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Sunday November 15, 1998Florida Defeats James Madison 5-1

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida women’s soccer team used a late second half surge to defeat James Madison 5-1 in NCAA Second Round action Sunday in front of a crowd of 1,385 at Percy Beard Stadium.

The No. 2 seed Gators led just 2-1 with under 25 minutes to go, but got three second-half goals from Danielle Fotopoulos, Jill Stevens, and Lisa Olinyk to finish off the Dukes (13-8-1).

"I definitely don’t think it was one of the best games we’ve played all year," said Florida coach Becky Burleigh. "But at this stage we just want to win and move on.

"A lot of credit goes to JMU," Burleigh said. "They are a good technical team, but we made some tactical adjustments that paid off."

Florida (22-1) changed formations from a four-defender setup to three forwards and three defenders and was able to capitalize better on its scoring chances.

Ten minutes after the lineup shift, Florida pushed across its third goal for a two-goal cushion. Fotopoulos took a pass from Katie Tullis and dribbled through the Dukes’ defense to deliver a shot past JMU goalkeeper Beth Manghi. The goal was Fotopoulos’ 116th all-time, extending her NCAA career record, and was her 278th point, tying her with current U.S. National team member Mia Hamm (North Carolina 1989-90, 92-93) for first on the all-time NCAA points chart.

Florida took a quick two-goal lead in the first half after a goal from Melissa Pini, and header from Abby Wambach off a long cross from Keisha Bell. Wambach appeared to get her head on the ball just before Manghi could grab it.

"I just saw the ball go up and I went up and challenged it and got some body part on it," Wambach said.

Florida’s final two goals to put the match out of reach were from second-half substitutes Jill Stevens and Lisa Olinyk. Stevens placed a bullet shot into the net off a Karyn Hall head pass for her sixth goal of the season. Olinyk took a pass from Wambach right in front of the net and sent it in for her third goal of the season.

Meredith Flaherty recorded two saves for Florida. Manghi had 10 saves for the Dukes.

Florida now advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gators will host Northwestern on Sunday, November 22nd at 2 p.m. at Percy Beard Stadium. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under, senior citizens, and UF students. Northwestern (16-4-1) advanced to the NCAA third round by upsetting Baylor 5-4 on Sunday in Waco, Texas.

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