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Sunday October 29, 2000UF Soccer Completes SEC Sweep with 3-0 Win at USC


Andi Sellers turned in two second-half goals in UF's 3-0 win at South Carolina.

The No. 11 University of Florida soccer team completed its third consecutive undefeated Southeastern Conference regular season on Sunday with a 3-0 win at South Carolina. The Gators finish the 2000 regular season with a 13-7, 9-0 SEC record, while the Gamecocks finish the season 4-16, 1-8 SEC. The win extends the Gatorsí SEC win streak to 42 consecutive matches Ė the nationís longest current conference winning streak.

Florida freshman Megan McMillan provided the only scoring for the opening half. Junior Andi Sellers found McMillan alone on the left side of the box and she hit the 12-yard shot at 40:49.

Sellers turned in two goals within the first 10 minutes of the second half. Her first came at 46:39 when she hit a low shot to the far post from the top of the box. She scored again at 53:15, one-touching the deep cross from Jill Stevens to just beat USC goalkeeper Jessica Freas who was charging off her line to stop the play.

Florida played without junior All-American Abby Wambach and All-SEC sophomore Danielle Murphy for the final match of the regular season. Wambach sat out Sundayís match after picking up her fifth yellow card of the season Friday at Clemson. Murphy missed the weekend as she has joined the English National Team for a match to be played Monday in the Ukraine. She will rejoin the Gators at the SEC Tournament.

"I knew we would have somewhat of a challenge today missing Abby Wambach and Danielle Murphy," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "We never really played with the good rhythm that we wanted. That was one thing I was a bit disappointed in. We were doing a lot of standing and watching today. We need to be a bit sharper. Iím sure South Carolina had something to do with that Ė they have some good players, especially in the midfield. But getting a shutout and scoring three goals, we certainly are happy about that."

"We were happy to complete the SEC Regular season undefeated," she continued. "That was one of our goals at the beginning of the season. Now we need to focus on the SEC Tournament."

Florida goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in nine saves. USCís starting keeper Jessica Freas posted five saves, while Elise Matthews turned in one.

The Gators now start SEC Tournament play on Thursday, Nov. 2 at noon vs. Arkansas in Athens, Ga. Florida is the top seed for the 2000 SEC Tournament and the four-time defending tournament champion.

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