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Sunday October 4, 1998Florida Extends Record to 10-0 with Win at ODU

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The No. 5 University of Florida women’s soccer team shut out Old Dominion 6-0 Sunday afternoon under rainy conditions at the ODU Soccer Stadium. The win extends Florida’s best ever season start to 10-0, while ODU drops to 6-3 this season.

Florida was coming off its highest goal production of the season, with its 7-2 win Friday at Maryland. For the second match in a row, UF senior All-American Danielle Fotopoulos put the Gators on the scoreboard within the first four minutes of play, this time hitting the left shot at 2:03. That was the only score of the opening half.

"Our touch was off – we couldn’t perform well technically because of the conditions. ODU also came out with more intensity than we did. We challenged the team at halftime to match their intensity. Once we did that, we were all right," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said.

The Gators responded to the challenge with a five-goal flurry within 15 minutes of play. Senior All-American Erin Baxter started the goal rush at 61:10 off the cross from Keri Doran. Freshman Abby Wambach found the goal again for UF just 16 seconds later off the assist from Sarah Yohe. Yohe got a goal herself at 62:48, with Baxter picking up the assist. Fotopoulos hit her second goal of the match at 67:30 with a left shot off the long cross from Wambach. Senior Lisa Olinyk finished the UF scoring with her first goal of the year, finding the left corner off a 16-yard shot.

With her two-goal effort on Sunday, Fotopoulos now ups her collegiate goals total to 100. She is now just four goals away from taking sole possession of the NCAA All-Time Career Goals Records, which is shared by Mia Hamm (North Carolina) and Tiffeny Milbrett (Portland) at 103.

For the match, the Gators outshot the Monarchs 14-1. ODU goal keeper Sharon McLellan recorded one save. Senior Meredith Flaherty started in goal for the Gators. Senior Michelle Harris subbed in for her at 67:11.

Next up, the Gators return home to meet North Carolina-Greensboro on Friday, Oct. 9. Match time is set for 8 p.m. at Percy Beard Stadium and admission is free.

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