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#28 Abby Wambach
  • Senior - 4L
  • Forward 5-10
  • Pittsford, N.Y. (Our Lady of Mercy)
  • **2000 & 2001 SEC Player of the Year**
  • **2000 & 2001 SEC Tournament MVP **
  • **2001, 2000, 1999 & 1998 All-America**
  • **2001, 2000, 1999 & 1998 All-SEC**
  • U.S. National Team bio

2001: National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America first team member...also named to Soccer America Season MVP list and to SoccerBuzz.com All-America first-team...All-Southeastern Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and a first-team selection for fourth consecutive season...SEC Tournament MVP for second consecutive season - first player in league history to win player of the year or tournament MVP honor in consecutive seasons...No. 2 overall selection by the Washington Freedom in the 2002 WUSA Draft - matching the highest selection by any Gator athlete in a professional draft...Finalist for all national player of the year awards - Hermann, Missouri Athletic Club, Honda and SoccerBuzz.com...Florida's leading scorer with 31 goals, 14 assists and 76 points...also owns UF's career records for goals (96), assists (50), points (242), game-winning goals (24) and hat-tricks (10)...Holds the No. 1 spot in the final NCAA Division I stats in points per game (3.17) and goals per game (1.29)...also No. 18 in assists per match (0.58)...Stands sixth in both points (242) and in goals (96) on the NCAA career charts...Missed LSU and Miami matches as she was named to the U.S. National Team for the Nike U.S. Women's Cup...Played 14 minutes in the U.S.'s 4-1 win vs. Germany on Sept. 9...Oct. 29 SEC Player of the Week after five goals and three assists vs. Mississippi State and Mississippi...Three-time Soccer America Team of the Week selection and also appeared on the Oct. 15 SoccerBuzz.com Elite Team of the Week...Turned in 10 multi-goal matches in 2001, including hat-tricks vs. Mississippi State, Kentucky (SEC Tournament semifinal) and Georgia (NCAA Second Round)... Set UF record with at least one goal in 10 consecutive matches, which also stands tied for third on the NCAA chart. Summer of 2001: Member of the U.S. U-21 National Team that claimed the gold medal at the Nordic Cup, July 25-31...Turned in three goals in three matches to finish tied for third in number of goals among all scorers in 2001 Nordic Cup action.

2000: 2000 SEC Player of the Year and made third consecutive appearance on All-SEC First Team...Named SEC Tournament MVP after turning in five goals in three matches...All-America selection by collegesoccer.com (first team) and Soccer Buzz (second team)...Led the Gators with 23 goals and 54 points in 2000...Finished third in the final balloting for the 2000 Hermann Trophy...In the final NCAA stats, tied for fourth in points per game at 2.57 ppg and No. 6 in goals per game at 1.10 gpg...Her season goals total of 23 tied for fourth in the nation...Started the 21 matches she played and averaged 78.0 minutes per match...Turned in hat-tricks on three consecutive Friday evenings in October...Also turned in a four-goal match in the SEC Tournament first round vs. Arkansas, moving her into sole possession of the UF career hat-tricks list (seven total)...Also leads the Gators' career chart with 166 points...SEC Player of the Week on Oct. 16 after scoring four goals in two matches...National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Southeast Region first team member...Trained with U.S. U-21 team April 5-9, 2000 in Lincoln, Neb.

1999: Appeared in 22 matches, starting all 22 at forward...Averaged 79.8 minutes per match...NSCAA All-America first-team selection...Also named to the All-SEC first team and the SEC All-Tournament team...In the final national statistics, ranked No. 4 in points per game (2.82 per match), No. t4 in goals per game (1.05 gpm) and No. 6 in assists per game (0.73 apg)...Turned in 23 goals, 16 assists and 62 points, which each ranked in the nation's top five for season totals...Set school record for season assists total (16)...Led the SEC in total points and assists and was No. 2 in total goals...Turned in seven multi-goal matches, including a collegiate-high four goals vs. LSU and a hat-trick vs. Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament semifinal...SEC Player of the Week (Oct. 18) after hitting two goals in each of UF's wins at Tennessee and Georgia...Soccer Buzz All-America first-team selection...Member of College Soccer Weekly's All-America third team.

1998: Started all 26 games she played in, totaling 2,022 minutes...Second on the team in goals scored (19), assists (12), and points (50)...Earned selection to the All-SEC first team...One of two freshmen on the NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team...All-America honorable mention selection by both College Soccer Weekly and ESPN/Soccer Times...Soccer America's Freshman All-America selection... Also a Soccer Buzz Freshman All-America honorable-mention member...Recorded her first career hat trick in 3-0 win over Kentucky...Scored five or more points in a match four times...SEC All-Tournament team selection...Named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week on Nov. 9 for her performance in the SEC Tournament.

High School: 1997 NSCAA/UMBRO National Player of the Year...Also 1997 NSCAA Regional Player of the Year and the NSCAA State of New York Player of the Year...Named NSCAA/UMBRO High School All-American in 1996 and '97...Cited by USA Today as one of the nation's top 10 recruits...During high school career, scored 142 goals, including 34 in 1997...Among awards, named Gatorade Circle of Champions New York Player of the Year in 1997.

Club: The three-year captain named All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997...Played for Rochester Spirit club team and coached by Dan Shoniker...Member of the Olympic Development Team (ODP) U-16 National Team (1996)...Member of the 1997 National U-20 Pool...Competed in the 1997 U.S. Soccer Festival in Blaine, Minn., training and playing with the U.S. National Team...Traveled to Beijing, China, in 1997 as a member of the first youth soccer team to compete in China.

Personal: Born June 2, 1980 in Rochester, N.Y...daughter of Peter and Judith Wambach...1998 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School...Four-year varsity starter for high school basketball team, earning All-Greater Rochester honors twice...Youngest of seven children...Also considered North Carolina, UCLA, Virginia, and George Mason before choosing Florida.

Major: Leisure Service Management.


Wambach's Collegiate Statistics
Year GP/GS Min. Shots G (GW) A Pts.
1998 26 / 26 2022 131 19 (4) 12 50
1999 22 / 22 1756 125 23 (6) 16 62
2000 21 / 21 1639 92 23 (3) 8 54
2001 24/ 24 1920 120 31 (11) 14 76
Totals 93 / 93 7337 468 96 (24) 50 242
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