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#27 Meredith Flaherty
  • 1L
  • Goalkeeper
  • 5-6
  • Oceanside, Calif.
  • (Vista/Clemson)
  • **1998 NCAA Championship Tournament Defensive MVP**

Transferred to the University of Florida after playing three seasons at Clemson...immediately eligible to play for the Gators.

1998: Started all 26 matches she played in, totaling 1,959 minutes...NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team selection...College Soccer Weekly All-America second-team selection...Named the NCAA Championship Tournament Defensive MVP after leading the Gators to consecutive 1-0 shutout wins over Santa Clara and North Carolina...Led the Southeastern Conference with 10.53 shutouts...Recorded a 20-1-0 mark with 67 saves...Set the UF record for goals against average in a career with 0.643...Established UF season records for minutes played, games, starts, saves, wins, and shutouts...Allowed only two goals in UF's eight postseason matches...Set an SEC Tournament record by recording shutouts in all three Gator victories...Missed only the Hartford match, when she was injured in a car accident the week prior to the game.

1997: Played in 12 matches, starting 11 for 874 minutes...Had three shutouts, including one solo shutout...Finished the season with a GAA (goals against average) of 1.44, giving up 14 goals...Split playing time with Suzanne Putnam...Attended 1997 U.S. National Training Camp...Traveled with U.S. team on Nike Tour.

1996: Redshirted the 1997 season after starting three matches due to hand injury.

1995: Started 20 games for the Lady Tigers for 1,710 minutes...Named first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and second-team All-South Region...Shutout seven opponents, finishing the season with an 0.84 GAA...Second in the league with a save percentage of 0.828.

1994: Started 16 of the 18 matches played, posting a GAA of 1.05. High School: 1994 graduate of Vista High School.

Club: Member of ODP (Olympic Development Program) in California...Earned Goalkeeper-of-the-Year honors for the San Diego Surf Club Team.

Personal: Married Colin Flaherty in July of 1998...received bachelor's degree in psychology from Clemson in 1998.

Major: Pursuing a master's degree in counseling.


Flaherty's Collegiate Statistics
Year G GS Min. SV GA GAA SHO W-L-T
1994 18-16 1,460 91 17 1.05 4 ^  
1995 20-20 1,710 77 16 0.84 7 ^  
1996 Redshirted due to hand injury
1997 12-11 874 53 14 1.44 3 ^  
1998 26-26 1,959 67 14 0.64 10.53 20-1-0
Totals 88-63 5,123 169 45 0.79 28.53 42 7 1
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