Sunday October 7, 2001No. 13 Florida Soccer Defeats No. 16 Kentucky 5-1
Abby Wambach set the UF Career Assists record with her 41st assist in UF's 5-1 win vs. No. 16 UK.
The No. 13 University of Florida soccer team (8-2-1, 4-0 SEC) turned in its third win in 10 days vs. a NSCAA Top-20 team with its 5-1 victory over No. 16 Kentucky (8-3, 2-1 SEC) Sunday afternoon in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 880. The win extends the Gators’ league win streak to 49 consecutive wins – the longest current conference win streak in the nation.
The Gators turned in their earliest goal of the season Sunday, when sophomore Casey Hamel hit a 16-yard left shot for her second goal of the season. The assist on the goal came from senior Abby Wambach, who upped her career assists total to 41 to take sole possession of Florida’s career assists record. Wambach scored the Gators’ second goal off a short tap-in off the cross from senior Andi Sellers. Wambach now owns Florida’s points (187), goals (73) and assists (41) career records.
The second half started with an own goal by the Wildcats to give the Gators a 3-0 lead. UK cut the lead to 3-1 at 75:38 when Heather Saas scored on a 15-yard right shot shortly after she entered the match. Florida scored again just 20 seconds later, when sophomore Robin Fulton received the ball wide and above the box and then took it in for a six-yard goal. Sellers finished off the scoring for the match at 77:18, hitting an 18-yard right shot off the assist from Dena Floyd.
"It’s great for us. We talked yesterday about our Sunday performances and how we could get a little bit more mentally ready to come out and be focused. I think they really took it to heart," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "Obviously, they did a great job scoring two minutes into the game. So, I was really pleased with our overall effort in the game as well as our preparation. I’m really happy because this is our fifth game in 10 days, and we knew that was a stretch. We wouldn’t let it be an excuse. For the team to come out the way they did is a real credit to their character."
"To his credit, they came out and just played us straight up," Burleigh said about the Wildcats. "They tried to get a feel for what their team is like too, and they’re dangerous. Offensively they’ve got some real weapons. I think if we had not scored so early, this would have been a different game."
The Gators outshot the Wildcats 13-9 Sunday. UF’s starting goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in two saves in 60 minutes of play and Regan Wiesemann had one save. UK goalkeeper Beth Wells posted two saves Sunday.
Florida finishes its three-match homestand on Friday, Oct. 12 when it plays host to Duke. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Percy Beard Stadium and admission is free.