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Two Gators picked up SEC Weekly honors Friday - Christen Westphal (left - Defensive) and Savanah Jordan (Freshman)

Friday November 1, 2013Pair of Gators earn final weekly Southeastern Conference Player of Week honors

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Two Gators picked up SEC Weekly honors Friday - Christen Westphal (left - Defensive) and Savanah Jordan (Freshman)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After Thursday’s 5-1 win at Georgia to give No. 6 Florida a share of the 2013 Southeastern Conference title, two Gators were recognized in the final weekly league soccer honors, the SEC Office announced Friday.

 

SEC Players of the Week – 11/1/13

Offensive –  Rafaelle Souza, Mississippi

Defensive –  Christen Westphal, Florida

Freshman –  Savannah Jordan, Florida

Sophomore Christen Westphal (Brecksville, Ohio) is the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and Savannah Jordan (Fayetteville, Ga.) is the SEC Freshman of the Week. This is Westphal’s first weekly league honor and it is the third SEC Freshman of the Week honor for Jordan. Last week, Jordan was the league’s pick for SEC Offensive Player of the Week.

 

Westphal’s 40-yard free kick was the Gators’ first score in Thursday’s win at Georgia and also the first of the center back’s collegiate career. In the span of five days, Westphal has turned in an assist on Florida’s second goal in a key 2-0 win over Texas A&M on Oct. 27 and then added Florida’s first goal in Thursday’s must-win match to give Florida a share of the 2013 SEC title.

 

Westphal leads the Gators in 2013 with her average of 88.79 minutes per match. She has started every match but the opener of her freshman campaign.

 

Jordan scored twice in the opening half in the Halloween win at Georgia. Her first came when junior Havana Solaun led her with a pass which Jordan jostled with her defender to eventually gain control to score from 14 yards. Her final goal of the half also came off a Solaun assist – this time off a corner kick which Jordan headed in.

 

Her season goals total now stands at 20 – one more that Abby Wambach tallied in her freshman season with the Gators in 1998. It is the second-highest total among Gator freshmen in the program’s 19-year history, trailing the 23 turned in by Andi Sellers in 1997. Her total is tied for second among 2013 NCAA Division I goal scorers and is the league’s highest since LSU’ s Mandy Heintz turned in 23 in 2002.

 

Next, the Gators head to Orange Beach, Ala., for the SEC Tournament. The Gators face the winner of Monday’s match between No. 8 seed Arkansas and No. 9 seed Missouri in Wednesday’s second round. Match time is set for 6 p.m. ET at the Orange Beach SportsPlex. Florida is the defending SEC Tournament champion.

 

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