Gainesville, FL - The no. 2 regional seed, the University of Florida
soccer team (18-2-2, 9-1-1 SEC), plays host to Atlantic Sun Conference
Tournament champion Mercer (10-8-1, 7-3 A-Sun) in NCAA Championship First Round Action on Friday, Nov. 12. Match time is set for 6 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium. The other opening round match at the Gainesville site is Duke versus California with a start time of 8:30 p.m. The winners of Friday’s matches will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. in NCAA Second Round action.
Tickets for NCAA First Round action are $7 for adults; $3 for youth 12
& under, students, and senior citizens. The first 200 UF students with
identification are admitted free.
The winner of Sunday's match advances to the NCAA Round of 16, which will take place Nov. 19, 20 or 21. NCAA Quarterfinal action is the
following weekend (Nov. 26, 27 or 28). The NCAA College Cup is set for
Dec. 3 and 5 at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., with NC State, Town of Cary and Capital Area Soccer League acting as hosts for the event.
Florida makes its 14th NCAA appearance in the program’s 16-year
history in 2010 and this is the Gators’ eighth consecutive NCAA bid.
Last year, Florida was sent to Columbus, Ohio, as a No. 3 region seed.
The Gators advanced to the NCAA Second Round in 2009, falling 1-0 OT to Oregon State.
Florida completed the sweep of the Southeastern Conference
regular-season and tournament titles with its 1-0 win over No. 20 South
Carolina on Nov. 7 in the SEC Tournament championship match in Orange Beach, Ala. The Gators led all teams in the 2010 tournament with nine goals scored over the extended weekend, but none of the wins were easy.
Vanderbilt tied UF 3-all in the second half, with the Gators scoring
twice in the final seven minutes to take a 5-3 win. In the Nov. 5
semifinal, Georgia scored first in the seventh minute, but Florida tied
the match 27 seconds later and eventually claimed a 3-1 win off the
hat-trick from junior Lindsay Thompson. Florida used an own goal to take the 1-0 win over USC in Sunday's final, winning its first SEC Tournament title since 2007. Florida placed four on the SEC All-Tournament team - Jazmyne Avant, Thompson, Erika Tymrak (MVP) and Kathryn Williamson.
Mercer makes its first NCAA appearance in the program’s 26-year
history after winning the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship on Nov. 6 with a 1-0 decision over Jacksonville. With Mercer’s first A-Sun
Tournament title, the Bears also collected the league’s automatic NCAA
berth. This will be the third meeting between the two teams and the
first since 1996, although the two teams have met in the past three
spring seasons with the Bears claiming the win the last two springs.
Senior Kacie Hudson’s four game-winning goals shares the Atlantic Sun
Conference lead. Junior Cagney Valloch’s goals-against-average of 0.79
ranks second among A-Sun goalkeepers.