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Eckerd upsets top-ranked Lynn 2-1 in soccer

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 5, 2006


ST. PETERSBURG - Eckerd College sophomore soccer player Kashif Siddiqi didn't think he would play Wednesday night against top-ranked Lynn University.

Little did Siddiqi know he would become one of the heroes.

Nursing an ankle injury, Siddiqi entered midway through the first half and, minutes later, scored the eventual winning goal in a 2-1 upset of undefeated Lynn, ranked No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Division II poll.

For the Tritons (4-4-1, 1-2 Sunshine State Conference), it was their first-ever win over a top-ranked team. Junior goalkeeper Chris Howe, playing in his first game of the season, had nine saves, seven in the second half to hold off the Fighting Knights (9-1, 4-1).

"No one gave us a chance to win today," said Eckerd freshman Luke Sheekey, who scored the Tritons' first goal. "But we showed we could do it."

MORE COLLEGES: Sophomore Billy Horschel captured his first individual medal of the season with a career-low 63 in the Preview Invitational in Williamsburg, Va., to lead the Florida men's golf team to a victory. The Gators had a team score of six-under 834. Defending national champion Oklahoma State was four back. ... Jordan Seabrook scored in the 96th minute of overtime to give host USF (6-4-2) a 1-0 win over FAU in men's soccer. ... Host Tampa (10-1, 4-0 SSC) got two goals from Shelby Kuni to defeat Nova Southeastern 2-0 in women's soccer. ... Visiting Tampa (19-1, 7-1 SSC) defeated Saint Leo (13-5, 4-3) 3-1 in volleyball. The scores were 30-8, 28-30, 30-23, 30-20. ... Eckerd lost 3-0 to Florida Southern in volleyball. The scores were 30-20, 30-25, 30-27.

ET CETERA

BOXING: Four-time world champ Acelino "Popo" Freitas of Brazil retired. Freitas, 30, won two lightweight and two super featherweight titles and had a 38-1 record.

SOCCER: Gunmen kidnapped the sister of AC Milan striker Ricardo Oliveira, the eighth abduction involving relatives of soccer players in Brazil in the last two years. Maria de Lourdes Silva de Oliveira, 35, was abducted by two men who broke into her Sao Paulo home. The abductors had not made contact with the family. ... Colorado Rapids midfielder Clint Mathis was suspended by the MLS for two games for failing to leave the field in an orderly fashion after getting a red card.

RUNNING: Kenya's Martin Lel, the 2003 New York City Marathon champion, withdrew from next month's race because of a leg injury and top British runner Mara Yamauchi pulled out because of hip problems. New York Road Runners, the race organizer, said the purse will total more than $700,000.

TENNIS: Two-time Grand Slam champ Marat Safin plans to retire after the 2010 season. ... Kim Clijsters hopes to return to the WTA Tour at the end of the month because her injured wrist is healing faster than expected. Clijsters expects to start hitting in 10 days. ... Maria Sharapova will play for Russia against Spain in the first round of next year's Fed Cup.

NBA: The Wizards gave president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld a multiyear extension