Burleigh wins 500th game as Florida Gators soccer defeats Miami

Special report on the Florida Gators soccer team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 3-0 shutout over Miami Sunday gives University of Florida’s head coach Becky Burleigh 500 career wins. She is the first woman in Division I soccer history to reach 500 wins.

To get the win Sunday, three different Gators scored in an 18-minute second-half span to reach the milestone win for their head coach.

Sunday’s scoring:
After some close chances in the opening 45 minutes, Florida scored early in the second half. Parker Robertsheaded the Sammie Betters’ corner kick to sophomore Cassidy Lindley, located just above the 18-yard box. Lindley’s right-footed strike scored in the far post upper slot in the 50th minute.

Vanessa Kara scored her third goal of the last two matches in the 62nd minute when she touched in the deep cross from Kit Loferski.

Sammie Betters’ scored her first goal of the season in the 68th minute. Roberts’ pass caught Betters making a run down the right side. Her 12-yard angled shot just beat the goalkeeper at the near post.

Worth Noting

  • Vanessa Kara scored her third goal of the last two matches tonight. She opened her Gator scoring career with the first two goals in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
  • Sophomore Cassidy Lindley scored her second goal of the season, with both coming from distance. In the season opener at Florida Atlantic, Lindley broke up a 1-all tie with her 35-yard strike in the 74th minute. Tonight, she started the Gator scoring with her 20-yard shot.
  • Senior Sammie Betters scored her fourth collegiate goal tonight and first since the opening weekend of the 2018 season.
  • This is the sixth solo shutout for Gator goalkeeper Susi Espinoza and her third for 2019.

Win 500 For Becky Burleigh
Today’s win gave Florida’s Becky Burleigh her 500th collegiate coaching win.

In all NCAA divisions, there are six to reach 500 wins

W L T % Name School (Current) Years Division
854 75 40 90.3% Anson Dorance North Carolina 41 I
576 135 58 78.7% Aliceann Wilber William Smith 40 III
521 65 43 86.2% Joe Russo TCNJ 30 III
513 127 36 78.6% Peter Felske Wheaton 32 III
501 90 54 81.9% Brian McManus UC San Diego 31 I
500 147 42 75.6% Becky Burleigh Florida 30 I
Blue denotes active coaches

Becky Burleigh is the second woman (all divisions) and first in Division I to reach 500 career wins.

There are three in NCAA Division I history to reach 500 wins. Of those three, two are active coaches (Anson Dorrance and Burleigh).

Top 3 Division I Coaches – All-Time (by total wins)
1. Anson Dorrance North Carolina 41 854 75 40 90.3%
2. Brian McManus UC San Diego 31 501 90 54 81.9%
3. Becky Burleigh Florida 30 500 147 42 75.6%

She’s not the only current Gator coach to post lofty career win totals:

Mary Wise – Volleyball
936-173 (.844) / 33 seasons
No. 2 among active D1 in wins / percentage

Tim Walton – Softball
894-231 (.795) / 17 seasons
No. 1 among active D1 coaches in percentage

Kevin O’Sullivan – Baseball
531-255 (.676) / 12 seasons
Top 10 among active D1 for winning percentage

Roland Thornqvist – Women Tennis
507-117 (.813) / 23 seasons
One of four active D1 women’s coaches with 500 wins

Bryan Shelton – Men’s Tennis
357-169 (.679) / 20 seasons (men’s & women’s wins)

Amanda O’Leary – Lacrosse 
324-108 (.750) / 24 seasons
Top 5 among active D1 for wins/ / percentage

Florida: 4-4-0, 0-0-0 SEC
Miami: 3-2-1, 0-0-0 ACC

Next Up: 
Southeastern Conference play begins Thursday with the Gators traveling to Baton Rouge, La., to face 2018 SEC Tournament champion LSU. The match begins at 8 p.m. ET at the LSU Soccer Stadium and admission is free.

Streaming Video: SEC Network +
Radio: ESPN 98.1FM/850AM WRUF with Kyle Crooks calling the action
Live Stats

Miami (3-2-1, 0-0-0 ACC) at Florida (4-4-0, 0-0-0 SEC)
Stadium: Donald R. Dizney Stadium (746)
Weather: 83 degrees, winds NE at 10 mph, 71% humidity

Goals by Period 1 2 Total
Miami 0 0 0
Florida 0 3 3

Scoring Summary:

No. Time Team Goal Scorer Assist
1. 49:15 UF Cassidy Lindley Parker Roberts
2. 61:56 UF Vanessa Kara Kit Loferski
3. 67:58 UF Sammie Betters Parker Roberts

Shots: Miami 7, Florida 14
Saves: Miami 6 (Tyler Speaks 6); Florida 0 (Susi Espinoza 0)

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.