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Sarah Yohe Cohen is the fifth soccer Gator to join the UF Athletic Hall of Fame

Friday March 7, 2014Sarah Yohe joins University of Florida 2014 UF Athletic Hall of Fame

Gainesville, Fla.

Sarah Yohe Cohen is the fifth soccer Gator to join the UF Athletic Hall of Fame

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – All-America soccer player Sarah Yohe Cohen joined the UF Athletic Hall of Fame at the induction banquet held tonight in the Holloway Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

 

Gator Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony copy

SARAH YOHE 

 

Gator Great (1996-99) 

 

Some of her teammates went on to become bigger names on the national -- even international -- women’s soccer stage, but those who followed the Gators in those early Becky Burleigh years know exactly what Sarah Yohe meant to the program. 

 

Quite simply, Yohe scored some of the most significant goals in team history. 

 

As a freshman in 1996, Yohe scored eight goals from her attacking midfielder spot. Half of them were game-winners. She slammed home the only score in 1-0 upset of ninth-ranked Virginia, the program’s first win over a top-10 team. Later that season, the rookie scored the golden goal that proved the difference in a 3-2 win the SEC championship match against Arkansas. It came with just 10 seconds to go in sudden-death overtime. 

 

Yohe capped her sophomore year with MVP honors in the SEC Tournament, where she tallied four goals. 

 

As a junior, she had four more game-winning goals, one of which left an indelible mark.  

 

In the NCAA Tournament semifinals, the Gators faced a Santa Clara squad riding a 16-match shutout streak, a mark that still stands as an NCAA record. That run ended after 1,268 minutes, 29 seconds when Yohe found the back of the net and sent Florida to the national championship game, where the Gators shocked perennial power North Carolina to give Florida an NCAA crown in just its four season of existence. 

 

Yohe exited her senior year as 1999 SEC Player of the Year and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar Athlete of the Year, the first Gators to be so honored. 

 

Fifteen years later, Yohe still ranks second in team history with 18 game-winning goals, plus fourth all-time in goals scored with 60 and fourth in hat tricks with three. She’s the fifth soccer player to be inducted into the UF Hall of Fame and joins a quartet of her former national championship teammates. 

 

By Chris Harry
GatorZone.com Senior Writer

 

She is among the seven Gator Greats and one Distinguished Letterwinner who joined the 384 existing UF Hall of Famers. Yohe Cohen is the fifth Gator soccer player to join the UF Athletic Hall of Fame and all five were members of Florida’s 1998 NCAA championship team.

 

Scoring some of the biggest goals in the history of the Gator program, Yohe Cohen still stands No. 4 all-time on the Gators career goals list with 60 over her four-year career.

 

Yohe Cohen’s first goal as a freshman in 1996 gave the Gators’ their first victory over a top-10 team, as Florida defeated then No. 9 Virginia 1-0. Later that season in the Southeastern Conference Tournament final, it was Yohe Cohen’s golden goal which gave the Gators’ a 3-2 win over Arkansas and the program’s first league title. In the program’s first NCAA College Cup appearance in 1998, Yohe Cohen scored the only goal of the match, ending Santa Clara’s shutout streak of 1,268:29 minutes, which still stands as the No. 2 individual shutout streak in NCAA Division I history. That goal sent Florida to the NCAA Championship match and Yohe Cohen was among the five Gators named to the College Cup All-Tournament team after the Gators won the title 1-0 over North Carolina.

 

Yohe Cohen earned National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) All-America second team honors as senior in 1999. That same season, she picked up the SEC Player of the Year honor and tied for third nationally with a career-high 24 goals. She had a least a goal in nine consecutive matches of her senior season, a total which is second to the 10 turned in by fellow Gator Athletic Hall of Fame member Abby Wambach in 2001.

 

Joining Yohe Cohen among the Gator Greats inductees are Aury Cruz (Volleyball), Jenny Gladding (Softball), Justin O’Neal (Men’s Tennis), Keiwan Ratliff (Football), Colleen Rosensteel (Women’s Track & Field) and Mike Stanley (Baseball). Former UF swimmer, lifetime member of swimming and diving’s Splash Club and Gator Boosters Board of Directors member Harrison “Harry” Wilder also was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Letterwinner .

 

Each year, the F Club Committee selects members to the Hall of Fame, divided into three different categories: Gator Greats, Distinguished Letterwinners and Honorary Letterwinners. 

 

UF Athletic Hall of Fame – Soccer Inductees

Name

Induction Class

Erin Baxter McCorkle

2009

Danielle Fotopoulos

2008

Heather Mitts

2013

Abby Wambach

2012

Sarah Yohe Cohen

2014

Gator Greats are letterwinners who have brought recognition and prominence to the University and themselves by athletic accomplishments as a student-athlete. Distinguished Letterwinners are former student-athletes who have made major contributions to the University’s athletic program through personal time, effort, interest and many years of continued service. They also have distinguished themselves as exceptional in their chosen field of endeavor.

 

Honorary Letterwinners are coaches and athletic officials (after retirement) who were not letterwinners/athletes at the University of Florida, yet have rendered outstanding service to the intercollegiate athletic program through personal time, effort, interest and through many years of continued service.

 

 

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