Only one match of regular season play remains and the Gators have positioned themselves to clinch a spot to Orange Beach.
After a 4-0 victory on Sunday over Louisiana State, Florida jumped to ten in the SEC standings meaning that Thursday’s regular season finale versus South Carolina is a win-and-in situation for the Gators.
The Gamecocks started SEC play hot, winning their first four matches. Like the Gators, however, they went on a winless streak before picking up a 4-0 victory on Sunday.
South Carolina’s back line has been the key to their success this season. They have prevented opponents from getting past them as they have only allowed 3.56 shots on goal per game.
Look for the Gators forwards Kit Loferski and Madison Alexander to put pressure on Gamecocks goalkeeper Heather Hinz who is last in the conference with a .621 save percentage in SEC play.
If the Gators are successful in doing so, they will be in prime position for a second straight win. The Gamecocks have lost in three of four SEC matches when their opponents have gotten more than four shots on target.
“We’re going to have to against one of the best teams in the conference on Thursday to sustain their attack and keep the ball out of the back of our net,” coach Amato said about the upcoming match. “We’ll use some clips from [Sunday] to show that total team effort for Thursday’s prep.”
Florida concludes their regular season on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. This match can be streamed on SEC Network+ or attended for free at Donald R. Disney stadium.