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Friday October 30, 1998No. 4 Gator Soccer Team Defeats Duke 5-1

Gainesville, FL

The No.4 University of Florida women's soccer team used a strong second-half surge to defeat Duke 5-1 Friday night at Percy Beard Stadium in front of a crowd of 1,255.

The victory is the Gators first ever against Duke (7-10-1), after suffering two shutout defeats in 1995 and 1996.

"It's definitely something that was a bit of a thorn in our side," Florida coach Becky Burleigh said. "We really wanted to beat them."

Florida's Danielle Fotopoulos started the scoring two minutes into the match with a rocket shot into the far corner of the net off a volley from Kerri Doran. The Gators (17-1) took the 1-0 lead to halftime.

Fotopoulos, who passed Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett's NCAA Career Goals record on Oct. 18 against Mississippi with her 104th goal, became the NCAA Career Goals leader - male or female - with the goal. The goal was Fotopoulos 110th collegiate goal and pushed her past the men's NCAA Career Goals record of 109 goals set by Thompson Usiyan of Appalachian State (1977-80).

"I just saw it come at me and tried to whack it," Fotopoulos said. "We didn't play very well in the first half, but we still won 5-1."

The Gators scored four times in the second half to answer a game-tying goal by Duke's Kari Juncker less than a minute after halftime.

"We were not happy at halftime and we let the players know about it," Burleigh said. "Sometimes it takes something like the beginning of the second half to get these guys fired up."

Florida's second-half explosion started with a goal from Karyn Hall, who took a Danielle Bass pass and sent into the left corner of the net. Just over a minute later, Abby Wambach headed one home from a nice pass combination between Sarah Yohe and Hall.

Jill Stevens got into the action off a chip pass from Wambach, and Florida's Erin Baxter finished the scoring with a 35-yard shot from a Melissa Pini pass.

Florida closes out its season Sunday against No. 11 Penn State at Percy Beard Stadium at 2 p.m. The match marks Senior Day for the Gators' first-ever senior class.

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