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SEC Soccer Midseason Review

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With SEC teams at about the halfway point of conference play--most teams have played five of their 11 conference games while Georgia and Ole Miss have played six--and a smaller than usual slate of games this week, it's a good time to recap the first half of the season.

Florida's Savannah Jordan pictured playing for the United States U-23 Team
Florida's Savannah Jordan pictured playing for the United States U-23 Team
Vaughn Ridley

Player of the Season

Texas A&M's Shea Groom leads the SEC in goals, points, and game winning goals to take the midseason honors. The senior was a third team All-American in 2013 and started the season hot with goals in each of her first four games. With a hat trick against Tennessee and two goals against LSU, Groom also the SEC in goals during conference play. Groom was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week September 21st and was on Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week two consecutive weeks in September.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Florida's Savannah Jordan leads the SEC in conference game winning goals with three. Included in those GWGs is the winner in this week's 1-0 win over Texas A&M and the second goal of a 3-1 win at Arkansas. Jordan has nine overall goals on the year.
  • Georgia's Gabby Seiler is tied for the SEC lead in points with 24. Seiler leads the Bulldogs in both goals and assists with eight apiece and she has only been held without a point in one game. Georgia presently ranks second in the SEC's standings.

Surprise Team of the Season

After finishing ninth in the SEC in 2013, Missouri has already equaled its SEC win total this season with a 4-1-0 record and currently sits third in the SEC standings. Missouri's only SEC loss was a 3-1 setback at Florida, but the Tigers also boast a road win over then-No. 14 South Carolina. Statistically, the Tigers are a middle of the road team with nearly every meaningful team statistic, falling between fourth and ninth in the SEC. Senior midfielder Kaysie Clark leads the SEC in assists with nine.

Disappointment of the Season

With a pair of home SEC losses as well as an away tie at Alabama, South Carolina has fallen out of the top 25 after getting as high as No. 9 on September 2. In a positive for the Gamecocks, the home losses were to the second and third ranked teams in the SEC standings, but they have yet to face either Florida or Texas A&M. South Carolina has had a tight defense; their goals per game average of 0.37 is about half as much as the second best defense. The Gamecocks, however, have had problems scoring goals with only 18 in 13 regular season games and four in five SEC games.

Standings

Week 7 Results and Week 8 Schedule

Fri, Oct 3

Kentucky 1 at Missouri 2 - Final

Fri, Oct 3

Tennessee 1 at Georgia 2 - Final

Fri, Oct 3

Florida 1 at Texas A&M 0 - Final

Fri, Oct 3

LSU 2 at Mississippi State 0 - Final

Fri, Oct 3

Ole Miss 2 at Auburn 2 - Final

Fri, Oct 3

South Carolina 1 at Alabama 1 - Final

Fri, Oct 3

Vanderbilt 0 at Arkansas 1 - Final

Sun, Oct 5

Kentucky 1 at Texas A&M 2 - Final

Sun, Oct 5

LSU 0 at South Carolina 1 - Final

Sun, Oct 5

Florida 3 at Arkansas 1 - Final

Sun, Oct 5

Ole Miss 1 at Alabama 0 - Final

Sun, Oct 5

Vanderbilt 0 at Missouri 2 - Final

Sun, Oct 5

Georgia 3 at Mississippi State 1 - Final

Sun, Oct 5

Tennessee 0 at Auburn 0 - Final

Thu, Oct 9

7 p.m. ET

Alabama at LSU

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Fri, Oct 10

7 p.m. ET

Arkansas at Tennessee

Fri, Oct 10

7 p.m. ET

Mississippi State at Florida

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Fri, Oct 10

7 p.m. ET

Texas A&M at Vanderbilt

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Fri, Oct 10

7:30 p.m. ET

South Carolina at Kentucky

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Fri, Oct 10

8 p.m. ET

Missouri at Auburn

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