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Friday October 28, 2005No. 17 Florida Soccer Defeats South Carolina 3-0 on Senior Day

Gainesville, FL

The No. 17 University of Florida soccer team (13-4-1, 8-2-1 SEC) finished the regular-season with a 3-0 win over South Carolina (6-12, 2-9 SEC) Friday evening in front of a James G. Pressly Stadium crowd of 1,532.

 

The first goal of the match came off a miscommunication between USC midfielder Kimmy Gillespie and goalkeeper Laura Armstrong. The ball was played back to the keeper, but Armstrong couldn’t get to the ball before it rolled into the goal at 29:41.

 

Late in the opening half, Florida freshman Katie Green was on the far sideline with ball. She served the ball into the middle of the box where senior Lindsey DeLorenze hit a hard eight-yard shot that went untouched into the goal at 39:13. It was the fourth goal of the 2005 season for DeLorenze.

 

“It was a big night for all of us because it was Senior Night. I wanted to make an impression so I was pretty excited to get that goal,” DeLorenze said. “It was an excellent cross by Katie Green. I just got on the end of end. Most of the work was done by her.”

 

Florida opened up the second half with a score by Green. Pickman sent the ball to Green on the far end of the box. Green dribbled the ball toward the top of the box, turned and took the 20-yard shot. The ball curved slightly into the top corner at the far post. The goal was the second for Green this season, who turned in her first goal Sept. 4 versus Connecticut.

 

“Cherry played a really good one-touch out and I was able to see the opening and I took it,” Green said.

 

Florida’s eight-member senior class of DeLorenze, Jen Gardner, Jamie Garside, Katie Johnston, Cherry Pickman, Candace Rivers, Rie Sawai and Jessica Young were honored in a pre-match ceremony. The class is the second-largest in the 11-year history of Gator soccer, second only to the 12-member class in 1998. DeLorenze said the emotion played a role in Friday’s match.

 

“This could be the last time we play on our home field,” she said. “Everyone was really pumped – we just went out there and played for each other.”

 

UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh was pleased with Gators performance.

 

“On Senior Night, there are always a lot of emotions.  With the amount of seniors that we had, I think our team felt responsible to play as hard as they could for them,” she said. “They gave a great effort.”

 

The referee sent UF’s Pickman off with a red card, forcing the Gators to play the final 24 minutes with 10 players. It was the first red card for Florida since the second match of the 2003 season.

 

Next up, the Gators travel to Orange Beach, Ala., for the SEC Tournament. Florida will be the No. 3 seed for the tournament and will play Thursday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) in the opening round. The complete bracket will be announced this weekend by the league office. Florida matches can be heard live on www.GatorZone.com.

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

2nd

Final

 

 

South Carolina

0

0

0

 

 

Florida

2

1

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring:

 

 

 

 

 

UF – USC Own goal 29:41

UF –  Lindsey DeLorenze (Katie Green) 39:13

UF – Green (unassisted) 49:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Summary:

USC

UF

 

 

 

Shots

7

14

 

 

 

Saves

4

4

 

 

 

Corner Kicks

2

3

 

 

 

Fouls

16

16

 

 

 

Offside

2

2

 

 

 

 

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