Sunday November 18, 2001UF Soccer Heads to Sweet 16 w/ 3-0 Win vs. Georgia
Abby Wambach turned in her 10th career hat-trick Sunday in UF's 3-0 NCAA Second Round win vs. UG
Three goals from senior Abby Wambach gave the No. 6 seeded University of Florida soccer team (19-3-1, 8-1 SEC) a 3-0 win over Georgia (13-6-1, 7-2 SEC) in NCAA Second Round action held Sunday in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 831. Florida now advances to the NCAA Round of 16 for the fourth time in the program's seven-year history. UF will play host to Clemson on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2:00 p.m. for a NCAA Round of 16 match. CU was a 1-0 winner vs. Florida State on Sunday in the NCAA Second Round.
The Gators got on the board early, as Wambach and sophomore Casey Hamel connected on a set play at 2:42. Hamel took the corner kick and Wambach used her size advantage on her mark to head it in from six yards. The second goal started when Danielle Murphy sent a long ball to the top of the box and Andi Sellers took the shot. The shot banged off the right post and Wambach put the four-yard rebound in at 29:56. Florida's final goal of the match came off another corner kick, this time taken by sophomore Dena Floyd. The ball rolled to the top of the box, where freshman Monica Hoyles took the 18-yard shot. Wambach redirected Hoyles' shot to get the six-yard goal at 31:26.
The hat-trick was the 10th of Wambach's career and third of this season. She leads Florida this season with 31 goals and 73 points.
"Abby’s one of those players where at least she’s good for a goal a game, you just expect it no matter what," Georgia Head Coach Sue Patberg said. "No matter if you put five players on her, she’s so strong and for as big as she is, she’s sneaky. She’s a very talented, athletic individual."
Georgia sophomore Andrea Velasco, a member of the All-Southeastern Conference first team and the Bulldogs' second-leading scorer, was taken by ambulance to Shands Hospital at UF to be examined for possible neck and/or head injuries. She was injured with 5:29 remaining in the opening half.
Each team turned in 10 shots Sunday. Florida goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in seven saves, while UGA's Ashley Lindley posted one save.
Although this is the Gators' second win vs. Georgia this season, UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh spoke about how the Gators' intensity needed to stronger Sunday than in the two team's first meeting on Oct. 21. UGA led early in that match 1-0, but UF eventually took a 4-1 win.
"I’m just really excited that we got through that round, since we hadn’t in the last two years," Burleigh said. "It was a great effort for us. We wanted to come out hard from the beginning and match Georgia’s intensity, because we thought that was one thing they did to us the first time we played them."
Tickets for the Nov. 25 UF-CU match are $7.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children 17 and under, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for UF students with valid Gator 1 ID cards. Also, live stats and audio will be available at www.GatorZone.com.