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Friday September 10, 2004Freeman's 2 Goals Leads #11 UF Soccer to 2-1 Win @ #6 FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL

Stephanie Freeman scored twice in No. 11 Florida's 2-1 win at No. 6 Florida State.

Senior Stephanie Freeman scored twice during a soggy second half as the No. 11 Gator soccer team (4-1, 0-0 SEC) defeated No. 6 Florida State (3-1) 2-1 Friday evening in front of a Seminole Soccer Complex crowd of 1,018.

The Seminoles turned in the only goal of the opening half at 22:11. Kelly Rowland took the FSU throw-in deep in the Florida half and Leah Gallegos flicked the ball to Jez Ratliff who headed in the goal to the far post.

Less than three minutes of the second half was played before a bolt of lightening stopped play. Both teams left the field and after a 42-minute delay, the match continued. This was the second time the UF-FSU match was delayed due to lightening. In 1999, the two teams endured a 2 hour, 33 minute delay in the season opener held in Gainesville (UF won 5-1).

But shortly after the delay, the Gators tied the match at 51:51. Playing in a downpour, freshman Daniela Sanchez won the ball right outside the box and headed the ball to Freeman, who headed the ball just inside the post. The Gators took the lead five minutes later when Freeman was able to get a foot on Ashley Kellgren’s corner kick and tuck the ball inside the near post.

"I was in the right place at the right time on both goals. On the first, it was a corner kick and Daniela headed it right back into the midst of the six-yard box. My job is to stand in front of the keeper and it came right there and I was able to flick it on. On the second goal, Ashley played an awesome driven ball to the near post and I happened to get a foot on it to put it in," Freeman said. "Obviously it is a huge win to come to FSU and get the win. They are a good team and to beat them at home is not easy to do. We’re all pretty excited, but we have a game on Sunday that we need to worry about."

UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh pointed to the Gators strong second-half effort as the key to win.

"Gators like the swamp," Burleigh said following the match while a light rain continued to fall. "I think we came out a little emotionally flat early in the match and I was disappointed that we gave up a set play goal. But I thought after the break we came out with a lot of intensity and just lifted our energy -- that’s what created the win for us. We tried to put all kinds of pressure on them. We had to alter our game a little bit and our alterations were successful. We wanted to play in their end and be a little more direct. Anytime you can win in Tallahassee it’s a great win – in any sport. We wish the best of luck to the Gator volleyball team when they visit Tallahassee on Tuesday."

The Gators finish their four-match road stretch on Sunday, Sept. 12 when they meet Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at the Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex and it can be heard live on www.GatorZone.com.

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

FSU

1

0

1

Florida

0

2

2

Scoring:

FSU – Jez Ratliff (Kelly Rowland, Leah Gallegos) 22:11

UF – Stephanie Freeman (Daniela Sanchez) 51:51

UF – Freeman (Ashley Kellgren) 57:11

Statistical Summary:

UF

FSU

Shots

8

7

Saves

4

4

Corner Kicks

6

4

Fouls

16

4

Offside

0

2

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