into another extra period.

Florida would cap off the greatest comeback in school history at 106:50 when Booth sent a high, bending ball into the box that found the feet of Kellgren who converted on her second golden goal of the weekend. Kellgren also had the game-winner in the 105th minute Friday in UF’s 3-2 win over UCF. For Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh, it was quite a way to get her 250th career win. She now owns a 14-season career record of 250-61-14 (nine seasons at UF, five seasons at Berry (Ga.)).

"What a terrific match," Burleigh said. "It had enough drama for four games. It was very exciting. I think I aged 20 years. It’s a real testament to our team that we were able to come back from 3-0 against a team which allows very few goals."

For the match, Florida outshot the Rebels 19-6

The win puts Florida into the third round of the tournament against Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee. Florida will play host to the match on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Percy Beard Stadium. The Lady Vols advanced after defeating Georgia 1-0 on Sunday. This will be the third meeting this season between the two teams. Tennessee defeated Florida 2-0 in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 10 and the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in the SEC Tournament final on Nov. 9. Tennessee was awarded the tournament trophy after edging UF 7-6 in penalty kicks.

Tickets for Saturday’s match 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. Saturday's match 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.

Match: Mississippi (15-6-2, 4-3-2 SEC) at Florida (18-3-2, 6-2-1 SEC)

Venue: Percy Beard Stadium (1,223) l Gainesville, Fla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring Summary

1st

2nd

OT1

OT2

Final

UM

 

1

2

0

0

3

UF

 

0

3

0

1

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

UM - Hillary Beckman (unassisted) 22:33

UM - Karen Hall (Brittney Potts) 51:53

UM - Potts (unassisted) 53:11

UF - Robin Fulton (Ashley Kellgren) 61:14

UF - Megan McMillan (M. Booth) 63:30

UF - McMillan (Crystal Frimpong) 70:01

UF - Kellgren (M. Booth) 106:50

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UM

UF

 

 

Shots

6

19

 

 

Saves

8

2

 

 

Corner Kicks

0

15

 

 

Fouls

18

17

 

 

Offside

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misconduct Summary:

 

 

 

 

None

 

 

 

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