UF soccer team fifth seed in SEC tourney

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The Florida soccer team enters the SEC Tournament as the No. 5 seed and begins play at 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday against No. 4 seed Texas A&M at Orange Beach Sportscomplex in Orange Beach, Ala.

“I think we just got to get back to basics in terms of combinations in the final third,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said.

The SEC tourney start Sunday with No. 7 seed Alabama facing No. 10 Auburn at 2 p.m. and No. 8 Ole Miss playing No. 9 Mississippi State at 4:30 p.m.

Top-seeded and the league’s regular-season champion Arkansas plays the Ole Miss-MSU winner at 6 p.m. Tuesday in quarterfinal action. No. 2 seed Vanderbilt will play the Bama-Auburn winner at 1 p.m. Tuesday. No. 3 seed South Carolina plays No. 6 Georgia at 3:30 p.m. The semifinals are Thursday and the title game is Sunday.

Florida fell to 10-7-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the SEC after a 1-0 loss to Georgia (8-6-4, 4-3-3) on Thursday evening in Athens to close the regular season.

The only goal came late in regulation. Georgia’s Abby Boyan stepped in front of a Gator pass at midfield and then headed toward goal. The through ball she sent toward the box found Haley Sorrell. She took a touch left, then right before hitting a 15-yard shot that scored in the 89th minute.

Florida did have its opportunities Thursday as the Gators outshot the Bulldogs 11-8. Cassidy Lindley’s through ball in the 13th minute was just off for Kit Loferski to make the scoring touch at the far post. With 10 minutes remaining, Parker Roberts’ shot from 18-yards heading to the far post upper slot was saved out for a Gator corner kick.

“Good job by Georgia for putting a lot of numbers behind the ball. We weren’t able to break that down,” Burleigh said.

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