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COVID-19 Postpones First Gator Soccer Game, Pauses Lacrosse And Baseball Practices

Three players on the Gator soccer team have tested positive for COVID-19.
Three players on the Gator soccer team have tested positive for COVID-19.

The University of Florida's soccer team will not have their season opener against Missouri as planned for Saturday, Sept. 19.


Three Gators on the team tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the team to enact widespread quarantines among those who were in direct contact with the positive players. This is consistent with COVID-19 management requirements developed by SEC's Medical Guidance Task Force.

The University of Florida's Athletic Association has also paused all athletic activity for the lacrosse and baseball teams due to a significant number of student-athletes that tested positive for COVID-19. As of Monday, the lacrosse program reported 31 positive cases and the baseball program reported 15.

Last week, the athletic department released that in August just one student-athlete tested positive out of 687 tested. But in the first week of September alone, the test results pulled seven positives from just 191 tests.

Since student-athletes returned to campus on May 26, 103 out of 1,564 have tested positive for COVID-19. Sixty-eight of those positive tests were from September alone.

Missouri and Florida's soccer teams will try to find another date to play, but for now the new season opener for the Gators is at home versus the Georgia Bulldogs, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.

Although admission is free, attendance at Donald R. Dizney Stadium will be capped at 368 to allow for proper social distancing.

Joseph is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.