Sunday October 31, 1999Soccer Team Defeats Clemson 2-0 for UF's 100th Win
The No. 2 University of Florida soccer team (18-1) posted the programís 100th win Sunday with its 2-0 defeat of No. 9 Clemson (12-6-1) in front of a Percy Beard Stadium crowd of 2,334. The win is also the 100th for UF Head Coach Becky Burleigh, who has led the Gator program since its first season in 1995. She now owns a 100-12-3 record in her five seasons at UF and boasts a 182-35-9 record overall in her 10-year coaching career.
The Gators scored a goal in each half. Sophomore Andi Sellers got the Gators on the board early at 4:55. Keisha Bell sent a long cross in to the back post, which Sellers struck for a six-yard goal. In just under 10 minutes of second half play, Danielle Murphy sent in a corner kick, which sophomore Abby Wambach headed in from six-yards out for her 20th goal of the season.
"It was a good performance for us all the way around," Burleigh said. "Clemson is an excellent team. This is a team that will go far in the NCAA Tournament. Theyíve got some good weapons up top and in the midfield. For us to come out like we did, I thought we were really dangerous and maybe could have scored a couple more. Our defense did a good job of not letting Clemson get very many good looks at the goal."
UFís goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in two saves, while CUís Katie Carson posted eight saves. For the match, Florida outshot the Tigers 16-5.
Florida now advances to the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. The Gators, the tournamentís top seed with a league record of 9-0, starts play on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. against No. 8 seed Arkansas.