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Florida Gators soccer shoots for SEC title

The women's soccer team hopes to secure the SEC title when it travels to play South Carolina on Thursday.

Gary Bogdon

The Florida Gators women's soccer team will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the regular season finale Thursday with the Southeastern Conference title at stake, according to The Gainesville Sun.

"The South Carolina game is a big game no matter what," Florida coach Becky Burleigh told The Gainesville Sun. "It always falls at the end of the year, and it's always been kind of a rivalry game with us for the last four or five years. I know our team is really looking forward to the trip to South Carolina, but it's never easy to win on the road, so we're going to have our work cut out for us."

The 11th-seeded Gators are 13-4 overall this season and 10-2 in conference play. On the road this season, Florida is 4-3-1.

The Gators had nine wins in a row before a loss to Alabama on Friday. On Sunday, the Gators grabbed a 4-0 win over Vanderbilt.

The Gamecocks go into Thursday's game 6-8-4, but they are defending champions. South Carolina is in 10th place in the SEC and needs a win to ensure an SEC Tournament berth.

Florida started the season 3-3-1, but has turned it around since.

Erika Tymrak is Florida's leading point-scorer heading into the finale. She has 16 points on five goals and six assists. Jo Dragotta and Havana Solaun each have 15 points for the Gators.

Taylor Burke has played 18 games in net for Florida. She is averaging 1.02 goals against per game with four shutouts.

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