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WSOC: Five Gators Earn 2019 SEC Honors

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The Gators had an up and down regular season, finishing with a 10-7-1 record, but that does not mean some players did not have excellent individual seasons. Five University of Florida soccer players were named to All-SEC teams in 2019.

Here’s a summary of the players and a couple of their reactions before the team kicks off their SEC Tournament journey later tonight:

Parker Roberts – All-SEC First Team

Roberts, a redshirt junior, has been one of the Gators most consistent players in the midfield. She started every game this season.

Roberts chipped in with four goals, which is good enough for third-most on the team. It is also the most Roberts has scored in a season to date.

She registered four assists as well, which is also a personal single-season best.

“That means a lot, that you’re recognized for what you do… I put in a lot of work and its nice to be recognized for that,” said Roberts when she heard about her selection, “But, going forward, I want to win an SEC tournament, that’s what I’m focusing on now.”

This is Roberts’ second All-SEC first team selection; her first was in 2017.

Julia Lester – All-SEC First Team

Another model of consistency for the Gators, center back Julia Lester also started all 18 games of the regular season.

Putting in shifts is nothing new for Lester, as she played every match in 2017 and appeared in 19 last year.

“My coaches have helped me a lot, my teammates… with that everyone is really helping me grow as a player, I’m really thankful for them,” said Lester about her selection.

Lester was a member of the SEC-All Freshman team in 2016.

Vanessa Kara – All-SEC Second Team

Kara’s eight goals this season are the most on the Gators squad and enough to earn her a place in the All-SEC Second Team.

Kara, a senior, has mostly been deployed as a striker this season but has popped up on the wings every so often as a member of Florida’s fluid group of forwards.

This is Kara’s first season at the school after transferring from Drexel, where she earned the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Year and CAA First Team honors in 2016 and 2017.

Kit Loferski – All-SEC Second Team

Winger Kit Loferski is joint-second on the Gators in assists, tied with Roberts. She started 17 of Florida’s 18 games and is constantly a handful for defenders.

Loferski’s quickness and ability to beat defenders one-on-one makes her a valuable starter for Becky Burleigh’s squad.

The redshirt junior has also contributed with two goals this season.

Kouri Peace – SEC All-Freshman Team

Peace, another quick forward, has been one of a few standout freshmen on the Florida roster this season.

She has appeared 17 times, starting only twice but scoring three goals.


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