UF soccer earns No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament


Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:40 p.m.

The 64-team field for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship was announced Monday afternoon and Florida will host a first-round match for the fourth straight year.

The fifth-ranked Gators (17-4-1), who had a season-high nine-game winning streak halted by a 2-1 loss to No. 21 Texas A&M Sunday in the championship final of the SEC Tournament, will take on Jacksonville (12-7-1) Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pressly Stadium.

“I think that's great,” coach Becky Burleigh said. “I'm excited that we get to play at home. We've just spent a long week on the road, so it will be nice to be at home.

“JU is an opponent that we don't know that much about but will obviously spend some time this week focusing on.”

UF, which shared the regular-season SEC title with Texas A&M, received a No. 2 regional seed and was the highest seed of six league teams to make this year's field.

The ACC not only had the most teams picked (eight) of any conference, but swept the top four regional seeds with Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State and defending champion North Carolina all getting No. 1 seeds.

The top-ranked Cavaliers (20-1) are the No. 1 overall seed.

While the Gators were disappointed in Sunday's outcome, Burleigh noted she wants her team to quickly put that behind them.

“I think you have to have a short memory when it comes to the conference tournament, because you've got another game to play this week,” she said. “So for us, it's focus on the preparation for this week.”

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