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Second-Ranked Florida Snaps Ducks' Winning Streak, 13-5
Release Date: 03/16/2013
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EUGENE, Ore - The second-ranked Florida Gators snapped Oregon's four-game winning streak with a 13-5 victory on Saturday afternoon in Eugene.

The Gators improved the 11-0 with the win while the Ducks fell to 4-2.

Florida started the game off hot, scoring two goals in under five minutes.  But with 21:27 to play in the opening half, Oregon's Casey Brogan got the Ducks on the board with her second goal of the year.  

However, the Gators would go on a 4-0 run to take a commanding 6-1 lead with 15:09 to go in the first.  Each of Florida's goals during the run were scored by a different player.

Shannon Propst and Nikki Puszcz helped the Ducks crawl back into the game over the next four minutes, though.  At the 14:18 mark, Propst scored her eighth goal of the year off a pass from Puszcz and then returned the favor by dishing the ball off to Puszcz for a goal with 10:51 remaining in the half.  Puszcz's eighth goal of the year made it a 6-3 game.

But Florida regrouped after Puszcz's goal and went on to score the next three goals thanks to Gabi Wiegand, Ashley Bruns and Brittany Dashiell, who posted a hat-trick in the first half, to take a 9-3 lead heading into halftime.

In the second half, Oregon used patient possessions to cut the Gator lead to five, 9-4, when Propst scored an unassisted goal at the 21:41 mark. 

The Ducks could not pull within five the rest of the way.

After a 10-minute scoring drought, Florida's Caroline Chesterman and Shannon Gilroy scored goals with 10:31 and 6:53 remaining, respectively, to put the game out of reach.

Oregon senior Kate Cathell scored the Ducks' final goal of the match at the 4:35 mark.

Florida out-shot the Ducks 29-15 and won the draw control battle, 12-8.  Oregon goalie Salliebeth Finnegan made eight saves and scooped up a game-high three ground balls.

Propst finished the day with two goals and one assist.  Her three points gave her 100 for her career and moved her past Alison Leiner for 10th on Oregon's all-time points list. 

The Ducks will have six days off before their next game on March 22 when they host San Diego State in the first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game of the year.  The game is the first of four in just eight days for Oregon and is the final leg of a seven-game homestand to start the year.


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