Gators open play in SEC soccer tournament today
The No. 11 Florida soccer team (14-4, 11-2 SEC) will open play in the SEC Soccer Tournament today vs. Mississippi (13-8, 5-8) today at 6 p.m. at the Orange Beach SportsPlex in Orange Beach, AL.
Florida enters SEC Tournament play as the top seed after claiming its 12th league title. With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC this season, the league tournament expanded a day. The Rebels won a 1-0 decision over LSU in Monday's play-in match to advance to the tournament's eight-team bracket.
Florida defeated Ole Miss 3-1 during the regular season.
Although Florida leads all league teams with nine SEC Tournament titles, only the 2007 and 2010 titles came at the Orange Beach SportsPlex. Eight of the last nine SEC Tournaments have been held in Orange Beach, Ala.
The Gators advanced to the tournament final five times in Orange Beach, with Tennessee taking a penalty kick decision after the two teams tied 1-1 20T in the 2003 final and the Gators lost 2-1 to Kentucky in the 2006 final. In the 2011 final, Florida lost 3-2 to Auburn. The Gators hoisted the SEC Tournament trophy in 2007 (4-1 versus Georgia) and 2010 (1-0 versus South Carolina). Florida has advanced to the SEC Tournament final 13 of its 17 SEC Tournament appearances.
The SEC Digital Network will live stream today's match. Friday's semifinal matches will appear on ESPN3. ESPNU will cover the SEC Championship match.