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Sunday November 12, 2000Florida Soccer Falls to FSU 2-1 in NCAA 2nd Round

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida soccer team saw its season end Sunday, falling in an NCAA Second Round match to intra-state rival Florida State 2-1 in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 1,763. The Gators also opened the 2000 season with a 3-2 loss to the Seminoles in Tallahassee, marking the only two UF losses in the two team’s all-time seven-match series. UF finishes the season with 16-8 record, while the Seminoles improve to 14-7-2. FSU now will meet the NCAA’s No. 3 seed Clemson on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Clemson, S.C.

The Seminoles struck first Sunday when Rachael Watkin hit a five-yard shot off the cross from Cindy Schofield at the five-minute mark. Florida tied the score at 6:30, when freshman Robin Fulton took advantage of some FSU problems on a clear attempt to hit a six-yard shot.

FSU struck again shortly into the second half, when Summer Corum scored off a five-yard volley from a Marte Vik Edvardsen cross. It is the second consecutive season that the Gators were eliminated in the NCAA Second Round. Florida fell 1-0 to Hartford in the 1999 NCAA Tournament.

"I think we're a better team than this. FSU played well and they deserved a win," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "This was certainly not the way we wanted to end our season."

"This was a tough loss. All season we could regroup and look toward tomorrow. Today we have to face the fact that we don't have a tomorrow," she continued. "We need to make sure this is an experience to grow from."

For the match, the Gators outshot the Seminoles 16-8. UF goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in two saves, while FSU’s Sarah Crawford posted six saves.

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