Gator Soccer Primed for Second Half

The Florida Soccer team heads into the final five SEC games of the season with one good thing and one bad thing to point to. The good thing is that the Gators are in control of their destiny as they go after their fourth straight SEC Title.

The bad thing is that Florida faces a very difficult schedule the rest of the way. There are six SEC soccer teams with winning records in conference play and Florida has to play for of them down the stretch. Here's a look at the SEC standings entering Friday's action:

South Carolina 5-0-1
LSU 5-1
Florida 4-1-1
Georgia 4-2
Ole Miss 3-1-1
Tennessee 3-2-1

Florida lost a 3-2 double overtime decision at Ole Miss and still must face all the other teams in the top half of the standings. That starts this weekend with a road trip to Tennessee Friday night and Georgia on Sunday. A winning weekend would set the Gators up very well since both LSU (10/22) and South Carolina (10/30) must come to Pressley Stadium in Gainesville.

Florida positioned itself for another run at the title with a near perfect weekend against Alabama and Auburn. The Gators posted a pair of shutout wins (2-0 over ‘Bama, 4-0 over Auburn) for their most complete weekend of action this season.

One thing that might help the Gators finish strongly would be finding a way to upgrade their scoring in the first half. In 15 games overall (10-4-1) the Gators have scored just eight first half goals with 24 scores coming after intermission and another in overtime. They did score first half goals in each game this past weekend, so that's a start.

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The Killer "T"s ----- The Gators offense is led by the "T"rio of Lindsay Thompson (8/0), Erica Tymrak (5/3) and Brooke Thigpen (5/3) which has combined for 18 of the team's 33 goals and added six assists. Add in sophomore "T"ahnai Annis (3/3) and you can see how the offense suits Coach Becky Burleigh to a "T".

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The Killer O.T.s ---- It certainly has been in this team's best interest to get things done in the first 90 minutes of play. The Gators are 9-1 in matches decided in regulation but only 1-3-1 in the five matches that went beyond the standard time. That marks includes two losses and a tie in double-overtime.


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