Robertson's Five Goals Help No. 11 Mocs Earn Road Win Over No. 14 Queens

Robertson's Five Goals Help No. 11 Mocs Earn Road Win Over No. 14 Queens

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A career-high tying five goals from senior Ashley Robertson (Ellicott City, Md.) and seven goals in each half helped propel the 11th-ranked Moccasins to a 14-6 victory here Friday afternoon over 14th-ranked Queens University of Charlotte at the QueensSports Complex.

With the victory, the Mocs improved to 6-3 overall on the season, while Queens fell to 5-2 on the year. Friday's game was the second of three straight road games for the Mocs. 

In Friday's win, the Mocs were outshot, 24-23, but won the battle of shots on goal against the Royals as the Mocs had 18 shots on goal to 16 for Queens. 

Robertson got the scoring started just 77 seconds into the game off a pass from sophomore attacker Shannon Gilfedder (Longwood, Fla.). 

Queens would tie the game just two-plus minutes into the first half on an unassisted goal by Shannon Mansberger. 

Gilfedder gave the Mocs a 2-1 lead with 24:20 left in the opening half and after Mansberger helped the Royals tie the game at 2-2, the Mocs scored two straight goals to take a 4-2 lead. The goals were scored by Robertson and junior attacker Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Md.). 

Maggie Masters scored an unassisted goal with a little under 15 minutes left in the first half to cut the Mocs lead to 4-3, FSC would respond with goals by Robertson and Gilfedder to take a 6-3 lead.

QU used back-to-back goals from Hanna Scott over a span of 66 seconds to pull the Royals within 6-5 with 7:38 left in the first half. 

Kerge, though, would score her team leading 23rd goal of the season nearly a minute later to give the Mocs a 7-5 lead at the half.

The Mocs lead grew to 10-5 just 14 minutes into the second half thanks to goals from Robertson, sophomore midfielder Emily Santoli (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) and freshman attacker Casey O'Brien (Morris Plains, N.J.). The latter goal by O'Brien come on a free position shot. The Mocs were 2-for-4 on free position shots in the game.

After a goal by Masters brought the Royals within four at 10-6, the Mocs would close the scoring with four consecutive goals in the final nine minutes to seal the win.

The Mocs goals came from Santoli, Robertson, redshirt freshman Shannon Mazza (Kings Park, N.Y) and sophomore attacker Cayla Shawfield (Oviedo, Fla.). Robertson and Santoli's goals were both unassisted as the Mocs had nine assists in the win.

In addition to Robertson's five goals, Kerge, Santoli and Gilfedder each had two goals in the win. In addition to her two goals, Santoli also had three assists for five points, while Gilfedder also had three assists on the day.

Robertson, Kerge and Santoli had 15 of FSC's 23 shots in the game, including 13 of its 18 shots on goal. 

The Mocs had 17 ground balls, including three each from senior defender Nicole Bellini (Winter Park, Fla.) and redshirt sophomore defender Parrisa Sakinejad (Millers, Md.).

Queens got two goals apiece from Masters, Scott and Mansberger, while Scott also added two assists for four points in the loss. Masters and Scott each had five shots for the Royals.

Junior Taylor Gillis (Bel Air, Md.) had enough outstanding performance in goal for the Mocs in the win as she finished with 10 saves and allowed six goals. Gillis is now 4-2 on the season with the win.

Christine Wiese allowed 14 goals and had four saves in the pipes for the Royals.

The Mocs also held a 14-6 advantage on draw controls as Kerge and Santoli each had four in the win. 

FSC will conclude its two-game road swing through the Tarheel State as they travel to Hickory, N.C., for a 12 p.m. game against Lenoir-Rhyne.