ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Florida Southern College women's soccer closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-0 loss at Flagler College on Wednesday night. The Mocs (3-2) showed up strong in the first half as they were able to keep No. 14 Flagler (3-0) off the board in the opening period, but the Saints showed why they entered the game as one of the top-15 teams in the country by using a five-goal second half to remain unbeaten.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Saints had the game's first real scoring chance as Sara Sandberg's shot in the ninth minute was blocked by the Mocs' defense and the Saints were awarded their second corner kick of the game. Two minutes later Concepcion Sanchez had another scoring chance for the home team as she put a shot wide of the goal. Jenny Staten would make her first two saves of the night for Florida Southern as she made key back-to-back saves in a four-second span.
- Florida Southern's first attempt at putting the games' first goal on the board came in the 22nd minute as Cali Larson fired off a shot right at the Saints keeper, Sarah-Lisa Dubel. Flagler would counter with a shot of its own less than two minutes later as Staten would make her third save of the night. After another pair of shots by the Saints, the two teams would head to the halftime break in a scoreless tie. It was the fourth time in five games this season that the Mocs and their opponent would head to the half with the scoreline at 0-0.
- In the 51st minute, Sandberg fired off the first shot of the second half wide of the goal. Three minutes later, Sandberg took another crack at ending the scoreless tie as she took a ball from Charlene Nowotny that she put past Staten for the game's first score. After a Mocs' foul resulted in a PK for the Saints, Annie Habeeb capitalized on the mistake by Florida Southern to give the home team a 2-0 advantage. On the ensuing kickoff, the Saints took the ball downfield and Nowotny took a pass from Chloe Byrne and sent it through a diving Staten to make it 3-0. Following a Moccasin foul, the Saints tacked on another score to extend the lead to 4-0 in the 59th minute.
- Larson fired off just the second shot of the night for the Mocs in the 63rd minute, nearly 40 minutes following the first shot. Three minutes later she would tack on another shot as she attempted to get the Mocs on the board. In the 70th minute, Candace Metcalfe would fire off the fourth shot on the night for the visitors. Dubel would make a save on every shot the Mocs recorded to that point in the game. Flagler would add on a fifth goal in the 89th minute to close out the scoring.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Staten made a career-high five saves but allowed a career-high five goals on the night.
- Florida Southern recorded just five shots on the night as Flagler rallied off a season-low 16 shots.
- The Moccasins lost at Flagler for the first time in series history after defeating the Saints in the first two matches in St. Augustine. Despite the loss, Florida Southern still leads the overall series 6-4-1.
- The five goals allowed by the Mocs were the most for an opponent since a 5-5 double-overtime draw against Lynn that ended in a 5-5 overtime draw at Lynn on Oct. 28, 2017. That game ended before a second overtime could be played due to unsafe field conditions caused by heavy rain.
Florida Southern will open Sunshine State Conference play as it heads to Palm Beach Atlantic (Sept. 21). The Mocs will host Rollins (Sept. 25) and Nova Southeastern (Sept. 28) to close out the first month of the season. October will start with a pair of road matches at Lynn (Oct. 5) and Tampa (Oct. 9).