UF soccer reaches 2nd round

Compiled from Times wires
Published November 12, 2006

MILWAUKEE - Florida's Ameera Abdullah scored goals in each half as the Gators beat Loyola-Chicago 2-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Florida (14-5-4) faces host-school Marquette at 4 p.m. today in the second round. Marquette defeated Purdue 1-0 Saturday.

This is the sixth NCAA opening-round match win for the Gators in the program's 10 appearances. Florida was eliminated in the opening round the last two years.

"I think it was a good win for us," coach Becky Burleigh said. "To win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament is something that we haven't done in the last couple of years, so to get the win kind of gets the monkey off our back."

Abdullah's first goal came in the 22nd minute. From the top of the box, KeLeigh Hudson touched the ball out to find Abdullah streaking through the box. Abdullah one-touched the ball from 10 yards into the upper corner. Her next goal came two minutes into the second half on a 16-yard shot with an assist from Daniela Sanchez.

Tampa reaches Final 4

TAMPA - The Spartans women's team advanced to the Division II Final Four with a 5-0 win over Tusculum. The Spartans (18-2-1) extended their homefield unbeaten streak to 35 consecutive matches.

Shelby Kuni scored her school- record 26th goal of the season and Jocelyn Charette had a hat trick for Tampa, which plays Thursday against Grand Valley State in Pensacola. West Chester and Metro State play in the other semifinal.

Volleyball: Tampa heads to Elite Eight

TAMPA - The Spartans got 28 kills from sophomore Danielle MacDonald to beat Florida Gulf Coast 3-1 (27-30, 30-27, 30-28, 30-25) and advance to the Elite Eight of the Division II national tournament. UT (32-1) plays Thursday at 2:30 in Pensacola against the winner of the Dowling-C.W. Post match.

MORE VOLLEYBALL: Fighting with two other teams for one of two spots remaining in the Big East tournament, USF lost 3-0 to host Louisville (30-12, 30-15, 30-17). The Bulls (12-14, 7-6) visit Cincinnati today at 1 p.m. A win secures a spot in postseason play.

CROSS COUNTRY: Both the Florida and Florida State teams fared well at the NCAA South Region Championship in Maryville, Tenn. The FSU men won the meet title, and the Florida women finished second, behind winner Georgia, to secure automatic berths to the NCAA meet. The Florida men were third, behind Alabama, to earn an at-large berth. FSU's women finished fourth.