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Kelley Visentin scored the first goal for the Gators Friday in their 4-0 victory over Vanderbilt.

Friday October 5, 2001No. 13 Gator Soccer Defeats Vanderbilt 4-0

Gainesville, FL

Kelley Visentin scored the first goal for the Gators Friday in their 4-0 victory over Vanderbilt.

The No. 13 University of Florida soccer team (7-2-1, 3-0 SEC) pushed its 2001 Southeastern Conference record to 3-0 after a 4-0 win over Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-2) Friday evening in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 1,892. The win extends the Gators’ league win streak to 48 consecutive wins – the longest current conference win streak in the nation.

The match was scoreless until the 42nd minute when Gator sophomore Kelley Visentin scored off a 10-yard blast. The score was set up when Robin Fulton passed from the right side of the box. Visentin took the ball through two defenders and around a final defender before sending the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper.

The Gators scored again in the 65th minute when freshman Christine Johnson scored the first of her two goals of the evening. Junior Danielle Murphy sent the ball into the box off a free kick and Johnson hit a four-yard header. Johnson also scored the final goal of the match in the 77th minute, taking the pass from Abby Wambach for the eight-yard tap-in. Johnson is now third on the team with a season total of four goals.

"I thought Christine really sparked us. Once she scored that goal she really lifted her game and then of course she got the second goal," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "I thought Vis (Kelley Visentin) scored a great goal in the first half to put us ahead at halftime. I thought that was a key, too, because if they’d gone into halftime 0-0, they would have been pretty pleased with that."

Florida’s Andi Sellers, a member of this week’s Soccer America National Team of the Week, turned in her fifth goal of the season in the 76th minute. The play began when Wambach took a shot off a corner kick. VU’s Lauren Whitt made the stop, but the ball still remained in play. Sellers recovered the loose ball and put it over the goal line from one-yard.

With her two assists Friday, Wambach upped her career total to 40 assists to tie the Florida record held by former Gator Melissa Pini (1995-98).

Gator midfielder Crystal Frimpong was ejected from the match in the 65th minute. She will sit out the next two matches after receiving the red card.

For the match, the Gators outshot the Commodores 17-3. VU’s starting goalkeeper Stacee Sproul turned in four saves and Whitt, who came in at halftime, turned in two saves. Florida’s starting goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren recorded no saves and Regan Wiesemann, who played 31 minutes Friday, recorded one save.

Next up, the Gators play host to No. 16 Kentucky on Sunday, Oct. 7. Match time is set for 2 p.m. at the Percy Beard Stadium and admission is free.

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