The Gators are headed to Orange Beach.
After shutting out the Arkansas Razorbacks at home 3-0, Florida soccer clinched the final spot in the SEC tournament.
Coach Becky Burleigh said before the game senior night is usually a big one for the program. Turns out she was right.
In the tenth minute, Briana Solis kicked off the night with a 20-yarder into the back of the net.
That momentum struck Deanne Rose, who went on to score two more goals for Florida. Rose was able to find the net twice in four minutes.
Arkansas did not score in the game, giving Gators goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese her 28th career solo shutout. Marckese is now the program’s all-time leader in that category.
Now that Florida is moving on, it’s time for the team to lock in and put on a show in the SEC tournament.
The way the rankings are shaking out, the Gators will first take on Auburn. The Tigers are currently 3-5-1 in conference play and currently ninth in the SEC.
If Florida wins, the team will get a rematch against first-seed Vanderbilt. The Gators opened conference play with a home match against Vanderbilt. Unfortunately, the Gators fell 2-1.
The Commodores are a force, going 15-2-1 on the season and 8-1-1 in conference play. But, with the season on the line, this Gators team will come out fighting.
Florida is the all-time leader for SEC Championships, winning 12. Most recently, the Gators won in 2015 and 2016.
The first match will be October 28, where eighth-seed Florida will take on ninth-seed Auburn.