Women's Soccer Falls to No. 17 Florida


Sept. 18, 2005

Box Score

ORLANDO, FLa. - Jessica Hallgren and Lydia Jones each had three shots on goal for the UCF women's soccer team but it was not enough to overcome No. 17 Florida Sunday afternoon, 2-0. The Golden Knights fell to 2-6-0 on the season, while the Gators improved to 5-2-0.

"Sometimes you go through a dry spell and this is one of those times we need to find the back of the net," said head coach Amanda Cromwell. "It's a different game when you can score and get the momentum. This game was much better than the last few games. We played with more intense the whole 90 minutes."

Florida struck first in the seventh minute of action when Ameera Abdullah took a pass from Cherry Pickman and sent the ball into the right side of the net from the left.

Jennifer Montgomery sent a bullet of a shot toward the goal only to have it ricochet off the crossbar while Montgomery was called offsides.

Abdullah picked an assist on the second Gator goal when she sent a corner kick toward the net and Amanda Erickson headed the ball in for the score.

At the end of the first half, UCF had outshot Florida, 7-5. Florida's Brittni Goodwin had four saves in the net, while Beth Harless had zero.

The Golden Knights threatened in the second half but were unable to capitalize on opportunities. Hallgren served the ball up three times only to have Goodwin save the ball each time.

On the afternoon, the two teams were tied in shots (13), while Florida led in corner kicks (2-1), saves (9-2) and fouls (22-10).

Abdullah paced the Gators in shots with three, while Melanie Booth and Erickson each had two. In addition to Hallgren and Jones' three shots, Roberta Pelarigo and Montgomery add two shots of their own.

Harless had two saves on the day, while her counterpart, Goodwin, had nine.

The Golden Knights return to the field Friday, Sept. 23 when the team hosts Florida International at 7 p.m.