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Sunday September 23, 2001Florida and Virginia Tie 1-1 in Soccer

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Andi Sellers scored her third goal of the season Sunday in the Gators' 1-1 tie vs. No. 12 Virginia.

The No. 20 University of Florida and No. 12 University of Virginia women’s soccer teams tied 1-1 Sunday in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 802. It was the first tie for the Florida program since Sept. 19, 1997, when UF and Maryland tied 3-all, also at Percy Beard Stadium.

The match was typical of the battles these two teams have engaged in during the past, as each of the previous three matches were decided by a single goal and Virginia’s 1999 victory came during an overtime match. UF leads the all-time series at 2-1-1.

"We knew it was going to be a tight match. We knew it was going to be a tough game because of the matches we had with them in the past," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "What I was happy with was that we came out and dominated the overtimes. At the beginning of the game, I think we just gave them a little too much respect. We weren’t aggressive enough and I thought we changed that at halftime. From halftime on, it was all us, but their keeper came up with some big saves."

The opening half saw great opportunities at each end of the field, but neither team scored a goal. Fifteen minutes into the match, Florida’s Abby Wambach took the ball down the left side, but her five-foot shot that she tried to slide inside the near post deflected off the post. Virginia’s Erin Engelhardt’s shot in the 21st minute hit the crossbar twice, with UF defenders Karyn Hall and Katie Johnson, respectively, clearing the ball off the line. UVa also had another great opportunity in the 25th minute, when UF goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren scrambled left to make a flying save on Lori Lindsey’s 24-foot blast.

The first goal of the match came at 54:01, when Wambach back-headed the ball to Andi Sellers. She crossed to the right side and sent the ball to the far post for Seller’s third goal of the season. Virginia got the equalizer at 77:43, when Lindsey took a ball sent from a free kick and hit a 16-yard volley from the middle.

For the match, UVa outshot the Gators 20-18, but UF turned in an 8-2 advantage in shots during the 30 minutes of overtime action. In goal Sunday, Virginia’s Anne Abernethy and UF’s Kellgren each turned in nine saves.

"Ties aren’t that great but the way I look at it, this is a step in the right direction for us," Burleigh said. "I like the way we dominated, I liked the way we created chances. Now, we just want to get ourselves better and better every time we play."

Next up, the Gators play host to Florida State on Friday, Sept. 28. Match time is set for 8 p.m. at Percy Beard Stadium and admission is free.

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