Sunday August 27, 2000Florida Soccer Team Defeats Miami 4-2
The No. 10 University of Florida soccer team posted its first win of the season, defeating Miami 4-2 in front of a Cobb Stadium crowd of 900. The Gators now own a season record of 1-1, while Miami drops to 0-1.
The Gators got two goals each from juniors Andi Sellers and Karyn Hall. Sellers got the Gators on the scoreboard at 13:19, intercepting a clear attempt by Miami goalkeeper Elizabeth Swinson to hit the short shot in the box. Hall got the next two goals for UF, hitting an eight-yard shot in the box at 47:12. She hit a penalty kick at 74:13 to earn the game-winning goal for the Gators. Sellers finished off UF’s scoring output at 82:46, heading the ball in for a goal off a Hall corner kick.
Miami knotted the score twice during the course of the match. Nicole Safian hit an eight yarder in the box at 34:31 to tie the match at 1-all. Lisa Gomez’s penalty kick at 66:40, which tied the score at 2-all, was set up when UF goal keeper Jordan Kellgren was accessed a red card for intentionally fouling Ashley West. The Gators were forced to play the final 24 minutes with 10 players.
UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh also received a red card at 88:00 and was forced to leave the field. Burleigh and Kellgren will both have to sit out the Gators next match on Friday.
The Gators were again without junior All-American Abby Wambach and sophomore All-SEC performer Danielle Murphy Sunday afternoon. Both players are ineligible to play for UF at this time and will return to the Gator lineup later in the season.
Next up, the Gators will meet their third consecutive in-state rival, South Florida, for their home opener on Friday, Sept. 1. Match time is set for 6 p.m. at Percy Beard Stadium and admission is free.