Although one streak was lost, another was salvaged.
The Florida soccer team conceded a goal against USF in Tampa in its last match Sunday, but still were able to earn a draw in double overtime. The last time Florida had given up a goal before that was against Florida State on August 30. Now, the Gators open SEC play at home against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday. Alabama comes in with a record of 2-5, but Florida head coach Becky Burleigh says once SEC play starts, non-conference records can be deceiving.
The Gators face off against an Alabama team that got the best of them last season, getting shut out 1-0 in Tuscaloosa. Burleigh feels that Alabama is a tough squad to scout, she calls them a “tricky team”.
Despite playing in seven matches on the year, Alabama’s offense has been rather anemic, only scoring four goals thus far on the campaign. Each one of those goals has been scored by last season’s freshman of the year, Merel Van Dongen. On the other hand, Florida’s Savannah Jordan has twice as many goals as that on her own, scoring eight so far this season. Burleigh believes the lack of scoring for the Tide has bred desperation, and therefore they will be tough to read until the action starts Friday night.
The match gets underway from Pressly Stadium tonight at 7. This is Florida’s only matchup of the weekend, its next match is September 27 against Ole Miss.