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Gators take SEC Soccer Title

The Florida Gators Soccer team clenched the SEC title Thursday night in Athens as they beat Georgia 3-0.

Before the match, Florida was tied for first in the SEC with the Missouri Tigers.  If the Tigers won tonight against Texas A&M, they would stand alongside Florida for first.  Tonight Missouri tied Texas A&M crowning the Gators with the SEC title. 

The Gators took control of the game early with two first half goals from Savannah Jordan.  The first goal had a lot of good preceding touches down the field before Jordan finished it in the back of the net. 

Near the end of the first half, a long ball from Meggie Dougherty Howard made its way to Gergia’s defensive third where the keeper came out of the box to clear it.  Jordan took advantage of a misplay by the keeper and drove it into the box for a goal. 

A penalty pushing Jordan down in Georgia’s box gave the Gators a penalty kick.  Pamela Begic took the kick for the Gator’s third and final goal of the game.

This game leaves Savannah Jordan with 19 goals in her junior season.

The Gators better their record of 14-3-1 (8-2-1 SEC).

Florida head coac h Becky Burleigh is very proud of her team that saw an early SEC season deficit in the standings turn into champions.

"This has been by far one of the most resilient teams I’ve ever coached,” Burleigh said.  “We’ve been in situations where we’ve been down in games and come back. Two or three weeks ago, we didn’t know we would be in this position to have a shot  to win the SEC regular season title but they just kept fighting back and fighting back. It was really impressive the will they showed.”

Going forward:..

Florida is currently the leader in SEC titles with 14 crowns. The Gators will be the No. 1 seed for next week’s SEC Tournament . The SEC Tournament starts on Nov. 2 in Orange Beach, Alabama.  The complete SEC bracket will be released Oct. 30. 

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