Saturday November 3, 2001No. 13 UF Soccer Defeats No. 10 Clemson 4-1
Sophomore Casey Hamel scored twice in the first five minutes in UF's 4-1 win vs. No. 10 Clemson.
The No. 13 University of Florida soccer team (14-3-1, 8-1 SEC) defeated No. 10 Clemson University (13-4, 4-3 ACC) 4-1 Saturday evening in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 1,449. It was an emotional night for the Gator program as the six members of Floridaís senior class were honored in a pre-match ceremony.
Florida opened the match with a two-goal lead after five minutes of play. Sophomore Casey Hamel scored both goals for the Gator to double her season total to four goals. Hamel hit both goals from long distance, striking a 25-yard free kick at 57 seconds to put the Gators up 1-0. She had practiced that shot Thursday in practice with UF Assistant Coach Vic Campbell.
"Iíve played at least 75 of those balls on Thursday with Vic and he made me shoot those until my leg just about fell off," Hamel said. "We definitely planned to take the shot if the opportunity was offered. Iíd have to say that I owed that goal to Vic because he definitely put in the time with me."
Her second goal came above the box, also from 25 yards. The ball hit the lower edge of the crossbar and rebounded into the goal. She was assisted on the goal by senior Andi Sellers. The assist was the 40th of Sellersí career and she now becomes the 31st collegiate player to record at least 40 goals and 40 assist during their careers. Sellers now owns career totals of 69 goals and 40 assists.
Senior Abby Wambach finished off the UF scoring for the opening half at 26:43 when she took the ball down the left side of the field for an 18-yard shot to the far post. She also hit the final goal of the match at 85:12, hitting a three-yard open goal shot off the assist from Whitney Singer.
The Tigersí Deliah Arrington scored at 78:55 on a 10-yard shot to the middle of the goal. It was her ninth goal of the season, moving her into a three-way tie for the CU lead in season goals.
"Itís a big, big, big win," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said. "Clemson is a quality team. They are a playoff team and the match kind of had that tournament feel to it tonight. We really wanted to do it for our seniors. We talked about starting off real strong, and obviously Casey got us on the board twice early. It made a big difference in the game."
The six members of Florida's 2001 senior class were honored in a pre-match ceremony.
For the match, Florida outshot the Tigers 17-9. UF goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren recorded two saves and CUís Katie Carson had seven saves.
The match was the regular-season finale for both teams, as each will start play at their conference tournaments next week. Florida will enter the 2001 Southeastern Conference Tournament in Baton Rouge, La., as the No. 1 seed. Florida will meet Vanderbilt in the tournament Ďs opening round on Nov. 8.