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Sunday October 10, 1999No. 2 UF Soccer Defeats No. 11 Hartford 5-0

Gainesville, FL

The No. 2 University of Florida turned in a 5-0 win over No. 11 Hartford on a rainy Sunday afternoon in front of an Al-Marzook Stadium crowd of 1,092. The win ups UF’s record to 12-1 for the season, while Hartford drops to 7-3-2.

The start of the match was delayed as the noon match of the Hartford Smashing Soccer Weekend featuring No. 3 North Carolina and No. 9 Dartmouth went to double overtime, which UNC won 1-0 in the 117th minute. Both matches were played in rain showers that varied from constant rain to drizzle throughout the afternoon.

"One of the most important things was to see how we bounced back psychologically after our first loss (UF lost at No. 12 Virginia 2-1 OT on Friday). Obviously, to come out here in these conditions and beat a top 12 team 5-0, we’re pleased with that. It was a good overall effort by our team," UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh said.

Florida’s first shot in both halves were goals. Sophomore Abby Wambach gave the Gators the early lead at 9:05 of the opening half. Freshman Danielle Murphy sent the cross into the box from the right corner and Wambach directed the ball to the far post with her thigh, where it banked in for her 14th goal of the season.

Senior Sarah Yohe got the first goal of the second half at 47:51, taking the pass set up by Danielle Bass and Wambach to score on a short shot in the box. Just over 10 minutes later, junior Angie Olson got her first goal of the season. Wambach flicked the ball to the center of the goal box and Olson slide in to direct the ball into the goal. Olson scored again at 85:59, hitting the clear attempt by Hartford for a 20-yard goal. The final member of Florida’s frontline, sophomore Andi Sellers, scored at 61:59. Sellers received the ball just outside the top of the box, took a couple of touches and hit a left-footed 28-yarder, which dipped into the goal.

The Gators continue their road stretch next Friday in Knoxville, Tenn., when they meet Tennessee at 7 p.m.

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