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No. 8 Florida meets No. 19 South Carolina Friday at 7 p.m.

Thursday October 3, 2013No. 8 Florida soccer hosts No. 19 South Carolina Friday

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 8 Florida meets No. 19 South Carolina Friday at 7 p.m.

Florida opens October play with a home weekend versus Southeastern Conference opponents. The weekend opens with South Carolina on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Both teams are among an eight-way tie for second with six points each in the current SEC standings.

 

Friday’s Match Info:

No. 8 Florida (8-2-1, 2-1 SEC) versus No. 19 South Carolina (9-1-1, 2-1SEC)

 

Date & Time: Oct.4, 2013 @ 7 p.m. ET

Site: James G. Pressly Stadium (4,500) – gates open at 6 p.m.

Press Box Phone: (352) 375-4683 x4662

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 19th season @ UF (409-110-34/24th season overall – 327-87-28/UF), Shelley Smith (188-124-35/17th  season overall and 147-90-33/13th season at USC)

 

Television: none

 

Radio: ESPN 850

 

Streaming video: live streaming video available on GatorVision

 

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

 

Admission:  free

 

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It is the second consecutive Friday the Gators meet a top-25 team, as Florida claimed a 4-1 win at then No. 24 Mississippi on Sept. 27.

 

Last Weekend

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The Gators split in the team’s first full weekend of road action. Florida used goals from four different players to open SEC road play with a 4-1 win at No. 24 Mississippi Friday evening. The Gators opened a 3-0 lead through the opening 16 minutes of the match. A cross from Annie Speese into the center of the box ended with Savannah Jordan hitting her 11th goal of the season at 4:32. Then Pamela Begič put in the ball at 13:23 off Jordan’s first collegiate assist. It was Begič’s third goal of the season. Then it was Begič’s turn for an assist, finding sophomore Claire Falknor with space and time in the box. Falknor turned and put it for her first goal of the season at 15:10. The final Gator goal came off a scrum in front of the goal. Junior Jillian Graff hit her first goal of the season in the 90th minute to give UF the final margin.

 

Sunday, the Missouri Tigers used an early goal to upset the Gators 1-0 in Columbia, Mo. It was the Tigers first win in the all-time six-game series between the two teams.

 

About the Gamecocks:

This will be the second match versus a top-20 team for South Carolina this season, as the Gamecocks defeated then No. 7 Duke 1-0 on Aug. 25. The two teams have one common opponent so far in 2013. South Carolina handed USF its first loss on Sept. 12 and Florida tied the Bulls 1-1 2OT on Sept. 15. The Gamecocks opened SEC play with a 2-0 loss at Georgia on Sept. 20 and defeated Auburn 2-1 and Arkansas 1-0 last weekend. Senior Danielle Au and sophomore Raina Johnson lead USC in 2013 with four goals each. USC goalkeeper, junior Sabrina D’Angelo, has eight shutouts this season and has allowed just four goals for the nation’s seventh-lowest goals-against-average of 0.356. South Carolina was 7-10-4 in 2012 and finished 10th in the SEC with a 3-7-3 record.

 

Preseason Conference Votes:

Florida – Gators are picked to take second in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M topped the coaches’ vote for 2013 league title.

South Carolina – The Gamecocks are picked to finish 10th in SEC.

 

Becky Burleigh Says:

 “South Carolina is always a really hard team to play. They’re very organized defensively. They’re a really disciplined team and they don’t give up many goals. So we’ve got to solve that issue.”

 

Rankings:

Florida is ranked No. 8 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and South Carolina advanced to No. 19.

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