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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 22, 2000


TAMPA -- The women's soccer team cracked the top 25 this week, coming in at No. 20. It marks the first appearance for the 3-year-old program.

The Spartans made the poll after last weekend's 3-1 win at then-No. 12 West Florida. And with regional victories, all-important in Division II, over Montevallo and West Florida, UT is third in the South Region behind SSC rivals Lynn and Barry. At 6-2, UT is off to the best start in its history.

"I'm really proud of the girls," first-year coach Jay Entlich said. "After beating West Florida, I couldn't have had a better weekend." UT hosts Northwood at 5 p.m. today at Pepin/Rood Stadium.

CROSS COUNTRY: The Rollins College Invitational proved to be outstanding for both squads. While the women placed third among the six teams and had the top individual runner, the men captured the team title.

Led by freshmen Jamal Razauvien, Nicholas Kraus, Brian Taylor and Doane Greenidge, who placed in the top eight, UT outdistanced second-place Florida Southern by 19 points. Razauvien's time of 27 minutes, 51 seconds was a second out of second and 10 seconds behind winner Wilber Parkes of Webber. On the women's side, Tracy Buxton ran a 19:27 to fend off six Florida Southern runners and capture first. Buxton was backed by Katherina Ferraiuri (21:08), Katie Fossell (21:49), Orina Souers (21:53), Margaret Flint (22:08) and Scarlett Niezelski (22:10), who placed in the top 26. Both squads are in action Saturday at the Florida Southern Invitational in Lakeland.

MEN'S SOCCER: Despite being limited to 12 shots, No. 1-ranked Barry escaped with a 1-0 win Thursday over the Spartans.

UT, ranked No. 10 in the latest NSCAA poll, managed just seven shots while goalkeeper Roy Swarts continued his solid play, stopping three shots.

The teams were scoreless until 10 minutes into the second half, when Alonso Alamo intercepted a pass from 15 yards out and put a shot pass Swarts.

UT is 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the SSC. It plays at Stetson on Saturday.

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