Sunday October 18, 1998Gators Defeat Mississippi 9-1
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 didnt know what to do, "she said. "I couldnt 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 Im never going to get a goal," said Fotopoulos. "Now Im just glad the pressure is off and the team can move on."
Fotopoulos wasnt 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 Mississippis lone goal. The Rebels are now 6-5-2, 2-4 in the SEC.
Floridas next match is Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., against Alabama.