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No. 11 Florida looks for a win Thursday at South Carolina to give the Gators sole possession of the SEC title.

Thursday October 25, 2012No. 11 Florida looks for SEC Soccer title Thursday at South Carolina

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 11 Florida looks for a win Thursday at South Carolina to give the Gators sole possession of the SEC title.

The No. 11 University of Florida soccer team (13-4-1, 10-2 SEC) looks for its 12th Southeastern Conference title Thursday at South Carolina (6-8-4, 3-6 SEC) in the final match of the regular season. Match time is set for 6 p.m. at the Eugene E. Stone III Stadium.

 

Thursday’s Match Information:

No. 11 Florida (13-4-1, 10-2 SEC) at South Carolina (6-8-4, 3-6-3 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Oct. 25, 2012 @ 6 p.m. ET
Site: Eugene E. Stone III Stadium (5,000)
The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 18th season @ UF (395-107-33/23rd season overall – 313-84-27/UF), Shelley Smith (184-121-34/16th season overall and 137-87-32/12th season at USC)

Television: live on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 1048)

Radio: ESPN 850/900

Streaming video: none

Internet: live stats and audio for UF-USC match available on www.GatorZone.com

Admission:  $5 for adults and $3 for youth 17 and under – contact the USC Ticket Office at (803-777-4274 for more information

 

Thursday’s match airs live on SUN Sports(Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable 1048) with Matthew Stubbington and Larry Vettel calling the action.

 

Both teams have SEC aspirations on the line – a win would give Florida sole possession the 2012 SEC title and a Gamecock win or tie would strengthen or improve South Carolina ‘s current 10th place position in the league standings. The league’s top-10 teams advance to the SEC Tournament field, set to begin Oct. 29 in Orange Beach, Ala.

 

Florida split in its final full weekend of SEC road action. The Gators dropped their first match in the all-time 19-match series with Alabama by a 1-0 decision in Tuscaloosa. The Tide’s Katie Bourgeois scored the only goal of the match in the 38th minute. Florida recorded five shots on goal, including a pair in the final 15 minutes, but both the shots by juniors Caroline Triglia and Adriana Leon were tipped over the crossbar for a corner kick.

 

Florida bounced back with a 4-0 win at Vanderbilt Sunday. After a scoreless opening 50 minutes, Florida opened up a 3-0 lead in an eight-minute span. All-American Erika Tymrak started the Gators’ scoring with her 18-yard shot at 50:04. Fellow senior Jo Dragotta placed a 32-yard shot in the far post upper corner just over a minute and a half later. McKenzie Barney, put in the deflection off sophomore Havana Solaun’s free kick at 57:33 to finish Sunday’s scoring by the Gator seniors. In less than two minutes after entering the match, junior Caroline Triglia put in the centering ball from Annie Speese in the 66th minute.

 

Barney and Dragotta now lead the Gators with six goals each. Tymrak tops the Gators’ points chart with 16. Dragotta now owns six career goals – all scored this season and within the span of the last nine matches. Sunday’s goal gave Tymrak the 90th point of her career and Barney is now eighth (one spot behind Tymrak) with 72 on the Gators’ all-time points chart.

 

South Carolina’s three SEC wins have come in the last five matches – Georgia (1-0), LSU (2-1) and Sunday’s 1-0 win at Alabama. Junior Danielle Au leads the Gamecocks in 2012 with nine points off of three goals and three assists.

 

Heading into the 2011 regular-season finale, Florida was in position to claim a share of the SEC regular-season title, as a win versus then No. 22 South Carolina would have given UF a share of last season’s crown. The Gamecocks opened a 2-0 lead on the Gators in Gainesville before senior Tahnai Annis headed in the cross from Annie Bobbitt in the 36th minute. But UF couldn’t find the equalizer and finished with a league record of 7-4, which tied Florida for third overall with Tennessee in the final SEC standings.

 

Three SEC teams are among the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 25 and two additional programs are receiving votes. Texas A&M is No. 13 and Tennessee is No. 23. Florida holds the No. 11 spot. Missouri and Kentucky are also receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.

 

The UF-USC match can also be heard on ESPN 850/900, by simulcast on Cox Channel 946 (Gainesville/Ocala) or on www.GatorZone.com with Adam Schick calling the action.

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