Sunday October 24, 2004No. 25 UF Soccer Posts 2-1 Win Over Arkansas on Senior Day
Ashley Kellgren scored Florida's first goal Sunday in a 2-1 win over Arkansas.
Two second half goals gave the No. 25 University of Florida soccer team (12-3-3, 6-2-2 SEC) a 2-1 win over Arkansas (6-10-2, 2-6-2 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 1,277. Sunday’s match was the regular season home finale for the Gators and UF’s four seniors – Stephanie Freeman, Monica Hoyles, Christine Johnson and Ashley Kellgren – were honored in a pre-match ceremony.
Two of those seniors were involved in the first Gator goal early in the second half. Florida scored at 50:22 when Freeman scooped up the ball after a corner kick just above the six-yard box. She sent the ball out to Kellgren, who took the15-yard shot to the near post. Carrie Dillsaver caught the ball, but the momentum of the shot took her behind the goal line, giving Kellgren her sixth goal of the season.
"It was a corner kick and the ball just popped out," Kellgren said. "I was able to get a foot on it and put it on frame."
A combination of headers led to Florida’s second goal at 74:23. Dillsaver tried to punch the ball out of the box off a Gator corner kick, but the ball went straight up in the air. Freshman Jasmine Johnson headed the ball toward the goal and Cherry Pickman used her head to redirect the ball into the goal at the far post. The goal was Pickman’s second of the season.
"The goalkeeper punched it up instead of out," Johnson said. "I would have shot it, but I was pretty close to the goal so I knew everyone would be rushing out at me. I just headed it back into the goal over her (goalkeeper) hands. Then Cherry put it in with her head."
Arkansas forced a Gator defensive miscue at the top of the penalty box to cut the Florida lead in half at 76:56. UF goalkeeper Jen Gardner came out to the top of the box to clear the ball but it deflected wide and Ali Harter put the ball into the empty net.
UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh thought the Arkansas half was a difficult area to negotiate Sunday and she was glad to see the Gators score twice.
"Today was just another case that is really difficult to try to play against a packed-in defense. It’s not easy. When you have 10 players between the 18-yard box and the six-yard box there’s not a lot of space back there. That’s just the nature of soccer. We are happy to get two goals today," Burleigh said.
Kellgren said the senior presentation made Sunday’s match more emotional.
"Overall I thought we played pretty well. As a team we played hard, we played aggressive. Those are a couple of things that we were really looking to do today," Kellgren said. "For the four seniors, it was more emotional because it could be the final game we play on this field and of course we want to end that with a win. We also want to win our last games of the regular season to get a good seeding for the SEC Tournament and then the NCAA Tournament."
For the match, UF outshot the Lady ‘Backs 17-3. UA’s Dillsaver recorded 10 saves and UF’s Gardner did not register a save on Sunday.
Next up, the Gators travel to Columbia, S.C., to meet South Carolina on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. That match is the regular season finale for both teams. Friday’s match can be heard live onwww.GatorZone.com.