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Freshman KeLeigh Hudson scored both goals in UF's 2-1 win at LSU.

Friday October 22, 2004KeLeigh Hudson Scores 2 as No. 25 UF Soccer Defeats LSU 2-1

BATON ROUGE, La. --

Freshman KeLeigh Hudson scored both goals in UF's 2-1 win at LSU.

Two goals from freshman KeLeigh Hudson led the No. 25 University of Florida soccer team (11-3-3, 5-2-2 SEC) to a 2-1 win over Louisiana State University (6-10-1, 1-7-2 SEC) 2-1 Friday evening in front of a LSU Soccer Complex crowd of 730.

Florida got on the scoreboard at 36:35 when Hudson took 18-yard one-touch shot from the top of the box and placed the ball just inside at the near post.

"The ball came back out to me and the defenders were rushing at me so they didnít have their feet under them," Hudson said. "The coaches have been telling me to shoot more, so I just looked up and took a shot and it went in."

Hudson hit her second goal of the evening at 70:14, hitting a 16-yard shot after Cherry Pickman flicked the ball to her. With her two goals, she become the first Gator freshman since Christine Johnson (versus Vanderbilt in 2001) to turn in two goals in a match.

"Cherry got the ball off of Jen (Gardnerís) punt. I was going up for the header, but Cherry said to leave it. It bounced up and Cherry flicked it on to me as both the defenders were heading toward her, leaving me 1v1 with the keeper. I was able to put it away at the far post," Hudson said.

"It was really exciting. We really wanted to score in the first half because it has been 0-0 at halftime for most of the games lately," she continued. "The second goal was something we needed to give ourselves some insurance."

LSU cut lead in half at 80:42 when senior Artie Brown put in a Jen Gardner deflection of Stacy Bishopís shot. With the goal, Brown moves into a share of the LSU career goals lead of 36 with former Tiger Jackie Cooper.

"I thought we started out with a stronger effort, which was one of our goals. We wanted to come out with a lot of intensity, which I thought we did. We got a goal in the first half, which was exciting," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "Their goal came off a series of mistakes on our part, but I thought we showed good composure to come out with the win.

"We knew LSU was good. Every game that they have played in the SEC has been a very close game Ė either overtime or a one-goal game," she continued. "We didnít expect to come in here and have it easy, thatís for sure. Although they donít show it in results, but as far as tough teams to play in the SEC, they are one of the tops in the league."

UF goalkeeper Jen Gardner was challenged several times Friday evening. The Tigers looked to have an excellent scoring opportunity in the 15th minute as LSU senior Artie Brown got behind the Gator backline and had a 1v1 situation. Gardner made the stop at the near post. Gardner again was successful in making the stop on another 1v1 situation in the 52nd minute. In the 71st minute, Gardner dived to her left to make the save on Christine Hamanís 16-yard shot. Gardner and LSUís Valerie Vogler each turned in five saves Friday. For the match, UF outshot the Tigers 22-10.

The Florida soccer team returns to Gainesville play host to its regular season home finale on Sunday, Oct. 24 when it faces Arkansas. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium and admission is free. Sundayís match is Senior Day and Stephanie Freeman, Monica Hoyles, Christine Johnson and Ashley Kellgren will be honored in a pre-match ceremony. The UF-Arkansas match can be viewed on GatorVision and can also be heard live on-line. Visit the official website of the Florida Gators at www.GatorZone.com to get full details.

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