The No. 17 Florida Gator soccer team will face some tough competition this weekend against the No. 2 South Carolina Gamecocks. The teams will face each other Sunday at 3 p.m. in Columbia, South Carolina.
This matchup will pit the most recent SEC Offensive Player of the Week in Florida’s Savannah Jordan against the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week in South Carolina’s Mikayla Krzeczowski. Jordan leads the SEC in goals (12) and points (31) this season. Last week, in outings against Georgia and Ole Miss, she scored two goals in each game to help lead the Gators to their third and fourth wins in a row, respectively. Krzeczowski, the Gamecock’s freshman goalkeeper, leads the SEC in goals against average (.045) and shutouts (6).
Florida (10-3, 5-2 SEC) has gone unbeaten in the last three weeks, outscoring their opponents 11-1. Their last loss was against Auburn on September 22 and ever since then, the Gators have used the match as a lesson to learn how they need to refocus their game plan to be successful. As they head to South Carolina, Florida believes they have the momentum on their side. Redshirt junior, Gabby Seiler, for Florida said they can leave with a victory if they continue to play the way they have been playing.
South Carolina has not lost a game this season. After tying their first game of the season against Oklahoma, the Gamecocks have won their last 13 games and boast an SEC-best 7-0 record against conference opponents. They are led offensively by junior forward, Savannah McCaskill, who has 11 goals and 29 points on the season.
In last year’s match against these teams, the game was decided by a time-expiring goal in double overtime as Liz Slattery scored to give the Gators the 2-1 win over South Carolina. Florida head coach, Becky Burleigh, does not like to focus on records or rankings, but recognizes the magnitude of a Florida-South Carolina matchup each time they meet.
The game will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. in South Carolina. You can watch the match on the SEC Network.