No. 8 South Carolina (3-4-2) - USC's season has been marked by a youth movement. Freshman M.A. Foster leads the Gamecocks with 12 points, including four goals and four assists. Fellow freshman Shelly Hoddeson has tallied 11 points of her own off five goals and one assist. South Carolina has skated on the edge in 11 matches this season, having five of 11 games decided by less than one goal. Tennessee is the only team that South Carolina has failed to defeat since SEC soccer began.
No. 5 Kentucky (4-3-2) - For the first time since 1997, the Wildcats finished the season with a losing record. They faced their most difficult schedule in years, though. Kentucky and Ole Miss are familiar SEC tournament foes - the Rebels beat the 'Cats at home during last year's first round. Tennessee defeated UK, 3-1, in regular season action in October.
No. 4 Ole Miss (4-3-2) - The Rebels finished second in the SEC West Division, behind Auburn. With a 13-win regular season, Mississippi tied its program-best win total, along with picking up its highest season winning percentage. Rebel senior Brittany Gillespie leads the team from the goalkeeper position, helping the team notch 11 shutouts on the season. Ole Miss and Kentucky did not face each other in regular season competition. The Rebels beat the Lady Vols, 1-0, in early October.
No. 7 Georgia (4-5) - The Bulldogs head into tournament competition having lost their final two games of the regular season (1-0 defeats to Vanderbilt and Tennessee). Senior forward Jessica Winton leads Georgia with 15 goals on the season. This is the Bulldogs' fifth straight appearance in the SEC tournament and seventh appearance overall. Auburn and UGA did not meet during the regular season and haven't faced off since a 2001 contest in the opening round of tournament play.
No. 2 Auburn (6-1-2) - Auburn secured the No. 2 seed with a 2-1 defeat of in-state rival Alabama last Friday. Goalkeeper Megan Rivera, who ended the season with a 0.59 goals against average, is expected to challenge for Defensive Player of the Year honors, which will be announced this week. She is helped offensively by Sarah Steinmann, who concluded the regular season with 11 goals and five assists.
No. 6 Vanderbilt (3-4-2) - The Commodores took the sixth seed and a tournament berth after defeating Georgia two weeks ago. Today's game will mark a return to the SEC tournament for Vanderbilt, which didn't qualify for play last season. Vandy is the only team other than Tennessee and Florida who has won the SEC tournament championship, doing so in 1993 and 1994.
No. 3 Florida (6-2-1) - The 10th-ranked Gators find themselves in slightly unfamiliar territory - not having to defend their crown. The Gators' 2-0 win on Nov. against South Carolina was a collaborative efforts of some veterans. Senior captain Megan McMillan scored an early goal, while senior Robin Fulton and junior Ashley Kellgren assisted on the play. Fulton notched her own goal later in the contest and senior Crystal Frimpong assisted on that play.
- Compiled by Angela Williams
A team-by-team look at this year's SEC soccer tournament (first-round matchups featured):
Published: Thu Nov 06, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:34 p.m.