Friday October 8, 1999No. 2 UF Soccer Falls 2-1 in OT at No. 12 Virginia
The No. 2 University of Florida soccer team suffered its first loss in 27 matches Friday evening, falling 2-1 in overtime to No. 12 Virginia in front of a Kockner Stadium crowd of 1,686. The loss drops the Gators to 11-1 this season, while the Cavaliers move to 8-4. The Gators’ last loss came on Oct. 11, 1998, when UF fell 2-1 in overtime to North Carolina at UF’s Percy Beard Stadium.
"We knew coming into this match that Virginia was a very talented team," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "We knew they could beat any team. We need to put this behind us and move ahead. We have another tough opponent on Sunday and we need to be ready for Hartford."
The Gators fell behind in the opening half when senior Angela Hucles scored at 16:38. Carryn Weigand sent the pass to Hucles, who hit the open shot to the left post, ending the Gators’ five-match shutout streak.
The Cavaliers had the opportunity to move ahead 2-0 early in the second half. UV was awarded a penalty kick at 53:13 when Katie Tracy was fouled in the box. Sophomore Lori Lindsey took the shot for the Cavaliers, but UF goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren anticipated the shot correctly, moving to the right to make the save. UF sophomore Andi Sellers evened the score at 59:38, one-touching the ball at the top of the box, turning and sending the ball to the far post.
The Gators’ best chance to move ahead in regulation came with three minutes remaining, as senior Sarah Yohe took the shot off a breakaway from inside the box after a run down the right side, but UV goalkeeper Julie Harris made the save.
The first shot in overtime by Virginia was the winner. The Cavaliers got the winning goal at 98:02. Hucles passed the ball to Lindsey, who fired the ball in the lower left corner.
For the match, UV outshot the Gators 11-9. Kellgren made four saves for the Gators and Harris turned in five saves for the match.
The Gators return to action on Sunday, Oct. 10 when they travel to No. 11 Hartford. The UF-Hartford match will air live on Sunshine at 2 p.m.