Sunday November 7, 1999Soccer Wins SEC Title with 3-0 Win Over Ole Miss
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
The No. 2 University of Florida soccer team (21-1) claimed its fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference Tournament title Sunday with a 3-0 win over Mississippi (14-9) in front of a Vanderbilt Soccer Field crowd of 731.
The win extended the Gators’ lead in the league’s all-time tournament titles count, as Vanderbilt is second with two titles (1993, ’94). Three members of UF’s senior class – Danielle Bass, Heather Mitts and Sarah Yohe – have claimed the SEC Tournament title every year of their collegiate careers.
"I remember when we won our first SEC Championship and I thought that was the most exciting thing," Yohe said. "For us to be the first class to say that we won all four SEC titles is a great feat, I think."
Florida head coach Becky Burleigh agreed.
"I guess this win is a little more special for the seniors in the sense that they are the first class to go four-for-four. That is something we talked about in the beginning of the year," Burleigh said. "This game could accomplish a lot of our goals – set a record for the seniors, win the SEC title and hopefully give us a shot at a top four seed for the NCAA Tournament."
In Sunday’s championship match, Florida scored twice in the opening half. Andi Sellers hit her third goal of the SEC Tournament at 20:01, putting in a header from eight yards off a left cross from junior Angie Olson. Senior captain Sarah Yohe scored late in the half for UF, hitting an 18-yarder off the Abby Wambach assist at 43:18. Freshman Erica "Boo" Schubert put in the Gators’ only goal of the second half at 68:59. Sellers crossed the ball from deep in the right corner and found Schubert, who was streaking down the center of the box for a short shot to the near post.
Six Gators were named to the SEC All-Tournament team, including UF’s entire frontline of Yohe, Wambach and Sellers. Florida defenders Heather Mitts and Keisha Bell were also named to the all-tournament team. Junior midfielder Angie Olson of Longwood, Fla., who was effective marking two of the league’s top players in Vanderbilt’s Asta Helgadottir and Mississippi’s Jennifer Soileau, was named the tournament MVP.
"I thought it might have been a misread when they announced my name," Olson said. "I’m grateful, but it was an overall team effort. I was just out there working hard and I’m glad in a way that it paid off, but individual accomplishments don’t mean much to me."
"Angie was deserving of the award (tournament MVP). I thought she worked her butt off in all three games," Burleigh said. "She helped really shut down two All-SEC players in Helgadottir and Soileau – both of them are excellent players. Angie had a lot of responsibility on both of these players defensively."
The Gators, the defending NCAA Champions, will now await the 1999 NCAA Tournament bracket announcement, which will be aired tonight (Sunday) on Sunshine at 10 p.m.