LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern College women's soccer closed out the first homestand of the season with a 1-0 victory over Georiga College on Sunday afternoon on Moccasin Field at the Barnett Athletic Complex. The two teams were evenly matched up as the Mocs (2-0) capitalized on a costly foul by the Bobcats (0-2) early in the second half. For the second consecutive match, freshmen Jenny Staten kept the opposition out of the back of the net to keep Georgia College still searching for that first victory of 2019.
The Moccasins begin the 2019 season 2-0, just the third season in the team's program history that they would open with two-straight victories.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- It did not take long for the Mocs to make their presence felt as Amy Volk swooped in and intercepted a pass meant for a Bobcats defender and collected the loose ball. She would maneuver past the defenders and take a left-footed shot just into the net on the left side of the goal.
- At the 8:37 mark in the first half, Georgia College's Cassie Balzano would get the teams first scoring chance as she sent one right at Staten for her first save on the day. Erin Ferris took another shot at the net as she sent one right of the goal at the 11:11 mark.
- Florida Southern was kept out of the attacking zone as Georgia College held possession most of the first half and finished the first half with six first-half shots to the Mocs one. The teams would head to the half in a scoreless tie.
- Kailin Wiley took a ball into the box and passed it back to a charging Tatum Albrecht who was collided with by the Bobcats defender and was immediately awarded a penalty kick. The Mocs head coach Paul Lawrence chose Rachel Peck to take the penalty kick. Peck sized up the goal and bested the Georgia College keeper as she sent the ball to the right side of the goal as Kate Richardson dove the opposite direction to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead.
- Two minutes after Peck's goal, Brooke Adams would be awarded a free-kick inside the box that she sent right at the feet of the wall of Moccasins.
- In the final five minutes, Wiley took a shot at adding an insurance goal for the Mocs that she sent right at Richardson.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Staten extended her scoreless minutes streak to 180 minutes to begin her collegiate career.
- For the second consecutive match, Staten allowed no goals and made three saves as Bobcats' Richardson made a save in each half and allowed a single goal on the afternoon. Florida Southern recorded five shots in the game to ten by the visitors.
- Each of the five shots for the Mocs came from a different person as Volk's was the only shot for the home team in the first half.
Florida Southern will travel to Cleveland, Miss. to take on Union (Sept. 13) and Delta State (Sept. 16) as they open up the road portion of their 2019 season. Sunshine State Conference play will begin when the Mocs head to Palm Beach Atlantic (Sept. 21).