Florida set to face many tests with new head coach
With first year head coach Tony Amato at the helm, the Florida Gators soccer program is ready to hit the field after releasing the details for the 2021 regular season schedule. The opponents are no joke , in fact , six of the UF foes participated in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.
Florida kicks off 2021 with a preseason exhibition at a neutral field in Orange Beach, Alabama against Southern Mississippi on Aug. 12 then continues the road trip to Tampa, Florida to visit the AAC champion South Florida Bulls on Aug. 19 for the first regular season match.
The end of August doesn’t slow down for Florida as they begin a three-match stance at the Swamp with a showdown against the Texas Longhorns on Aug 22. Orlando’s hometown team, the UCF Knights then pay a visit to Gainesville on Aug. 26 followed by the Miami Hurricanes three days after.
UF will hit the road again but don’t have to travel very far to invade Tallahassee and challenge the NCAA runner-up Florida State Seminoles on Sept. 2. Last season, the arch rivals came to 0-0 draw in an exhibition match.
The Gators will board the bus and take the I-75 down to Ft. Myers, Florida to face Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5.
Finally the conference play begins on Sept. 17 with another road trip to Nashville, Tennessee to try and take down the defending SEC tournament champion Vanderbilt Commodores who went 9-6-1 last year and don’t intend to stop the momentum.
Florida returns home on Sept. 23 to continue the SEC rivalry with the Kentucky Wildcats.
Unfortunately, the hometown fun stops there as the Gators board the buses once again to leave Gainesville and tour through the Magnolia State. The road trips goes to Starkville when UF challenges Mississippi State on Sept. 26 and then they’ll return home for a Oct. 3 matchup with the Ole Miss Rebels at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
The Gators travel back-and-forth once again on Oct. 7 to Knoxville, Tennessee for a rivalry match against the Volunteers before a home matchup against the Missouri Tigers on Oct. 10.
Then for the season finales, UF sets their anchor at the Diz for two matches against the LSU Tigers on Oct. 24 followed by the South Carolina Gamecocks four days later. Florida will seek out revenge against the Gamecocks after 2-4 loss in the previous season.
All Florida Gators fans are welcome to Donald R. Dizney Stadium this season at full capacity and admission is free.