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Sunday September 9, 2001No. 20 Soccer Defeated 1-0 by Miami

Gainesville, FL

The No. 20 University of Florida soccer team couldnít convert any of its many opportunities into a goal, resulting in a 1-0 loss to Miami Sunday afternoon in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 1,087. Florida now falls to 2-2 for the season, while Miami is out to its best start of 5-0.

The Hurricanes scored the only goal of the match at 29:02, as senior Deidre Bass put in a five-yard volley off a corner kick. The Gators outshot the Hurricanes 21-6 for the match, but despite many close calls, none of the Gator attempts found the back of the net.

"It was really frustrating. We had our chances and we didnít finish them," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "We had so many good chances in the first half and we didnít finish them. To Miamiís credit, they had their one opportunity, and they finished it.

"I think we played well in the first half. I thought we played great possession, we held the ball well, and our strategy was good. We are trying to play a possession style, which we did very well. I was very pleased with the way we were playing, and itís all a matter of finishing our chances."

Florida goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in three saves for the match, while UMís Rachel Elsby posted seven saves.

Although this was the second loss for the Gators during this young season, Burleigh still feels optimistic about this Florida team.

"Itís not where the team starts, itís where we finish. I am convinced that we have the pieces on this team to be an unbelievably good team, but as of right now we have yet to be able to put all of those pieces together due to health reasons or missing games," she said. "I feel once we put those pieces together, we will be in great shape."

The Gators played without senior All-American Abby Wambach Sunday. She was named to the U.S. Senior National Team for the Nike U.S. Womenís Cup on Saturday and will miss a total of four collegiate matches (at LSU, vs. Miami, at Connecticut and at Syracuse) during the course of the Nike U.S. Womenís Cup play. Wambach played 14 minutes of the U.S.ís 4-1 win over Germany on Sunday in Chicago.

Florida now takes to the road for a two-match road swing. They start the road trip at No. 9 Connecticut on Friday, Sept. 14. That match will air live on Sunshine at 7:30 p.m. The Gators then travel to Syracuse for a Sunday, Sept. 16 contest.

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