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Florida's Abby Wambach scored twice for the Gators in their 4-1 win Sunday at Arkansas.

Sunday October 14, 2001No. 12 Soccer Gets 50th SEC Win with 4-1 Win at UA

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Florida's Abby Wambach scored twice for the Gators in their 4-1 win Sunday at Arkansas.

The No. 12 University of Florida soccer team (10-2-1, 5-0 SEC) claimed its 50th consecutive victory vs. a Southeastern Conference opponent with a 4-1 win vs. Arkansas (4-9, 1-3 SEC) Sunday in front of a Lady ‘Back Stadium crowd of 311. Florida’s 50 wins is the longest current conference win streak in the nation and stands second to the all-time record of 55 consecutive wins held by the University of North Carolina.

The scoring started quickly for the Gators on Sunday, as the first two shots were scored as goals. Abby Wambach got her first of two opening half goals at 4:29 when she received the pass from Andi Sellers to have a one-v-one situation with the Arkansas goalkeeper. The two also teamed up for the Gators’ second goal at 7:17, when Sellers received the ball back from Wambach off a give-and-go situation for a 10-yard right shot. Wambach scored again at 24:36 when she intercepted a pass from the Arkansas goalkeeper and hit the eight-yard open net shot. Sophomore Kelley Visentin finished off the Gator scoring for the first half when she hit the eight-yard shot in the middle of the box off of Robin Fulton’s cross deep from the right corner of the goal.

Arkansas scored early in the second half, when Julie Williford took a 10-yard shot off a breakaway at 46:17.

"One of our goals for the match was to come out and get a quick start and we definitely did that today," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "Due to the heavy rains they have been receiving here in Fayetteville, the field was not in optimal condition for our style of play, so to come out quickly like we did was good. We are always pleased to get a SEC win – especially one on the road."

For the match, Florida outshot the Lady ‘Backs 18-5. Florida’s starting goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren recorded no saves in the opening half of play, and Regan Wiesemann turned in two saves during the second 45 minutes. UA goalkeeper Lindsay Haywood turned in seven saves on Sunday.

The Gators continue their play on the road next Friday, Oct. 19 at Tennessee, which is ranked No. 19 on the Soccer Times poll. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Soccer Complex and the match will be aired on SEC-TV.

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