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Friday October 27, 2000No. 11 Gator Soccer Falls at No. 4 Clemson 4-3

CLEMSON, S.C. -

Junior Abby Wambach turned in her sixth collegiate hat-trick at Clemson.

In a battle between the 2000 Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conference champions, No. 4 Clemson claimed the narrow 4-3 win over No. 11 Florida Friday evening in front of a Riggs Field crowd of 1,223. The loss drops the SEC champion Gators to 12-7, while Clemson finishes the regular-season with a 16-1-1 record.

"Despite the loss, we feel really positive. It is obvious that we have come a long way this season," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "The first part of the second half we had a lot of opportunities to score, but we didn’t finish. But we never gave up and we fought to the end. This had to be one of the most exciting matches I’ve ever been a part of. It was a great effort."

The match was tied twice during the opening half. Florida struck first at 9:03, when junior Abby Wambach hit an eight-yard shot to the far post, set up by the double-assist from Andi Sellers and Erica "Boo" Schubert. Clemson’s Deliah Arrington scored at 11:07, capitalizing on a miss-clear attempt by the Gators to hit the eight-yard shot. Wambach scored again at 38:36, putting in the ball off Schubert’s corner kick. Clemson’s Lindsay Browne knotted the score late in the second half, hitting the 10-yard shot to the far post off the assist from Arrington.

Clemson scored the first two goals of the second half. Browne hit her second goal of the evening at 61:37, chipping the ball in when Florida goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren was out of the goal. Kellgren came out to make the stop on Browne’s first shot off the breakaway, but Browne was able to capitalize on the rebound. Allison Mitchell hit the Tigers’ final goal of the evening at 74:48, one-touching the ball in from eight-yards off the cross from Arrington. Florida’s Wambach scored her third goal of the evening at 82:29 to bring the Gators within one, blasting the ball from the top of the box off the cross from Robin Fulton. The hat-trick was Wambach’s third this season and the sixth of her collegiate career, which moves her into a tie for first with former All-American Danielle Fotopoulos on the UF career hat-tricks list.

For the match, Clemson outshot the Gators 20-19. Florida’s Kellgren recorded seven saves, while CU’s Katie Carson turned in a season-high 10 saves.

The Gators finish the 2000 regular season on Sunday, Oct. 29 at South Carolina. The match is set for 1 p.m. in the Eugene E. Stone III Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

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