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# 5 Keisha Bell
  • Senior - 3L
  • Defender 5-9
  • Spring, Texas (Klein Oak)
  • **1999, 2000 & 2001 All-America**
  • **1999, 2000 & 2001 All-SEC**
  • **1998 NCAA Championship Tournament Team**

2001: Missed Florida's NCAA quarterfinal and semifinal matches after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament of her left knee at practice on Nov. 30...National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America third-team selection...SoccerBuzz.com All-America second team member...All-Southeastern Conference first-team member...All-SEC Tournament Team for the fourth consecutive season...Started for every match in the Gator backline (prior to knee injury) in 2001...second on the team in minutes played at 2,167 for an average of 90.3 minutes per match...missed just 31 minutes of action this season prior to the knee injury...scored her first goal of the season in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament against Clemson...turned in one assist this season...second on the Gator Career Minutes Played list (7,572)...NSCAA All-Southeast Region first team selection.

2000: Member of the All-SEC first team for the second consecutive season...Also made her third appearance on the SEC All-Tournament team...Member of the U.S. National Team at the Algarve Cup, which was contested in Portugal in March of 2001...All-America third-team selection by Soccer Times.com...Honorable mention All-America selection by Soccer Buzz...Started all but two games, averaging more than 69 minutes per match...Scored a goal at Florida State, bringing her career total up to three goals...Added an assist against Alabama...NSCAA All-Southeast Region first team selection.

1999: Named to the NSCAA All-America third team...Selected to the All-SEC first team...Also earned a spot on the SEC All-Tournament team...A key contributor to the Gator defense, averaging more than 80 minutes a match...Started every game for 1,845 minutes...Part of the Gator defense that finished the season tied for fourth in the nation with a goals against average of .519...Named to Soccer America's Team of the Week on Nov. 3...Hit first goal at Auburn...Also turned in five assists in 1999...All-America second-team selection by College Soccer Weekly...Soccer Buzz All-America honorable mention selection...Participated in 1999 Adidas Summer League.

1998: Saw action in 26 games with 25 starts for 2,036 minutes...Scored one goal and had nine assists for 11 points...Named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team...Earned selection to the SEC All-Tournament team...Soccer America's Freshman All-America selection...Also a Soccer Buzz Freshman All-America second-team member...Scored her first collegiate goal in UF's 6-0 victory over UNC-Greensboro...Had her first multi-point game with two assists at Maryland...Assisted on Abby Wambach's game-winning goal in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against James Madison...Had an assist in the Gators' NCAA Quarterfinals 3-1 win over Penn State.

High School: Earned all-district honors in 1996...Played both outside midfielder and defender.

Club: Played on Olympic Development (ODP) National U-16 Team in 1995...Four-time member of the State ODP Team...Club team, Challenge Soccer Club, was the U-16 Regional Cup champions in 1996 and U-14 in 1994...Club team finished third in the 1996 U.S. National Challenge Cup U-16 competition...Also a member of the Division I League State U-19 Team in 1995.

Personal: Born December 20, 1979...Daughter of Charles and Theresa Bell... Her father lettered in football at Texas A&M and played for the Seattle Seahawks... Secretary of the Enrichment & Brotherhood of Northwest Youth (E.B.O.N.Y) for two years and a member for seven...Member of Spanish Club and Afro-American Club...Also lettered in track and played volleyball at Klein Oak High School...1998 Graduate of Klein Oak High School where she was coached by Pam Metcalfe.

Major: Sociology.


Bell's Collegiate Statistics
Year GP/GS Min. Shots G (GW) A Pts.
1998 26 / 25 2036 15 1 (0) 9 11
1999 23 / 23 1845 23 1 (0) 5 7
2000 22 / 22 1524 10 1 (0) 1 3
2001 24/24 2167 9 1 (0) 1 3
Totals 95/ 94 7572 57 4(0) 16 24
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