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No. 10 Florida looks for its 10th SEC Tournament title Sunday when it faces Auburn in Orange Beach, Ala.

Saturday November 3, 2012No. 10 Florida faces Auburn Sunday in SEC Soccer Tournament final

Orange Beach, Ala.

No. 10 Florida looks for its 10th SEC Tournament title Sunday when it faces Auburn in Orange Beach, Ala.

The No. 10 University of Florida soccer team (16-4-1, 11-2 SEC) faces Auburn (12-9-1, 7-6 SEC SEC) in Sunday’s final match of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Match time is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at the Orange Beach Sportsplex and can be seen live on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable 251).

Sunday’s Match Information:

No. 10 Florida (16-4-1, 11-2 SEC) versus Auburn (12-9-1, 7-6 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Nov. 4, 2012 @ 3:30 p.m. ET
Site: Orange Beach Sportsplex (1,500)
The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 18th season @ UF (398-107-33/23rd season overall – 316-84-27/UF), Karen Hoppa (227-153-33/19th season overall and 163-109-24/13th season at AU)

Television: ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 251)

Radio: ESPN 850/900

Streaming video: ESPN3 in selected areas

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

Admission:  $5 for adults and $2 for youth – contact the Orange Beach SportsPlex at 251-981-6039 for more information

Florida is the tournament’s top seed after winning the program’s 12th league title with an 11-2 record. Auburn is the tournament’s No. 6 seed after posting a 7-6 record in league play. This is a rematch of the 2011 SEC Tournament final. The Tigers completed their upset wins over three consecutive higher seeded teams to claim their first SEC Tournament title with a 3-2 victory over Florida.

Florida will seek its 10th SEC Tournament title Sunday. The Gators are making their 14th league tournament final appearance in the program’s 18-year history.

Both teams advanced to Sunday’s final with shutout wins Friday. Florida’s used its first two shots of the match to open a 2-0 lead in a span of 40 seconds over Missouri in SEC Tournament semifinal play, as the Gators went on to post a 3-0 win. Sophomore Havana Solaun scored first at 18:09 off the assist from Erika Tymrak and then they reversed roles. The Gators quickly regained the ball after the kick off and then it was Solaun finding Tymrak above the box. Tymrak hit a 25-yard shot at 18:49 to move the senior All-American into a tie for first among the 2012 Gators with seven goals. It was also the 30th goal of her career, making Tymrak the eighth Gator to tally 30 or more goals as a collegiate. In the second half, Seniors Jo Dragotta and Holly King connected to give UF the final margin. Dragotta’s 22-yard low free kick was placed in by King at the far post for her fifth goal of the season.

Dragotta and Tymrak share the Gators’ goal lead at seven each. Tymrak tops the Gators’ points chart with 22. Dragotta now owns seven career goals – all scored this season and within the span of the last 12 matches. Tymrak’s 96 points place her sixth on Florida’s career chart with fellow senior McKenzie Barney in eighth at 72. Tymrak is now eighth on Florida’s career goals chart at 30.

The Auburn Tigers advanced to the SEC Tournament final with a pair of upsets over nationally-ranked teams. AU moved ahead Wednesday after a 5-4 penalty kick advantage over third-seeded and No. 19 Tennessee after the two teams played to a scoreless tie. Friday, the Tigers scored twice in the second half to send second-seeded and No. 12 Texas A&M home by a 2-0 score. Sophomore Tatiana Coleman, a 2012 All-SEC first team selection, leads AU with nine goals and 27 points.

When these two teams met in 2012 regular season action on Sept. 16 at the AU Soccer Complex, Florida used Adriana Leon’s first goal as a Gator to claim a 2-1 OT win. Florida trailed after an early Tiger goal. King combined with Dragotta to score off a free kick to tie the match in the 72nd minute. With just 32 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Leon received the ball off Tymrak’s free kick and placed it in at the far post corner from 18 yards. She is the third in the program’s 18-year history to make their first Gator goal golden, with all three coming since 2008.

Florida’s 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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