Eagles End Inaugural Season with 3-2 Loss to Stetson in OT
DELAND, Fla. – The FGCU Women’s soccer team ended their inaugural season with a loss to Stetson in overtime. Despite two goals by sophomore Amber McCall, the Hatters were able to pull off an overtime win. With the loss, the Eagles fall to (11-7, 7-4 A-Sun) and Stetson improved to (9-9-1, 7-5 A-Sun). With tonight’s 3-2 overtime win over the Eagles, Stetson women’s soccer team qualified for the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.
Stetson opened up the scoring early with a goal in the fifth minute. Senior Julianne Turnbull (DeLand, Fla.) launched a corner kick into the box that was picked up by senior Jennifer Hays (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) who fed sophomore Emily Yero (Orlando, Fla.) for her fifth goal of the season.
The Eagles would even the score in the 27th minute, when sophomore Amber McCall (Fort Myers, Fla.) sent a shot from 30 yards out that just made it under the crossbar to tie the game at one. This marked McCall’s first of two goals on the evening and her ninth goal of the season.
Stetson fired back four minutes later when Freshman Tessa Gavilsky scored her 5th goal of the season. The goal was set up after a turnaround feed by junior Stephanie Webb (Portsmouth, England); her third assist of 2007.
Another four minutes later the Eagles tied up the score once again on an impressive header by Amber McCall for her second of the match, and tenth goal of the 2007 season. Stetson goalkeeper, freshman Andrea Garavaglia (Webster Groves, MO), never had a chance. That was all the scoring in regulation play as the second half was a defensive battle.
The scoring, however, was not complete. Just one minute and 48 seconds into overtime sophomore Emily Ware (St. Petersburg, FL) took a pass from Gavilsky and sent the ball into a group of players in the box. Senior forward Sarah Stock pounced on the ball and blasted the ball past a defenseless Kirsi Keenan (Boca Raton, Fla.) in the Eagles goal. The shot hit the back of the net and the Hatters celebrated their ticket to the tournament.
“I was very pleased with our performance this year,” added Head Coach Jim Blakenship.”We played hard all year and it paid off, I’m very excited to see what the future holds.”
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