ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Florida Southern won its fifth straight game here Friday evening as the eighth-ranked Moccasins earned a 16-7 victory over Shepherd at the Busch Athletic Complex on the campus of Annapolis High School.
In Friday's win, senior attacker Ashley Robertson (Ellicott City, Md.), sophomore midfielder Emily Santoli (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) and sophomore attacker Cayla Shawfield (Oviedo, Fla.) each scored three goals and combined for 14 of FSC's 25 points on the night.
With the win, the Mocs improve to 10-3 overall on the season, while Shepherd fell to 4-7 overall.
Santoli got the scoring started in Friday's game with an unassisted goal just about two minutes into the game and sophomore attacker Shannon Gilfedder (Longwood, Fla.) gave the Mocs a 2-0 lead with 24:15 left in the first half.
Leading 2-0, Robertson scored two consecutive goals, including one of them coming on a free position shot, to push out to a 4-0 lead with 22:12 remaining in the opening 30 minutes.
Shepherd got on the scoreboard just a little over 10 minutes into the game on a goal by Brooke Hunley.
The Mocs would push its lead to 7-1 thanks to goals from Robertson, Shawfield and Santoli a little under 16 minutes into the game.
After Sarah Wendt scored Shepherd's second goal with 11:48 left in the first half, the Mocs used back-to-back goals from Gilfedder and freshman attacker Caitlyn Shoaff (Chuluota, Fla.). The goal by Shoaff gave the Mocs a 9-2 lead with 4:30 remaining in the opening half. Both of the goals were unassisted.
Erin Phelan capped the first half scoring on a free position shot with 3:29 left to drop the Mocs lead to 9-3 at the half.
The Mocs would put the game out of reach in the opening 10 minutes of the second half as they used goals from Shawfield, sophomore attacker Meghan O'Brien (Rochester, N.Y.) and freshman attacker Casey O'Brien (Morris Plains, N.J.) to take a 12-3 lead. All three goals were assisted by Santoli as she finished the game with a career high four assists and tied a career high with seven points.
Shepherd would answer with back-to-back unassisted goals by Phelan to drop the Mocs lead to 12-5 with 16 minutes left in the game.
Junior attacker Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Md.) and freshman midfielder Gracie Maganzini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) would then add back-to-back goals in a span of four-plus minutes to take a 14-5 lead. The goal by Kerge was her team-leading 28th of the season.
Phelan would add her fourth goal of the game on a free position shot to push the Rams within 14-6 with 5:49 left in the game.
Shawfield and Santoli would cap the Mocs scoring with goals at 5:18 and 3:48 left in the game to push FSC's lead to 16-6. Wendt would cap the game's scoring with a free position shot right before the end of the game.
The Mocs outshot the Rams, 46-14 and also held a 31-12 edge in shots on goal. Santoli led the way with a career high 11 shots, while Robertson and Kerge each had six shots in the win. The six shots by Robertson, who was playing in her home state, were a new career high.
FSC also finished the game with 15 caused turnovers, including three apiece from Santoli and redshirt sophomore defender Parrisa Sakinejad (Millers, Md.). Shepherd caused just two turnovers on the night.
The Mocs collected 24 ground balls in the win, including five from senior defender Gabby Barowski (Alexandria, Va.). Barowski also finished the game with two caused turnovers and also had two shots on the night.
FSC also won the battle of the draw controls in Friday's win as they held a 16-8 advantage, including Santoli collecting a career high seven draws.
Sophomore goalie Paige Brodbeck (Millersville, Md.) started in goal for the Mocs and played the whole first half and finished with two saves and allowed three goals to improve to 5-1 on the season.
In addition to Brodbeck, junior Taylor Gillis (Bel Air, Md.), who had sat out the last two games due to a concussion, played the final 30 minutes in goal for the Mocs and collected three saves and allowed four goals.
Savannah Shores (3-7) played all 60 minutes in goal for the Rams and finished the night with 15 saves and three ground balls, along with allowing 16 goals.
The Mocs will conclude its two game trip to Maryland with a 12 p.m. game on Sunday, April 10 at Annapolis High School against Seton Hill.