LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's soccer dropped its Saturday night contest 3-2 to Tampa. The Mocs (3-6-1, 1-3-0 SSC) saw Tampa (5-2-3, 3-0-1 SSC) score first but quickly erased the deficit and took a 2-1 lead over the Spartans.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A quiet first half saw both teams combine for a pair of shots in the first seven minutes of the match. Tampa's Lacy Nasello saw her shot blocked by the Mocs in the fourth minute, while Anna Griessler's shot in the seventh minute was saved by Tampa's goalie Megan Bromwell.
- Noelle Rolfsen made the first of her two saves in the match in the 28th minute on a shot by Tampa's Lauren McDanald.
- Looking to take a lead into the 15-minute break, Chloe Hamm headed a corner kick from Madelyn Hendry right at the Bromwell. Nearly 30 seconds later, Caitlyn Lowery fired off a shot that was saved by Bromwell to keep the match scoreless at the half.
- Both teams came out of the break with fire in their eyes as Tampa's Libby Wissman fired off a shot high in the 48th minute. Just four minutes later Moeko Morse snuck one past Rolfsen to give the Spartans an early second-half lead.
- Less than a minute after entering the match Hamm beat out the Tampa defense for the equalizer in the 55th minute. Alexa Moberley took a ball up the right side of the pitch and fired a pass to the front of the goal to Hamm who promptly put the ball in the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
- With momentum on the Mocs side, freshman Zoë Perez fired a pass a ball 40 yards to Moberley as she bested the Spartan defense to go one-on-one with Bromwell and snuck it past her to give the Mocs a 2-1 lead in the 60th minute.
- Florida Southern's lead was short lived as Tampa's Syd Griner tied the score at 2-2 in the 62nd minute.
- Tatum Albrecht nearly gave the Mocs the lead again as she fired a shot high over an open net.
- Tampa would record its final goal in the 82nd minute as Morse scored on a shot from the top of the box.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Moberley recorded her second goal and second assist on the season.
- Senior Gaelyn Crowder's 39 consecutive matches started streak ended on Sept. 22, 2018, as she did not make the start tonight. The streak which began, Oct. 21, 2015, of her freshman season, lasted 1067 days.
- Hamm is now the tenth different Moccasin to find the back of the net this season.
- The Mocs fired off nine shots, as compared to the Spartans' 14. Tampa had six corner kicks to Florida Southern's one, both teams were unable to convert any to a goal.
The Moccasins will open October with matches at Florida Tech (Oct. 3) and Nova Southeastern (Oct. 6). Florida Southern will then be back on Moccasin Field when they host Embry-Riddle on Oct. 13.