(8-3-2, 3-0-1 A-Sun)
(4-5-4, 1-1-2 A-Sun)
10/6/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 128
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||31 (11)||7 (2)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The FGCU women’s soccer team (8-3-2, 3-0-1 Atlantic Sun Conference) tied Lipscomb (4-5-4, 1-1-2 A-Sun) on Sunday afternoon by a score of 1-1 in double-overtime despite firing a season-high 31 shots that included nine in the overtime periods.
Julia Roddar (Falun, Sweden/Sattuck-St. Mary’s Academy/Wisconsin) scored the lone goal for the Eagles on Sunday afternoon while Tabby Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS) let loose a team-high six shots. The Eagles produced several golden opportunities late and would have two shots carom off the crossbar in the second overtime with three other tries finding nothing but iron prior to that. The result gives the Green and Blue just their third tie in A-Sun play over the last three seasons.
“We had a chance to get three points and came up short,” head coach Jim Blankenship surmised after the game. “We created some great opportunities and had 31 shots with five hitting a post or crossbar but that’s soccer.”
Lipscomb came out swinging in this one as it was able to pressure the FGCU defense early and take a pair of shots before the Eagles managed their first. The Green and Blue answered with a trio of shots of their own before the Bisons would register the first score of the game. In the 13th minute, Baylee Linnell took a pass from Alesondra Colbert and slid the ball into the lower-left corner of the goal to give Lipscomb a 1-0 lead. Prior to the score, the Eagles had gone 256:31 without giving up a goal, a streak that went all the way back to a first-half score allowed opposite Jacksonville University on Sept. 27 at home.
Following the goal, the Eagles moved down the field and applied pressure quickly. Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) took a shot that would be saved by freshman goalkeeper Anna Buhigas. Roddar scored her second goal of the 2013 season in the 16th minute when Tindell sent a cross into the box that the Sweden native received, took one touch and fired into the lower-right corner for the equalizer.
By the halftime buzzer the Eagles had collected a 12-3 advantage in the shots column but were unable to break through for a go-ahead tally. In the second half it was more of the same for FGCU. The Eagles applied constant pressure, posting 10 shots coming from seven different players in Blue with the tying score continuing to elude them as this one rolled into overtime.
In the first overtime, FGCU controlled the pace of play by not allowing the Bisons to get a look at goal, outshooting Lipscomb 4-0 with none of the chances being golden. Wacker and Roddar continued their aggressive play, each attempting shots in the extra frame with sophomore Emma Blackwell (Jenks, Okla./Jenks HS) firing two.
In the second overtime, Tindell got the first look at goal but was unable to finish. Lipscomb answered with a pair of shots of its own but was unable to put one on net. The Eagles would then produce a pair of golden opportunities that would be foiled in the same fashion. Both Tindell and Shea Rhoney (Lithia Fla./Newsome HS) would ring shots off the crossbar with the Lipscomb goalkeeper beaten. No other quality chances would arise as the Bisons were able to hold off FGCU and pick up the 1-1 tie.
Roddar and Wacker took five and four shots, respectively. A total of 13 different players in Blue attempted at least one shot with eight of them attempting more than one. Of FGCU’s 31 shots, 11 were on goal, forcing Buhigas to make 10 saves.
The Eagles will be back in action at the FGCU Soccer complex next weekend when they welcome ETSU on Friday at 7 p.m. and USC Upstate on Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup. FGCU is 2-0 in conference play this season at home and are now 17-2-3 against A-Sun competition over the last three seasons.
2013-14 men’s soccer season tickets are now available by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. Season tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 3-12). Single-game tickets can also be purchased for $6 per adult and $3 for youth. Groups of 10+ can receive a discounted rate of $3 per person. FGCU students and faculty/staff are admitted for free with a valid University ID.