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The No. 5 Gators face No. 21 Texas A&M in Sunday's SEC Tournament final.

Saturday November 9, 2013No. 5 Florida meets No. 21 Texas A&M Sunday in SEC Soccer Tournament Final

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -

The No. 5 Gators face No. 21 Texas A&M in Sunday's SEC Tournament final.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The two soccer teams who share the 2013 Southeastern Conference regular-season title face each other again – this time for the SEC Tournament trophy. The University of Florida soccer team plays Texas A&M Sunday in the league’s tournament final. Match time is set for 2 p.m.ET at the Orange Beach Sportsplex Complex.

 

Sunday’s Match Info:

No. 5 Florida (17-3-1, 8-2 SEC) versus No. 21 Texas A&M (16-4-1, 9-2 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Nov. 10, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

Site: Orange Beach Sportsplex Complex (1,500)

The Coaches: Becky Burleigh, 19th season @ UF (418-111-34/24th season overall – 336-88-28/UF), G Guerrieri (355-113-24/22nd season overall - 339-101-24/21st season at TA&M)

 

Television: live on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 251 or 1251)

 

Radio: none

 

Streaming video: streaming video on ESPN3

 

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

 

Admission:  $5 – adult single-day pass; $2 – children (12 & under) day pass

 

 

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The match can be seen live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.

 

Florida and Texas A&M shared the 2013 SEC regular-season title with identical 9-2 league records. The Gators are the tournament’s top seed based on their regular-season win over A&M. This is the fifth time the tournament’s top two seeds (2013, 2010, 2007, 2006, 1999) meet in the final since the league went to overall seeds (previously by division) in 1999.

 

This is the 15th SEC Tournament final appearance in the 19-year history of the Gator soccer program. Florida is the defending tournament champion and leads the league with 10 titles.

 

The Gators in 2013 SEC Tournament Play:

Florida opened its 2013 SEC Tournament play Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Arkansas. The only goal of the match came from Savannah Jordan, the SEC Offensive Player and SEC Freshman of the Year. Then Florida used a 2-1 win over No. 22 Mississippi in semifinal action to advance to the final. Both Gator goals came within a seven-minute span. Jordan scored the first off the assist from Lauren Smith. Then Lauren Smith was fouled entering the box and Havana Solaun successfully converted the penalty kick.

 

About the Aggies:

Texas A&M advanced to the final with a 1-0 win versus Auburn on Wednesday and earned a spot in its first SEC Tournament final with a 2-1 victory over No. 9 South Carolina in the semifinal round. The Aggies’ only loss in their last 12 matches was to the Gators on Oct. 27 in Gainesville. All-SEC first-team selection junior Shea Grooms leads the Aggies with 12 goals. Junior goalkeeper Jordan Day, part of the All-SEC second team, owns a goals-against-average of 0.97.

 

All-SEC Honors:

Ten who will be on the field Sunday are among those honored Monday with 2013 SEC honors. Three Gators appear on the league’s first team – Jordan, Solaun and Westphal. Pamela Begič joins Jordan on the SEC Freshman team. All five of Texas A&M’s All-SEC selections are juniors. Shea Groom and Meghan Steight are on the first team and Day, Leigh Edwards and Kelley Monogue appear on the second team. Forward Liz Keester is a SEC Freshman team selection.

 

Jordan is the SEC Offensive Player of the Year – the first time a freshman has been named the league’s offensive player of the year. She also picked up the SEC Freshman of the Year.

 

Last Meeting:

When the two teams met earlier this season, a 2-0 win over Texas A&M moved the Gators into a tie for first with the Aggies in the SEC standings. Both goals came in the second half from Jordan. Her first started with a through ball from Meggie Dougherty Howard. Jordan ran onto the ball and her left-footed shot was deflected by the Aggie goalkeeper. Jordan struck the loose ball and the shot deflected off an Aggie before scoring. Around nine minutes later, sophomore Christen Westphal won the ball at the top of the Gator defensive third and brought it into the Aggie half. Her pass to Jordan’s left foot led to a diagonal 14-yard shot which scored at the far post.

 

Series Record:

The all-time series is tied at 4-4.

 

Regular-Season Conference Finish:

Florida – Tied for first overall with Texas A&M with 27 points off a 9-2 record.

Texas A&M – Tied for first overall with Florida with 27 points off a 9-2 record.

 

Rankings:

Florida is ranked No. 5 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and Texas A&M is No. 21. This is the fifth time both teams bring a NSCAA top 25 ranking into a meeting.

 

 

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