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No. 5 Florida advances to the SEC Tournament final after defeating No. 22 Mississippi in Friday's semifinal round.

Friday November 8, 2013No. 5 Gators defeat Mississippi 2-1 in SEC Tournament Semifinal; Meet No. 21 Texas A&M in Sunday's final

No. 5 Florida advances to the SEC Tournament final after defeating No. 22 Mississippi in Friday's semifinal round.

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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – A pair of first half goals gave the Florida soccer team a 2-1 win over Mississippi in Friday’s first Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal match at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The win sends the Gators to Sunday’s championship match – the 15th SEC Tournament final appearance in the program’s 19-year history.


Friday’s SEC Scores

No. 5 Florida 2, No. 22 Mississippi 1

No. 21 Texas A&M 2, No. 9 South Carolina 1

Florida faces Texas A&M in Sunday’s final. The Aggies advanced with a 2-1 win over South Carolina. Florida and Texas A&M shared the 2013 regular-season title as each turned in a 9-2 league record.


Florida scored twice in the span of seven minutes of the opening half. Sophomore Lauren Smith received the ball back from Havana Solaun near the top of the box and then sent it immediately to Savannah Jordan who had spun to free herself just inside the box. The shot Jordan took to the center of the goal caught the Rebel goalkeeper wrong footed, scoring the match’s first goal at 10:19. Then a give-and-go between Solaun and Lauren Smith resulted in Smith flying when she was tripped in the penalty area. Solaun successfully converted the penalty kick at 17:10.


The Rebels narrowed the lead to a single goal at 29:07 when Jennifer Miller’s 25-yard shot curled in the upper slot of the far corner.


Jordan now has 22 goals for the season – the highest total for UF since Abby Wambach scored 31 as a Gator senior. That total equals the number St. John’s (N.Y.) sophomore Rachel Daly – the NCAA Division I leader – brought into Friday’s play.



·         Jordan is second among Gator freshmen goal scorers. Andi Sellers set the Gator freshmen record in 1997 with 23, followed by Jordan (22) and Wambach (19).

·         Solaun ups her team-leading assists total to nine – one better than her previous collegiate-high of eight set in 2012.


RECORDS: Florida (17-3-1, 9-2 SEC); Mississippi (14-5-2, 7-3-1 SEC).


THE SERIES: Florida leads the all-time series 18-2-1. This was the fifth time the two teams met in SEC Tournament play.


On Florida’s 2-1 SEC Tournament semifinal win versus Mississippi:

“Especially in the second half, the only thing we didn’t do very efficiently was finish. We had a lot of really good opportunities and I would have liked to have seen us get a few more goals. At this stage, it’s about win and move on.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


On Florida’s two goals in the match:

“With the penalty kick, it was a well-deserved penalty kick and I thought Havana [Solaun] really stuck it. The first goal was Savannah [Jordan] hitting a shot that caught the goalkeeper on the wrong foot and the ball went in near post.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


What happened on your goal?

“I actually shot and then turned around - I didn’t know it went in. But luckily it did. I guess they count them the same so I’m glad that helped us get the win tonight.” – freshman forward Savannah Jordan


On the play that led to the penalty kick:

“We had a combination at the top of the box. Lauren Smith got in and then she kind of got taken out. I took the penalty kick” –junior midfielder Havana Solaun


What happened on the play that led to the penalty kick:

“It was a give-and-go with Havana. The girl came in and I hit it past her. She took me out and then the official called a PK.” – sophomore midfielder Lauren Smith


Difference in the two matches between Florida and Mississippi this season:

“I think one of the differences was how aggressive they were. They came hard for 90 minutes and I think that was the biggest change. It was very physically demanding. There was a lot of up and back and hard tackles. It was a good game.” –junior midfielder Havana Solaun


On tonight’s win:

“I think it was a good game – a hard-fought game. The team played really well and got the win.” – sophomore midfielder Lauren Smith


On missed chances for goals in Friday’s match:

“I think we did a great job creating the chances but, in the end, you’ve got to put them away. It’s never easy and I’m happy that we got the win.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


Florida had chances to add to the lead, but had several near-misses:

