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#13 Melissa Pini
  • 4L
  • Forward
  • 5-6
  • Plantation, Fla.
  • (American Heritage)
  • **1996 & 1995 All-Southeastern Conference selection**

1998: Saw action in all 27 games, starting 16, for 1,435 minutes...Scored nine goals and had seven assists for 25 points...Third on the team in goals and points scored...Recorded game-winning goals against Central Florida, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss...Recorded her second-career hat trick in the 9-1 win over Mississippi...Earned selection to the All-Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll...Currently the Gators' all-time leader in assists (40), points (160), games played (94), and shots (352) and is second in goals scored (60), game-winning goals (18), and minutes played (6,171).

1997: Played in all 24 of the Gators' matches with 22 starts for 1,672 minutes...Named to the 1997 SEC Tournament Team...Third on both the UF and SEC lists in goals scored (18)...Second in the SEC in points scored (50) and assists (14)...Second in the SEC in points scored...Named to the National Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region third-team for the second-straight season...Ended the season 21st in scoring nationally and eighth in the Southeast Region.

1996: Started in 24 of 25 matches for 1,714 minutes...Selected to the All-SEC team for the second consecutive year, earning second team honors...Also named to the third team All-Southeast Region team by the NSCAA...Scored a goal or an assist in 17 of 25 matches...Finished second on the team in scoring points (55), goals (22) game winning goals (5) and tied for second in assists (11)...Tied for 13th nationally in goals scored and tied for 12th nationally in scoring points...Finished third in scoring points and fourth in goals scored plus assists in the SEC... Scored two goals in UF's 5-0 win over Wake Forest in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...Recorded first hat trick in school history vs. Mississippi...Scored five game-winning goals.

1995: 18 games (18 starts) for 1,350 minutes...11 goals (four game winners) and eight assists for 30 points...Second team NSCAA All South region...1995 first team All SEC selection, the only player from a first year league program to earn that distinction...Led team in every offensive statistical category scoring, goals, assists and game winning goals...Scored first two multi goal games of her career against South Carolina, including two goal, two assist performance at home for career high six points...Registered a goal in four consecutive matches...Scored a goal and an assist on five occasions...Scored four game winning goals...Played entire 120 minutes and registered an SEC single game high 19 shots against Central Florida...Registered hat trick in 9 2 exhibition match victory over Orlando Lions, scoring three goals and adding one assist.

High School: Among top 11 recruits in Region III according to 1995 Soccer America listing...Florida 4A High School Girls Player of the Year...1994 Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald Player of the Year...Three time all state (1992 94) and four time all county selection (1991 94)...Coached by Christine Carlucci during high school career...Female Athlete of the Year as a senior and four time team MVP at American Heritage...Tallied 178 goals and 108 assists in her prep career, becoming only the fourth player in Florida high school girls soccer history to register 100 goals and 100 assists...Was involved in 90 percent of her team's scoring as a senior, tallying 33 goals and 17 assists...Led Broward County in scoring final three seasons...Led American Heritage to three state tournament Final Four appearances...Also competed in track and cross country.

Club: Was invited to 1996 National Soccer Festival in San Antonio, Texas...Member of Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Region III team for eight years...Scored 137 goals and 85 assists in four seasons for Shasta Blitz club team...Led Blitz to consecutive state and regional championships, while finishing runner up nationally in 1993 and third in 1994.

Personal: Born December 1, 1977...Daughter of Joseph and Janice Pini...Sister, Danielle, graduated from American University and was a member of the AU soccer team...1995 graduate of American Heritage High School...Also considered Massachusetts, Georgia and Maryland.

Major: Graduated in May of 2000 with a bachelor's degree in sports management.


Pini's Collegiate Statistics
Year G GS Min. Shots G(GW) A Pts.
1995 18 18 1,350 92 11 (4) 8 30
1996 25-24 1,707 108 22 (5) 11 55
1997 24-22 1,672 103 18 (6) 14 50
1998 27-16 1,435 50 9(3) 7 25
Totals 94 80 6,164 353 60(18) 40 160
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