The Florida soccer team became the first University of Florida team in the 2013 fall season to capture a regular season SEC title, as they trounced the Georgia Bulldogs away from home Thursday night 5-1. Florida benefitted from some positioning errors from Georgia goalkeeper Caitlin Woody, and were able to build an early advantage they never relinquished.
Four different Gators got on the scoresheet, and not surprisingly one of them was Savannah Jordan who passed Abby Wambach for second on the all-time freshman goal-scoring list. Jordan notched her 19th and 20th of the season on Halloween night as Havana Solaun (34th minute), Christen Westphal (16th minute), and even Annie Speese got in on the action. Speese notched her second of the season on a penalty kick in the 66th minute.
Georgia’s lone goal came off the foot of Madeline Barker in the 50th minute to cut the Gator lead to 4-1. The goal ended the impressive Florida shutout streak at 609 minutes. Before that, the last goal the Gators relinquished was October 4th against South Carolina, also Florida’s most recent loss.
The win gives Florida a grand total of 27 points on the year in the SEC. Texas A&M can win a share of the SEC title with a win Friday but Florida will be the top seed heading into the SEC tournament because of a win head to head against the Aggies. The SEC tourney kicks off on November 4th from Orange Beach, Alabama.