LAKELAND, FL - Freshman goalkeeper Tori Routt made a single save in her first collegiate shutout and victory as Florida Southern women's soccer defeated Embry-Riddle 1-0 on Saturday evening. Junior Alexa Moberley's late goal in the first half was all the scoring the match would see. The Mocs (4-8-1, 2-5-0 SSC) picked up their second SSC victory of the season, while the Eagles (6-5-0, 4-3-0) stay winless on the road.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles opened the scoring chances as Annie Gelnaw fired a shot wide right of Routt in the first minute. After 28 minutes saw strong defensive performances by both teams, the Mocs had their first scoring chance on the evening. Following a foul on the Eagles at the top of the box, wasting no time Anna Griessler fired a free kick past the line of Eagles and right at the midsection of Dana Ruchti, Embry-Riddles' goalie.
- In the 38th minute, Emmie Johansson fired off the only Eagles shot on goal on the evening from inside the box at Routt.
- Moberley capitalized on an Eagles error as she slipped past the defense and put the ball through the hands of a diving Ruchti for her third goal on the season to give the Mocs a 1-0 advantage in the 42 minute.
- Just moments later, Alexis Madrid intercepted a pass and slotted the ball at the top of the box to an open Moberley only to be called offside.
- For the fourth time this season the Mocs entered the 15 minute break with the lead.
- Both the Mocs and the Eagles had prime scoring chances off corner kicks in the first three minutes of the second half. The Mocs' Cali Larson put a kick in the front of the net, off a header by the defense, Elanee Otto collected the loose ball and fired off a shot high of the goal. At the other end of the field, Embry-Riddle nearly tied the match at one as Rachel Owens put a corner kick in front of the Mocs goal. In a crowded goalie box, Routt missed the ball and saw it deflect away in front of a wide-open goal. Stina Naess Berge turned around and fired a shot wide right of the goal.
- Florida Southern had a chance to extend its lead in the 58th minute as Larson had back-to-back corner kicks but was unable to convert into goals.
- Routt finished with one save on the night as she improved her record to 1-3 on the season, while Ruchti made two stops as she fell to 2-1. The Moccasins and Eagles both fired off eight shots. Florida Southern put three shots on frame to Embry-Riddles one. The Mocs finished with seven corner kicks to the Eagles five. Tatum Albrecht of the Mocs and Julia Olsson of the Eagles each recorded a pair of shots, while six different players from each team tallied a shot.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 4-3-3 all-time against Embry-Riddle and 4-1-2 in Lakeland.
- Routt became the second Moccasin goalie this season to record a shutout in her first collegiate win. Behind a strong defense, Routt only needed to make a single save for the victory. Earlier this season, Noelle Rolfsen kept Shorter off the board for her first collegiate victory back in September.
- Moberley's goal was her eighth career goal, half of which have been the game-winning goal. She also recorded the game-winning goal against Saint Leo on Sept. 22. With that goal, she leads shares the lead for goals this season with Griessler at three.
- The Mocs are 3-0-1 in matches where they led at the half this season.
- The Moccasins will travel to St. Petersburg on Wednesday to take on Eckerd (Oct. 17) in its penultimate road match of the season. On Saturday, October 20, the Mocs will honor their five seniors prior to a 7 p.m. kick off against Palm Beach Atlantic. Florida Southern will close out the regular season with a road match at Barry (Oct. 23).