Posted: Oct 12, 2019
LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern College women's soccer ended a scoring drought that spanned more than five matches as they finished in a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Florida Tech. The Mocs (3-5-2, 0-3-2 SSC) picked up another point in the Sunshine State Conference standings. The Panthers (2-7-2, 0-4-1) opened the scoring late in the first half.
HOW IT HAPPENED
● Florida Southern looked to get on the board early as Cali Larson would fire off a shot just 38 seconds into the match. Alexa Moberley, who returned from injury in the Lynn match and made her first start of the season, recorded a shot in the fifth minute that sailed over the goal. It would take Florida Tech more than 17 minutes to record a shot as Maria Munoz sent a ball over the top of the goal. Amy Volk and Rachel Peck would tack on a pair of shots for the Mocs in a two-minute span, both shots were off target. After getting called for offsides, the Panthers would quickly get the ball back and travel down the field as Monica Zabian fired off a shot that slipped past a diving Jenny Staten to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage in the 36th minute. In the 45th minute, Kaitlyn Svopa would record her first shot on the night as she sent a ball right at Maria Sanchez Recuero for the games first save. Florida Southern would head to the halftime break down 1-0.
● Just as they opened the game with the first shot the Mocs opened the second half with a shot on goal as Rachel Peck recorded her team-leading third goal of the season to even the score at 1-1 in the 52nd minute. Staten made her first of two saves on the night as she stopped a shot off the foot of Brittany Etrick in the 60th minute. Florida Tech attempted to take back the lead in the 75th minute as they fired off a pair of shots, the second shot would prove to be the second and final save of the night for Staten. The Mocs took the ball back to the other end of the pitch as Sanchez Recuero made saves off shots from Amy Volk and Larson. After Volk sent a shot wide right of the goal, Kailin Wiley nearly gave the Mocs a lead she Sanchez Recuero made a key save for the Panthers to keep the match knotted at 1-1.
● Unlike the previous two halves, the Panthers recorded the first shot of the first overtime period off the foot of Veronica Thordardottir in the 92nd minute. Nearly a minute later, Volk fired off another shot, she would finish the match with a match leading five shots on the evening. Less than a minute after entering the match, Caitlyn Lowery fired off her only shot of the night just wide right of the goal.
● For the second consecutive match, the Mocs would head to a second overtime. Florida Southern would record a pair of shots in the final 10 minutes of the match. Just five seconds after a Madison Hald fired off a shot Rachel Peck nearly ended the match in the 103rd minute but Sanchez Recuero was right there to make the save and keep the match knotted at 1-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
● The Mocs defense helped keep the limit the opposition to single-digit shots as Staten made just two saves on the evening.
● For the fourth time, this season the Mocs have held the opposition to single-digit shots.
● Florida Southern outshot Florida Tech, 16-8. The Mocs totaled seven corner kicks to four by the Panthers.
● Peck's goal in the 52nd minute marked the first goal for the Mocs since Larson scored in the 27th minute of a 2-0 victory at Delta State (Sept. 15).
● The Moccasins are now 7-13-4 all-time against the Panthers, including a 4-5-1 mark in Lakeland.
Florida Southern will host Barry (Oct. 19) in the penultimate home match for the Mocs. FSC will honor is seniors prior to the match against Eckerd (Oct. 23) and then hit the road to close out the regular season with matches at Embry-Riddle (Oct. 30) and Saint Leo (Nov. 2) Florida Southern and Tampa will make up the postponed match in Tampa at a date yet to be announced.