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Sunday October 18, 1998Gators Defeat Mississippi 9-1

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida senior forward Danielle Fotopoulos was in position five yards in front of the net, calmly waiting for her head to find the ball crossing towards her. When the All-American connected, the NCAA had to begin rewriting the record books. Fotopoulos scored her 104th career goal to become the all-time career goals scored champion, and led the Florida soccer team to a 9-1 victory over Mississippi Sunday in front of an adoring crowd of 1,014 at Percy Beard Stadium. The nine goals scored by UF matches the stadium record, which was set in 1995 in Barry University’s 9-0 win over East Carolina."It was Danielle’s day," Florida coach Becky Burleigh said. "It was exciting, it was a piece of history."

The goal came with less than a minute left in the first half, as Karyn Hall sent a cross into the penalty area that Fotopoulos ran onto and placed into the lower left corner of the net.

"I think I had so many emotions, I didn’t know what to do, "she said. "I couldn’t remember how it happened until halftime and everybody told me.

Fotopoulos had a few chances earlier in the match, but was unable to find the net. She watched as teammates Danielle Bass and Melissa Pini put the Gators on top 2-0.

"For a while there, I was like ‘I’m never going to get a goal," said Fotopoulos. "Now I’m just glad the pressure is off and the team can move on."

Fotopoulos wasn’t done scoring, though, as her two second-half goals gave her with her third hat trick of the season. Florida (14-1, 6-0) also had a hat trick from Pini, and two goals from Bass. Freshman Alexis MacKenzie scored her first career goal as well.

Fotopoulos entered the day with 103 collegiate goals, which placed her in a three-way tie for first with current U.S. National Team Members Mia Hamm (North Carolina, 1989-90, 92-93) and Tiffeny Milbrett (Portland, 1990-92, 94).

Regan Scanlon scored Mississippi’s lone goal. The Rebels are now 6-5-2, 2-4 in the SEC.

Florida’s next match is Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., against Alabama.

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