“I think it was kind of one of those nights. Of the goals we got tonight, one was kind of a miss-save by the keeper and the other was a good PK. It was one of those nights when we weren’t on finishing but I think we did a great job defensively holding on to the goals we did have.” – freshman forward Savannah Jordan


On preparing for Sunday’s match:

“The biggest thing is just getting our bodies ready. On the road, that’s tough but we’ll get physically and mentally prepared.” – junior midfielder Havana Solaun


On preparations for Sunday’s SEC Tournament Championship match:

“The biggest preparation is just getting our bodies ready to go. We will need some recovery tomorrow, just like we had in the day in between today’s game. We’ll talk a little bit about who we’re playing once we know who that is. We look forward to playing whoever that is.” – Florida coach Becky Burleigh


On his team’s 2-1 loss to Florida in the SEC Tournament semifinal:

“It was a tough match. I just felt like we made too many mistakes against a really good Florida team. In the first half, we couldn’t really get control of the ball. They scored two good goals. You can’t spot a team like that two goals. I thought our kids battled really hard and battled back but just on the night weren’t sharp enough. I think Florida probably had a lot to do with that.” – Mississippi coach Matt Mott


On Rafaelle Souza missing the match to participate with the Brazilian National Team:

“When Rafaelle came in, we talked in the recruiting process that if the national team calls, she’s going to go, and it was one of those situations. If you have quality players like that, you run the risk of national team duty call-up, and that’s certainly what happened in this one.” – Mississippi coach Matt Mott


Florida advances to its 15th SEC Tournament final match and this is the seventh time UF will appear in a final held at the Orange Beach Sportsplex…Florida has won its last nine matches…this is the first time in the 21-year history of the SEC Soccer Tournament that all teams participating in the semifinal round rank among the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 25 – No. 5 Florida, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 22 Mississippi…Jordan, the 2013 SEC Offensive and SEC Freshman of the Year, is the league’s top goal scorer since LSU’s Mandy Heintz turned in 23 during her senior year in 2002…Mississippi was without their leading scorer and SEC points leader, senior Rafaelle Souza, who is in Orlando to join her national team, Brazil, for its match Sunday at 3:30 p.m. versus the United States…two Gator Greats are part of the U.S. roster – all-time international goals leader Abby Wambach and 2013 National Women’s Soccer League’s Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak…Sunday’s final will feature the two teams which shared the 2013 SEC regular-season title - Florida and Texas A&M – as each posted identical league records of 9-2…it was the first regular-season tie in the 21-year history of SEC soccer…Florida played its 50th match in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday (42-6-2 record in SEC Tournament action).



Florida is ranked No. 5 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and Mississippi is No. 22. This was the second consecutive meeting between the two teams that both are ranked in the NSCAA top 25.



The Gators will meet No. 21 Texas A&M in Sunday’s SEC Tournament final, which advanced with a 2-1 win over No. 9 South Carolina.  Florida defeated Texas A&M 2-0 in Gainesville when the two teams met in 2013 regular season action. The match is set for 2 p.m. ET at the Orange Beach SportsPlex and can be seen live on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable 251 or 1251).

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Scoring Summary:























UF: Savannah Jordan (Lauren Smith, Havana Solaun) 10:19

UF: Solaun (PK) 17:10

UM: Jennifer Miller (Addie Forbus, Olivia Harrison) 29:07








Kelly McCormick





Taylor Burke









Statistical Summary:








Shots on goal












Corner Kicks










Claire Falknor-UF/yellow (65:57); Jessica Hiskey-UM/yellow (77:49)


2013 SEC Soccer Tournament

November 4-10 ● Orange Beach Sportsplex ● Orange Beach, Ala.

























First Round- Nov. 4

Second Round – Nov. 6

Semifinal – Nov. 8

Championship – Nov. 10



































Texas A&M










































1 p.m. ET


Texas A&M 1-0
















Auburn 1-0















































7:30 p.m. ET ● ESPN3


Texas A&M 2-1











South Carolina













































3:30 p.m. ET

         South Carolina 4-0







































































2 p.m. ET  ● ESPNU





















































6 p.m. ET


Florida 1-0
















Arkansas 4-0















































5 p.m. ET ● ESPN3


Florida 2-1
























































8:30 p.m. ET


Mississippi 2-0
























































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