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KeLeigh Hudson (above) and Jessica Young each turned in their first collegiate goals Sunday.

Sunday September 19, 2004No. 9 Florida Soccer Defeats Cincinnati 4-0

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KeLeigh Hudson (above) and Jessica Young each turned in their first collegiate goals Sunday.

Two Gators score their first collegiate goals as the No. 9 University of Florida soccer team (6-1-1) defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-5-0) 4-0 in the final match of non-conference play Sunday at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

Florida pressured the Bearcat defense right from the start, creating its first attempt a little less than two minutes into the game as sophomore Melanie Booth launched a corner kick that was heading straight for the goal. Cincinnati keeper Tracy Hale used quick feet to snatch the ball before it crossed the line to keep the game scoreless.

Florida continued to place pressure on the Cincinnati defense, eventually capitalizing in the 32nd minute off a miss-cue by Hale. Freshman forward, KeLeigh Hudson scrounged up the loose ball two yards out, putting it just past an off-balanced Hale. Hudsonís goal was her first of her collegiate career.

"It was awesome," Hudson said. "It was my first collegiate goal and the first goal of the game so that got the tempo going. I have always been told to follow up with the goalkeeper because you never know whatís going to happen and sure enough she knocked the ball down and I was able to just finish it and put it in the back of the net."

With just a minute into the second half, the Gators were fortunate again as a miscommunication between the Bearcat defense resulted in an own goal off a Florida long cross, to put Florida up 2-0.

The Gator offense continued to threaten throughout the second half, recording its third goal at 66:25 as Cherry Pickman converted a cross from senior Monica Hoyles, just two yards out. Pickmanís goal was her first of the season, fifth of her career.

"Monica had been serving in balls all day and I just finally got on the end of one of them," said Pickman. "She was on today. It was easy to finish a ball like that."

"I thought Cherry Pickman scored a nice goal," said UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh. "We had a lot of good services from our outside backs, Monica Hoyles and Melanie Booth, who both did a really good job of serving balls from the back."

Floridaís final goal came with just a little under four minutes to play as junior Jessica Young scored her first collegiate goal off a Bearcat deflection. The play started as freshman Nikita Waller attempted a shot that deflected off a Cincinnati player to the feet of Young, who was just five yards off the goal line. Youngís goal sealed the victory for the Gators, who for the first time this season, swept two teams by shutouts (UF defeated No. 24 Rutgers 1-0 Friday).

"Coming into it (today match) we knew we just had to play at a certain level and make sure our level didnít drop," Burleigh said. "I was a little disappointed that it was just 1-0 at halftime, but I am very happy with the way it turned out, scoring three goals in the second half."

Junior Jen Gardner turned in two saves as she becomes the first Gator goalkeeper to record solo shutouts in her first two appearances in goal. Cincinnatiís Tracy Hale turned in five saves in her 70 minutes in goal and Jen Doerflein posted two saves. For the match, the Gators outshot the Bearcats 18-5.

Florida heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, Sept. 24, to face the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-3, 0-0 SEC) in the opening match of Southeastern Conference play for the Gators. The match begins at 8 p.m. (ET) and can be heard live on

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