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Soccer: Dawgs at Gators Sunday

Georgia defender Kayla Bruster (25) during the Bulldogs’ match against South Carolina at the Turner Soccer Complex in Athens, Ga., on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

After opening the season with a win against South Carolina, the No. 8 University of Georgia soccer team hits the road to face Florida on Sunday, September 27 in Gainesville. 

The game is set to begin at 12 p.m. from Ronald R. Dizney Stadium and will be broadcast live on the SEC Network. 

LAST SEASON AGAINST FLORIDA

For only the third time in program history, Georgia defeated the Florida Gators with a thrilling 1-0 finish in the final minutes of the game to conclude regular season action. 

The Bulldogs snapped a 12-game losing streak with the first win over the Gators since 2008 and punched its ticket to the 2019 Southeastern Conference Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama.

With 90 seconds left in the game, then-freshman Haley Sorrell booted the ball to the back-right corner of the net off an assist from then- sophomore Abby Boyan for the game-winner.

ABBY BOYAN GETS RECOGNITION AFTER GAME ONE

Junior midfielder Abby Boyan received conference and national recognition after scoring the lone-goal in Georgia’s win over South Carolina to open the season. 

Boyan was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career and earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week. She is the first Georgia player given a national weekly recognition since goalkeeper Louise Hogrell in 2015.

The Spring Lake, N.J. native played a full 90 minutes and contributed the game-winner for a season-opening victory for the Bulldogs. This marks the first time Georgia has beaten South Carolina since 2014. Additionally, she took three shots, which tied for the most in the game of any player.

RANKED IN THE UNITED COACHES POLL AFTER FIRST GAME              

Georgia is ranked eighth in the initial United Soccer Coaches national rankings. This is the first time the Bulldogs have been ranked since 2014, when the team reached a No. 20 ranking in late September.   

Georgia is the second Southeastern Conference team on the list, behind Texas A&M who checked in at No. 5.

Due to the impact of the pandemic on fall schedules, only teams competing in the fall were considered for the polls. The number of teams appearing in each ranking is also lower due to the lower number of teams competing. The women’s poll features a Top 15. There are no regional rankings.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE DAWGS                              

“The most talented team in top to bottom roster depth that Georgia’s had since Billy’s been here.” – SEC Network’s Michael Watts during the broadcast of the South Carolina game.

A SEASONED VET

Junior goalkeeper Emory Wegener has started more games than any other active goalkeeper in the SEC.

FIRST SPORTING EVENT SINCE COVID                                     

Georgia’s season opener against South Carolina was the first sporting event in Athens since March 11 due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  Prior to that game, the last time a UGA team took the field was the softball team against Furman on March 11 at the Turner Softball Stadium. 

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