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#19 Kara Rao
  • 5-4 Senior / Midfielder/Defender
  • Boca Raton, Fla. (Olympic Heights H.S.)

2002: Starter at wide midfield for the Gators in every match...averaged more than 76 minutes per match for UF...All-Southeastern Conference honorable mention team member...Turned in a goal vs. Syracuse...Assisted on UF's second goal in the Gators' 2-0 win vs. LSU in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal round...named to Academic All-SEC Honor Roll.

2001: Starter at wide midfield for the Gators in every match...Turned in goals in successive matches vs. Georgia and Mississippi State...Played complete match vs. Florida State...Averaged more than 53 minutes per match as a junior... Member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2000: Played in all but one match for the Gators, starting 13 of them...Hit the game-winning goal at Virginia and at Mississippi...Averaged 53.8 minutes per match...turned in three assists...Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

1999: Started 18 matches for the Gators at midfield, averaging 45.4 minutes per match...Hit first collegiate goal vs. Florida International. High School: 1998 Parade All-American at midfield...1998 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Youth All-American...1998 Palm Beach Post and Boca News Player of the Year...Three-time Olympic Heights High School MVP (1996-98), where she was coached by Diego Cardona.

Club Team: Member of the under-18 national team pool...MVP at the 1997 Junior Orange Bowl and State Cup tournaments...Played for Team Boca club team and coached by Steve Nugent...Team claimed 1997 state championship...Traveled to Europe twice with Olympic Development squads.

Major: Food Science & Human Nutrition, Nutritional Sciences


Rao's Collegiate Statistics
Year GP/GS Min. Shots G (GW) A Pts.
1999 21 / 18 954 13 1 (0) 2 4
2000 23 / 13 1237 17 2 (2) 3 7
2001 26 /26 1386 22 2 (0) 0 4
2002 22/22 1676 17 1(1) 1 3
Totals 92/ 79 5253 69 6(3) 6 18
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