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Friday October 6, 2000Florida Soccer Defeats No. 10 Kentucky 5-3

LEXINGTON, FL

A hat-trick by Andi Sellers helped lead the Gators to a 5-3 win at No. 10 Kentucky.

A hat-trick by junior Andi Sellers helped lead the University of Florida soccer team to a 5-3 win over No. 10 Kentucky Friday evening in front of a Kentucky Soccer Complex crowd of 375. The win ups the Gators’ season record to 7-6, 3-0 in the SEC, while the Kats drop to 10-2, 3-1 SEC.

Although Florida took a 3-2 lead into halftime, the Kats knotted the score twice in the opening 45 minutes. Sellers started the scoring at 27:51, hitting a short shot to the near post which was set up by Crystal Frimpong’s short cross sent in from the middle near the end line. Kentucky’s Annie Gage tied the score at 30:04, hitting a 10-yarder to the upper right corner off a one-v-one situation. Then freshman Robin Fulton from nearby Cincinnati, Ohio, hit her first collegiate goal for the Gators at 36:53, taking the ball off the cross from Abby Wambach. Fulton then had a one-v-one situation on the left side of the field, taking the ball to the middle of the box for the shot. Kentucky’s Jen Kerse got the equalizer less than two minutes later at 38:27. Wambach gave the Gators the halftime lead at 39:11, scoring off a header from Kristen Fisher’s cross.

Sellers again opened the scoring for the half at 66:52, hitting the sharp angled eight-yard shot to the far post from near the end line. Kentucky’s Elizabeth Ramsey pulled the Kats within a goal at 70:06, scoring off a header sent in from Kate Qually’s free kick. But Sellers registered her third goal of the match at 82:25 – chipping the ball over the goalkeeper from 15-yards – to finish the evening’s scoring. It was the first hat-trick of the season for the Gators and the fourth hat-trick of Sellers’ career. She last earned a hat-trick on Aug. 29, 1999 vs. Central Florida.

"I’m really happy with our offensive production. I thought Andi and Abby did a great job up top as far as keeping possession and playing with each other. They were outstanding," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "It was also great for Robin to stick in a goal in front of her hometown fans. It was great to get a win at the No. 10 team’s stadium - we will take the win and run."

The Gators now travel to Nashville, Tenn., to meet Vanderbilt on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday’s match will be aired live on Sunshine.

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