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No. 7 Florida is at Tennessee Friday. The match airs live on SUN Sports.

Thursday October 24, 2013No. 7 Florida soccer at Tennessee Friday

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 7 Florida is at Tennessee Friday. The match airs live on SUN Sports.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In its final full weekend of Southeastern Conference play, Florida begins action at Tennessee Friday at the Regal Soccer Stadium. The match airs live on SUN Sports beginning at 7 p.m.

 

Friday’s Match Info:

No. 7 Florida (12-3-1, 6-2 SEC) at Tennessee (7-6-3, 2-4-2 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Oct. 25, 2013 @ 7 p.m. ET

Site: Regal Soccer Stadium (3,000)

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 19th season @ UF (413-111-34/24th season overall – 331-88-28/UF), Brian Pensky (88-64-26/ninth season overall & 21-11-6/second season at UT)


Television: live on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 48 or 1048).

 

Radio: GatorZone

 

Streaming video: free on UT Sports All-Access (blacked out in the state of Florida)

 

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

 

Admission:  free

 

 

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In the SEC Standings:

The Gators share second in the league standings with a 6-2 record. Tennessee is 11th in the SEC standings with a 2-4-2 record.

 

Last Weekend:

The Gators picked up two 3-0 wins in home action last weekend. Goals from two Gator defensive midfielders gave Florida a 3-0 win over No. 23 Kentucky on Oct. 18. Lauren Smith scored one in each half off assists from Havana Solaun for the first multi-goal match of her career. Fellow defensive midfielder Liz Slattery also scored late in the opening half for her second goal as a Gator.

 

In Sunday’s action, Florida took a 3-0 win versus LSU. Savannah Jordan struck twice in the opening half, putting in the ball from fellow freshman Pamela Begič and scoring an unassisted goal. The goals up her season total to 15, which shares the SEC lead. Gator assist co-leader Annie Speese put in a free kick in the second half for her first goal of 2013.

 

Weekly Honors:

After their play last weekend, both Lauren Smith and center back Karina Gutsche earned recognition by various outlets. Smith picked up the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and also appears on the CollegeSoccer360.com National Team of the Week. After helping the Gators to their fourth consecutive shutout, Gutsche earned a spot on Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week.

 

About the Lady Volunteers:

Tennessee stands in 11th in the SEC standings with eight points and will be looking for points to boost the team into a SEC Tournament berth (top 10 teams). The Vols are the only team to defeat SEC leader Texas A&M in 2013 league play, taking a 1-0 win in Knoxville to open league play. Junior All-American Hannah Wilkinson (5 goals, 5 assists) and senior Caroline Brown (7 goals, 1 assists) share the Vols’ points lead at 15 each. UT was 14-5-3 in 2012 and finished third in the SEC with a 9-3-1 record. In 2012 NCAA action, UT lost 3-2 OT to Miami (Ohio) in first-round action.

 

Series Record:

Florida leads 13-8-2 but at Regal Stadium, UF owns a 2-5-1 record. The last Gator win in Knoxville was in 1999.

 

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.

Tennessee– The Lady Vols are picked to finish third in SEC.

 

Rankings:

Florida is ranked No. 7 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

 

 

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