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WSOC: Gators Into NCAA Tournament, Face USF in First Round

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Despite the University of Florida (10-8-1) losing in the semifinals of the SEC tournament, the team has made it into the NCAA D-I Women’s Soccer Championship.

The field of 64 teams was just announced Monday, and the Gators will be hosting the University of South Florida on Friday, November 15 at 6 pm.

Thirty-one teams earn automatic bids into the bracket by winning their conferences, while the remaining 33 teams are chosen by the NCAA Women’s Soccer Committee.

Florida was ranked as high as No. 19 nationally this season and pulled off some impressive victories against ranked opponents, including a 3-1 win over No. 12 Texas A&M in October and a gritty 1-0 win at No. 15 Vanderibilt at the end of September.

The Gators won their first game in the SEC tournament (again beating the Aggies), but fell to Arkansas in the semifinals. The Razorbacks had the best record in the conference and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The University of South Florida finished the season 14-4 and qualified for the NCAA tournament by winning the American Athletic Conference.

USF is a familiar opponent to the Gators; the two teams faced off early in the regular season in August. Florida traveled to Tampa and defeated the No. 18 Bulls 2-0.

USF had more chances in the match but Florida struck on the counter attack and eked out a victory, despite the Bulls registering 20 shots compared to the Gators’ four.

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