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U.S. National Team member and Gator Great Abby Wambach set the international goals record with her 160th goal.

Thursday June 20, 2013Gator Great Abby Wambach Sets International Goals Record

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U.S. National Team member and Gator Great Abby Wambach set the international goals record with her 160th goal.

It took a half of play for U.S. Women’s National Team striker and Gator Soccer Great Abby Wambach to tie, set and add one more to the all-time international goals record. Wambach’s four goals versus Korea Republic Thursday evening at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., now places her all alone at the top of the all-time international goals list at 160.

 

Wambach entered the match with 156 goals – two behind the U.S.’s Mia Hamm’s record set during her outstanding career. She needed just 30 minutes of play to register three goals and the final goal of the hat-trick set the record at 159. Goal 160 came just before the end of the half.

 

The four goals was the second-most in a match for Wambach since scoring her first goal for the U.S. in April of 2002. Against Ireland in 2004, Wambach provided all the scoring in a 5-0 win.

 

It has been a big year for Wambach, who was named the FIFA Ballon d'Or or FIFA World Player of the Year in January. The five goals she scored in London helped the U.S. to Olympic gold – the second Olympic gold of her career.

 

Wambach is the Gators' career leader in goals (96), assists (50) and points (242) and stands seventh on the NCAA Career charts in goals and points. She earned National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) All-America first-team honors in 1999 and 2001. She is a four-time member of the All-Southeastern Conference first team and picked up the SEC Player of the Year award in 2000 and 2001. Wambach was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame in April of 2012.

 

 

 

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