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Sunday September 11, 2005No. 12 Florida Soccer Defeats Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2-0

Gainesville, FL

The No. 12 University of Florida soccer team (4-1) turned in its third consecutive shutout with a 2-0 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sunday in front of a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 1,423.

 

The Gators got on the board quickly when freshman Ameera Abdullah turned in her first collegiate goal. The play materialized when senior Jessica Young won a foot race to win the ball on the right side. She crossed the ball into the box where Abdullah one-touched it past the goalkeeper to the far post. The goal at 3:49 was the earliest score for the Gators this season.

 

“Our coaches have been stressing a lot for us to get in the box. When I saw Jess kick it down the line, I did my best to get in the box. I saw the girl (defender) go for it, but she missed it so I just finished it with my right foot,” Abdullah said. “Actually, I was kind of surprised. It kind of rolled in. I didn’t know what to think after it happened. I was really excited. I’m just happy that I got my first goal.”

 

Cherry Pickman hit her third goal of the season at 53:50 with a four-yard shot. Melanie Booth crossed the ball into the box where Pickman redirected it into the corner of the goal.

 

“Mel brought it down, beat a lot of people, got in line and just served the perfect ball near post,” Pickman said. “I just had to get in front of my girl (to put it in).”

 

It was an active day in the Florida box Sunday. The Panthers were awarded an early corner kick in the 13th minute and nearly scored on the play as Katie Campion’s shot to the near post was cleared off the line by Amber Presnick. After recording no saves in Friday’s 2-0 win over Loyola College, senior goalkeeper Jen Gardner turned in four Sunday afternoon.

 

UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh saw something today that the Gators will undoubtedly be working on in practice this week as UF prepares to meet intra-state rival Florida State.

 

“Well, we were happy to get another shutout,” Burleigh said. “I would have liked to see us take advantage of our offensive opportunities a little bit more. We had some chances that we didn’t finish. We need to. Two-zero is good, but 4-0 is better and that opportunity was there today. We definitely need to work on our finishing. We need to come ready to play on Friday night. FSU certainly will. It will be a battle.”

 

Florida finishes its home stand on Friday, Sept. 16 when it plays host to No. 16 Florida State. Match time is set for 8 p.m. at the Pressly Stadium and the first 1,000 fans will receive a t-shirt courtesy of GRU. Friday’s match will be televised live on Sun Sports and also can be heard on WRUF-AM 850.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

 

UWM

0

0

0

 

 

Florida

1

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

 

 

 

 

 

UF – Ameera Abdullah (Jessica Young) 3:49

UF – Cherry Pickman (Melanie Booth) 53:50

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

UWM

UF

 

 

 

Shots

7

10

 

 

 

Saves

5

5

 

 

 

Corner Kicks

5

5

 

 

 

Fouls

7

12

 

 

 

Offside

3

3

 

 

 

 

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