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Sunday October 3, 2004No. 8 Florida Soccer Defeats Georgia 4-0

Gainesville, FL

The No. 8 University of Florida soccer team defeated the University of Georgia Bulldogs 4-0 in front of a home crowd of 1,721 at the James G. Pressly Stadium Sunday. The Gators improve their record to 8-3-1, 2-2-0 Southeastern Conference, while Georgia falls to 2-6-3, 0-3-1 SEC.

Junior Jamie Garside’s first collegiate goal also turned out to be the game-winner Sunday. She timed her jump perfectly to head in Monica Hoyles’ corner kick at 40:46.

"It was a wonderful feeling," Garside said. "It was a great cross from Monica. I just got my head on it and it went in."

"We were ready for today – the whole team was," Garside continued. "It (the match) was all we talked about on Saturday."

The match was a physical battle – typical of the UF-UGA series. A total of 39 fouls were called during the match. A second-half collision between Georgia forward Tricia McKee and Florida goalkeeper Jen Gardner kept McKee out for the remainder of the game.

The Gators scored on three of its four shots of the second half. Freshman Jasmine Johnson hit her first goal since the season opener at 57:13 after a one-touch from six-yards off of fellow freshman Shana Hudson’s deep cross. Senior midfielder Stephanie Freeman scored the Gator’s third goal of the match – and her team-leading ninth of the season - at 77:22 with the help of junior Cherry Pickman and KeLeigh Hudson.

With a little over a minute remaining, freshman KeLeigh Hudson just got her foot on the ball to score her second goal of the season. Three teammates assisted on the goal: redshirt sophomore Lindsey Affolter, sophomore Ansley Myrick and freshman Jenna Levenson.

"We thought Georgia was a dangerous team to play. There were in need of a win and it is always a physical battle. We were glad to get on top in the first half and to stay on top," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said.

The Gators will spend next weekend on the road as they travel to Lexington to play the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 8 and then to Nashville, Tenn., to face the Vanderbilt Commodores. Both matches can be heard live on the official website of the Florida Gators – www.GatorZone.com.

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