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Stephanie Freeman scored her 11th goal of the season Sunday in UF's 1-1 tie at Vanderbilt.

Sunday October 10, 2004No. 14 UF Soccer Ties Vanderbilt 1-1


Stephanie Freeman scored her 11th goal of the season Sunday in UF's 1-1 tie at Vanderbilt.

The No. 14 University of Florida soccer team (9-3-2, 3-2-1 SEC) and Vanderbilt (3-5-4, 2-1-3 SEC) played to a 1-1 tie Sunday afternoon in front of a VU Soccer Complex crowd of 300.

The Commodores took the 1-0 lead after Sarah Dennis hit a 10-yard shot from the center of the box at 14:17. The Gators had several excellent scoring chances in the opening half, especially in the later portion of the half. In the 30th minute, Stephanie Freeman’s shot off the feed from KeLeigh Hudson was just wide of the near post. A free kick in the 32nd nearly produced a goal by Katie Johnston, but VU goalkeeper Tyler Griffin made the stop at the post. In the final four minutes of the half, a scramble in the box ended with KeLeigh Hudson’s eight-yard shot stopped by an outstretched Griffin.

Florida tied the match at 69:38 when Stephanie Freeman flicked an Ashley Kellgren corner kick to the back post. The goal ups her UF season-best goals total to 11 and Kellgren extended her SEC season-high assist total to seven on the play.

"It was the perfect ball," Freeman said. "We actually called it before the play. I gave her a little signal that I was running near and she put it right on my head. I was able to flick it on right past the keeper."

Both teams had excellent chances to score in the first overtime period. KeLeigh Hudson’s deep cross was redirected to the goal by Ananda Erickson, but Griffin made the save. Christine Johnson also had a good look at the goal, but her eight-yard shot was saved. The Commodores also had a ball cleared off the line by UF freshman defender Liz Ruberry in the seventh minute of the first overtime period to avoid the golden goal.

"We came out too casually, gave up an easy goal and then played catch up the rest of the way," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "I thought their keeper played really well. We knew she was a good goalkeeper coming in. We had a lot of good chances, but she kept them in it."

Freeman echoed Burleigh’s comments.

"I don’t think that any of us are too happy," Freeman said. "We stepped it up in the second half, but we’ve got to come out hard from the very beginning. Hopefully we can take a lesson away from this game that you’ve got to be ready from the beginning."

For the match, UF outshot VU 19-11, including a 5-1 advantage in the overtime periods. UF goalkeeper Jen Gardner recorded six saves and Griffin matched the SEC season high mark with 13 saves Sunday.

The Florida soccer team returns home to play host to two SEC Western Division opponents next weekend. Florida opens the weekend with Mississippi State on Friday, Oct. 15. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium. A fireworks display, sponsored by GRU, will follow the MSU match. The homestand continues with Mississippi on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. The UF-MSU match can be heard live on WRUF-AM 850. Both matches can also be heard on-line at


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