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Ashley Kellgren turned in a hat-trick in UF's 5-1 win over Duke.

Sunday September 5, 2004Kellgren Has Hat-Trick in UF Soccer's 5-1 Win vs. Duke

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Ashley Kellgren turned in a hat-trick in UF's 5-1 win over Duke.

Senior Ashley Kellgren led the Gator soccer team (3-1, 0-0 SEC) with three goals as the Gator soccer team posted a 5-1 win over No. 18 Duke (2-2, 0-0 ACC) Sunday afternoon in front of a Fetzer Field. crowd of 582. Kellgren’s hat-trick is the first for the Gators since Abby Wambach turned in the final hat-trick of her outstanding collegiate career versus Georgia in the second round of the 2001 NCAA Championships.

Florida struck first at 7:31 when junior Rie Sawai found Melanie Booth with some space on the left sideline. Booth crossed the ball to the box where Kellgren hit the eight-yard shot at the far post. The Gators took a short-lived 2-0 lead at 17:38 on a set play. Stephanie Freeman took the free kick from just above the box and Christine Johnson ran onto the ball to hit her third goal of the year. The Blue Devils cut the lead in half less than a minute later when Heidi Hollenbeck headed in a Rebecca Moros corner kick.

Florida scored three goals within seven minutes of the second half, led by two Kellgren goals. Kellgren started the flurry at 71:20 with a short shot at the far post off the driven corner kick by Booth. Freeman added a goal at 73:55 when she put in the one-timer off the cross from Monica Hoyles, who had received the ball after KeLeigh Hudson spied her making the overlapping run. Kellgren put her third goal of the day at 78:34 when she scored on a 1v1 situation with Duke’s goalkeeper after she received the ball from Hudson.

"The first two (goals), I got great passes from Mel Booth right in front of the net and I was able to get a foot on it. The last one, I was running down the center wide open and KeLeigh was able to find me on it," Kellgren said. "Of course we were disappointed in losing Friday night (UF lost 3-0 to No. 1 North Carolina), but we played pretty well so we just wanted to keep our energy up. We came into this game with a lot of energy and we stepped it up to end the weekend on a good note."

Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh made some changes in the Florida alignment in the second half of Sunday’s match.

"We went from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 to try to give us a little bit more pressure on their backs because we felt that the backs were play making pretty well out of that position. I think that helped us a lot in terms of controlling the game a little bit more. We wanted to get the ball on the ground and control it a little bit more because it was helter skelter and that’s not our type of game," Burleigh said. "We tried to get the game back in the second half and I think we did a good job of that.

"Ashley scores big goals for us," Burleigh continued. "She did it last year and this year is no different. The last one was probably the hardest because the 1v1 is always a pressure situation. She looked relaxed and hit the shot nice and easy."

The Gators return to action on Friday, Sept. 10 when they meet No. 7 Florida State. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The match can be seen live on Sunshine. It can also be heard live on WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com.

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

Duke

1

0

1

Florida

2

3

5

Scoring:

UF – Ashley Kellgren (Rie Sawai, Melanie Booth) 7:31

UF – Christine Johnson (Stephanie Freeman) 17:38

DU – Heidi Hollenbeck (Rebecca Moros) 18:28

UF – Kellgren (Booth) 71:20

UF – Freeman (Monica Hoyles, KeLeigh Hudson) 73:55

UF – Kellgren (K. Hudson) 78:34

Statistical Summary:

UF

DU

Shots

13

11

Saves

2

4

Corner Kicks

6

7

Fouls

22

19

Offside

0

0

 

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