Gators reach SEC semifinals
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11:45 p.m.
ORANGE BEACH — Florida soccer team used a hard-fought 1-0 win over Arkansas in Wednesday's Southeastern Conference Tournament action at the Orange Beach Sportsplex to advance to Friday's semifinal round.
SEC Tournament semifinals
Who: Florida vs. Ole Miss
When: Friday 5 p.m.
Streaming video: SEC Digital Network
The only goal of the match started when junior Lauren Silver sent the ball from a few steps inside the Gator half looking for Savannah Jordan about 10 yards above the Razorback box. The ball deflected high off an Arkansas defender to junior Havana Solaun, located between Jordan and the center line. Solaun headed the ball forward to Jordan above the box.
Jordan got a touch and the ball deflected high toward the top of the 18-yard box. Jordan caught up to make a quick chip forward and followed the ball to make the scoring touch past the approaching goalkeeper at 23:02.
“I think the win tonight was a big one because we knew it was going to be a challenge,” Florida coach Becky Burleigh said. “We knew Arkansas was going to play a system and a style that was radically different than what we play. I think our team handled that pretty well.”
Jordan now has 21 goals for the season — the highest total for UF since Abby Wambach scored 31 as a Gator senior.
Jordan is second all-time among Gator freshmen goal scorers. Andi Sellers set the freshmen record in 1997 with 23, followed by Jordan (21) and Wambach (19).
In Wednesday's later quarterfinal, Ole Miss blanked Kentucky 2-0 to set up a semifinal match with the Gators on Friday.
Florida advanced to the SEC Tournament semifinal round for the 17th time in the program's 19 appearances