UF Roundup: Soccer hosts NCAA tourney second round


Florida was able to advance past the opening match of the NCAA soccer tournament for the 17th time in the program’s 21 appearances without the help of key player Deanne Rose.

That was the good news for Gators. The better news? She’s back. Rose returns to the Gators after joining the Canadian National Team for a training camp and a pair of friendly matches against the U.S. (Nov. 9 and 12). Rose started both matches, playing 31 minutes in each outing.

Rose shares Florida’s points lead (19) with Seiler and her eight goals is tops on the team. She was the only freshman on the 2017 All-SEC First Team and named the SEC Freshman of the Year.

The No. 16 Gators get to host the second and third round of the NCAAs. UF (15-6) will face No. 25 South Florida (13-3-2) at 6 p.m. today at Dizney Stadium on campus. The first game pits No. 20 Tennessee (15-4-1) against Washington State (10-7-3) at 2 p.m. Friday’s winners meet at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hurricane Irma canceled the Sept. 10 meeting between UF, the No. 3 region seed, and USF. This is the first meeting between UF and USF since 2014 (2-0 UF win).

Gators host No. 17 FSU

It’s the women’s basketball edition of the Florida vs. Florida State Sunshine Showdown presented by Fresh From Florida. Tip-off from Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. today.

The game caps Florida’s three-game season-opening home stand.

The Seminoles (2-0) are ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 14 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. Eight Gator (1-1) opponents are ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams.