Friday August 27, 2004No. 12 Florida Soccer Defeats Dayton 3-2
Senior Ashley Kellgren turned in a goal and two assists in UF's 3-2 win vs. Dayton.
Senior Ashley Kellgren played a part in every Gator goal Friday, as she turned in two assists and the game-winning goal in No. 12 Florida’s 3-2 victory over Dayton, held in front of a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 1,273.
Kellgren opened the 2004 season with her fourth game-winning goal of Florida’s last four wins, dating back to UF’s three wins in 2003 NCAA Championship action. With the match tied at 2-2, Kellgren hit a 20-yard shot from the right penalty area that curved into the goal at 86:45.
"I really don’t remember that much about my goal. I had an open shot at the right place at the right time," Kellgren said.
"I’m really proud of the fact that we got that clutch goal. When you come back from two goals down, it would seem that the momentum was swinging in Dayton’s favor. For Ashley, who seems to be Miss. Clutch, that’s a big win," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "We don’t overlook the psychological part of coming back from giving up two goals. Dayton played well – they are a good team."
The Gator’s first goal came at 16:57 as senior Christine Johnson scored her 16th goal of her career off a pass from Kellgren. The play started as Cherry Pickman fed a pass to Kellgren, who found Johnson open six yards from the goal. Johnson’s shot, which hit the left post, rolled behind Dayton keeper Stacey DeLuca to put the Gators up by one.
Another Johnson scored for the Gators at 56:15, as freshman Jasmine Johnson headed in a Kellgren corner kick. She becomes the first Gator since the 2001 season to turn in a goal in her first collegiate match. The last Gator to open her college career with a goal was Christine Johnson, who scored the second goal in UF’s 5-2 win over Utah on Aug. 31, 2001.
The Flyers scored twice on set plays to tie the match. Dayton cut the lead to one in the 62nd minute as Katie Lowstuter netted a solo shot from eight yards out. The Flyers struck again in the 77th minute as Courtney Sirmans converted a cross from teammate Jen Simonetti for the equalizer.
"I liked the chances that we generated. I thought we had some really good opportunities." Burleigh said. "Defensively, that was just unacceptable to give up goals on two set plays. That will be a big point of emphasis over the next few days.
For the match, Florida outshot the Flyers 10-4. Both goalkeepers, UF’s Brittni Goodwin and UD’s Stacy DeLuca, turned in two saves Friday.
Florida returns to action on Sunday, Aug. 29 when it plays host to Florida International (0-1). Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. at Pressly Stadium and admission is free. Sunday’s match will be shown on GatorVision On-Line, a very high-quality streaming video available at both dial-up and DSL/Cable speeds. In addition, the video will be accompanied by the live radio broadcast. For more information, go to the official website of the Florida Gators, www.GatorZone.com.
The UF-FIU match can also be heard on WRUF AM 850 and atwww.GatorZone.com