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No. 6 Florida looks for a win Thursday at Georgia to earn at least a share of the 2013 SEC title.

Tuesday October 29, 2013No. 6 Florida looks for SEC Soccer title Thursday at Georgia

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 6 Florida looks for a win Thursday at Georgia to earn at least a share of the 2013 SEC title.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida soccer team looks for its 13th Southeastern Conference title Thursday at Georgia in the final match of the regular season. Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. at the UGA Soccer Stadium/Turner Soccer Complex.

 

Thursday’s Match Info:

No. 6 Florida (14-3-1, 8-2 SEC) at Georgia (12-5-1, 5-4-1 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Oct. 31, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. ET

Site: UGA Soccer Stadium/Turner Soccer Complex (1,750)

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 19th season @ UF (415-111-34/24th season overall – 333-88-28/UF), Steve Holeman (208-153-40/18th season overall & 43-29-9/fourth season at Georgia)

 

Television: none

 

Radio: ESPN 850

 

Streaming video: streaming video on Georgia Dogs All-Access

 

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

 

Admission:  free

 

 

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Both teams have SEC aspirations on the line – a win would give Florida at least a share of the 2013 SEC title and a Bulldog win or tie would strengthen or improve Georgia‘s current tie for sixth position in the league standings. The league’s top-10 teams advance to the SEC Tournament field, set to begin Nov. 4 in Orange Beach, Ala.

 

In the SEC Standings:

Florida and Texas A&M lead the league standings with identical 8-2 records. Georgia and LSU are tied for sixth in the SEC with records of 5-4-1.

 

Last Weekend:

Florida opened the weekend with a 3-0 win at Tennessee Friday. After a scoreless opening half, junior Havana Solaun scored two unassisted goals to put the Gators up 2-0. She put in a penalty kick just 39 seconds into the second half and then scored when her corner kick in the 66th minute curled in the goal. It was her second double-goal match of the season. Florida scored its final goal of the match when senior Taylor Travis sent a diagonal ball from the end line to Savannah Jordan, who scored from eight yards.

 

A 2-0 win over Texas A&M Sunday moved the Gators into a tie for first in the SEC standings as both the Gators and the Aggies now own 8-2 league records. Both goals came in the second half from Jordan. Her first came off the leading pass from Meggie Dougherty Howard. Jordan’s left-footed shot was deflected, but she followed its path in the box to put in the loose ball. Her second goal came after a long run by Christen Westphal from the Gator defensive third to the top of the Aggie defensive third. Jordan ran onto her pass and her 14-yard shot scored at the far post.

It was Jordan’s 18th goal of the season – the most for the Gators since Abby Wambach scored 31 as a senior in 2001. After her three-goal weekend, Jordan was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness National Player of the Week. Westphal and fellow center back Karina Gutsche appear on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team after helping Florida to a pair of shutout wins last weekend.

 

About the Bulldogs:

Georgia opened the season with a 2-0 loss at Texas and then went on a nine-match win streak. A 1-0 loss at then No. 25 Kentucky snapped the win streak. The Bulldogs have won three of its last four matches, including road wins at LSU (2-1) and Arkansas (1-0) last weekend. Three of the Bulldogs four SEC losses are by a single goal. Freshman Marion Crowder leads the 2013 Bulldogs with 11 goals and 23 points. Georgia was 7-11-2 in 2012 and finished tied for 11th in the SEC with a 3-8-2 record.

 

Series Record:

Florida leads the all-time series 24-2-1. Both of Florida’s losses have come away from Gainesville.

 

Preseason Conference Votes:

Florida – Gators are picked to take second in the Southeastern Conference.

Georgia – The Bulldogs are picked to finish 11th in the SEC.

 

Rankings:

Florida is ranked No. 6 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

 

 

 

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